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Are stores like Walmart selling Car Products as Essential or are those blocked off?

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Are stores like Walmart selling Car Products as Essential or are those blocked off?

Haven't been to a Walmart in a few months but given the Ontario lockdown, would car care products, engine oils, filters, be considered essential and I can buy them if I go in store? Or do I have to order online for curbside pick-up?
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Instore sections are blocked off. I just order online for curbside pickup.
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Can't even buy wipers at costco anymore. Pretty stupid
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I needed a battery for my car, but couldn't get the Kirkland one since Costco had 0 automotive products available, and it was too much of a hassle to go with any big box stores for car batteries, ended up going to a local automotive battery store and getting a better battery at a better price lol.
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SoroSuub1 wrote: I needed a battery for my car, but couldn't get the Kirkland one since Costco had 0 automotive products available, and it was too much of a hassle to go with any big box stores for car batteries, ended up going to a local automotive battery store and getting a better battery at a better price lol.
Which store and battery brand?

I need to replace a 7 year old battery this summer.

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Dhanushan wrote: Which store and battery brand?

I need to replace a 7 year old battery this summer.

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Canadian Energy (cdnrg.com) at 160 Cochrane Dr, Markham, but also locations throughout Canada.

I got the EFB35 3x MixTech battery with 60 month warranty for $161 + HST (Group 35 battery), but they also had lower-priced batteries at $119 (G3572 with 42 month warranty) and $129 (EMX35 2x Mixtech with 60 month warranty) as well which have longer warranty and more CA and CCA than the normal "cheap" batteries you'd get from CT.

The Discover Battery is a company based in Richmond, BC with manufacturing in Korea... their MixTech battery product line was pretty unique and sounded promising. Their normal 'Canada Proof Battery' line is also white labelled at Princess Auto as the Pro.Point batteries.
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SoroSuub1 wrote: I needed a battery for my car, but couldn't get the Kirkland one since Costco had 0 automotive products available, and it was too much of a hassle to go with any big box stores for car batteries, ended up going to a local automotive battery store and getting a better battery at a better price lol.
Which store? I find Costco's price to be the best I find usually and has good warranty for in store exchange
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SoroSuub1 wrote: Canadian Energy (cdnrg.com) at 160 Cochrane Dr, Markham, but also locations throughout Canada.
+1 to this place, as this place is the manufacturer's outlet, the date sticker should be recent. I bought a battery here and the date sticker was for the month I picked the battery up.
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m4gician wrote: Which store? I find Costco's price to be the best I find usually and has good warranty for in store exchange
See my post above, and yeah Costco is my normal go-to for the warranty, but wasn't an option when I had to replace my battery a couple weeks ago due to the Ontario lockdown, and because Costco closed off non-essential goods to comply with the order.
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We must obey our supreme leader. Just order at Canadian tire curbside pickup.
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SoroSuub1 wrote: See my post above, and yeah Costco is my normal go-to for the warranty, but wasn't an option when I had to replace my battery a couple weeks ago due to the Ontario lockdown, and because Costco closed off non-essential goods to comply with the order.
You can probably order it online (I just got a battery from Costco.ca for my car).
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qaz393 wrote: We must obey our supreme leader. Just order at Canadian tire curbside pickup.
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michelb wrote: You can probably order it online (I just got a battery from Costco.ca for my car).
I considered it, but I wanted a battery today, because I'd already boosted the existing one twice lol and I had already set aside the next weekday to change the sparkplugs (the sparkplugs are easier to change with the battery out in a boxer engine).
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Yeahhh it's not essential for you to be able to buy stuff to maintain or repair your own car but somehow it is essential for mechanics to do it for you, sell you the same parts for an upcharge, etc. :facepalm: This is the kind of horseshit brought to you by politicians who surely wouldn't know a thing about a car more than "taking it to the dealer" so yeah. And I mean let's not forget it's the kind of thing also brought to you by a guy that knows basically nothing about anything and was very likely the "Chris Farley-like class clown" when he was in school :rolleyes: (You kind of have to ask yourself who is more dumb though--this asshat or the people that were dumb enough to vote for him or even make him party leader to begin with?)

That bit aside, you can still get these things with store pickup for the most part but Walmart's online sucks donkey balls so good luck finding what you need there; maybe CT is a better bet or a parts store. Or just online parts places in general, they're better anyway and have better parts they're just a little less convenient or immediate...or at leas they were. Nowadays with perpetual "lockdowns" it's about even really.
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I'm sure the politicians just drive fleet cars managed by the City/Province/Federal, so does it matter lol.

But it's more than just the inconvenience of store pickup is that most of these systems are pretty crap from the big box stores, so it's really hard to get an item you need now. Costco is shipping only, Canadian Tire guarantees you for the next morning, and the Walmart website says 4-12 days (!?).

Only Princess Auto and Canadian Energy could get me a new car battery I needed for my car right now lol.
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SoroSuub1 wrote: Canadian Energy (cdnrg.com) at 160 Cochrane Dr, Markham, but also locations throughout Canada.

I got the EFB35 3x MixTech battery with 60 month warranty for $161 + HST (Group 35 battery), but they also had lower-priced batteries at $119 (G3572 with 42 month warranty) and $129 (EMX35 2x Mixtech with 60 month warranty) as well which have longer warranty and more CA and CCA than the normal "cheap" batteries you'd get from CT.

The Discover Battery is a company based in Richmond, BC with manufacturing in Korea... their MixTech battery product line was pretty unique and sounded promising. Their normal 'Canada Proof Battery' line is also white labelled at Princess Auto as the Pro.Point batteries.
Is the battery that you got AGM?
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SoroSuub1 wrote: No, but they also sell AGM as well. MixTech is a different kind of tech to keep the lead-acid from settling, utilizing the car's movements and some electrolytes or something like that lol.
Yeah I dunno how well it works in reality but at least it's something. I mean liquid electrolyte would always be sloshed around inside a battery that's installed in a car but this is supposed to be a little different.

Does it work? Who knows, but I know what doesn't really improve longevity and that's AGM--totally not worth it IMO and I'd rather go for something like MixTech though really Costblo batteries are really all one needs as the warranty is decent and hassle free and you don't got to worry about paying insane money for them. They do have AGM as well but whatever, not going to spend 2x the amount for a year extra warranty on batteries that just don't live up to the hype IME.

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