I remember how I used to spend a fortune on car battery replacements so my vehicle can keep running smoothly. Well, that was before I figured out how I can save a lot by doing car battery replacement right away! Do you also need to know about the tips and tricks that can help you save money in the simple way possible? Well, here’s everything you should know.
Before I share my two cents with the readers, I would just like to suggest that those in need of professional help should consider car services offered by Costco. Costco offers one of the most affordable collections of car batteries and a number of other auto maintenance facilities as well. If you are a Costco member, you can save a lot!
Now let’s get down to discussing how to save money when you have to get a car battery replaced every other month.
- Check Your Battery Regularly
Checking your battery is important as timely identification of underlying issues can help you save money on car battery replacement in the long run. Car batteries get damaged over time and this will ultimately impact car’s health as well. You can use a simple tool like a multimeter to check the battery’s health from time to time.
You can even check the battery for any visual signs of damage such as leakages or corrosion especially during the hot summer weather. If your battery is showing any sign of wear and tear, it is best to get it replaced timely before the issue spreads to your car’s electrical system and you end up spending more money on the repair.
- Keep Your Battery Clean At All Times
Cleaning the battery regularly can help prolong battery life and save money on replacements. This is because dirt and debris can accumulate on your battery and result in early corrosion which reduces the battery’s performance.
It is quite simple to clean the battery. You must disconnect it from the electrical system beforehand to prevent accidents. Then you can clean battery terminals with a wire brush or a battery terminal cleaner. Once the terminals are clean, you should apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to protect from further corrosion in the future. Moreover, you can clean the battery case with a damp cloth as well to wipe away any dirt or grime.
- Keep The Vehicle Active
Car batteries perform better when they are used regularly and can lose their charge if you allow the car to sit for too long. In this case, you would have to replace the battery sooner. This typically happens in the cold weather which drains the battery faster.
In addition to this, when a car sits idle for too long, the battery terminal gets corroded due to build up. This can cause electrical issues in how the battery dissipates charge and how it functions. This will reduce the performance of the battery and you will be forced to consider battery replacement for the vehicle.
Did you know letting a car sit for too long causes damage to more than just its battery? For example, it can result in flat spots on the tire which can cause a rough, bumpy ride and make the wheels useless in the long run.
- Look For Discounts When You Have To Buy/Install Car Battery
People are often hesitant to ask for discounts assuming that sellers are quoting the right price. However, little do they know that mechanics and dealerships are often willing to offer discounts to customers who ask for it. This is one of the easiest ways to save money. Car battery replacements can be quite heavy on the pocket but if you regularly deal with a particular mechanic, they may be able to give you a discount.
Come to think of it, there is nothing wrong in asking for a discount as it shows transparency and genuine interest in purchasing the particular item. Moreover, it helps build trust between you and the mechanic which can be beneficial for you in the long run.
However, you must be polite and respectful when you ask for a discount. Don’t demand it as if it is your right. Instead, explain the situation and request the seller to share any promotions that may be available.
- You Can Always Choose To Do It Yourself!
It’s not rocket science so with a user manual, you can try to replace the battery yourself and save money. The manual provides complete information on the type of the battery needed, the location of the batter and steps required to install one by yourself safely. It is essential to wear safety gloves and goggles to protect yourself from battery acid and other hazards.
Moreover, car batteries contain lead and other hazardous materials that can be quite damaging. Make sure you properly dispose of the old battery.
There you have it! These are some of the basic tips that you can follow to make battery replacement lighter on your budget. Hope they help!