How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

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What is the average car battery life? Typically, your vehicle will need a car battery change every three to four years. However, there are some factors that can shorten the average car battery life, including your driving habits and the climate you live in. Learn more with the service experts at Dan Cava's Buick GMC below, then schedule an appointment when it’s time for a car battery change in Bridgeport. 



When Should I Get a Car Battery Change?

How long do car batteries last? You may have heard from other Fairmont drivers that you can go five to six years before needing a car battery change. However, if you want to avoid any issues, it’s best to get a car battery replacement every three to four years. 

Like oil changes, brake service, and tire service, a car battery change is one of those essential maintenance tasks that you don’t want to prolong. Next, let’s explore some of the factors that can shorten your car battery life.

What Factors Can Shorten Car Battery Life?

There are certain factors you need to be aware of that can weaken your car battery prematurely and result in the need for an early car battery change, including: 

  • Climate & Location: If you primarily drive in a hot climate, your car battery may wear down sooner than it would if you mostly drove in a cool climate.
  • Driving Habits: While it may sound backwards, not driving your vehicle enough and leaving it sitting for long durations of time can shorten your car battery life. If you have a commute, you can give your battery more time to charge by taking the scenic route. 
  • Leaving Lights On: Your car battery can be completely drained if you accidentally leave an interior light, your headlights, or any other system that requires power on overnight. 

What Are the Signs You Need a Car Battery Change?

To avoid the unfortunate experience of having your car battery die while you’re out and about in Morgantown, it’s important to be aware of the signs of a failing car battery:

  • The engine is slow to start 
  • Check engine light is on 
  • Dim car lights
  • Corrosion on the connectors for the battery 
  • The battery case has a warped or misshapen appearance 
  • Electric issues (cell phone charger, heated seats, etc. aren’t working) 

We don’t recommend waiting for these signs to start occurring before you get a car battery change. Once your car battery is nearing three years old, visit your local Buick, GMC service center for a battery load test to ensure it’s still in good shape. 

Schedule a Car Battery Change at Dan Cava's Buick GMC 

Now that you know more about the average car battery life and telltale signs of a failing battery, don’t hesitate to schedule service with Dan Cava's Buick GMC when it’s time for a car battery change or battery load test. If you’re planning on doing some DIY maintenance in your Grafton driveway, be sure to check out our service and parts tips. You can reach out with any questions.


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