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Want the cheapest price on a car battery in Melbourne? Just use the table above and select from our huge range of high quality car batteries from Alco, Century, Varta, Neuton Power, Optima, Odyssey & and others.
Batteries in stock for all Cars, Vans, Trucks, and 4x4, and you can save money by collecting and fitting the battery yourself, or we can deliver & fit your new battery.
We can perform a Free test of your vehicles charging system, and we can also take away and recycle your old battery for free.
Beware other Cheap Car Batteries
Many cars now have heavy electrical loads, so choosing the wrong battery is a false economy and will mean a replacement battery is needed again too soon.
The Budget car battery ranges at Supercheap, Autobarn and other generalist stores can seem low cost, however they have very low cranking power and come with only 6 or 12 months warranty. Most need regular topping up with water.
To be fair, these batteries say on the label that they are only suitable for older vehicles with low power requirements (e.g. no fuel injection, power windows or other accessories).
Our "budget" range by comparison is high power, with a 2 year warranty and is fully sealed so it needs no topping up. Made by one of the World's largest manufacturers in a high tech factory in China, we sell them in volume hence can offer such low prices.
Roadside Assistance & Mobile Replacement Services
Roadside assistance & Mobile services are great at getting their members moving again, and if you are stuck by the roadside they are a good choice to get you out of a dangerous situation. The membership fee may be an issue however and generally they can't carry a full range of batteries in their vehicles due to weight and space restrictions.
Light-weight, low quality batteries or ones that are only "approximately right" for your vehicle can seem a ok when you are stranded, but of course you want to get a long service life out of your new battery so its much better to get the right battery, of the right quality, so you can again enjoy years of trouble-free starting.
Why are Car Starting Batteries under more pressure?
The introduction of smart-charge regulators into many vehicles in previous years, along with heavier vehicle electrical loads (powered seats, GPS, In-Car computers etc.) have all made life for the car battery much more difficult than in previous decades.
Also the more common adaption of stop-start technology (the engine is switched off in traffic and at red lights) places a huge strain on car batteries, forcing them to start the vehicles engine many times in a single trip instead of just once.
All of this makes it more important than ever to choose the right battery for your vehicle.
Huge Range of Starting Batteries.
We are Independent Car Battery Experts and we stock several ranges of car battery - often with choices within each brand. We have over 10 different types of battery for most 4x4 vehicles, and often 3 or 4 options for popular cars and vans.
For odd shaped batteries (e.g. Maxda MX-5, Toyota Prius etc) we also stock specialist batteries from Federal, Optima and others. For Trucks, Tractors and Heavy Equipment we stock the popular N100, N150 and N200 sizes - please call for a trade quote on your truck or tractor battery.
Flat Battery or Dead Battery?
We have the latest electronic testers and can tell you if you need a new battery or just to give your current one a good charge.
We can also give your charging system a full test and give you a printed report for your peace of mind.
For borderline cases we have carbon pile load testers which can help detect intermittent faults or dropped cells.
Buy Car Batteries Cheaply Online + Collect from Store.
Save Money by buying online, and then just "Collect and Go". Our high turnover means you get the freshest stock, and because we are independent we can offer you the best advice without having to push a particular brand. By filling in your order online you can help us to keep our prices low.
Where to Shop for a Car Battery in Melbourne?
Where to buy a car battery in Melbourne? If you want to shop for a car battery in Melbourne you can shop online for cheap car battery prices in our online store. Alternatively if car batteries are a bit of a mystery, and you want to find a car battery that is just right for your car and have it fitted as well, then just call us or visit one of our car battery shops in Melbourne or Launceston and we will be happy to help.
Which car battery is best for me?
It depends on what the vehicle is (car, 4x4, taxi etc) and your normal use of the vehicle (Short trips? Off-road? Left standing a lot?). Does it have a "Start-Stop" system fitted, or perhaps one of the Regulated Charge Control Alternators?
It also depends on the age of the car, the load put onto the battery by standard (or aftermarket) accessories, and many other factors.
And of course price is a factor for most people and some are looking for the lowest price on a car battery because they intend to sell the car shortly, while others want to keep the car and not have the hassle of replacing the battery again for many years.
The important thing is to get the right car battery for your needs. This is the model of battery that is the right balance between price, performance and longevity.
What different Car Batteries types are there?
Aside from the high-performance dry fit Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries from Optima, Odyssey & some of the Varta ranges, most auto batteries tend to come in two main types as follows;
1. Calcium "Maintenance Free" (or Calcium Sealed) batteries.
Calcium batteries can be a good choice for cars which may be left to stand for long periods (e.g. at airports, or which are only occasionally used) as they tend to have a lower self-discharge than traditional batteries.
They also have good cranking power for their size and will never need "topping up" at services. They have a chemical added which is designed to scavenge most of the water created by charging and re-cycle it back into the cell.
Our ALCO Maintenance Free Range are made in South-Korea by Atlas Corporation. We also Stock the Neuton Power range which is a good quality range made in China. Both brands are well made, have high power outputs and come with a 2 year warranty.
The downsides to Calcium MF batteries tends to be that
- They can be hard to recharge if they go flat (e.g. lights left on in the car). You need a good battery charger with a Calcium (High Voltage) setting to properly charge them - something many battery chargers don't have.
- Calcium Maintenance Free batteries can struggle to deal with the underbonnet heat found in Far North Queensland, NT, WA etc. and so customers in those areas often choose an accessible (top-up) battery for this reason (see below).
2. Traditional "Lead-Acid" Accessible (or top-up) batteries.
With the traditional Lead Acid batteries (such as most Century Models other than their DIN range for European cars), you can open up the tops of the cells to monitor and top up the cell if required with distilled water (never with battery acid!).
Some come with a water-loss indicator (also called a "magic eye") which acts like a hydrometer on one cell and changes colour based on the state of charge and the water level of the cell. Note that its only monitoring one cell, the other 5 in a 12Volt battery are hopefully (but not always!) in a similar condition.
The "acid-test" with lead acid batteries is quite literally to "test the acid", as towards its end of life the battery may struggle to charge and "gassing-off" may rise considerably, so the cells will need monitoring a bit more often. Of course with an Accessible battery this test can be quite simply carried out, and the hydrometer reading will give an accurate view of each cell's state of charge.
Traditional Lead Acid Access batteries in our view have given extremely good service for many years in Australian conditions, with the added benefit of being easier to assess in terms of their state of health (e.g. at service time, or before a big trip). We continue to recommend the Century Range for many applications, and don't think you can get a better example of this type of battery for similar money.
We do also have other quality brands (Optima/Federal/Varta etc.) which are more expensive but are also very suitable in some applications. Please call us if you need more information on these. The Varta range for example has a good reputation and was the original equipment on many new German models (e.g. BMW / Mercedes).
How do Century Car Batteries compare to the others?
Lots of different car battery makes and models are available. If you do a search for "car batteries Melbourne .au" or similar you will see plenty of different brands of course, on the outside they all look pretty much the same if you ignore differences in the colouring and labels.
Inside of course the quality of the materials (amount of metal in the plates, purity of the lead) and the quality of the design and manufacturing processes used to make the various models varies enormously.
We know from experience (having sold and tested thousands of car batteries) that there is a big difference in quality between the different brands, and so we tend to stick with manufacturers we have come to trust. These include Century-Yuasa (who still make the majority of their car batteries for the Australian market up in Queensland), Alco (from South Korea) and Varta (from Germany), along with one or two others.
The Century range is tried and tested in Australian conditions, where batteries have to cope with very cold mornings at one extreme and the heat of under-bonnet conditions in 40C+ summers at the other. They typically have a 2 year or 3 year warranty we reckon for the money they are hard to beat, especially in the hotter climates such as NT/WA and North Queensland.
What we are not so sure about is Century's "Smartdrive" marketing claims - i.e. that their new squat style of battery can reduce fuel consumption & vehicle emissions by up to 2%. To be fair they do point out that only vehicles fitted with Regulated Charge Control (which tends to mean the newer European imports) are likely to see these reductions, but we'd like to see more evidence in real-world driving conditions in Australia.
The general idea is that the battery does more of the work (a bit like a deep cycle battery in a campervan or RV) and then is smart-charged quickly from time to time instead of presenting a constant load on the engine as with normal vehicle alternators - hence saving fuel.
How long do car batteries last in Australia?
The RACV/RACT etc. reckon the average lifetime of a car battery in Australia is about 3.5 Years, which seems a little low to us but is probably driven by lots of cheap lightweight replacement car batteries being sold, and of course includes all those budget low power batteries being sold with 6 month or 1 year warranties.
The original batteries in many cars (made by FB, Yuasa, Varta etc.) often last much longer than this, 7 years or more not being uncommon. Note that these are powering the car in the years when its engine, starter motor, alternator etc. are all in good condition and so the load on the battery is probably reduced.
As components age of course they will not work as well as they did when new, and this may explain some of the difference, as does the fact that many replacement batteries from the good manufacturers will often last for 5 years or more.
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