How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

Your car battery provides the energy needed to start your vehicle and to power the short-term use of the radio, lights, and other features. But how long do car batteries last? While a typical battery lasts three to four years, many factors can affect the average vehicle’s battery life. Learn more on this important topic below, and when you need a car battery change in the St Cloud or Rockford area, schedule an appointment at the Morrie's Buffalo Ford service center.



What is the Average Vehicle Battery Life?

So, how long do car batteries last for the average vehicle? The answer depends on who you ask, but in general, the service team at Morrie's Buffalo Ford suggests a car battery change every three to four years to maintain your vehicle’s reliable performance in Monticello and beyond. It’s also a good idea to have your battery inspected and tested at other routine service visits, like oil changes and tire rotations, to ensure its condition.

What Factors Can Affect Battery Life?

The three-to-four-year lifespan is only the average vehicle battery life. There are some factors that can shorten the life expectancy of your car battery, the biggest ones being:

  • Driving Habits – Your battery will wear out faster if you don’t drive your vehicle for long periods. Also, frequent driving in stop-and-go traffic can be harder on a battery, as it doesn’t have sufficient time to recharge.
  • Climate – Regular driving in a hot climate can diminish battery life faster.

How Can You Tell If Your Car Battery is Failing?

Fortunately, your vehicle will typically emit some telltale signs when the battery starts to fail. Look for these red flags:

  • An engine that’s slow to start 
  • An illuminated Check Engine light
  • Damage or warping to the battery case 
  • Dimmed car lights
  • Electrical problems, like your heated seats won’t work
  • Visible corrosion on battery terminals

Visit Morrie's Buffalo Ford for a Car Battery Change

How long do car batteries last? Now that you can answer this question, you may have realized that your vehicle is due for a battery change. Make an appointment online or contact us to reserve a time. Be sure to check out our latest service specials, which may help you save on your appointment. By properly caring for your battery, you are investing in your vehicle and its dependable performance in Buffalo or wherever the road may take you.


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