Where to get the cheap car batteries? (but decent quality)

Car battery recently went out on the 09 Mazda 3 so I thought I'd ask where y'all get your car batteries from. Looking for a cheap battery, but not one that will fail on me in a year. Yeah, I know you get what you pay for... but still. Anybody have any experience with Costco, Walmart or Sams Club car batteries? My last battery was a AAA battery that I got when my car was stuck in a parking lot a couple years back. 

 
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Centrixon

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I've bought some batteries from Costco for my Honda. They used to be pretty cheap but the prices went up a lot in the past few years so I don't know how comparable they are. Their warranty is great. One of the Costco batteries failed in 15 months or something and I brought it back to Costco. They gave a full refund then used the money to buy a new battery for me at the same price as the old battery in the most painless way too. Sucks that it failed in 15 months, but new battery is a win. 

 

sam.chen

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Well, the cheapest would be a free battery or a subsidized one under warranty. Since you got your dead battery from AAA, depending on which AAA you belong to, they usually provide 3 years free replacement and 3 more years where the battery would be subsidized. Unless your battery is over 6 years or you just want something even better, that'd probably be the route to go.  

https://ww1.aaa.com/services/automotive/battery/batteryQuote.html?004=&association=aaa

If you want something better, I can't recommend the Duralast Platinum enough. I've got one in my older Acura and that thing is seriously a champ. Car starts way better in the cold and tbh car just starts way better in general. That said, it's quite pricey.... but worth every penny IMO. 

 
Well, the cheapest would be a free battery or a subsidized one under warranty. Since you got your dead battery from AAA, depending on which AAA you belong to, they usually provide 3 years free replacement and 3 more years where the battery would be subsidized. Unless your battery is over 6 years or you just want something even better, that'd probably be the route to go.  

https://ww1.aaa.com/services/automotive/battery/batteryQuote.html?004=&association=aaa

If you want something better, I can't recommend the Duralast Platinum enough. I've got one in my older Acura and that thing is seriously a champ. Car starts way better in the cold and tbh car just starts way better in general. That said, it's quite pricey.... but worth every penny IMO. 
Actually when I got stuck I called them to warranty replace, but they just gave me a jump start and sent me on my way the guy said the battery was good which I guess it was for a week then it wasn't. I'll probably stop by into Costco. I like their generous warranty policies and if the batteries are the same no BS policy, I think that's the way to go for me. 

 

Centrixon

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Alright, so quick update. Got the Costco battery which is just an Interstate battery. Works pretty well so far so no complaints yet. Price was good as well. We'll see how long this thing holds up. 

 
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