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Winter Battery Advice from BBL

Winter Battery Advice from BBL

Don’t get caught out with a flat battery this winter, get it tested now. Battery related faults are the number one cause of vehicle breakdowns, with modern vehicles being so reliant on electronics, more than ever before.

The battery is like the heart of the vehicle, it’s what keeps everything working and running healthy. It is very important to take good care of your battery, especially in the cold temperatures.

The last thing you want when travelling to work on a cold, wet and windy morning is to be stuck by the side of the road when your car won’t start because the battery has died! It’s going to take a while for the breakdown service to get to you so you are going to be late for that very important meeting.

Like brake pads and tyres, a battery is a consumable item and it’s performance will deteriorate over time. During the cold winter months, a much higher electrical demand is put on than the battery to start a vehicle. So a battery that is nearing the end of it’s service life may start the vehicle without any problems during the warmer summer months but will fail as soon as the temperature begins to drop. Other causes of battery failure include:

1. Infrequent use of vehicle

Short start-stop journeys do not sufficiently charge the battery. Over time this can damage the battery and lead to premature failure.

2. Extreme temperatures

The efficiency of the chemical reaction used to supply the electrical energy to start the engine is reduced by approximately 30% at 0°C and below and by greater levels as the temperature falls further. Therefore, even a brand new battery will supply 30% less power on a cold winter morning.

3. Leaving the lights on

The most common mistake and one of the main reasons batteries fail prematurely.

4. Using accessories whilst your vehicle is not running

Modern vehicles are laden with accessories including entertainment and navigation systems. If these are used without the car running they will drain the battery’s power significantly as the battery will not be being charged up.

5. Poor maintenance

The battery could look good on the outside and have a good state of charge, but often the battery’s state of health is unknown if it has not been tested.

Why you should consider getting your battery checked:

• To prevent unexpected and unnecessary breakdowns

Battery failure is the number one cause of breakdowns in the UK. By getting your battery checked regularly you are reducing the risk of battery related breakdowns and being stranded when your vehicle will not start.

• Your battery deserves love and attention

In the cold conditions and dark nights your battery is under enormous pressure to power electronics such as your headlights, windscreen wipers and heated screens. It also has the very important responsibility of starting your vehicle to get you where you need to go every day. Reward it by getting it tested.

• If your car is more than 3 years old

A battery that has been in service for 3 years or more will have encountered a degree of deterioration through normal usage which will have reduced its overall state of health and its ability to start the engine.

At BBL Batteries we stock a full range of quality batteries and can both test your existing battery and advise you on the most suitable replacement should you need one.

Please contact us to find out more…

  • Bristol - 0117 9550535
  • Plymouth - 01752 338501
  • Swindon - 01793 616646
  • Truro - 01872 270011
  • Exeter - 01392 254418
  • Evesham - 01386 429020
  • Head Office - 0117 9550536
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Brian Jones 18 April, 2018 Reply

Good experience yesterday, Chris ( Clarke ) was very knowledgeable and friendly with a sense of humour - also good price on my lawn mower battery

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Paul draper 05 April, 2018 Reply

Excellent service from Chris and came away completely satisfied. Will definately recommend BBL Batteries to everyone, Thanks again for friendly atmosphere.

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Ernie and Mary Eva 08 February, 2018 Reply

Thanks to Mike and Ashley, our car battery was tested , found to be exhausted and not holding a charge, and was replaced all very efficiently and quickly and with courtesy and good humour.  Very grateful customers!

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Ernie and Mary Eva 07 February, 2018 Reply

Thank you so much Mike and Ashley for wonderful service—efficient, professional and quick in testing and replacing our car battery.  Fun too!
What an amazing array of stock there!
Would recommend this centre any time.

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Susan Wilschere 17 January, 2018 Reply

BBL Batteries in Truro was recommended to me by my local garage. I spoke to a gentleman called Mike who advised me on the best battery for my Ford Fiesta. Mikes extensive knowledge and experience was evident on talking to him and the battery price very reasonable.  The fitting service was extremely quick with no fuss. Exemplary customer service from all at the Truro store, I highly recommend this company. Many thanks.

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Noah Ball 13 December, 2017 Reply

The guys there are so friendly and happy to help, they have great knowledge and experience. Been a real blessing over the years

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Jan Rawlings 30 November, 2017 Reply

I bought a Yuasa battery for my VW Eos after receiving advice over the telephone from a very helpful gentleman.  What made me choose BBL was the excellent customer service which was evident from the start.  The battery was fitted with no fuss and I was confident the job was done well.  Thank you to all concerned.

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Connor 23 October, 2017 Reply

Was trying to order a product online but was doing something wrong my end. I telephoned the number from the website and spoke to Wayne , Wayne was more than helpful and made the whole ordering process hassle free and swift , which is rare these days!

Thanks very much for an easy process and keep up the good work

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gary dawes 01 October, 2017 Reply

Noticed this depot/branch by chance while going to get a secondhand battery from a breaker. Man who served us had a scientific air about him and sold us a Yuasa battery for 48pounds. This would have cost 97pounds at Halfords or 120?pounds at Kwikfit.
Thankyou, very pleased not to have had to take a gamble off the internet and will tell people about you.

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Nigel Cross 06 September, 2017 Reply

We purchased a battery for our car on Saturday morning from your Exeter Branch.
We thought the person that served us was extremely
professional and very pleasant. We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to others.
Thank you for a very nice experience

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