Your car battery, like most car parts, receives little consideration until there’s a problem with it — for
example. . . your car won’t start.
Unfortunately, your car battery has a fixed lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. Most batteries last around three years, but with excellent care, they can function for up to five years.
Extreme cold and extreme heat take a toll on your battery’s life.
An old battery in Phoenix barely stands a chance in the summer!
New or Refurbished?
Many Arizona auto parts shops will offer to sell you a refurbished battery, but it’s important to understand the difference between a new
battery and a refurbished one. Refurbished or used car batteries are unlikely to last as long as a new one due to “memory effect,” where
it cannot hold a full charge. Although it can be less expensive, you are likely to replace a used car battery much faster than a new one.
It may not be cheaper in the long run.
Chose the Right Size.
Choosing the right car battery is very important, as choosing one below your car’s specifications will cause you to have to replace it sooner,
and choosing one above your car’s needs will do nothing except cost you more. Your mechanic or the car’s owner manual will tell you what
size and capacity your particular car requires. Universal fit batteries fit most cars, and are designed to supply large amounts of current draw
over short periods of time, but these can be two to three times the cost of a normal battery.
Investigate the Warranty and the Battery Date.
Ask about the warranty offered on the battery you are considering. A good warranty will offer a free replacement if the battery dies within a
specified amount of time, and a prorated replacement if it dies after this period. Discount stores sell batteries for slightly less, but they are
usually older models. Check the date on the battery before purchasing one from a discount store.
Don’t Buy It Just Anywhere.
Who wants to be stuck on the side of a highway (or parking lot) in 110 degree Phoenix weather? Buying a good quality battery is too important, so don’t buy it at a discount store, or even just any Phoenix auto parts store. Professional quality parts have a MUCH longer lifespan than retail quality auto parts. Ask any good mechanic why not, & we promise you’ll learn something you didn’t know!As in all major car decisions, having a mechanic you trust is imperative. A good mechanic will walk you through the process, helping you make the best decision for your needs.
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