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Turning the key and hearing, well, nothing – or at best a weak attempt at cranking – can be very stressful. Oftentimes this is the result of a dying or already dead car battery, the unit under your car’s hood that powers everything from the ignition to your automatic windows and door locks. The electronics in your vehicle depend on this heavy, rectangular contraption in order to continue functioning. Luckily, the battery is one of the easiest parts to replace.

You may be stymied when you go into the auto parts store and see the dizzying array of choices and price ranges for this automotive component. Typical tags range from under $100 to $500, depending upon the brand and type of vehicle the battery is for. But the price isn’t the only thing that varies. There are a number of factors to take into consideration when you go battery shopping:

  • Decide on materials: Lead-acid is the old stand-by, and for good reason. Their affordability and overall trustworthiness has led to a solid reputation. Spiral grid on the other hand may be lesser known, but through the use of electrolyte and AGM (absorbent glass mats) these batteries last longer with lower discharge and superior vibration resistance. Spiral grid are, of course, pricier.

  • Check the CCA: Cold cranking amps matter because the rating is an indicator of the amount of current, in amperes, that a battery can sustain for 30 seconds at approximately 64 degrees Fahrenheit. The higher the rating, the better the battery is at starting your car in cold weather.

  • Consider RC: Reserve capacity is seldom mentioned but it can be an important factor in your battery’s function. This rating indicates how many minutes the battery can maintain 25 amperes of power at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You might not think this matters much due to the car’s normal ability to keep the battery charged, but if the main charging systems go down, the battery’s RC will allow you to start the vehicle anyway, within a certain time frame.

  • Get a good warranty: Name brands like DieHard are famous for their quality and superior warranties. Add in the 885 CCA and RC of 145 minutes and it might be worth the higher price to you. Surprisingly, however, some off-brands, like Costco’s Kirkland batteries, also offer a full three year replacement warranty as well as high quality ratings and good CCA. Compare price against guarantee to make the best choice for your budget.

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Nickolas

5 years of experience
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Nickolas
5 years of experience
Ford Escape - Battery - Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Nickolas arrived at the scheduled time, which I appreciate. He was polite and told me exactly what he would do. I have never used this service but the service was great. I merely gave him my keys and he told me he would come back when the job was completed. My battery in my car died while my wife was on business travel. So this was so convenient that I might consider it in the future.
Volkswagen Beetle - Battery - Olathe, Kansas
Nickolas arrived on time with all parts needed to make repairs that other repair shops always refer me to the dealership for. Very courteous and polite.

Jaime

19 years of experience
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Jaime
19 years of experience
Dodge Neon - Car Battery Replacement - Sherman Oaks, California
Jaime was GREAT - professional, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, on-time, and efficient. THANK YOU JAIME!!!

Edmar

21 years of experience
163 reviews
Edmar
21 years of experience
GMC Terrain - Battery - Carrollton, Texas
Wow! Edmar is now my #1 mechanic. Very professional and thorough. He had my battery replaced and the 50 point check done in less than 1 hour. Car is running great!

David

12 years of experience
272 reviews
David
12 years of experience
BMW 325i - Battery - Acworth, Georgia
Thanks David for the service and time.Your knowledge and insight on the issues with my vehicle was much appreciated. I will definitely be in touch for your valuable help. David showed up on time and completed the repairs in a timely manner. Davis is equipped with knowledge,skills & professionalism to satisfy all your customers needs.

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