How Long Should a Car Battery Last?

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The life of your car battery depends on how long it can hold its charge, and be 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 perfect conditions. No high temperatures, no excessive humidity, no nothing else. Under these conditions, you can probably expect your car battery life to be about six years. If you want to average it out, though, you can expect your auto battery life to be somewhere 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.

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 make sure that it’s always fully charged. That means that you should try not to leave your lights on, or leave accessories plugged in that could reduce your auto battery life. Also, make sure that your mechanic checks your battery when you go in for your routine vehicle maintenance.

Your battery life, then, is going to depend on where you live and how well you take care of the battery. But properly cared for, you should get a number of years (usually five or six) 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 8 years of auto battery life before you have to think about replacing it. When it gets to that point, contact a professional mechanic to replace the old battery and have your car start up quickly.


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Andrew

14 years of experience
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Andrew
14 years of experience
Volvo XC60 - Battery - Portland, Oregon
Andrew was great. What a user friendly experience. Especially during these stay at home times. Highly recommended!
Toyota Prius - Car Battery Replacement - Beaverton, Oregon
Excellent, professional service! Communication was great: we had to reschedule so he could pick up a specific part I requested, and he gave me a call the day off when he had a cancellation and could schedule me in earlier. He was on time, quick, and knowledgeable. Fantastic experience!

Jason

14 years of experience
116 reviews
Jason
14 years of experience
Honda Accord - Battery - Brooklyn, New York
Jason did a fantastic job. He was quick, knowledgeable, and friendly. It was very convenient having him come to my neighborhood to fix my car.
Toyota Corolla - Car Battery Replacement - Bronx, New York
Jason was excellent he exceeded my expectations. He was professional, courteous, and went above and beyond.

Daniel

10 years of experience
139 reviews
Daniel
10 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra Coupe - Battery - River Grove, Illinois
Excellent service and very informative. Very kind, professional and provides great work! Highly recommend!
Chrysler PT Cruiser - Battery - Chicago, Illinois
Very good communication, super fast service, and my car runs again! I'm so thrilled that this service exists.

Scott

33 years of experience
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Scott
33 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Battery - Denver, Colorado
I had a great experience with Scott. He was on time, professional, friendly, and very helpful. He replaced my battery quickly and even did a full health check of the car. I even got a $20 discount! Highly recommend Scott.

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