Once you have decided which trolling motor battery best fits your needs, it’s time to buy one. That may seem like a simple process but there are still several considerations to make. You’ll need to decide where to buy our battery. Do you want to buy it from a store or do you want to make the purchase online? There are pros and cons to either approach.
Heading down to the local store and picking up a battery is the traditional method. But you have to know which stores carry marine batteries. Luckily, there is a wide variety of possibilities. Most people’s first thought would be a mass retailer like Walmart, Sears or The Home Depot. These stores seem to carry everything and that includes deep-cycle batteries.
Another option that comes to mind would be an automotive store. It might seem counter-intuitive to go to a car store for a boat battery, but I assure you that they have them in stock. Examples of automotive stores include brands like Napa Auto Parts, AutoZone, and Pep Boys. They all carry a selection of marine batteries alongside their car battery inventory.
Another popular option would be a sporting goods store. Obviously, stores that sell trolling motors also sell trolling motor batteries. Examples of sporting goods stores that sell batteries include stores like Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and Gander Mountain.
And last but not least, you could try a store that specializes in batteries. A store like Batteries Plus also carries marine batteries.
One of the most obvious advantages of buying in the store is that there is bound to be at least one of the types of stores described above near your home. When shopping in store, you get the in-person experience that lots of people prefer when shopping. You can see and touch the item. You can read the labels. You can ask a salesperson any question you might have and get an immediate response. Buying your trolling motor battery in the store is also perfect for when you need the battery immediately. Whether your old battery died or you just want to go fishing tomorrow, if you need the battery now, buying it in a store is the way to go.
There are also disadvantages to buying in the store. The store may not have the battery you want in stock. A battery in-store may be more expensive than it is online. Depending on where you live, you will probably have to pay a sales tax on the battery which can really add up. Batteries are heavy and you will have to haul it around the store, plug it to your vehicle and then haul it home. Lift with your knees!
The invention of e-commerce changed the way that millions of people shop for everything, even batteries. There are hundreds of websites where you can buy a trolling motor battery. All of the big brand name stores named above (Walmart, Sears, etc.) also sell batteries on their websites. Hundreds of specialty websites like Boaters Plus and Outdoor Pros sell trolling motor batteries exclusively online. If you’re the type of person that knows exactly what you want and would prefer the convenience of shopping online, then purchasing through an e-commerce site might be the way to go. Of course, the same holds true for online stores as it does for physical stores, there are advantages and disadvantages.
One of the most popular reasons for shopping online is the convenience factor. You can shop in your underwear whenever you want. You aren’t limited by a store’s hours of operation. If you live in a place that doesn’t have any nearby stores, then the internet is the place to turn to. The web also allows you to do lots of research and provides a wider selection of batteries to choose from than your local store. Sites like Amazon allow you to read real reviews from people that have already bought batteries. That’s valuable knowledge that you just can’t get in the store. Buying online is often cheaper, you can sometimes avoid a sales tax, and most sites these days offer free shipping. These are all big positives in my book. As with all online shopping, you can also use a cashback shopping portal like Mr. Rebates or Ebates to save even more money.
When you shop online, you do miss out on the experience of being able to see and touch the actual product. If you have any questions about a particular item, it may be difficult to get an answer. While most stores and manufacturers have online contact forms, it could take a while to get a response. Most online retailers will ship batteries (often times for no extra charge), but some will not because batteries are so heavy and contain hazardous materials. Walmart, for example, will allow you to purchase a battery online, but you will need to pick it up at the store. Another disadvantage is that if you do have your battery shipped, you’re going to have to wait for delivery. If you’re fishing in a tournament and your trolling motor battery dies, you’re not going to order one online and wait a week for it to arrive.
In conclusion, there is no one best place to buy a trolling motor battery. Everyone is going to have a different opinion depending on their shopping preferences. Some will want to head to their local store where they know the sales staff by name and they can get immediate answers to any questions they may have. Other guys are just going to research what they want online, click a button and have the battery arrive at their doorstep. I personally fall into the latter camp. I prefer the convenience of shopping at a site like Amazon. Take a look at their selection of marine batteries. You can’t beat the great prices (no taxes), free shipping, and excellent customer service.