Car battery prices can vary significantly. Some major factors that affect prices are, brand name, cold cranking amps, and size. Most will vary between 40 dollars to 200 dollars. Keep in mind that the 40 dollar ones are probably generic and unreliable brands. Realistically speaking, they are on average in the 100 dollar range.
Brand name is one of the biggest factors that affect costs. There are actually quite a few reputable car battery brands. Some include but are not limited to DieHard, Duralast, Kirkland, Interstate, and Optima. Each brand have their own pros and cons. Some are also more expensive than others. Of these batteries many people prefer to go with Optima. The reason is because they are a proven company with many years of experience behind them and their technology. They also have amazing testimonies from people who buy their battery and claim to have had it last in their car for several years further than many other brands.
Cold Cranking Amps, also referred too as CCA, is another factor that will affect how much it is going to cost. CCA is the measure of your car batteries ability to start up under cold temperature. The CCA should meet or exceed the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) requirement. Since it is more expensive with a higher CCA, it is unnecessary to buy an expensive battery with a high CCA if you live in a warmer climate.
Batteries can range anywhere from 40 dollars to over 200 dollars for the battery. Prices vary according to group sizes. The three common group sizes are 24 64 and 75. Smaller sizes are usually cheaper in prices. The brand is another factor that affects prices. Generally, you would want to go with a well known brand in order to save money in the long run. Cheap generic car battery brands will usually not last as long. It is usually more cost effective to go for well known brands. Some well known brands include Duralast, Everstart, DieHard, and Optima. Optima brands are more expensive but are known to work in all conditions and at times they last longer than the car itself.
Generic battery brands will be a lot cheaper than popular brands. Cheap batteries usually do not come with a warranty and if they do it’s usually for a short amount of time. A longer warranty is important because if your battery fails for any reason you can replace it free of charge. Generic brand batteries are more likely to fail or break down and are known to be unreliable over time. It will be more cost effective in the long run to go with well known car battery brands because you not only do you get a longer warranty but you also get a longer battery life.
Some other factors that affect car battery prices are reserve capacity, warranty, and established reputation.