How to buy or replace your car battery?
Firstly, what is a Car battery and what does it do?
A car battery is “is a rechargeable battery that supplies electrical current to a motor vehicle. Its main purpose is to feed the starter, which starts the engine. Once the engine is running, power for the car’s electrical systems is supplied by the alternator.” (Wikipedia).
Maintaining your car battery
If your battery isn’t in good shape, you are likely to get stranded someplace because your car won’t crank. It’s better to be safe than sorry, So, it is wise to inspect and change your car’s battery after 2 to 3 years. Within that period, you should regularly check for the fluid level of the battery if it’s an acid battery.
How to buy a car battery?
For most auto batteries, an average lifespan is of four to five years. However, it depends on the use as well as maintenance. The latest battery designs require minimum maintenance.
6 key factors to look out for when buying a new battery are:
- How fresh is your battery?
There is a code at the back of the battery that indicates the month and year that the battery was manufactured. Ensure that the battery is less than 6 months old.
- Warranty for your battery
You should check to see if the battery that you are buying has a warranty, a warranty period and/or a free replacement which can save you a lot of time and hassle if something goes wrong.
- Check the battery life before you replace it
If you think your old battery is causing any issues while starting the car, it’s best to check the life of your current battery first. At times, an old battery needs some maintenance work and then it’s back to working properly. In other cases, once you have ruled this out, you will need a new battery.
- Customer Reviews
There are a number of companies and manufacturers selling batteries. Before you accept and purchase a new battery, you should read the reviews from customers.
Older batteries require maintenance and can be cheaper. The latest designs in some batteries make them maintenance-free, hassle-free and the battery takes care of itself.
- Power of the battery
Always check that you purchase a battery that fulfills the power requirement for your vehicle.
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Originally published Apr 23, 2019 16:51:40 PM, updated Jun 20, 2021