📅 January 20, 2020•
⏱️3 min read
All of a sudden, your car's battery has made the decision; it will no longer start your car. Whatever time of the year this happens you will have to shop for whatever car battery coupons or sale are available at the time. Replacement car battery costs have almost doubled in the last few years. I could not believe the car battery price had gone up so much so fast. In 2007 or 2008, I bought a replacement car battery for a Nissan, and it was barely over $50. Then a few months ago the time came to buy a new car battery for my 77 Chevy Monza. I was shocked to find out that a standard brand name car battery was almost $100.
Five things that can affect car battery cost.
What size is your battery? Do you want a name brand battery, or does it matter? (RC) Reserve Capacity. How long has the battery been sitting on the shelf? CCA - Cold Cranking Amps
Size: The size of the cell which you may find referred to as a battery group. This refers to the actual dimensions of the battery. It would help if you always got the right size battery for your car. This is important since the wrong size battery will not fit appropriately in the cars battery tray.
Brand: There are many different replacement car battery brands out there. Most are a private label which is bought in quantity by the primary dealers and chain stores in the USA. For instance, Sears is known for Die-Hard, Autozone's brand is Dura-Last as well as Target, K-Mart, and many of the major auto parts stores have a private label. Any of these brands are a quality replacement car battery. The differences are in the class and life expectancy, which is represented sometimes as bronze, silver, platinum, gold, etc.
Reserve Capacity (RC): The official definition of RC is the number of minutes a fully charged battery will discharge at a rate of 25 amps at 80 degrees before it drops below 10.5 volts. It is measured in minutes. This rating is used to determine how long a battery can power your car without the help of your alternator in the event your car's belt breaks or alternator goes out. Do not just buy the battery with the highest rating. Ask your new car battery salesman or look in your owner's manual for the recommended grade for your specific needs. You could cause more harm than good by going with the highest score.
Date Manufactured: The freshness of a car battery can mean your new car battery doesn't last as long as you may expect. When a battery is sitting on the store's shelf for an extended period without being charged, it can start a chemical process called sulfation build up. This build-up gets on the lead plates inside and reduces the life of the battery. You can find out when a cell was shipped from the factory with code either heat stamped or stickers on the battery. The code is generally in ABC's and two numbers. The letters are the month, for instance, A equals January, and the digits are the year.
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): This is an essential measurement since we depend on it to crank our cars. CCA can also affect the car battery price. This is a measurement of how many amps the battery can deliver at 0 degrees for 30 seconds without dropping below 7.2 volts. If it gets icy where you live in the wintertime, this can be very important. Check your owner's manual for your cars recommended CCA rating or even easier; look at the label on your dead car battery before you start shopping for the best auto battery prices.
With all the information at your fingertips today, you should be able to find either some car battery coupons or a car battery sale in your area. Now that you can be sure you are shopping for your exact replacement car battery, you can be assured to get the best battery for your hard-earned money.