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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Pierre

8 years of experience
42 reviews
Pierre
8 years of experience
Honda Fit - Car Battery Replacement - Arlington, Massachusetts
Very good experience. He changed a dead battery, replaced air filters and did an oil change. Very happy with the work.
Ford Focus - Battery - Boston, Massachusetts
Friendly, knowledgeable and easy going. Loved that he took the time to give me a few maintenance tips and car info that was outside of the scope of his contractual work (battery replacement). Very pleased with the work done.

Bryant

11 years of experience
347 reviews
Bryant
11 years of experience
Dodge Journey - Battery - Indianapolis, Indiana
Bryant customer service was the greatest. We had a nice conversation about my vehicle and he explained where the battery was located on my vehicle. He stated that I could go inside and he would text when he was done. After receiving his text, I went outside and started the vehicle and signed the invoice. If there is every another time, that I would need to use Your Mechanic, I will request for Bryant Craig. I also recommend to a friend.

Derrick

10 years of experience
47 reviews
Derrick
10 years of experience
Jeep Patriot - Battery - Berkeley, California
I appreciate him understanding how to support me as I was working from home and on a conference call

James

40 years of experience
4 reviews
James
40 years of experience
Mitsubishi Outlander - Battery - Aurora, Ohio
James arrived on time and completed the job quickly and efficiently. He even went above and beyond with car maintenance tips to extend the longevity and value. I was satisfied with the experience and will use this service again in the future.

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