How do you know what type of car battery you have?

Is there any easy way to know which type of car battery you have? I think my battery’s dying, so I need to get it replaced. Before I do, I should probably know which battery to ask for.

Joshua Levy · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Knowing which type of battery you have is a great idea for any responsible car owner! Luckily, you can find out what type of car battery you have by looking in one of these places:
  • The battery case will usually have the battery’s name and manufacturing number. If you search the sides of your battery, you’ll likely find the battery type.
  • The battery label will say which type of battery it is. Since labels are often more about branding than informing, you may not find the battery type on the label.
  • The owner’s manual will have information about which type of battery is most compatible with your car. If you haven’t changed the battery since you bought the car, it’s likely the same battery mentioned in the manual. Even if you’ve had it changed, it’s likely the same type.
Since you need to get your battery changed, you can also ask your
! They deal with battery replacement all the time, and they’ll be able to tell you which type you need. Remember, dead batteries can leave you stranded so make sure you get it changed as soon as possible.
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