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How much does a Car Battery replacement cost?

Labour times and part prices vary depending on the particular vehicle, but to give you an idea here are some examples.

Car Franchise Dealer estimate Independent Garage estimate ClickMechanic ClickMechanic Saving
Car2007 Mazda Mazda2 Franchise Dealer Est.£93 - £155 Independent Garage Est.£68 - £120 ClickMechanic Est.£68 - £120 Saving24%
Car2010 Ford Transit Franchise Dealer Est.£147 - £189 Independent Garage Est.£115 - £150 ClickMechanic Est.£115 - £150 Saving20%
Car2000 Renault Safrane Franchise Dealer Est.£128 - £252 Independent Garage Est.£97 - £200 ClickMechanic Est.£97 - £200 Saving21%
Car2007 Audi A4 Franchise Dealer Est.£199 - £283 Independent Garage Est.£143 - £195 ClickMechanic Est.£143 - £196 Saving29%
Car2006 Renault Grand Scenic Franchise Dealer Est.£115 - £160 Independent Garage Est.£88 - £126 ClickMechanic Est.£88 - £127 Saving21%

Want to learn more about Car Battery replacements?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does a car battery do?

The vehicle's battery is the power storage unit for starting its engine. It’s location, be it under the bonnet, under the seats or in the boot is vital to the vehicle's operation and without its successful recharging once the engine is running, will leave you unable to restart the engine after the next time it’s stopped.

These days, with more and more cars and vans being equipped with an automatic stop/start system to reduce emissions, having a battery that is in top condition is becoming even more important and also more expensive.

How does a car battery work and what are the components?

The majority of batteries used in cars and vans are 12v, which in essence means they comprise 6 cells with 2 plates per cell. One of the plates is made from lead and one from lead dioxide and are submerged in a sulphuric acid formula (known as electrolyte) which sets off a reaction on the lead dioxide plate and produces ions. These ions cause the lead plate to produce hydrogen and a lead sulphate.

The end result is a chemical reaction that produces electrons and these electrons generate electricity, which then comes out the positive terminal of the battery and flows round in a circuit back through the negative terminal. On the way round it can power a multitude of items, from the starter motor to the glove box light!

By applying a current to the battery in the right voltage, the battery can then be recharged.

In traditional wet flooded batteries and the newer enhanced flooded batteries (EFB) the electrolyte is in liquid form. In AGM batteries, the electrolyte is in gel form or in an advanced glass matt - hence AGM.

How do you know there is something wrong with the vehicle’s battery?

  • You may initially find that when you unlock the vehicle, the central locking doesn’t work.
  • When you turn the key in the ignition, you have no lights on the dashboard.
  • When you attempt to start the engine, you get a very slow turn over, nothing at all or just a rapid clicking.

When should you consider having your car's battery replaced?

Every time a battery goes “flat”, it can damage the cells in the unit and whilst it may show 12v the actual power of the battery is reduced. Therefore if you are having to get assistance to start a vehicle due to the battery, then you should really consider changing it
With the newer batteries having higher demands on them, the lifespan has reduced and these batteries may only last 3 years. If you are buying a second hand car for instance, that has an automatic stop/start system, it's worth taking into consideration the cost of buying a new battery and replacing the one installed if it hasn’t been recently done.

How common is a car battery replacement?

Every battery will eventually lose its ability to provide the power for your car and all its electrical parts need to keep working. The problem is that the warning signs might give you very little notice that your car’s battery is about to fail completely.

Battery problems are the most common cause of callouts to vehicle recovery services, accounting for 1 in 5 faults, according to one major motoring organisation.

However, a lot of issues can be caused by incorrect battery replacement sequences. These days it's not always as simple as undoing the old one and popping the new one in its place. Some vehicles require the new battery to be registered and coded to the vehicles computer system for example and then there are the windows to be reset, the radio to be potentially recoded etc

How can I extend the lifetime of my battery?

There isn’t a great deal you can do to extend the life of the battery unless your circumstances allow it. For example, if your car is only ever used for short trips, which doesn’t give the engine the time needed to sufficiently recharge the battery, it will not last as long as if it is regularly treated to a few extra long journeys, which will give it the chance to do so.

Obviously leaving electrical equipment on whilst the engine is not running can reduce the charge held by the battery, so remember to switch lights off, turn the radio off and unplug chargers etc

What happens during a vehicle’s battery replacement?

  • Mechanic will inspect the electrical system.
  • If necessary the battery is replaced
  • Mechanic makes sure the battery's cables have not corroded or damaged before putting them back.
  • Mechanic tests the battery charging system to confirm it is working as it should be.

How much does a vehicle battery replacement cost?

The cost of a battery replacement depends on the type of battery your car's manufacturer recommends for your car. Find out what you could save by having your battery replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

How much does a Car Battery replacement cost?

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59 manufacturers for Car Battery Replacement

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Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £101.44 - £227.13

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Asia

Parts costs: £132.62 - £159.15

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Aston Martin

Parts costs: £130.46 - £171.07

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Audi

Parts costs: £126.77 - £298.93

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Austin

Parts costs: £55.54 - £110.18

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Bentley

Parts costs: £101.50 - £161.87

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BMW

Parts costs: £154.61 - £326.69

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Cadillac

Parts costs: £112.05 - £231.87

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £74.88 - £154.45

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £115.22 - £306.52

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Citroen

Parts costs: £90.46 - £229.01

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Dacia

Parts costs: £75.31 - £177.55

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £70.76 - £163.54

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £73.69 - £140.96

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Daimler

Parts costs: £131.99 - £269.80

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Dodge

Parts costs: £119.86 - £213.65

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DS

Parts costs: £177.54 - £222.96

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Ferrari

Parts costs: £110.97 - £156.60

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Fiat

Parts costs: £76.24 - £222.59

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Ford

Parts costs: £83.87 - £202.64

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Honda

Parts costs: £77.97 - £167.34

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £82.39 - £230.23

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Infiniti

Parts costs: £94.13 - £211.04

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Isuzu

Parts costs: £118.25 - £226.60

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Iveco

Parts costs: £214.23 - £331.20

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £135.71 - £309.08

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Jeep

Parts costs: £121.08 - £331.92

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£232

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Kia

Parts costs: £80.11 - £216.47

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £148.52 - £320.61

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LDV

Parts costs: £97.81 - £233.73

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Lexus

Parts costs: £93.44 - £194.01

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London Taxi's International

Parts costs: £150.16 - £180.19

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# of quotes: 2

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Lotus

Parts costs: £78.97 - £103.91

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Maserati

Parts costs: £107.24 - £182.92

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Mazda

Parts costs: £86.33 - £173.25

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £128.06 - £296.19

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MG

Parts costs: £81.71 - £159.15

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MINI

Parts costs: £106.85 - £202.55

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £91.85 - £220.88

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Nissan

Parts costs: £83.29 - £180.35

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Perodua

Parts costs: £72.41 - £88.64

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £84.67 - £197.28

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Peugeot Talbot

Parts costs: £145.26 - £178.10

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# of quotes: 19

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Piaggio

Parts costs: £73.69 - £88.43

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# of quotes: 1

£109

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Porsche

Parts costs: £118.44 - £209.86

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# of quotes: 264

£186

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Proton

Parts costs: £77.04 - £147.78

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# of quotes: 20

£140

£126 - £172

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Renault

Parts costs: £84.90 - £186.49

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# of quotes: 4831

£160

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Rover

Parts costs: £85.44 - £182.35

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# of quotes: 232

£160

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Saab

Parts costs: £109.62 - £223.02

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# of quotes: 521

£181

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SEAT

Parts costs: £91.98 - £228.06

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# of quotes: 1614

£173

£114 - £239

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Skoda

Parts costs: £98.65 - £229.55

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£176

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Smart

Parts costs: £87.05 - £159.01

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# of quotes: 277

£153

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Ssangyong

Parts costs: £134.24 - £244.94

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# of quotes: 9

£206

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Subaru

Parts costs: £87.65 - £156.12

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# of quotes: 93

£146

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £68.16 - £138.13

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£123

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Toyota

Parts costs: £76.24 - £187.76

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£161

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £78.55 - £184.13

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £91.32 - £272.65

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Volvo

Parts costs: £123.31 - £278.61

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# of quotes: 1751

£212

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Recent Car Battery replacement quotes

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£148.69

Battery replacement (vehicles without stop/start system)

Alfa Romeo Brera
Cambridge
£83.82

Battery replacement (vehicles without stop/start system)

Peugeot 207
Cheltenham
£111.78

Battery replacement (vehicles without stop/start system)

Vauxhall Insignia
Redhill
£105.39

Battery replacement (vehicles without stop/start system)

Peugeot 107
Woking