Because I had previously referred to the “free” battery load test available at Sears Auto Centers, I want to post a correction.
My battery is now 3 1/2 years old, so I decided that it would be a good idea to have a load test performed on it. And, since this is available free-of-charge at Sears, I figured…Why not?
Well, the first thing that I noticed was that the banner stating “Drive in for free battery test” was no longer posted above the bay doors. And, all of the bay doors were closed–unlike the previous practice.
So, I parked the car, and went into their auto center retail store to inquire.
I found out that…
…They no longer have “drive-in service”
…They now charge $20 for the load test
…There was “at least a one hour wait” if I wanted to have a load test performed.
So, I drove down the street to Pep Boys, and bought my own Schumacher Load Tester for ~twice the price of a load test at Sears.
I can well understand Sears’ decision to end their policy of free load tests, but I can’t see the sense of paying $20 for it when I can do it myself–whenever I want–by buying my own equipment for $42.
I think that Sears may actually wind up selling fewer batteries as a result of this change in policy, but if they think that this change is in their best interests…Who am I to say differently?