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AGM and Flooded Batteries 25% off and $40 rebate at Pep Boys - Back Again $106

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My car battery is showing signs of death so I started looking around. The Bosch I was looking at (good reviews on Consumer Reports) was only available at Pep Boys so I started digging around their site. They still show the 25% off that was supposed to expire on 12/29/19 as active. It says "Web Only" now so I ordered it for store pickup.

$194.99 (site price)
-$48.75 (25% discount)
-$40 (rebate)
106.24 +taxes and fees.

Rebate expires 2/22/2020. I've attached the form but you can submit it online through pepboys.com/rebates

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https://www.pepboys.com/batteries...ies/c/1212
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I'm almost regretting posting this deal. So far, ordering online for in store pickup has been a nightmare. I placed the order yesterday morning, called the store where I was going to pick it up around 5:15pm and they didn't have it. Called customer service, the less than friendly rep told me he could call the store that it was supposed to be sent to but that's it. Stopped by on the way home, just in case they overlooked it. No luck. The guy operating the computer couldn't find my order at first but finally did. Then he told me he couldn't tell what store it was being sent from. He had the store number but that's it. A quick google search of Pep Boys and that store number told me exactly what store it was. Called them. They said they showed it as shipped. Being that it was about a 15 mile distance between the two stores I was surprised it was over 6 hours later and still hadn't arrived. Gave up, went home. Called customer service this morning. After an hour on the phone with the poor woman researching, she found out the shipping store's inventory was wrong and they didn't have it in stock so it never shipped to my store. She started calling around and found it at an affiliated store a few miles from my job but the rebate wouldn't work as they're not an actual Pep Boys. She dug some more and found one at a store about 30 miles away. She's supposed to call me back when she has shipping information. Turns out Walmart and Home Depot don't have the worst inventory system in the country.
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You mean a maker of AGM batteries is saying it's product "may" last 2 or 3 times longer than a competitors? Shocking. Granted, Optima makes awesome AGM batteries so their batteries "may" last 2 or 3 times longer than the cheapest wet cell battery that's never maintained. I did say that wet cells have to be maintained right?

Let's look at what other people with less skin in the game have to say.

​"General expectations for batteries if deep cycled (these are just approximate guidelines):
  • Starting battery (Automotive battery etc) : 3-13 months
  • Marine Battery : 1-6 years
  • AGM Deep cycle: 4-7 years
  • Gel Cell Deep Cycle: 2-5 years
  • Flooded Lead Acid Deep Cycle Battery (L16-RE etc): 4-8 years"
http://www.batteriesinaflash.com/...attery-faq

​"For many years, the flooded lead-acid battery has been the standard in the solar industry. This type of battery is also used in golf carts and forklifts. They are the most cost effective and longest lasting of the lead-acid batteries."

https://www.wholesalesolar.com/bl...omparison/

I've had decades of experience with wet and AGM batteries. Wet cells need to be maintained to get them to last. AGMs don't need to be maintained. That pro is also a big con when you get down to it. If you ever open up a wet cell, you'll see there is a lot of crap that forms on the plates and hopefully sloughs off. That stuff can't slough off on a AGM. Once it's there. It's there. Many a bad or even shorted out wet cell can be saved. Empty out the electrolyte, clean it out and refill it with fresh acid. A dead battery lives again.

Many wet cells die because people let them run dry. Even a dried out wet cell can be revived simply by rehydrating it. Can't do that with an AGM.
that is a bunch of misinformation and nonsense... we are supposed to believe you, a random nobody on the internet, over numerous credible references that prove that agm is superior to flooded cell LMAO

"An AGM battery has many advantages over a traditional flooded battery. It has more power, longer life, a slower discharge rate, a faster charge rate, is more durable, and can be mounted in any position." https://www.farmandfleet.com/blog...d-battery/

"AGM Explained
Improved active mass efficiency, through better absorption of the acid
Increased lifespan due to minimal active material shedding due to battery design
Higher cold start values
Totally Maintenance Free – zero water consumption
Spill proof/leak proof
Designed to meet latest OEM vehicle demands
Compatible with sensitive electronic equipment
AGM technology now factory fitted to numerous luxury cars and "Stop – Start" vehicle where increased AGM battery features are required"
https://www.yuasa.co.uk/info/tech...explained/
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Thanks for posting this. I've been limping along for over a month on a dying DieHard. Local PB had an H7 Champion in stock. I installed it in my garage an hour after reading this thread.
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Pepboys in store pickup has always been a nightmare for me. I now stick to Advanced Auto for parts and Costco for batteries.
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that is a bunch of misinformation and nonsense... we are supposed to believe you, a random nobody on the internet, over numerous credible references that prove that agm is superior to flooded cell LMAO

"An AGM battery has many advantages over a traditional flooded battery. It has more power, longer life, a slower discharge rate, a faster charge rate, is more durable, and can be mounted in any position." https://www.farmandfleet.com/blog...d-battery/

"AGM Explained
Improved active mass efficiency, through better absorption of the acid
Increased lifespan due to minimal active material shedding due to battery design
Higher cold start values
Totally Maintenance Free – zero water consumption
Spill proof/leak proof
Designed to meet latest OEM vehicle demands
Compatible with sensitive electronic equipment
AGM technology now factory fitted to numerous luxury cars and "Stop – Start" vehicle where increased AGM battery features are required"
https://www.yuasa.co.uk/info/tech...explained/
Your message is unnecessarily confrontational. You replied to a post with two liniks with two links of your own, and then called someone a random nobody, which doesn't help the conversation, and insinuated that you had a lot more links on your side when you actually provided the exact same number. Let's all try to get along better.
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Your message is unnecessarily confrontational. You replied to a post with two liniks with two links of your own,
wrong, i posted multiple credible links before that post, including links from the battery manufacturers themselves.

you failed to see those obvious facts, and your inflammatory post added nothing to this thread.

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and then called someone a random nobody, which doesn't help the conversation, and insinuated that you had a lot more links on your side when you actually provided the exact same number. Let's all try to get along better.
see above... you are not a moderator here, and you are clearly having reading comprehension issues with what people post.
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deal expires 2/22 right? or does Pep boys change their ad on Sun.?
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I'm almost regretting posting this deal. So far, ordering online for in store pickup has been a nightmare. I placed the order yesterday morning, called the store where I was going to pick it up around 5:15pm and they didn't have it. Called customer service, the less than friendly rep told me he could call the store that it was supposed to be sent to but that's it. Stopped by on the way home, just in case they overlooked it. No luck. The guy operating the computer couldn't find my order at first but finally did. Then he told me he couldn't tell what store it was being sent from. He had the store number but that's it. A quick google search of Pep Boys and that store number told me exactly what store it was. Called them. They said they showed it as shipped. Being that it was about a 15 mile distance between the two stores I was surprised it was over 6 hours later and still hadn't arrived. Gave up, went home. Called customer service this morning. After an hour on the phone with the poor woman researching, she found out the shipping store's inventory was wrong and they didn't have it in stock so it never shipped to my store. She started calling around and found it at an affiliated store a few miles from my job but the rebate wouldn't work as they're not an actual Pep Boys. She dug some more and found one at a store about 30 miles away. She's supposed to call me back when she has shipping information. Turns out Walmart and Home Depot don't have the worst inventory system in the country.
hope it' works out for you. Do you have an odd battery size?
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I jumped on the bandwagon and invested in 3 different sized Duracell AGM batteries, plus an AGM jump starter in the Battery Tender brand. I was able to get two of the Duracell AGM s replaced under warranty, and have not had better performance with any of them, including the Battery Tender AGM. Two days ago I had a fail to start at 12 degrees F with one that was out of warranty, so I replaced it with a much cheaper flooded cell Duracell. My experience has convinced me that AGM is not a reliable or cost effective replacement option for my older vehicles. I would like to see data on the long term performance of AGM in automobiles, other than the sales pitches I've seen so far.
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hope it' works out for you. Do you have an odd battery size?
I wish that was the issue. The battery that came with the car is a 51R. Fairly small, fairly standard battery. Every place else that I looked showed to have availability.
I found out after posting my "regret" post that the store they were supposed to ship from is going out of business. The online system didn't recognize that location was closing and kept trying to ship from there but they didn't actually have it in stock. Finding this out took multiple phone calls to both stores and customer service. Customer service found a 51R in Austin which is about a 3 hour drive from me. That store, of course, couldn't ship it to Houston.
After searching around a few forums, I found a few other size options. Google searched that size and Pep Boys and found one at a store about 30 miles from me. Called the store, guy put his hands on it. I placed the order online and told him I'd see him in the morning. Shortly after, I received an email from the original CSR that I talked to saying that she would be sending a $20 gift card to my house. Went the next morning and picked up the battery. 25% discount applied so he wouldn't let me use a $25 off $100 coupon I had. I was done with the whole situation so I didn't push it. I upgraded to a significantly larger AGM battery for roughly the same cost (after rebate and this insane process) as a flooded cell 51R so I'm (mostly) happy. Would I go through it all again? Probably not.
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I jumped on the bandwagon and invested in 3 different sized Duracell AGM batteries, plus an AGM jump starter in the Battery Tender brand. I was able to get two of the Duracell AGM s replaced under warranty, and have not had better performance with any of them, including the Battery Tender AGM. Two days ago I had a fail to start at 12 degrees F with one that was out of warranty, so I replaced it with a much cheaper flooded cell Duracell. My experience has convinced me that AGM is not a reliable or cost effective replacement option for my older vehicles. I would like to see data on the long term performance of AGM in automobiles, other than the sales pitches I've seen so far.
Guess I'll find out soon. I wouldn't pay the regular price for an AGM over flooded cell but for basically the same price I'm willing to try it. Hopefully Houston's heat won't kill it prematurely.
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FYI, I tried submitting the rebate online, and it won't let me. I called the customer service number on the website for submitting the rebate and they told it it was because I already got 20% off (I bought a Marine Battery).

Anyone else have any success in submitting rebate?

Oh, BTW, I NEVER received a "come and get your battery) email from Pep Boys... I had to call and they checked and said, ya, we got one, come in and get it.
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"Rebate offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. "
Does this give anyone else pause?
Yup. See my post. Rebate submission denied.
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Yup. See my post. Rebate submission denied.
others too? Looks like Pepboys killed the combo deal ?? I was going to order today too but not if no rebate
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anyone able to submit rebate?

I cant find the register number, nor the transaction number/reg #
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