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Get batteries checked now: AAA announces 'Battery Bonanza Sweepstakes'


Mon, Nov 11th 2019 09:30 am

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Motorists can get car batteries tested now, for free, and be entered to win $1,000.

Car batteries are more likely to fail in frigid temperatures and, with freezing temperatures over the winter in our region, AAA Western and Central New York members often deal with this inconvenience during the most inopportune time.

Enter AAA’s new “Battery Bonanza Sweepstakes” The Nov. 10-24 event reminds members to get their batteries checked right away. After the test, they are automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win a $1,000 gift card (no purchase necessary).

During severe weather events, battery-related road service calls can increase five-fold for AAA.

Steve Finch, senior vice president of automotive services at AAA WCNY, said roadside service data shows how “the sheer number of battery calls far outweigh other service calls” during "Code Red" weather events (where roadside assistance call volume peaks).

An average car battery typically lasts three to five years. Drivers should have the battery and charging system tested prior to winter at a service facility or with AAA mobile battery service where available, which is included in AAA membership.

The “Battery Bonanza” offers an extra incentive for area residents to check their batteries before bad weather hits the region.

"When it comes to your car's battery, it's a great idea to be proactive," Finch said. "Let's not wait until a horrible day when it's cold and snowy and you are out in the middle of a snowstorm trying to replace a battery. Let's do it now."

AAA’s battery service trucks are equipped to test and install batteries at any location convenient to members – even in their own driveway, where such battery service is available (may not be offered in all areas). AAA members save $25 off the retail price of a new battery, and AAA batteries are guaranteed for up to six years.

Here are some signs that one might be at risk for a battery-related breakdown:

  • The vehicle cranks slowly when trying to start.
  • One hears a grinding, clicking or buzzing when turning the ignition on.
  • The vehicle has stalled.
  • The headlights dim when idling, but brighten when one revs the engine.
  • The battery is more than 3 years old.

Battery Testing Event

Eleven AAA locations throughout the region will hold free battery testing events from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

Furthermore, the sweepstakes is open to non-members, as well. To enter the contest (no purchase required), get started by going to AAA.com/BatteryBonanza to request a battery test.

As upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA Western and Central New York provides more than 880,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.

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