How much does a car battery cost?
Monday, 1 April 2019
The cost of a car battery can vary dramatically, depending on where you are purchasing the battery from, and what type of vehicle you have.
With increased technology in new vehicles, the demand on electrical systems has skyrocketed. This, in turn, has forced battery manufacturers to use more complex components to keep up with the vehicles they are fitted to.
Gone are the days when you could pick up a car battery relatively cheaply, as most vehicles under five years of age require specific battery types to allow the vehicle’s systems to operate correctly.
Older vehicles can still use the older style batteries, but it may be beneficial to use a more modern variety, as one with the latest technology is likely to outlast the older style battery.
For smaller vehicles, you may be looking at anywhere between $80 to $200 for a decent quality battery, and one that has a long warranty.
Most of the larger manufacturers provide new batteries with 2 or 3 years’ warranty, as long as they are used correctly.
In newer vehicles, especially luxury vehicles that are crammed full of features, battery pricing can range from $150 to $350 and above.
These vehicles have complex battery monitoring systems, as well as alternators that are controlled by the engine control unit (ECU) to regulate how much power is needed, and require a battery with silver calcium construction.
These batteries are more stable, hold charge over longer periods (some can last 6+ years when used correctly), and are less susceptible to temperature fluctuation.
Using the wrong type of battery in this kind of vehicle will cause starting issues, as well as problems with many of the electrical systems, and may leave you stranded on the side of the road.
Maintaining and using the correct battery will have your vehicle starting reliably when you need it most.
If you are unsure of which battery you require for your vehicle, or if you need your battery tested, Supercheap Auto offers these services, stocks battery sizes for most popular makes and models, and can often fit your new battery for a small ‘charge’ (pun intended!), as well as recycling your old battery.
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All data gathered in September 2016.
Finding a passion for cars from a young age, Joel carried out work experience as a mechanic whilst at school before starting an apprenticeship after finishing year 12.
After almost 10 years on the tools and in customer service, he moved into the IT realm as a Data Analyst and In-House mechanic at AutoGuru.