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Technical Battery Cores

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blowby, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,044

    from Nicasio Ca

    I have about 6 dead batteries taking up space. I was keeping one or two for cores. Called O'Rreillys, they say they give a $10 gift card per battery. Good deal? Anyone done it? So that's 10 bucks worth of purchase power? What's the going rate for core charge when you buy a new battery?
  2. NAES
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 485


    My local Interstate gives $15-20. Not a bad offset of costs if you bring in 6 cores for a new battery.

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  3. 10-20 depending on size

    Got 700 for a forklift battery a while back a customer wanted gone!
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  4. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,044

    from Nicasio Ca

    Thanks. Harrumph, I called Interstate here, 12 cents a pound. 50 pound battery, 6 bucks.

  5. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,216


    I think some of it depends where you live. Around here, the core charge when you buy a new battery is $15.

    I have trouble keeping an old one about, since I end up getting "new" cars that don't have a battery in them. Then I get the car going, and need to buy a battery for it.
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  6. Pat Thompson
    Joined: Apr 29, 2012
    Posts: 236

    Pat Thompson

    Oreillys has a 5 a day per customer limit.
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  7. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,220

    from Ioway

    Keeps the tweaker crowd down I betcha
  8. Stealing batteries out of trucks has become a thing up here

    Big 24 volt batteries or 3-4 12volys lined up under a truck easy picking for crack heads to turn in for cash.
    Decent money for them up here
  9. H380
    Joined: Sep 20, 2015
    Posts: 466

    from Louisiana

    Here the state charges you $12 if you don't have an exchange for EVERY new battery. The local scrap yard buys batteries by the pound. Normal auto battery is $15 to $20 payout.
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  10. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,833

    Inked Monkey

    But what would I trip over every time I walk around the garage?.........
  11. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,857

    from kansas

    Just sold 3 auto batteries to salvage last week, all 3 together brought 17.50. So less than 6 each.
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  12. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,780

    from washington

    $5.00 in SW Washington but I think they charge a $20.00 core if you don't have one on a new battery.
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  13. Was looking at new batteries at O'Riellys the other day. They ding you like $25 if you don't have a core...
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  14. cs39ford
    Joined: May 1, 2012
    Posts: 861


    A few years ago took ten to interstate. Got 10 each. When kids were home had all these under work bench. From all there rides.
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  15. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    I didn't know Oreilly's was still doing that, my store even paid for riding mower batteries. Looks like 50 more bucks worth of car parts coming my way, unless the local junkman will pay more :)
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  16. We have the same problem in St. Louis. One of our guys was changing batteries in a road tractor outside in the street in front of the shop. He stacked up the cores and went inside to grab a hand truck. He was gone for three minutes tops, and a car stopped and swiped all four cores. We would haves loved to get our hands on them!

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  17. The scrap yard I deal with in South St. Louis pays 25 cents a pound last time I hauled them.

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  18. Its $18 core charge for a battery @Orielly auto. $22 for the larger bus type battery's

    Bring your dead old ones in for $10 each recycle when you need to get parts it sure helps.
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  19. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 5,929


    I put my battery stuff in a filing cabinet, top drawer is for tools and testers. 2nd drawer is for parts- posts, battery cables, ends, battery trays ect… 3rd drawer is for jumper cables and chargers. And the 4th drawer is for old batteries, some good, some not so good. Had stuff scattered all over my shop before.
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  20. no55mad
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 1,897


    Carquest will occasionally have battery purchasing offers. Have seen $10 and $20 deals.
  21. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,044

    from Nicasio Ca

    Bump and a quick FYI. O'Reilly still giving $10 store credit for a core, charges $18 if you don't have one. Costco charges $15.
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  22. CyaNide
    Joined: Mar 2, 2006
    Posts: 239

    from Texas

    Here’s a tip: if you recycle at a place that pays by the pound, make sure it is full of fluid. Top off with water if low.

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  23. Unfortunately they deduct for the weight of the "acid" by paying a lower price.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,300


    Call the battery "rebuild" shops. They always pay more than parts stores or scrap yards, at least in MI they do. Last time I purged old batteries I got $12 each, had 5. Gas money...
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  25. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 2,185


    I always keep one completely dead battery around.
    When I melt scrap lead, I scrape off the dross and dump it into the dead battery. It's a great way to dispose of toxic lead scum, bypassing the screwy hazmat bureaucracy.
    However the battery must be utterly dead, or exciting things will happen when the lead scum shorts out the plates.

    Otherwise, they are a big heavy piece of crap to have hanging around.
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  26. Look at the bright side; it wasn't too many years ago that you had to pay to dispose of old batteries...
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  27. Dave G in Gansevoort
    Joined: Mar 28, 2019
    Posts: 908

    Dave G in Gansevoort
    from Upstate NY

    Anyone else here old enough to remember taking the old tar top batteries apart cell by cell and putting 6 good-ish cells together to get a working-ish battery? Man I'm getting old...
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  28. jhexide
    Joined: Feb 23, 2012
    Posts: 318


    check lead prices online, it goes up and down...

    i used to work at a battery company ,too the new batterys that were shorted off the line ,and replaced the shorted cells
  29. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 2,185


    No, but some people do more or less the same thing with cordless tool battery packs.
  30. Pretty interesting video showing a man (Pakistan/Afghanistan?) repairing a battery using very simple tools. Unfortunately the working conditions are very poor, considering he's handling lead. :eek: Craftmanship is impressive nevertheless.

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