Monday, January 12, 2009

How To Buy a Car Battery

Picture this, you're a bit late for an appointment; you jump into your vehicle, turn the key and nothing happens. To make matters even worse, you're sitting in the parking lot with a car load of groceries. You turn the key again, nothing. Who hasn't experienced a DEAD BATTERY at the most inconvenient moment? Here is a tip that should help prevent this from happening.

The average life span of a battery is 3 to 5 years. When it's dead, it's obvious. Wouldn't it be great to have a little "heads up" before it dies? Each time you have your oil changed, ask for a "load test" on the battery. That simple analysis will indicate how well your battery is holding a charge.

Buying FRESH Car Batteries

Think of choosing a replacement battery like shopping for a quart of milk, you want a fresh one. We recommend not buying a car battery more than 6 to 10 months old. How you can tell? All batteries have a date code that the manufacture must stamp on the lid or case telling when it was made. Here's the secret of deciphering their code. The first 2 characters are the most important. Jan is "A" Feb is "B" and so on. The numbers stand for the year. For example a "6" would indicate a battery built in 2006. D8 would signify a battery made in April 2008. Great video here on how to buy a car battery.

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