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We all know that our cars can’t function properly without batteries. From turning on the car to using headlights at night, you need to have a battery in your car. Not just any battery, but a good battery.
In this article we are going to look at a number of different things you need to keep in mind when purchasing a new battery for your car.
If you go to any automobile store in your city, you will notice the wide range of variety. There are all kinds of batteries on sale. So how do you pick the best one for your vehicle?
You should also learn how you can prolong the life of the battery by making sure that you charge it properly from time to time.
If you leave it sitting for some time, its life will decrease significantly. Anyways, that’s a different topic, but just know that they are not hard to replace.
Let’s now look at various things that you should consider before you decide to buy one.
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Size of the Battery Matters
Batteries come in many different sizes as they are made for all kinds of different vehicles. The size of the battery required for your vehicle may be completely different from the size required for another car.
You need the correct size to ensure that your car functions normally.
If you are not sure how to determine the size, don’t worry, you have a couple of options.
- Check owner’s manual; it should have the size listed
- Check previous battery label
- Show the old battery to a mechanic
- Or just take the car to a mechanic and let them handle it
Select Battery Based on Climate
If you live in a warm environment, your car will normally start fine and you have nothing to worry about. But, if you live in very cold environments, you may have trouble starting your vehicle.
In cases like these, you need to look for batteries with CCA (Cold Cranking Amps). CCA is just a rating that is used by battery manufacturers and dealers to state how well a battery can start your vehicle in cold environment.
If you will be starting your vehicle in cold environments, go with higher CCA rating.
Reserve Capacity Matters as Well
You vehicle has a little machine called “alternator”. Its job is to charge the battery when your car is running. What would happen if it fails? Your car would stop charging and battery power will be used instead.
So, you need to determine if your battery should have high reserve capacity or low. Go with high reserve capacity.
Design Should Match Previous Battery
Before you close the deal and purchase one, make sure the design of the battery is same as the one that is already installed. Because it has to fit in the right place under the hood.
Keep in mind the dimensions. Measure them and take them with you to the store. Keep note of any special design.
Purchasing batteries cost a lot of money, and they need to be reliable. So when you do purchase a battery, look for the ones that come with warranty. See if you can get them at a reasonable cost.
Having a battery that is good quality and reliable will give your peace of mind when you are driving away from home.
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