Introduction to Application Guides
It is a legal requirement that a battery is securely fitted to a vehicle.
The Catalogue shows the recommended type or types for particular vehicles. In some cases, batteries from different ranges are recommended, but in other cases, batteries from only 1 range are recommended.
If only an Elite battery is recommended, you must not sell a customer a battery from the Professional range, as these will not be suitable for the application. The fitment will be correct, but the battery will not have the power to start the car under all conditions, and so the customer will be dissatisfied.
There is no problem in fitting a higher specification battery within the same range to a vehicle. There is a belief in the trade that a more powerful battery can damage the starter motor, or that the alternator will not be able to charge the battery; these are wrong. A more powerful battery will start the vehicle over a wider range of conditions, and will have a longer life as it will not be worked so hard. This clearly benefits the customer.
In some cases, the battery tray on the vehicle will allow a longer, more powerful battery to be fitted. This is not a problem provided that the battery hold-down will secure the battery, and that the battery does not foul the underside of the bonnet causing damage or a short-circuit.
Under new consumer legislation, offering a recommendation for a vehicle that is not listed in this Catalogue will make you legally responsible if a problem should occur.
We recommend that you write on the receipt; ‘Sold as a non-catalogue fitment at the customer’s own risk’. This will not affect the battery warranty with respect to faulty materials or workmanship.
While we make every effort to specify the correct battery for each application, we occasionally have some errors as the result of one of the following circumstances:
• Vehicles are sometimes made in different factories in different
countries, and these can be sometimes fitted with batteries of different
types and sizes.
• Vehicles can be ‘grey imports’ into the UK, generally from Japan, and
these often do not have the same batteries as those on similar vehicles
that are normally imported into the UK.
• Vehicle-manufacturers sometimes change the type of battery during a
production-run, perhaps as the result of a supply-problem with the
specified battery, or perhaps on the occasion of a face-lift.
For this reason, we always recommend that the customer should place the old and new batteries side by side to compare dimensions, polarities, hold-downs and performance-levels.