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Old 08-03-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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Default Battery core charge..

Every time I buy a battery for a generator, I am hit with a $10.00 core charge.

Anyone know of a way to be exempt from this "charge" when buying for a new installation.

The auto parts guy is pocketing the money because there is no "core" to bring back.

He said there is nothing he can do, like I believe that one

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Old 08-03-2010, 08:05 PM   #2
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Every time I buy a battery for a generator, I am hit with a $10.00 core charge.

Anyone know of a way to be exempt from this "charge" when buying for a new installation.

The auto parts guy is pocketing the money because there is no "core" to bring back.

He said there is nothing he can do, like I believe that one
Go out back of the auto parts store and pick one up ...take it in the front door and get the core charge back.

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Old 08-03-2010, 08:13 PM   #3
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Go out back of the auto parts store and pick one up ...take it in the front door and get the core charge back.

Yes.. that will work out just fine..
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:21 PM   #4
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Every time I buy a battery for a generator, I am hit with a $10.00 core charge.

Anyone know of a way to be exempt from this "charge" when buying for a new installation.

The auto parts guy is pocketing the money because there is no "core" to bring back.

He said there is nothing he can do, like I believe that one
I just do this strange thing called " passing the cost to the customer "
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:50 PM   #5
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I just do this strange thing called " passing the cost to the customer "
This is more about principle than money, as dumb as it may seem.

There has to be a piece of paper written into the "core" law that exempts my type of situation.
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I just do this strange thing called " passing the cost to the customer "
You pass along the cost of Carlon Blue boxes?
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You pass along the cost of Carlon Blue boxes?
Just noticed the pic..

I would never listen to anyone who uses blue Carlon boxes
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Just noticed the pic..

I would never listen to anyone who uses blue Carlon boxes
I'm sure Rich R is a good electrician it's just that Carlon blue box curse.
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I'm sure Rich R is a good electrician it's just that Carlon blue box curse.
He is new here and probably doesn't know what the "curse" is about.
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Core is a manufacturer charge. If they don't get the core to rebuild/melt it costs them more.
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"Core charge" is a little misleading.

If a battery is $50 plus a $10 core charge, the battery is really a $60 battery and you get a $10 rebate if you bring in an old battery for recycle. I'd rather have them call it a "rebate" than a core charge, because that's effectively what it is.
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I bought a small battery for my trailer. Had to pay the core charge. Took back a 100 something pound battery out of a crane to get my 12 dollars. Crane guy was happy to get rid of it, but the gal at walmart had to call for help to move it.
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I'm just breakin balls, I also do a lot of new generator installs and it does kind of piss me off about the core charge as well but I don't think anything can be done about it.

I just replaced a group 26 battery 2 days ago for a 16 KW guardian unit where the battery eploded inside the enclosure. I had to buy a new battery and pay the core charge... I can tell you though that the customer paid $139.00 for the battery plus labor.

Of course I could have given them the option of replacing it themselves and wind up with huge battery acid holes in they're shirts to save $40 bucks

I have learned long ago when it comes to fighting about principles about certain things it is best to let the customer do it. I or you don't have the time for that bs like they do...They will spend 6 hours on phone and going down to see the auto parts manager and brag how they got that $10 back
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I'm sure Rich R is a good electrician it's just that Carlon blue box curse.

I need to update my avatar, I'm into the new lowes romex boxes and loving every minute of it
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I need to update my avatar, I'm into the new lowes romex boxes and loving every minute of it
The white ones? I can see the wires real nicely.
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The white ones? I can see the wires real nicely.
Of course the white ones, anything else would be uncivilized
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Every time I buy a battery for a generator, I am hit with a $10.00 core charge.

Anyone know of a way to be exempt from this "charge" when buying for a new installation.

The auto parts guy is pocketing the money because there is no "core" to bring back.

He said there is nothing he can do, like I believe that one
Maybe, just maybe if you stopped coming in under the going rate you could afford the ten bucks.
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The $10 can be avoided if you just bring in a battery when you buy the new one. If you change batteries often you should end up with an extra one to do the "swaps" with.
The auto parts store might have to turn in battery for battery when he buys them. I dont know what the big deal is. Lots of other parts have a core charge.
We have to pay a disposal fee when we buy batteries here in Florida.
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I'm just breakin balls, I also do a lot of new generator installs and it does kind of piss me off about the core charge as well but I don't think anything can be done about it.

I just replaced a group 26 battery 2 days ago for a 16 KW guardian unit where the battery eploded inside the enclosure. I had to buy a new battery and pay the core charge... I can tell you though that the customer paid $139.00 for the battery plus labor.
Oh yeah, that's another thing I love about those wonderful Guardian generators. The crappy battery charger they hang on them tends to boil the water out of the battery leaving all of those nasty fumes ready to go off like a 1/4 stick.
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Maybe, just maybe if you stopped coming in under the going rate you could afford the ten bucks.

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