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She's 15 years old and built like a heavyweight boxer - but I love her very much - and, after having spent 6 months without my car due to financial constraints, I was looking forward to driving her again after I had finally managed to save up for the tax! Expensive brake work meant that I had to declare my car SORN for end of 2007 as I couldn't afford to tax her. Off I went - tax disc in my pocket and keys in my hand - to get her started again. Guess what…dead. Nothing. No life at all! I had left her stood over winter and the battery had had it
Returning to my home in my fiancée's Ford Ka rather glum I thought I'd have a scout about to find battery prices. Here's how it went…
Kwik-Fit - £65.99 (fitted) + £1 eco battery disposal. Halfords - £65.00 (off the shelf) Local garage - "A Volkswagen what?" Google search - Many sites to scroll through and came across TAYNA.co.uk the 3rd in the list - hence this review
What grabs you straight away about Tayna when compared with other battery websites is that straight away you know that they know their batteries inside-out and upside-down. On the very first page is a list of battery types provided listed by using-product. I.e. Car Batteries, Household Batteries, Jet Ski Batteries and such. Opposite the list is a guide to fitments by application and a search box for the knowledgeable punters out there. So, having scribbled down the details from my old battery I typed in '12v 55AH' and up popped the battery details, picture, dimensions - suitable for a VW Golf Mk3 (same as a Vento).
Tayna mainly use Varta & Numax batteries. I opted for the cheaper Numax brand. It's good to have a choice. Perhaps the reason why KF & Halfords prices are so high is that there is no choice. You go in to the store in a panic or a rush and pay their price for the battery for you car, or you lump it. Or!!! You could look about online and head over to Tayna and choose which battery you want!
Great, now for the bad news - the price. I read on and prepared for the £65 price tag quoted by KF & Halfords. What? No bad news? What do you mean it's only £43.99? Hmm, surely not. Let's refresh to double check I'm on the right battery. Huh!! It's only £43.99? Right, here's where I'm stung with the postage eh? No? Are you being serious it's only going to cost me just over £50 for battery & postage? Okay then…*click*…okay ordered and paid for. I reckon because of the price it'll be a week or so by the time I get this battery - better get a bus ticket for the week. The bus ticket was a waste of money. It arrived next post day!!
At first when I happened upon Tayna.co.uk I thought 'There's no way they can provide these batteries for this cheap'. They can, and they do. The site is full of pleased customers providing beaming reviews. Additional to the easy to use and truth-telling website the email correspondence from Tayna was first class. I had 3 emails informing me of every step - one for order placed, one for order received and one for order dispatched. The emails were polite and official but also friendly and you got a feeling that your order was dealt with as top priority.
I can only speak from the car battery side but I've had a quick scout through the site and the other batteries and they really do know what they are talking about.
I will certainly be using Tayna for household and specialist batteries in the future and recommend to all.
Good, basic website that is easy to use and very informative.
Excellent correspondence and a touch of class is the feeling customer priority that lingers throughout the site and emails.
Great Company, great prices, what more do you want?
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