How to Buy a Good Quality Car Battery

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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Keven

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Ford Explorer V8-4.6L - Battery - Spanaway, Washington
Since we have started using YourMechanic and Kevin has been our mechanic we have gotten nothing but the best service. He always goes above and beyond and gives his best to insure we are taken care of.
Kia Soul - Battery - Puyallup, Washington
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Carlos

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Jeep Compass L4-2.4L - Battery - Santa Ana, California
Carlos went above and beyond during the appointment, and was incredibly patient and kind when chatting with me about the car. His knowledge and professionalism was impressive and I'm very happy with the appointment.
BMW 750Li xDrive - Battery - Mission Viejo, California
He was behind schedule but let us know right away and as soon as he arrived he got the work done extremely fast. He is also very knowledgeable and informative. He was courteous and friendly. My husband and I would use him again with confidence.

Brian

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Brian
7 years of experience
Saturn Vue V6-3.5L - Battery - Dayton, Ohio
Brian was awesome he communicated with me through out the process and was a joy. Service was lengthy (car had a lot to fix) but completed well I will definitely use him again
Honda Accord - Car Battery Replacement - Dayton, Ohio
An expert at his craft. Fast with his work without missing a detail. Very personable. Highly recommend.

Jamie

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Jamie
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Toyota Corolla L4-1.8L - Battery - San Bernardino, California
This was the fastest car service I have ever had. Switched out my battery and check other things with my car and was done before I knew it. Will definitely continue to use this for more car maintenance.
Chevrolet Equinox - Battery - San Bernardino, California
Very friendly and knowledgeable. Great personality. When I need you again I will surely ask for him. Thanks Jamie.

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