Things To Consider While Buying A Battery
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Check the following when you buy a new battery
· Check your current battery’s condition, whether you battery is really dead. Sometimes, your vehicle’s electrical system could have a problem. Hence find out the root cause of the problem (call us or your mechanic and do a battery health check to find the root cause of the problem).
· Refer battery group size recommended by your manufacturer in the vehicle manual. Battery group size indicates the battery size that will best fit the physical dimensions of your vehicle. Many vehicles can accommodate more than one group size. The right battery size should perfectly fit in your battery tray in order to prevent further damages.
· Before fitting the new battery, check the electrical system of your vehicle
· Check the cranking voltage, it should be more than 9.8 volts across the battery terminal. If you are living in cold region, make sure to choose a battery with CCA (Cold Cranking Amps).
· Check the alternator charging voltage. The voltage should be between 13.8V — 14.5V across the battery terminal
Check for freshness
Learn to interpret battery date codes. There will be a code in your battery which is a combination numbers and letters. Or ask your battery retailer to make sure you purchase the “freshest” battery available. A battery that has been sitting on the shelf for extended periods can lose some of its charge and may not provide the performance you need during its first use. You can avoid such things when you walk into an battery store for your battery requirement. Never buy a battery which is older than 6 months from the date of manufacturing. Long term performance probably won’t be compromised however, as the battery can be returned to its original levels of performance with either in-vehicle charging or by using an external charger.
Look for a hassle free warranty
· Is the warranty valid across India allowing you to access service anywhere you are?
· How long is the free replacement period? This will help you avoid any surprises while asking for free replacement. Make sure to choose a battery with long period of free replacement (3–5 years).
Consider value as well as price
You might want to get professional advice, for which you can walk into your nearest battery store. They’ll offer you assistance, as well as hassle-free installation and service. Always remember to purchase a new battery before your existing one fails.
Before you’re taking a long trip, or once you are having your car serviced, confirm your battery gets tested. Monitor your battery on a regular basis; it’ll assist you make buy a new battery before you’re cursed with a dead battery!. It’ll prevent tons of your time and money down the road. Always get to know the proper battery model for your application. Always check the product selection chart, check the model of battery that’s specified for your vehicle/application then buy the battery.
Consider the old battery disposal
Ensure that your battery is not disposed in any manner other than by depositing it with the local dealer/manufacturer/registered recycler/ importer/ re-conditioner or at the designated collection centers. What’s more, you get paid for being a responsible citizen! Your dealer will pay you for the dead battery or deduct from the new battery price!