How to Buy a Car Battery
Your car's battery is what powers the engine and allows electricity to flow through your car. Often, batteries are overlooked until they are completely drained, leaving you stuck on the side of the road. Yes, it's true -- if you forget to turn off your headlights for an extended period of time, the battery will drain and you may have to replace it. At our Ford dealership in Maine, we're happy to assist you in selecting a new battery for your vehicle. We understand the process can be confusing, and our friendly service team is here to answer any questions you may have.
When Battery Shopping, Consider the Following:
- Size: Consult your owner's manual for guidance on which size will fit best in the battery compartment.
- Climate: In higher temperatures like warm Maine summers, the electrolyte solution in batteries will evaporate much faster.
- CCA and CA: The cold cranking amps (CCA) rating will tell a battery's ability to start in zero-degree weather, and how much current the battery will deliver to your car starter. The cranking amps (CA) rating indicates how much current will be delivered in 32-degrees temperatures. It takes about 400 amps to start a car.
- Typical Driving Distance: You'll need a battery with a longer life if you take frequent short car trips. These shorter trips don't provide enough time for your battery to recharge itself.
- Reserve Capacity: You'll want to know how long the battery can last if the alternator fails – check the label for how many minutes you can expect it to run on its own power.
- Age: Always check the date stamp on a battery before purchasing. A battery should not be sitting on the shelf for longer than six months.
- Required Maintenance: A low-maintenance battery has filler caps and requires occasional additions of distilled water. These work well if you live in a warmer climate. Maintenance-free batteries don't have caps, and you won't have to worry about them once installed.
If you feel your battery weakening, make an appointment at our Yarmouth service department for a test. We'll tell you if the battery can properly hold its charge.
Contact Our Service Team for any questions: 888-716-1636