Does A Car Battery Come Charged?

The battery in my car dies once and for all today. I had to walk to get a new one. I’m almost back now, but I just realized that this new battery might not have a charge yet. Do car batters come pre-charged? Or am I going to need a jumpstart?

Patrick Price · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Yes—car batteries do come already charged. It’s uncommon for them to be sold fully charged, but they will have enough charge to start your car, Typically, they’ll be at around 90% capacity when you first buy them.
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