What to Consider Before Buying a New Car Battery
The battery is an integral component of your car. It provides power for starting your vehicle and protects your car's computer against surges. If you have a busy schedule and are always on the go, it’s essential to understand the importance of keeping your battery in pristine condition, as well as what to consider before buying a new car battery when the time comes. Keep reading to discover four things you should consider when buying a new car battery.
1. Battery Group Size
Car batteries come in various group sizes, indicating the battery's length, width, and height. Check your manual or consult a mechanic about your car battery group size. Remember, the right battery size should fit perfectly in the tray; this secures your battery and prevents damage.
2. Battery's Minimum Cold-Cranking Amps
Climate can affect the health of your battery. Therefore, knowing the battery's minimum cold cranking amps (CCA) helps make the selection. CCA refers to the number of amps a car battery can support at a temperature of 0 degree Fahrenheit. A high CCA value means your battery is powerful enough to start your car in particularly cold climates. Also, check the battery's reserve capacity, which refers to the time the battery can run on its power without the engine.
3. Battery Cell Type
The cell type will impact the performance, voltage, and charging. Common cell types include: AGM, EFB, and Lead Acid. AGM and EFB batteries are famous for their high performance and require minimal maintenance. Similarly, lead acid batteries are inexpensive but have a limited lifecycle.
4. Brand and Warranty
Choose a reputable brand to ensure superior quality and replacement in case of issues. Leading brands also typically offer great warranties, which can help save you money in the long run.
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Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.