How Long Does a Car Battery Last?

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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Shawn

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Chrysler Pacifica - Battery - Hampton, Virginia
He was very punctual, friendly and was able to get our car fixed very quickly. He did a great job and I would highly recommend him for all your car maintenance!
Subaru Outback - Car Battery Replacement - Newport News, Virginia
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Toyota Prius - Battery - Hazel Park, Michigan
Claud did a wonderful job, I am super pleased with the service he provided. My battery is in the trunk area of my Prius hatchback. I had put the backseat down to clear out my returnables for him. He put my seats back up and put eveything back together...my car looked even tidier than before he got there.! He put air in one of my tires because he noticed it was low, and informed me of some upcoming minor maintenance to keep an eye on. Car is running great, didn't have to wait long for him to finish, and he was even early for the appointment.
Chevrolet Trax - Battery - Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Very good experience. He arrived on time. Explained what he was going to do. Completed the work and was thorough in what I needed for my next service in plain language vs car jargon. I'm a raving fan of Claud!

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Ford Escape - Battery - Chandler, Arizona
In my past, mechanics have gotten a bad rap for overcharging and underdelivering. It is good to know that good, hard-working, professional people still exist. It matters and it's appreciated. Greg Fowler gives mechanics their good reputation back. Greg showed up to fix my car two days in a row, resolved the problem of my car not starting, like a jigsaw puzzle master. There was no challenge that he did not tackle head-on. In the end, Sugar (my car) is running sweet again.
Ford Fusion - Car Battery Replacement - Chandler, Arizona
Greg was great. On time, thorough and friendly. First time using this type of service and will 100% do it again.

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Kia Sedona - Car Battery Replacement - Redford, Michigan
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Hyundai Accent - Battery - Farmington, Michigan
Mike was courteous and provided great service, even in the cold. I appreciated his expertise and going the extra mile to check my alternator after changing the battery.

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