What is the Best Car Battery for Arizona Drivers?
Arizona's heat can be notoriously hard on car batteries, and it's not fun when your battery dies and leaves you stranded on the side of the road. It's a common problem: a rise in temperature of 15 degrees can cut your car’s battery life in half as the battery fluids are evaporated at a higher rate in those sweltering summers, and AAA responds to thousands of dead battery situations every year. Having a quality battery is the safest way to protect yourself from having it fail, and we have tips to help pick the best car battery to keep you driving in Arizona.
Check the brand out
Some brands are better than others. DieHard makes affordable, long-lasting batteries and has a wide range of batteries to fit your vehicle and give the proper electric punch to your ride. Duralast offers much of the same upside as DieHard (the same company makes both brands). Optima is pricier, but is a top-of-the-line battery that won't let you down. Even store brands offer quality batteries. Kirkland Signature from Costco and EverStart from Wal-Mart both test well in comparison to signature brands.
Make Sure the Battery is Compatible
Different cars need different batteries, as it needs to be the right size and match the terminals in your vehicle properly.
Check the Manufacturing Date
Batteries lose power over time, that's why you'll eventually need to replace it, so buying a battery that's been sitting too long means there's less power in it to begin with. Try to only buy batteries made within the last six months.
Check Out the Batteries’ Performance Tests
Getting a battery with a large power reserve means it's going to have more starting power. Batteries that test well in regard to battery life are important, especially in the Arizona summers, and the goal is to get a long-lasting battery in the first place.
Be Mindful of the Warranty
Most batteries will have a warranty of around three years and will sometimes carry a prorated replacement warranty as well. The prorated warranty period will help replace the battery, but it'll still cost out of your pocket, too, so look for longer free replacement warranties where possible.Also be wary of the specifics as the warranty can be voided from neglect or misuse.
Even with the best car batteries, it's important to take care of them to make sure they last in the Arizona heat. Follow these tips to make sure you get the most out of your battery.
Check Your Battery Regularly
Make sure your battery is running at the proper charge from time to time. Two times a year is really enough, and some places will even run a battery test for free.
Keep the Battery Clean
Dust and dirt can act as a conductor as it collects on top of your battery, draining the batteries power, and can also lead to corrosion of the battery, affecting the power flow.
Check for Warning Signs
The battery charge light is a pretty easy sign to notice if it's lighting up when you start your car, but also check if the lights are looking dimmer than usual.
Use the Shade
Even if it's only a couple of degrees, being out of direct sunlight will keep your car and the battery cooler, and in turn that'll help keep the battery working longer.Choosing the right battery and taking proper care of it and your car will help ensure that your battery doesn't die on the side of the road. Check out our Valley Chevy blog for more tips about taking care of your car in Arizona.