It’s annoying having to spend a lot of money on something that could stop functioning very soon, right? We sometimes think twice about buying quality items because they often cost a lot. However, spending more money than usual on items that could last longer is mandatory. If you want to make sure that you’ll be able to maximise the value of an item, you must be prepared to spend a bit more on them.
Take for example, car batteries. Car batteries generally last between three to five years but cheaper brands have the tendency to only last between one to three years. Of course, the way that we use and take care of our car batteries can make a difference but more often than not, brand name and the cost of car battery can determine how long it can last.
According to online directory and review site Angie’s List, average car batteries cost around $75 to $100 but there are also premium ones that cost around $90 to $200.
Because we can relate to the challenge of finding the perfect car battery, we have listed down some tips to make the hunt easier.
Find reputable brands
If you want long lasting batteries, buy them from reputable manufacturers. The leading car battery brands in Australia are AutoCraft, Bosch, DieHard, DuraLast and Optima. If you’re wondering whether you can buy cheaper ones, of course you can. But you cannot expect cheaper batteries to last longer than branded ones.
Do your research & read reviews
The price of a battery depends on what type of battery it is. There are about 40 types of batteries available including lead-acid and absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries. It is important that you know which type of battery to buy so you can compare prices as well as warranties. Reviews can also help you in your decision-making process.
If reviews are not enough, you can ask some friends and relatives to recommend their trusted brands. Recommendations are the most honest opinions you can get, after all, no one will recommend a brand that isn’t reliable right?
Don’t get your car batteries replaced at car dealerships
The most expensive option for having a replacement battery installed is through dealerships. According to consumer information and shopping resource CostHelper, readers who had their battery replaced at a car dealership have been charged between $90 to $307, with an average price of $204.
Getting a replacement car battery is not very easy so you must spend time doing your own research. You also need to make sure that you know which type of battery to look for, because having this information will help you get the correct price range.
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