Selecting the Right Car Battery for a 2010 Honda Odyssey

QuestionsCategory: Ask An ExpertSelecting the Right Car Battery for a 2010 Honda Odyssey
Madison Martin asked 5 months ago
I've discovered that the battery in my wife's 2010 Honda Odyssey is dead, likely due to infrequent use during the COVID period. While searching for replacements, I noticed a wide price range, from $70 at Walmart to $250 at other stores. I'm unsure about the differences and what factors to consider. Additionally, I know Advance Auto Parts offers free installation, but I'm wondering if their prices are higher to compensate for this service. I'm pretty handy, so I could potentially install it myself. Any advice on choosing and possibly installing a car battery?
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 5 months ago
Hello there, Madison! Great question about selecting the right battery for your car! Here's a breakdown to help you out, based on what I think could probably help you narrow down your options:
  1. Price Range: The price of car batteries varies based on brand, type (like lead-acid or AGM - Absorbent Glass Mat), and specifications like Cold Cranking Amps (CCA). Generally, more expensive batteries offer better performance or longer warranties.
  2. Battery Type: Your Odyssey's original battery was an AGM type, which is generally more expensive but offers better performance. It's advisable to stick with AGM for replacements.
  3. Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): Higher CCA batteries are better suited for vehicles with lots of electrical accessories. For the Odyssey, a battery with higher CCA might be beneficial.
  4. Warranty: Look for batteries with longer warranties. Often, a longer warranty indicates better quality and longevity.
  5. Installation: Many auto parts stores offer free installation, which can be a convenient option. However, battery installation is usually straightforward and can be done at home if you're comfortable with it. Just be sure you have your radio code handy, as you might need it after disconnecting the battery.
  6. Where to Buy: Costco and Walmart often have competitive prices. Remember, all car batteries in the U.S. are made by a few companies and then branded for retailers, so brand name isn't as crucial as the specs and warranty.
If you decide to install the battery yourself, there are plenty of guides online to help. But if you're unsure, it's always safer to have it installed professionally. Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team