Well thanks to everyone who posted their suggestions and Calwaterboy who referred me to the thread about this and registration. The battery we got at auto zone has a little larger cranking amp than the original one but fits perfectly as is the same exact size and has a vent tube. The car started right up and we have yet decided whether we will be trying to get it registered or not as there seems to conflicting advise regarding this i.e. some say do,it and others who state they have not and all is fine. My wife will be using the car tomorrow so we'll see now it goes and have put in a couple of calls to some independent dealers asking them if they register and if so price and what their opinion is regarding registering, yes or no.