A Battery of Batteries
According to a recent Consumer Reports newsletter, “Price doesn’t necessarily mean better performance…we’ve got some less expensive batteries in our ratings that score very well,” states Sarah Bogdan, who oversees CR’s car battery testing in their most recent rating battery review for car owners.
But choosing the best price and performance is only part of the equation toward your decision making. You also have to decide whether you can (or want to) DIY or whether it makes more sense to let a qualified mechanic or trained technician do the battery replacement for you.
Depending on the make, model and year of your car it could be more involved than simply popping open the hood and loosening the battery terminal bolts before lifting the old battery out. Many models have their batteries installed in hard to access areas that require some removal of parts before installation that may be dangerous to handle—especially with Hybrids…