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Battery failure - Honda 182 Point inspection checklish...BS?

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Dec 20, 2016, 10:49 PM

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HI guys,

Quick question for you all. less than one month ago, I bought a dealer certified pre owned 2013 Civic.

Today, I found out the battery needs to be replaced, less than one month after I bought it from them.

The battery is past warranty and, in my preliminary talks with them, they just tell me to buy a new one.

But I was curious if how much any of you knew about their certification process and if they botched one of the steps. I feel like they should have caught this battery issue.

For example, they say they do a 12 volt battery (condition and load test) - step 121 of the checklist.

Overall, I'd just feel like I got ripped off if I had to put a new battery in the car right after I bought it.

Thanks for your help.

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(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Dec 21, 2016, 12:07 AM)

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Dec 21, 2016, 12:31 AM

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Re: Battery failure - Honda 182 Point inspection checklish...BS? Sign In

It's entirely possible this was an original battery and the car could have been built back to 2012 so unless already replaced it is/was way past due. It could have tested fine and croak in an instant at age especially. They are marked with the month and year it was new and actually up to you to check for that.

To be nice with such a recent purchase this dealer could have just replaced it but highly doubt it was under their warranty or the battery maker's long ago.

They age about like fresh produce (food) is about the comparison. It's not like the batteries in devices that can tolerate over 5 years of dependable use it's liquid filled and losing it from the day it was made.

Sorry it went bad on you but if original not the least bit surprised. How you were treated with the purchase of the car as a whole and what warranty it had is in the fine print on purpose.

It's still a used car no matter what they claim they checked. Some things you just can't know and this you can only know how old a battery is as they are all marked. Did you see how old the new one you just got is? It could already be about a year old now?

These things are up to the buyer IMO to have a vehicle independently checked out prior to purchase and things can still happen,


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