How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

One of the questions that our service team is frequently asked is “How long do car batteries last?” Generally, a vehicle will need a new battery after about three to four years– although you should keep in mind this number can vary from car to car. Keep reading to learn more about the average battery life, as well as how to know when your car needs a new battery. 

What is the Average Vehicle Battery Life?

If you pose this question to different Stamford drivers, you may get a different answer. Some will suggest getting a new battery every five or six years, while others may suggest changing out your battery every two years. In general, a three to four-year interval between each battery is a good schedule to follow. 

Similar to oil changes, tire service, and brake service, keeping up with battery care is crucial and you should have your battery inspected during regular service visits. 

Factors That Can Negatively Impact Your Battery Life

As you drive through the Greenwich area, your driving habits and the location itself can shorten your car’s battery life:

  • Driving Habits: Even if you don’t drive your car often, letting your vehicle sit for extended periods of time can shorten your battery life. Try to take a longer route to work to give your battery time to charge. Also, make sure not to leave the power on when the ignition is off. Leaving an interior light on overnight can drain your battery. 
  • Climate & Location: Driving in a hot climate puts more strain on your battery than if you were driving in a cooler climate. 

How Do I Know When I Need a New Battery?

There are certain signs of a failing car battery that you can look out for when out and about in Bridgeport: 

  • Check engine light is on 
  • The engine is slow to start 
  • Car lights are dim
  • Electric issues (cell phone charger, heated seats, etc. aren’t working) 
  • Connectors for the battery are corroded 
  • The battery case looks warped or misshapen 

The clearest sign that your battery is in need of a replacement is its age. If your car battery is approaching three years old, visit our service center in Norwalk for a battery load test to ensure that it’s working properly.

Schedule Your Next Car Battery Change with Garavel CJDR

If you’re noticing any battery issues, bring your vehicle into Garavel CJDR to let our certified technicians inspect your vehicle. We’ll take a look at your battery and gauge whether or not you need a battery replacement. Contact us today at 475-258-7036 to learn more about our battery service. Also, be sure to check out our service tips and tricks where you can find helpful information on how to care for your automobile.

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