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Why is the dealer telling me it cost $500 to replace my battery and no one else but them could do it.

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My first guess is that they're crooks BUT some vehicles do have various components mounted above the battery, which requires that they be removed to access the battery. You should be able to look at the battery and see how much stuff is mounted above it. If unsure, take it to your local auto parts store, most of them will replace it for free if it is not too much trouble.

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