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What type of battery?

We have a few different kinds of car battery, and since they all look like black or grey boxes, it can be a bit difficult to tell the difference when they’re on the shelf! Here’s a run-down of the different kinds:

Lead Acid – These are our standard batteries, and are a high quality equivalent specification of battery that originally comes in most cars. They come with a 3 year guarantee, and are rated to last for around 20,000 starts.

Calcium – This is the next step up, and is great if you’re doing a lot of short trips of less than 20 minutes (where the battery doesn’t have a chance to fully recharge). These have a 4 year guarantee, and are rated for around 30,000 starts. They also have up to 18% more starting power which gives that extra confidence on cold mornings when batteries are strained the most.

Yuasa Silver – These are our top end batteries, and come with a 5 year guarantee for extra peace of mind. If you use your car to power a lot of extra gadgets (like air conditioning, sat navs, cool boxesor phone chargers) then these are the best choice. They’re good for around 50,000 starts, and have up to 33% more starting power for those winter mornings.

If you have a car that uses start/stop technology (i.e. the engine stops when the car is stationary), you’ll need an AGM or EFB/ECM battery. These are a bit more expensive, but are rated to last for up to around 360,000 starts! These batteries need to be registered with your car’s on-board computer, so we recommend that these are fitted by us using our electronic battery fitting tool.

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A new car battery should perform well for around four years but this can be less if they are not maintained properly. Running a vehicle on a faulty battery places addditonal strain on the alternator, starter motor and other components. Competent testing will rule out other possible battery failures. Free battery checks are available at both of our garages, simply click the button below to book yours today.

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