You probably already know that most cars need a new battery every three to five years. But you might be wondering if it’s wise to replace it with an OEM battery made by your luxury car’s manufacturer or an after-market battery that might be cheaper.
For instance, should you replace your Porsche 911’s battery with a Porsche OEM battery or something else your friend suggests?
Your options are endless, but the right choice may be difficult to decide.
Let’s start with the first issue. When should you replace your luxury car’s battery?
- It’s been over four years.
- Your battery appears to be distorted or blemished in some way. A battery should not have cracks, for instance. And it shouldn’t have stains or dents. It should in fact be rectangular in shape. If you notice that your battery is bulging, dented, cracked, or somehow damaged get a new one pronto.
- Your engine is taking a long time to start up. Batteries can slow down quite a bit as they age and your car can start to take a few seconds longer to get your engine going. This can be a sign that your battery is about to kick the bucket for good. Get it replaced with an OEM car battery, and your car should start to resume normally.
- Electronics inside the car are dimming or failing. The battery in your car powers all of the car’s electronics. If the radio, seat heaters, or air conditioners start to slow down or not run at all, it could be a battery issue. Headlights may also start to be too dime. Time to check the battery and consider getting a new one.
- Bad smells. Bad smells are never good. Especially when it comes to your luxury car. If you smell something that reminds you of rotten eggs or sulfur, time to check your battery. It could be leaking gas and it’s sure to stop working if you don’t take action.
So why consider an OEM battery for your luxury car? Well, options are one of the great reasons why.
Some brands, such as BMW, allow you to choose from various batteries such as a standard, advanced battery, or performance battery.
BMW will recommend performance batteries if you have more standard and optional equipment and if you add additional accessories.
BMW also suggests a performance battery for those models with more power and more vehicle options, custom configurations, and specifications.
Take, for instance, the BMW absorbent glass mat (AGM) and gel batteries, they are lead-acid batteries and work similarly to old-style lead-acid batteries. However, the interior is different in that the material that contains the chemicals is different in modern batteries.
Overall, most of the BMW models use AGM batteries as they allow for faster charging – and more power.
When it comes to newer BMW models these cars also have a computer system for the battery. That system requires you, the car owner, to register the battery so that the computer knows you installed a new battery. Moreover, a new battery discharges slower than an older battery.
These are all excellent reasons to use a BMW OEM battery.
Opting for an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) battery for your luxury car offers several advantages:
- Compatibility. OEM batteries are designed specifically for your luxury car’s make and model. This ensures a perfect fit and seamless integration, reducing the risk of electrical system issues.
- Quality Assurance. OEM batteries are manufactured to the high standards set by the luxury car manufacturer. These standards often exceed those required by aftermarket battery manufacturers, guaranteeing superior quality and reliability.
- Warranty Protection. Using an OEM battery typically preserves your vehicle’s warranty. Luxury car manufacturers may void warranties if aftermarket parts, including batteries, cause problems.
- Performance. OEM batteries are engineered to meet the power requirements of your luxury car. This ensures optimal performance, including starting power, electrical system stability, and overall vehicle efficiency.
- Longevity. OEM batteries tend to have a longer lifespan than aftermarket options because they are specifically designed for your vehicle’s demands and come with the manufacturer’s quality assurance.
- Resale Value. If you plan to sell or trade in your luxury car in the future, having OEM components, including the battery, can boost its resale value as it indicates a commitment to quality maintenance.
While OEM batteries may be slightly more expensive than aftermarket alternatives, their compatibility, quality, and long-term benefits make them a wise investment for maintaining the performance and value of your luxury car.
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