In my last post, Hybrids . . . Are They Worth the Upfront Cost?, I wrote about purchasing a hybrid car. Well, only after about a month of owning the car, we had battery failure (the auxiliary not hybrid). I did a lot of research about how each of the batteries work before deciding what to do. I found this battery on Amazon:
In the reviews, I read that this is the most recommended auxiliary battery for Priuses. A common problem is that since the battery needed for a Prius is so different from a normal car, they don't get used as much so auto shops can have them sitting on the shelves for years thus diminishing the quality of the battery. Many people were saying they were having to have them replaced every year.
Since this was a highly recommended battery, I thought I would buy it. And even better, when I added it to my cart, Amazon asked if I wanted to have it installed through Amazon Services. There was an option for a shop in the city next to me for only $15. So I ended up getting a battery and installed for under $200, hundreds less than if I just took it right away to a shop. Plus, I can be more sure that this battery is better quality!
So if you have a Prius, keep this in mind for when you start having power issues!