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How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Your car's battery is what gives your vehicle life - it creates the energy needed to keep your vehicle running. A dead car battery means a vehicle that won't run, so don't ignore the signs of a dying car battery!

So, how long do car batteries last and how do you know when to get a new one? Most car batteries last anywhere between 3 to 5 years. It can depend on the quality of the battery. If your car battery is on its last leg, you may notice certain symptoms. However, testing is always recommended at our shop because the issue can be with the battery, but it can also be an alternator or other starting/charging system issue.

Here are some symptoms that can indicate your car battery is dying:

  • You notice that your vehicle's headlights look dim
  • When you try to start your car, you hear a clicking noise
  • Engine cranks slowly when you try to start your car
  • Your car backfires
  • The check engine light has turned on
  • Your car's electrical components are failing such as the radio, power windows, or power locks
  • The battery terminals look corroded

If you're experiencing any of the problems above and suspect that your car battery is failing, we invite you into our shop for testing. We can see how much charge your battery has left and if it does indeed need to be replaced. If it does, we can do that for you right here at our shop. If the issue is with the alternator or other electrical component, we will advise you of your options.

Ignoring a problem with your car battery can leave you stranded, which will then lead to needing a tow and leaving you without a vehicle. The best thing to do is get ahead of major problems by having your car battery tested at the first sign of trouble.

For car battery services, bring your car to Hagin's Auto today!

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