When you need a car battery in an emergency situation, you likely will go for what fits your budget at the moment. Though new batteries may fit into the budget, the reconditioned options can look very appealing as well. Before you reach for the reconditioned batteries to save a little money, there are a few things you need to know about them. Here are three things to consider before buying reconditioned car batteries. In other cases, you may find that the reconditioned battery will last longer or the same amount of time for less costs.
Before you buy a reconditioned battery, you need to know what reconditioned actually means. With car batteries, the reconditioning process means that the capacity of the lead-acid battery or batteries have been reconditioned or restored. This means that the battery may be at the end, or close to the end, of the normal lifespan for that particular battery model, but it can now last much longer. This process can take several hours to several weeks depending on the type of car battery and the age of the battery.
Certified Reconditioning Batteries
If you look at the reconditioned batteries available, you will see some labeled as certified reconditioned. You may not think there is a difference between a certified reconditioned battery and a non-certified. The truth is, there can be some very big differences between the two. The first difference is that certified reconditioned batteries are generally reconditioned by a professional or by the manufacturer. If it is non-certified, you may not know who did the reconditioning and if it was done correctly.
Longevity of Reconditioned Batteries
You need to consider the longevity of the battery after it has been reconditioned. If the batteries are certified reconditioned, there should be a label showing the longevity or estimated longevity of the battery. Compare this to the new battery that you are also considering. There are some cases when the new battery may be the better deal based on the amount of time it has before it will stop working.
By keeping these three key points in mind when it comes to reconditioned batteries, you can make a better choice during an emergency. If you are ready to purchase car batteries, contact your local auto parts or automobile dealer. They can help you find and install the right battery for your car. They can also answer questions you have about their current stock of refurbished batteries.
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