Car Batteries for Sale: Average Prices and Costs You'll Pay

January 27, 2012

When looking for car batteries for sale you need to keep in mind the various factors involved in the overall price of the battery. Below you will find a few paragraphs describing these various costs.

Cost of the Battery

The base cost of the battery is going to be the largest portion of the price of a battery. Depending on your location, what series you need, how many cold cranking amps it’s capable of producing, and the reserve capacity, along with construction quality, which determines battery life, you can expect to pay anywhere from approximately $40 all the way up to almost $300.

Core Charge

Except for brand new cars, there are actually very few brand new batteries powering cars on the roads right now. Most batteries are rebuilt to help maintain affordability. Depending on where you’re shopping, you will pay between $5 and $10 for a core charge. This core charge is refunded once you return the old battery, known as the core.

Installation Costs

Installation is something that someone with the right size wrenches or sockets can complete in about 15 minutes. However, if you don’t wish to get dirty or don’t have the right tools, you shouldn’t be required to pay anything more than $20 for a battery installation. Some of the large retail parts chains offer free battery installation with purchase.

Extended Warranties

The average warranty period of a decent quality battery is around 60 months. Usually this will be broken down into a 12 or 24 month free replacement period. After the free replacement period expires, if the battery goes bad or is defective, the replacement will be pro-rated. Some retailers offer an extended warranty, which will extend the free replacement period up to the full life of the battery. Average price for an extended warranty will be between $20 to $50 .

The preceding paragraphs address the four factors which affect the overall purchase price of car batteries for sale. For car battery reviews, see the Consumer Reports website. Remember that no garage is complete without a car battery charger of some sort, in case your battery ever goes dead or is unable to start your car.