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Your car battery is one of those things that's easy to forget about or neglect—this is until it stops working and throws a wrench in your plans. While most car batteries have a life expectancy of two to three years, several factors can leave you scrambling for a new one at the most inopportune time.

Frequent short car trips, prolonged exposure to cold and harsh temperatures, corroded battery terminals, and leaving your lights on are all things that can cause your car battery to meet an untimely demise. If this happened to you, you may probably just run to the nearest automotive store or call your roadside assistance and taken the first car battery that came your way.

In the interest of proactivity and not wanting to see you stranded again, we've come up with our list of most reliable car batteries and a comprehensive buying guide to help you choose the best car battery for you