How do you know when you need a new car battery?

My car battery is getting a little older, and I want to know if I should be worried. How can I tell when I need a new car battery?

Answer
Kudos to you for being on top of your car’s health! To see if you need a new car battery, look for the four following signs:
  • The battery has a hard time with seasonal challenges (cold in the winter, heat in the summer, etc.).
  • Your car has spent a long time unused.
  • Your vehicle struggles to start.
  • Starting your car triggers a dashboard light
In the event that the battery does end up failing, you might want to make sure that you have the necessary amount of coverage in order to protect your new battery. To do this easily, check out the Jerry app—we’ll get you personalized quotes from top insurers in seconds, so all you have to do is pick the plan that works best for you. And once you pick one, we’ll even help you switch!
Best of luck with your battery!
Will Baldwin
Answered on Nov 29, 2021
Will Baldwin is a graduate of Ryerson’s School of Journalism with three years of experience writing and freelancing for multiple publications including The Globe and Mail. With a deep interest in geography, economics, and politics, he has come to be extremely interested in the relationship of personal finances and culture with the auto industry as one of the forefronts of his interest. When not writing, he’s an avid sports fan who splits his time between watching too much basketball and having his heartbroken by the New Orleans Saints. Will is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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