How Long Does a Car Battery Last?

Car Battery with Tools

The primary job of the battery in your Buick or GMC car, truck, or SUV is to start the vehicle, so it is essential to ensure that the battery is in good condition and is carrying a full charge at all times. How long does a car battery last? The average car battery life is about three to four years, although that may vary depending on the make, model, your driving habits, and other factors. If you suspect your battery is on its way out, you should plan on having it replaced as soon as possible. Learn more from the experts at Albrecht Buick GMC of Wakefield, and schedule your next car battery change with our Service Center in Wakefield.



Average Car Battery Life

How long does a car battery last? As noted above, the average car battery life is typically three to four years. It is a good idea to have your battery inspected at about the three year point, even if it seems to be in good operating condition. Getting stuck somewhere outside of Stoneham with a dead battery is no fun, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Some of the factors that can negatively affect battery life include:

  • Driving Habits: If you don’t do a lot of driving or if you leave your vehicle sitting for long periods of time, it can decrease the effectiveness of your car’s battery.
  • Lights: One of the most common ways to deplete the power in your car battery is leaving the headlights on after you have stopped and parked the vehicle. While you can jump-start the battery to recharge it, frequent jump starts can shorten battery life.
  • Climate and Location: Driving in a hot climate year-round will weaken your battery more than if you drive in a cooler climate.

Electric Car Battery Life

Are you one of the many Medford-area drivers who have upgraded to an electric vehicle? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that the average electric car battery life is ten to twenty years. The extra long electric car battery life is one of the many benefits of EVs. However, as with conventional car batteries, factors such as excessive heat can shorten the lifespan.

What Are the Signs Your Car Battery Is Low?

Here are some of the warning signs that indicate your car battery may be failing:

  • The engine is slow to start.
  • The car lights are dim.

The check engine light is on.

  • In-vehicle electronics such as the cell phone charger or heated seats aren’t working.
  • The battery terminals are corroded.
  • The battery case is warped or misshapen.

Schedule a Car Battery Change at Albrecht Buick GMC of Wakefield!

If you’re in need of car battery service or replacement in the Lynnfield area, head on over to Albrecht Buick GMC of Wakefield. We carry a fine selection of Buick and GMC batteries in our Parts Center, and our certified service technicians can install your battery and get you safely back on the road in no time at all. Make sure to check out the savings offered in our current service and parts specials, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Service Center.


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