At Ash Motor we provide a wide range of car, van and leisure batteries so you’re never caught short without one.

Battery failure is a common cause of vehicle breakdown, with 60,000 roadside recovery call-outs a year from battery failure. There are a number of reasons why a battery could fail, including extreme weather conditions, the car being left for long periods the age of the battery and commonly, motorists accidentally leaving their lights on.

The average lifespan of a car battery is between 5 and 7 years, but this can vary based on a number of factors including how often and how long the car is driven, temperature variation, the age of your car, and any additional electronic features installed (including alarms and sensors) that are active even when your car is not in use.


  • How Do I Know When I Need a Replacement Car Battery?

    There are a number of signs to look out for when your car’s battery needs replacing:

    If the battery is flat, it will have trouble starting the car's engine; sometimes this is accompanied by a clicking noise from the starter motor. You might find that the electric components in your car aren't working as well as they should be - problems with the lights, radio, air conditioning and even wipers could be attributed to a failing battery.

    If the battery has become over-charged you might notice a smell similar to rotting eggs. That is the smell of the acid in your battery boiling over because it cannot cope with the amount of power it is creating. If this happens to your battery it is recommended that you have it checked immediately to ensure that the sulphuric acid in the battery does not pose a risk to yourself or your car’s internal components.

  • Which Car Battery Do I Need?

    When buying a new car battery it's important to make sure you're getting exactly the right type of battery for your car; buying a battery with a lower capacity rating than recommended for that vehicle can result in poor performance, and if you end up with a battery from the wrong group size, it might not match up to your car's terminal locations.

  • What Is the Difference Between a Car Battery and a Leisure Battery?

    A car battery is found in all vehicles including vans, trucks and domestic vehicles. It stores energy created when the engine is running and perhaps most importantly is used to start the engine.

    A leisure battery is used in caravans to provide power to electrical amenities such as the lighting, television and radio. The leisure battery isn’t used to start the engine and is kept in an entirely different part of the vehicle.

    Car and leisure batteries are not the same type of battery so can’t be used interchangeably so if you’re about to set off on a caravan holiday make sure you check both batteries in advance.

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