All batteries degrade with age, including auto batteries. A faulty car battery can lead to other issues and be costly to repair. Therefore, it is crucial to be aware of when you require a replacement.
Here, we’ll give you all the info you need on replacing car batteries to keep your car running well. If your vehicle’s battery is old or you want it checked, reach out to a Best-One service advisor.
How much is a car battery?
Car battery costs can vary from $50 to $200 or more, based on factors like brand, size, and specifications. Generally, the more powerful the battery, the more expensive it will be. Some expensive brands may cost more, but they can be worth it because they last longer and have longer warranties. For a more accurate price estimate for your specific vehicle, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Best-One service advisor.
What we do:
- Battery performance testing
- Replacement with Best-One, Interstate batteries, or other major brands
- Lawn & garden battery replacements
- Tractor battery replacements
- Free recycling of old batteries
- Starter replacements
- Alternator replacements
- Courtesy vehicle service inspection
- Rebates on new batteries (as available)
How long do car batteries last?
On average, a car battery can last anywhere between two and five years. The lifespan of a battery for your vehicle can change because of weather, driving habits, and battery quality. Also, extremely cold or hot weather can make a battery die faster. Using electronics like a stereo or lights when the engine is off can also drain the battery.
What kind of car battery lasts the longest?
Typically, the type of battery material used in automotive batteries can impact how long they last. The most popular batteries are lead-acid. People use them in non-electric vehicles because they are usually cheaper. But they may not last as long as newer technology like lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles.
EV batteries last a long time but cost a lot, usually between $4,000 and $20,000 or more.
How do I know when my car needs a new battery?
All batteries degrade with age, including your truck or car battery. New car batteries usually last 3-5 years, but extreme temperatures, driving conditions, and habits can shorten their lifespan. At Best-One, we recommend a truck or car battery replacement every three years for optimum performance.
At a minimum, we recommend you have your battery evaluated every year beginning at its 3-year mark. To determine your battery’s age, check the “born on date” on the top of your battery.
Several signs indicate that your car may require a battery replacement. The most common signs include a slow engine crank when starting the vehicle or dimming lights when turning on the ignition. If you hear a clicking sound when trying to start your car, it may indicate that the battery power is low or has failed.
Here are some other signs that indicate you should get your car battery checked immediately:
- You frequently drive in short trips (less than 20 minutes)
- Your car is often in extreme temperatures, including cold weather
- Your engine is slow to crank
- Your check engine light is on
- Your battery fluid level is low
- Your battery case is swollen or bloated
- You smell rotten egg around the battery
- Your battery is more than 3 years old according to its “born on date”
How much does car battery installation cost, and can I do it myself?
Car battery installation costs typically vary depending on the auto repair store you choose. Some stores may offer free installation when purchasing a new car battery. However, experts do not recommend installing a car battery yourself unless you have experience and knowledge in car mechanics. Installing a battery incorrectly can lead to severe damage to your car or even injuries.
To avoid car breakdowns, it is crucial to regularly maintain your car battery. You can do this by checking its lifespan and paying attention to warning signs.
When it’s time to replace your battery, consider the cost, material, and brand to ensure you get the best long-term value. And lastly, always consult with an expert Best-One service technician when in doubt about battery replacement. By following these tips, you can keep your car running smoothly, ensuring that you stay safe on the road.
Remember, the Best-One Credit Card is available to give you financial flexibility to get the services you need now.
Schedule an Automotive/Car Battery Replacement Near You
At Best-One Tire & Service, we want every customer to walk away from their service experience and tell others why they are Raving Fans of Best-One. When you choose Best-One for an auto battery replacement near you, we’ll do our very best to deliver the service you need, at a competitive price, from people who treat you like family.