There are plenty of automotive batteries out there and figuring out which one to buy can be confusing, especially if you need to change it for the first time. Read below for some tips on finding the right battery, what to look for and battery prices.
How do I Know What Battery to Buy for My Car?
If you’re replacing your battery for the first time, you may be unsure of where to start. The first step is to figure out the right group size. The battery group size tells us the measurement of the battery case. It is usually a two-digit number that is sometime followed by a letter. The group size can be found on your old battery label or by consulting your vehicle manual.
Another important aspect to consider is the cold cranking amps (or CCA). A higher CCA number is better for colder climates, which is something to consider since Canadian winters can get frigid.
How Long Should a Car Battery Last?
On average, automotive batteries need to be changed every 3 to 5 years, depending on the overall condition of your vehicle and the climate in which you drive. There are certain signs that will tell you if your battery is dying, such as a slow starting engine, electrical issues, dimmer lights, a warped battery case or if the check engine light is on.
You can find standard models for $50 to $120. For premium car batteries, expect to pay between $90 and $200. The price of batteries varies according to the type, so make sure you know which one your vehicle needs to avoid any issues. Also, you need to take into consideration installation costs, which can vary from mechanic to mechanic.