How Long Does a Car Battery Last?

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The life of your car battery depends on how long it can hold its charge, and is capable of being recharged. Once it can’t be recharged, it’s dead. There are a number of factors that can affect your car battery, including humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors.

Let’s assume ideal conditions: no high temperatures, no excessive humidity – in short, a perfect world for your car. Under these conditions, you can probably expect your car battery life to be about six years. On average, a car battery lasts between two and five years. If you live in the northern United States, your car battery lifespan will be longer, because you’re in a cold climate. Warm climates tend to increase damage due to sulfation and water loss.

Good care extends battery life

Of course, proper car battery care can greatly enhance your car battery lifespan, and the best way to make sure that your car battery lasts a long time is to always keep it fully charged. That means that you should try not to leave your lights on or leave accessories plugged in. Also, make sure that your battery is always checked during routine vehicle maintenance.

Your battery life depends on these two main factors: where you live and how well you take care of the battery. If properly cared for, however, you should get a number of years out of your battery, assuming that you own a gasoline powered or diesel fueled vehicle. If you own a hybrid, or an electric car, you can expect to get an amazing eight years of auto battery life before you have to think about replacing it.


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Yoel

8 years of experience
135 reviews
Yoel
8 years of experience
Hyundai Santa Fe - Battery - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Yoel needed to reschedule for an earlier time the same day and that ended up working out great for both of us. He arrived on time, which means he left on time and I got on with my business meeting without interruption. Yoel showed me the used parts that needed replacement and the new ones with which he replaced him. This is my second time working with Yoel and I highly recommend him.
Chevrolet Corvette - Battery - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Professional, Knowledgeable, Courteous. Very pleased with the mechanic and the service. (Battery Replacement and Multi-Point Inspection)

Nazareth

26 years of experience
128 reviews
Nazareth
26 years of experience
Honda CR-V - Battery - La Crescenta, California
Nazareth actually showed up early, was very professional and efficient, and the job was accomplished in less than 20 minutes. Excellent service!
Honda Civic - Battery - Altadena, California
I cannot say enough good things about Nazareth, he was so lovely and even came to the appointment early! Work was done at lightning speed (because he clearly knows what he's doing)! My car has been running great, cannot thank you enough :)

Andrew

14 years of experience
274 reviews
Andrew
14 years of experience
Kia Sorento - Battery - Portland, Oregon
Andrew worked on my car, with a leaky battery, the check engine light was on, and it was running very rough. He did his usual excellent job, and now my car is purring agian.
Volvo XC60 - Battery - Portland, Oregon
Andrew was great. What a user friendly experience. Especially during these stay at home times. Highly recommended!

Diego

20 years of experience
541 reviews
Diego
20 years of experience
Ford Escape - Battery - Litchfield Park, Arizona
Diego tested our car's battery and verified it had a dead cell prior to replacing. He was fast and efficient in the manner in which he handled the repairs.

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