How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Car Battery with Tools

Is your vehicle in need of a car battery change around Eden? How can you tell when it’s time to replace your battery? A common question we hear at Robert Basil Buick GMC is, “How long do car batteries last?” The average vehicle battery life ranges around three to four years. Keep in mind that there are various factors that could affect how long your battery lasts. Learn all about average vehicle battery life and the warning signs that it’s time for a car battery change in this guide from our state-of-the-art service center



Average Vehicle Battery Life 

If you ask around Blasdell, you will likely get several different answers to the question, “How long do car batteries last?” Some say that batteries last as little as one to two years, while others will say that the average vehicle battery life falls around four to five years. We recommend having your vehicle’s battery inspected at the three to four year mark to ensure everything is running smoothly. 

While routine vehicle maintenance is a must, including car battery inspections, there are a few warning signs to be aware of that could be an indicator that your vehicle is in need of a car battery change. 

Signs of a Failing Car Battery 

If your car battery is beginning to fail, you may notice one or more of the warning signs listed below: 

  • Check engine light is on 
  • The engine is slow to start 
  • Car lights are dim
  • Electric issues (cell phone charger, heated seats, etc. aren’t working) 
  • Connectors for the battery are corroded 
  • The battery case looks warped or misshapen 

Factors That May Shorten Battery Life 

It is possible that your vehicle could need a car battery change sooner than three to four years, especially if these factors apply to you:

  • Driving Habits: If your car sits idle in West Seneca for long periods of time, your battery will likely weaken. If you leave the power on when the ignition is off, it can be quite draining on the battery as well. 
  • Climate & Location: If you drive in a warm climate often, those harsh temperatures can cause your battery to wear down prematurely. 

Set Up a Car Battery Change at Robert Basil Buick GMC! 

Do you need a quick and reliable car battery change in Orchard Park? Look no further than Robert Basil Buick GMC. We make it easy to set up an appointment, and we would be more than happy to share our service tips and tricks with you. Keeping your vehicle performing at its best is a top priority for us. 


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