How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

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All car batteries expire at some point, but how long do car batteries last? Expect to get up to four years from your car battery—at least under ideal conditions. However, it’s worth noting that cold, extreme heat, and driving habits can all play a role in determining your battery’s real-world lifespan. Find out how to make the most of your current battery below, and when you need a replacement, remember that it’s easy to schedule service with Edwards Chevrolet Buick GMC, just a short drive from Papillion.

 

 

How Long Is the Average Vehicle Battery Life?

Scheduling preventative maintenance is infinitely easier than calling (and paying for) a roadside assistance, especially on those cold days when your battery is most at risk. Understanding average vehicle battery life can save you a lot of trouble, and even though a lot depends on external factors, car batteries tend to last around three to four years.

We recommend that Omaha and Bellevue drivers visit our service center for battery replacement at least once every three years. Taking this step will greatly lower the risk that you’ll need a jump at some point down the line.

When to Schedule a Car Battery Change

As we’ve already noted, many different factors can cause a car battery to expire prematurely. Here, we’ve highlighted the most important:

  • If lights or vehicle electronics are left on, your battery may drain completely. This will lower your total battery life.
  • Have you had more than one jump start in recent memory? Each jump leaves the battery weaker than before.
  • Sitting in extreme heat can cause a battery’s fluids to evaporate, slowly but surely, lowering total battery life.
  • Extreme cold can drain the last bit of charge from a battery that has seen better days.
  • Starting your car drains the battery, and driving allows it to recharge. Frequent short trips with many stops can cause a battery to experience excess wear and tear.

Ultimately, you’ll want to look out for the following signs that you’re due for a car battery change:

  • The headlights are weak, and get brighter when you accelerate.
  • The car takes a long time to start
  • The battery has bulges, leaks, significant corrosion, or a damaged case.
  • The check engine light has come on, and you can’t find another cause.

We’re Here to Help!

Whether you need to pick up a new battery from our Council Bluffs parts department or you’re just doing research to get prepared for vehicle ownership, we’ve got you covered. While you’re here, explore our other parts and service tips to stay on top of all your vehicle’s needs. 

 

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