How many amps does a car battery have?

I want to buy the right battery for my car. How many amps should it have?

Answer
That’s great you want to know more about your car battery—especially considering most people just buy whatever battery is cheapest or what is recommended!
Most car batteries have a rating of 48 amp hours. This means that the battery can deliver 48 amps for one hour. For most vehicles, this is enough to get your car started.
However, if you live in Minnesota or another cold-weather state, you should also consider other measurements, including:
  • Cold-cranking amps
  • Cranking amps
  • Reserve capacity
These measurements are a more accurate representation of how good the battery is at starting, even in adverse weather conditions. The higher the cold-crank amps and reserve capacity, the more reliable your battery will be.
If you’re worried about your battery failing, you can always add towing and labor coverage to your car insurance policy, which acts as roadside assistance. Ask your current insurer about it or log onto the Jerry app to compare rates from top insurers.
Eric Schad
Answered on Oct 21, 2021
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