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How Much Does a Car Battery Cost?

 
low costTypical Car Battery: $50-$220, installedaverage costLuxury Car Battery: $90-$300+, installed
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  Typical costs:
  • Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, expect to pay about $50-$120 for a typical car battery and $90-$200 or more for a premium battery with a longer warranty and better cold-weather performance, or one for a luxury vehicle. Most auto parts or discount big box stores provide free installation if the battery is purchased from them, while other battery retailers may charge $10-$100 or more for installation, depending on where the battery is located in the vehicle and their hourly labor rates. With installation charges, taxes and recycling/core fees (which vary by state), the total cost for a replacement car battery can be $60-$300 or more.
  • For example, from 2010 to 2012, CostHelper readers reported paying $52-$130 for a car battery with do-it-yourself installation, at an average cost of $86. Readers who had a battery installed for them at an independent repair shop, auto parts store or big box discount outlet paid $60-$180, or an average of $118.
  • An auto club tow truck may offer instant battery replacement instead of towing. For example, CostHelper readers with AAA membership reported paying $97-$139 for on-the-spot battery testing and replacement, at an average cost of $119.
  • Car dealerships are typically the most expensive option for having a replacement battery installed. CostHelper readers who had their battery replaced at a car dealership reported costs of $90-$307, for an average price of $204.
  • Prices for many car batteries have increased significantly in recent years, due in part to the rising cost of lead[1] (a key component in most car batteries) and increasingly strict environmental, health and safety standards for manufacturing with lead.
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What should be included:
  • The first step is to test the battery[2] to see whether it simply needs recharging or should be replaced. This testing is free at most auto parts stores or departments, or car repair shops.
  • Replacing a battery is a fairly straightforward process, although it can be slightly more difficult if the battery is in a hard-to-reach location in the vehicle. DIYNetwork.com provides how-to instructions[3] .
  • The replacement battery needs to match the manufacturer's recommended group size for that make and model of vehicle. Group size is based on the outside dimensions of the battery and the placement of the terminals. Battery retailers will look up the group size based on the vehicle make and model, or this information is available on AutoBatteries.com[4] . Common group sizes are 34, 35, 65 or 75, and there are combination sizes like 34/78, with two sets of terminals.
  • Battery warranties usually have a total warranty period and a free-replacement period (typically three months to three years). The length of the free-replacement period is most important, because if the battery fails after that ends, the consumer generally gets only a prorated credit toward a new battery.
  • There are several other factors to consider. A battery's cold-cranking amps rating measures its ability to start a car in cold weather, at about zero degrees F. Reserve capacity indicates how many minutes the vehicle should run on battery power alone, if the car's alternator fails. And batteries are stamped with a date code, either on the case or attached label; Consumer Reports[5] recommends buying a fresh battery that is no more than six months from its manufactured date.
Shopping for a car battery:
  • Make sure the battery fits the climate and driving conditions as well as the vehicle make and model. Consumer Reports has a car battery buying guide[6] .
  • Car batteries are available through a wide variety of retailers, such as AutoZone[7] , Pep Boys[8] , Sears[9] or Walmart[10] .
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Car battery replacement
Amount: $185.00
Posted by: Seeee in Oakland, CA.Posted: November 26th, 2014 12:11AM
Car Make: VolkswagenCar Model: Jetta
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$100 fee to install
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Bob Deals in Mount Dora, FL.Posted: August 14th, 2014 10:08PM
Car Make: 97 Buick LeSabreCar Model: LeSabre
Battery Type: Delco
Third Delco battery to die within warranty. Local Buick dealer replaced battery free but charged $100 to install.
Warranty service with Gm/Delco is generally vague and unclear. Earlier Delco battery had side terminals that leaked acid and ruined wiring harness. Delco design was flawed. Do your homework.
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Advanced Auto Parts Battery
Amount: $120.00
Posted by: MrLeonhuang in Arlington, VA.Posted: May 30th, 2014 07:05PM
Car Make: SaabCar Model: 93
Battery Type: AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 48, 7
Replaced my battery in Advanced Auto Parts. I ordered online, and original price was $170, but I got a promotion code, i got it $120. And picked up in store, and got free installation.
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car battery
Amount: $139.99
Posted by: gary shanks in Davenport, IA.Posted: February 15th, 2014 08:02PM
Car Make: dodgeCar Model: caravan
Battery Type: 34/78 Duration
I whent to Farm and fleet. To get a car battery. they did make shour the car battery was badand was nice and that. but it is only a 18 months free replacment 3 year warranty.
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Chevrolet Impala 2002
Amount: $111.00
Posted by: Old Lady in Texas in McKinney, TX.Posted: October 12th, 2013 11:10AM
Car Make: ChevCar Model: Impala
Battery Type: 60 mo warranty
Bought a battery & had it installed at WalMart last week. Cost had significantly increased since last battery I purchased +/- 5 yrs ago but I know they stand behind their products and because this battery has the terminals on the side of the battery instead of on top, and I think it might be difficult to install, I am satisfied.
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AAA battery replacement
Amount: $116.00
Posted by: MG in Lilburn, GA.Posted: September 5th, 2013 07:09PM
Battery Type: Die Hard
Too tired, hot and lazy to have the AAA tech jump the battery enough for me to get to Auto Zone, where I would've gotten it for $60 including free install. So I bought the overpriced AAA battery and let the tech put it in on the spot. It was done in 15 minutes and the tech was extremely nice. Right, he's making a commission on selling this thing so of course he was nice. But regardless, I'm a convenece person so you want easy-breezy then you're going to fork over the cash.
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2006 Saturn Ion
Amount: $165.00
Posted by: Amber_westbrook@yahoo.com in Washington, DC.Posted: June 23rd, 2013 09:06AM
Battery Type: Dura last Gold
I took my car to Auto Zone here in Washington DC to see why my car keep stalling and from time to time wouldn't start (Friday on my way home from work the car cut off on me) I needed a new battery and a fuel flush. All seems to be good so far. Also note when you turn in your old battery you should get a refund between 25 and 40 bucks. If you don't ask they won't give it to you.
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Replacement of car battery
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Felix Wehrli in Ardmore, PA.Posted: January 22nd, 2013 11:01AM
Car Make: PriusCar Model:
Price quoted was excessive by Ardmore Toyota. They claim that the battery is not very accessible, hence the price. I've never before paid more than $100 for a car battery including installation. If I find out that I was scammed I'll never go there again!
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Car Battery Death, Replacement Cost
Amount: $84.00
Posted by: Biju in Rockford, IL.Posted: December 3rd, 2012 12:12PM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: Corolla
Battery Type: Extra Smart
Got stuck on the road after dropping off my little son at School. A good Samaritan helped me jump start the car. Drove it to Wal-Mart. They did the diagnosis and recommened battery replacement. They replaced a new battery for a total cost of $ 84 (taxes included). Thank You Jesus!
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Bought New AAA Battery
Amount: $96.73
Posted by: Kengy in Gardena, CA.Posted: October 20th, 2012 10:10PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: CR-V
Battery Type: Interstate - 72 month warranty
Battery on my wife's car just wouldn't hold enough charge to start the engine at a local retail center. Called AAA to get a jump start. Technician tested the battery and alternator and determined that my battery wouldn't hold a charge. He recommended a new battery which he conveniently had in his truck. Although I probably could have purchased a battery a little cheaper elsewhere, the hassle factor (gas, time) to DIY wasn't worth it. All in all, AAA was done in less than an hour and I was on my way. Hope the battery is good; cost was not outrageous and I'm pretty happy
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New battery purchased, old battery was submitted, I was charged $10. To give them the old battery. .
Amount: $52.00
Posted by: James mcIntosh in Middletown, Ohio, OH.Posted: October 5th, 2012 01:10PM
Car Make: John deerCar Model: L18
Battery Type: 12 volt
Whywas I charged to give the store my old battery when I bought a new one.
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AAA Battery
Amount: $107.69
Posted by: a user in Huntington Beach, CA.Posted: September 10th, 2012 01:09PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Taurus
Battery Type: AAA 72-Month 650 CCA
Battery was starting to go, wasn't recharging completely and one day was just dead. Called AAA who tested the battery and alternator, then replaced and installed a new battery in less than 1 hour from the time I called on Friday afternoon of Labor Day weekend. At $99.95 plus tax, it was a bargain and the tech was great. Gotta love AAA.
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Battery Replacement AAA
Amount: $107.20
Posted by: 1Folsom? in Folsom, CA.Posted: August 29th, 2012 03:08PM
Car Make: toyotaCar Model: 2006 Avalon
Read recent article in VIA regarding battery checkup. I hadrnExperienced slow start and decided to call AAA. The reprnArrived within the hour, ran the diagnostic test, andrnRecommended replacement. He was personable,rnCourteous, knowledgeable and provided excellentrnService. May I say Jerry of Cozz's Service.
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AAA Battery
Amount: $132.00
Posted by: Dan3 in El Segundo, CA.Posted: June 22nd, 2012 02:06PM
Car Make: LexusCar Model:
Battery Type: AAA 72 Month Battery
No idea if good battery or not, but I guess I'll find out. Since I was at mercy of the towing company sent by AAA, I probably overpaid, but then again it was convenient.
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Car Battery
Amount: $130.00
Posted by: Miguel serpa in Coral Springs, FL.Posted: May 1st, 2012 07:05PM
Car Make: VWCar Model: Jetta
Battery Type: DieHard Gold GP47
At Sears. Price included taxes and core. I installed the new battery myself. Bought it with 10% discount.
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AAA Battery
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: tLouiset in evanston, IL.Posted: April 24th, 2012 09:04AM
Car Make: 2008 ToyotaCar Model: Rav4
Battery Type: unknown
this was slick. car didn't start. tow cost $75.00 Instead i renewed my AAA membership (for free towing) Guy came to house, checked battery, electric system etc... problem was the battery. AAA replaced it right there and the mechanic was gone in 30 minutes. he was efficient and helpful
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Replaced original Battery
Amount: $253.93
Posted by: Georgel5 in Tampa, FL.Posted: February 8th, 2012 03:02PM
Car Make: VWCar Model: Jetta TDI
Battery Type: unkown-german, I guess
The most expensive battery I ever had to replace.
Almost BMW price! Less then three years old.
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Replaced original battery
Amount: $307.00
Posted by: Dealershipmoron in Houston, TX.Posted: February 7th, 2012 02:02PM
Car Make: DodgeCar Model: Ram hemi
Started my truck this morning and was very sluggish during ignition and lights flickered during ignition as well.... Stopped for gas about twenty minutes later and voila no good. What three me off was the check engine light that came on. Towed the truck to my nearest dealership (moron move I know). Where they said the battery was dead and it would cost 300.07 dollars....178.00 for batter, 110.00 parts and labor, and remainder taxes....I was reluctant to do so because of the price because that was very expensive in my opinion but it was already there and I didn't want to do the whole. Lost just to have it die out on me... Lesson learned take my ass to autozone.
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car battery replacement
Amount: $121.00
Posted by: Cinders in West Chester, PA.Posted: January 23rd, 2012 12:01PM
Car Make: DodgeCar Model: Stratus Coupe
Battery Type: unknown
AAA came and changed it in my driveway, cost a total of $121 with tax. Came with 3 year full + 3 yr partial warranty.
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core charge
Amount: $12.00
Posted by: fuzzy in Leesville, LA.Posted: October 4th, 2011 07:10AM
How do I get my core charge back? The battery is for a new generator that came with no battery.
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Honda Accord Battery Replaced
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Allan in Sacramento, .Posted: September 24th, 2011 07:09PM
Car Make: 2006 HondaCar Model: Accord
Battery Type: Factory Honda Car Battery
Went to get car serviced at dealership, and did a load test on battery last year Sept '10, and it failed. However, car battery worked fine for another year, and recently had service again at same dealership in Sept '11. Battery again failed load test, but decided to replace the battery after five years. I remember how much is sucks to have a dead battery.

Factory price is $119.99 for the battery, but they price matched a coupon from another dealership for $89.95. Went ahead and changed the battery... $89.95+tax came out to ~$100 (note, left old battery there; assumed core exchange). Didn't know batteries were so expensive... last battery I paid for was about $70 for 1999 Toyota Camry.
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AAA Battery
Amount: $124.79
Posted by: Clueless in Tulsa, OK.Posted: July 28th, 2011 11:07AM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: 2001 Camry
Battery Type: 224F
I decided to buy a AAA membership for the first time a few months ago, and I'm glad I did! Yesterday, my car wouldn't start, so I called AAA to have them jump start it (I had cables in the car, but no one else would help me). I drove it around, took it home...and found out it wouldn't start again. So I called AAA another time, thinking I would just have them jump start it, and I would take it to Sears for testing. Well, instead, they tested everything themselves, and told me I needed a new battery. I had no clue about battery prices, but I trusted them when they said the price would be comparable to Sears, and had them replace the battery for less than $125 including tax. Took about an hour from the time I made the call to the time I had a working car, and the guy they sent out was very courteous. In hindsight, I could have gotten a new battery + installation cheaper elsewhere, but I was VERY pleased with the convenience and service of AAA.
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New Battery Replacement
Amount: $128.95
Posted by: Annette Noblitt in Chattanooga, TN.Posted: June 24th, 2011 12:06AM
Car Make: BMWCar Model: 528e
Battery Type: Mega-Tron Plus 91
I am buying my battery tomorrow, and as far as batteries go Interstate is top of the line. I am also getting a good deal for it. It is 700 CCA with an 84 month warranty. The first 2 and a half years are free replacement. I have always worked on my own cars, so will not need someone else to do a simple battery installation.
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Battery Replacement
Amount: $99.00
Posted by: Jethro in Minneapolis, MN.Posted: May 2nd, 2011 11:05AM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Pathfinder
Battery Type: Group 24
Battery died after five years, replaced by Batteries Plus, Rayovac 640 CCA, tested out over 1000 CCA great for the North Country, Have used Batteries Plus several times, price is fair, installation is done within 10 mins, drive up to the door convienient.
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BMW battery
Amount: $263.40
Posted by: Mohamed1 in Torrance, CA.Posted: April 25th, 2011 03:04PM
Car Make: bmwCar Model: 2006 325i
Battery Type: Exide
Car didn't start on Sunday morning- Called AAA - they jump started but didnot start again after stop. Technician advised to replace battery, I agreed, then he said AAA doesn't carry BMW batteries for newer models - asked to go to dealer. Monday morning called private BMW mechanic - he bought the battery and AAA came again for jump start. Got battery replaced at mechanic. Battery price : $199. rest is labor and tax.
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AAA battery replacement
Amount: $105.00
Posted by: a user in San Mateo, CA.Posted: February 22nd, 2011 10:02PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: 2001 Civic
Battery Type: AAA 6 year warranty
Car didn't start in the morning, called AAA and they said battery was on its last legs. Replaced right away for $105+ tax, AAA brand battery with 6 year warranty.
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Car Battery replacement
Amount: $120.00
Posted by: nyred in Esparto, CA.Posted: February 7th, 2011 06:02PM
Car Make: 2002 IzuzuCar Model: Rodeo
Battery Type: AAA
Was stranded 20 miles from nearest city. Called AAA and explained the problem. Tech arrived in 30 minutes. Checked the battery, alternator, belts, and if there were any drainage on the electrical system. Replaced with new battery 3yr total coverage and 3 yrs prorate. Great service!
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2005 Toyota Camry Battery
Amount: $155.00
Posted by: Kamakshi Kariya in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: January 16th, 2011 10:01AM
Car Make: 2005Car Model: Toyota Camry
Battery Type: Not sure
Hey guys, I would like to thank each and everyone who contributed here for the posts and I defenetely Learned which kept me cool without getting Panic, My car didnt show any indications of the low battery but suddenly not starting, I did jump start with the help of another guy at a Hindu temple, but no use, later I got help from Geico for towing to nearest auto repair shop Firestone but towing guy simply jump started my car. We found the battery is drained too low to start the car and I Just spent 155$ for an interstate Battery and labor which is of great help now.
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Car Batter
Amount: $111.56
Posted by: Littlemoon in Plainville, MA.Posted: January 5th, 2011 02:01PM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: Carolla
Battery Type: AAA Brand
I was stuck home Christmas Eve (Dead Battert) and Christmas day I called AAA. They installed a new one for $111.56, but didn't have the metal stick to keep it in place. 2 weeks later when I went to pick this up at Autozone that I had the wrong size battery. I went back to Achins garage who was sent to install the battery and they took care of it right away. I too was quoted $105 on the phone, which was probably for the size that fit my car. Didn't even ask for my 6 bucks back ... and to think I gave the kid who installed it a $10 tip for working on Christmas!
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AAA Battery Replacement instead of Tow
Amount: $113.00
Posted by: Little Old Lady in Asheville, NC.Posted: December 30th, 2010 02:12PM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: 1994 Paseo
Battery Type: AAA brand
Asked for a tow to a car repair place to determine why my battery went dead not long after repair on alternator. The AAA gentleman ran diagnostics on the alternator and battery. He offered to replace the spent battery - had a battery for sale on the truck.
It seemed a bit expensive - but it was VERY convenient - no need to search & bargain in cold, snowy weather. He was very cordial but no doubt there are bonuses for extra "sales". But it was Personal Service. And I could just drive again in 30 minutes - no problem.
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CAR BATTERY
Amount: $139.00
Posted by: TONYF in MASSAPEQUA, NY.Posted: December 30th, 2010 12:12PM
Car Make: MERCEDESCar Model: E 430 SPORT
Battery Type: DIEHARD GOLD GROUP 49
SEARS, DIY 900 CCA
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