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Why Are Car Batteries So Expensive- Cost Performance, Cost, And Difference

Why Are Car Batteries So Expensive- Cost Performance, Cost, And Difference

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A car battery is an essential part of a car as it enables a car to perform. In short, both conventional cars that use petrol or diesel and electric cars need a battery to perform well. A car battery is needed to power or starts an engine which makes it possible to move. Without a car battery, there is nowhere you will go anytime you try and start your engine. Nowadays, there are a lot of batteries that are rechargeable which helps in saving on costs. Despite this, batteries still have a life cycle before they wear and tear. Quality and durable batteries are advantageous as a car owner will not be faced with replacement costs consistently. As a car owner who is cost conscience, you can decide to purchase a durable battery at a higher price than spend less on low-quality batteries that will need to be replaced every time.

With that said, in this article, we look at whether it is worth it to buy and spend money on a car battery. We will also inform you of the differences between cheap and expensive car batteries. Let's get started.

Is it worth buying a car battery?
First of all, we know without a car battery, you are pretty much stuck wherever you are as they are essential to your car's life. Most people tend to overlook them when doing car maintenance.

Buying a car battery can be expensive. But when you compare the cost of not buying a car battery to buying one, it is steep.  Having a dead battery can be a real nightmare, especially when you are stranded by the roadside waiting for help. Therefore, by having a functional one, you are a step ahead. There is a difference between owning a durable battery and a non-durable one. A durable battery cell has a long life span as long as it is maintained according to a non-durable one. It is not to say that a cheaper battery is not worth it; it will work just fine. The only difference comes when you have to keep replacing them consistently than you would a more expensive one.

Before you buy a battery, consider what you are willing to spend on purchasing it. You also have to look at the size, type, and brand of battery you will buy and whether it matches your car specifications. It is good to also look for batteries that offer warranty services. By comparing different warranties offered by different dealers, you can choose a battery with the most prolonged free replacement period. These are things most car users assume only to be duped into what they were not looking for.

All in all, a car battery is essential.

How much should you spend on a car battery?
The most nerve-wracking thing that can happen to any car owner is having a faulty or a dead battery. We all know some dead batteries are not really 'dead,' and they can be remedied by jump-starting. Other dead batteries will require a car owner to replace them. It can be an inconvenience to a car owner, especially if they don't have a backup one to use. Despite this, it is affordable and easy to replace your car battery than other car maintenance services.

CostHelper estimates a typical car battery will cost you $80 to $200. However, a premium car battery will cost you a higher amount of up to $300 as it is more durable. It is hard to give an exact price of a battery as different dealers quote different prices depending on your geographical location and the type of car you drive. Other auto part stores will charge you the extra cost to cover the installation fee. However, many auto parts dealers will provide free installation when you purchase the battery from them.  Despite this, there are set market prices that most dealers use as a baseline to set battery prices. Different battery brands or types also cost differently. For example, a lead-acid battery, which is the preferable one, can cost $50 to $150. On the other hand, an absorbent glass mat battery (AGM) can cost $150 to $ 300.

In short, the amount of money to spend on a car battery will depend on personal preferences and what one is willing to spend.

What is the difference between cheap and expensive car batteries?
If you are thinking about purchasing a battery, the cost is one of the foremost things to consider. You may decide to be cost-effective and purchase a cheap battery, or decide you want to be generous on your money and buy an expensive battery. Most times, a cheap battery can be one that has already been used, while an expensive battery is mostly a new one. There are many differences between these two batteries. Below are some of them;

?Cranking power

It refers to the Cold Cranking Amps of a car. It determines how many amps are delivered to the engine during cold weather. The batteries' performance is rated on how they can restart when frozen at 0. A cheap battery will not start under such conditions making a car owner assume it to be dead. An expensive battery is built with features to make it withstand such conditions.

?Warranty

A cheap battery is bound to have less warranty time or none than expensive batteries, which have more extended free replacement periods.

?Battery life

Battery life is measured on its capacity to hold a charge from when it is charged to when it discharges. It is how one can rely on the car battery not to stop when driving. A cheap battery is prone to high-temperature effects that may reduce its performance compared to an expensive battery.

?Reserve capacity

It is the measure of how long a battery can keep the electrical (alternator, stator, and rotor) running when the charging system fails. A cheap battery will not keep the electrical running for long due to a low reserve capacity.

Conclusion
We have discussed battery costs and whether they are worth buying. Despite the praise we have given premium batteries, note that not all premium batteries are worth it. A premium battery may be better but more delicate than a conventional one. You may find your cheaper and more modest battery outlasting a premium battery with better care. So, the choice of a battery solely depends on a person's preference.

Always remember, it's not where you buy the battery or what you spend on it that matters. It's the battery you buy that matters.