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If you've ever suffered the let-down of a flat car battery, you'll know what a drain it is. If it does go flat for no obvious reason it may be time to replace your battery. Just like the ones in your TV remote control, car batteries need to be replaced at some point. Here are some car battery facts that may indicate you need a new battery — and, if so, why you should replace it.

 
1. A flat battery is one of the top reasons for calling out the Battery Inn team. Causes are varied but fall into two broad categories — either something electrical (such as the lights) were left on or the battery has become unserviceable and needs replacing.

2. Modern vehicles are equipped with a number of on-board computers that control and monitor various systems.These often place a constant small drain on batteries even when the vehicle is parked up. It can mean that when the vehicle is left standing for a long period, when left in an airport car park for example, the battery can slowly discharge.

3. The battery is a vital component of all cars. A good battery can last for over five years with proper care. However, battery failure can occur in as little as three years, depending on the usage, maintenance and seasonal temperatures.
4. Premature battery failures can be caused by defective charging systems that cause the battery to be over, or under-charged; or other electrical faults.

5. Ensure you get the correct battery for your vehicle's specification. Depending on the level of equipment fitted, the battery specification can vary. It may help to make a note of the numbers on the existing battery.However, be aware that if it's not the original battery, it might not even be the correct battery type for the car — so check the owners' manual or call an expert if in any doubt.