Batteries, Bulbs & Electrical
You try turning on your car and…nothing. Instead of an engine roaring to life, you’re greeted with a sputter, spinning sound or complete silence.
Car electrical and headlight problems can be a major inconvenience. The experts at Virginia Auto & Tire can get you back on the road quickly! We offer convenient car battery replacement, headlight installation and all of the electrical services your car may need.
Virginia Tire & Auto: Expert mechanics. America’s best batteries.
The skilled mechanics at Virginia Auto & Tire can test and replace your car battery before it dies. We choose and install the right car battery replacement model for your vehicle and driving habits.
Virginia Tire & Auto has a large selection of reliable and long-lasting Interstate car batteries—America’s number-one replacement brand. You’ll be back on the road in no time.
All Virginia Tire & Auto car battery purchases come with:
- Our best price guarantee for comparable quality and installation
- Our guarantee that your car battery meets or exceeds the specifications of your vehicle
- Fast, prompt installation by a trained mechanic
- A guaranteed fresh battery
- A quick, hassle-free warranty (if needed)
Our technicians even install your car battery replacement with a special process that ensures your radio, navigation and other electronic component presets stay locked in.
Inspecting and replacing your car battery: The process
Our mechanics begin the car battery replacement process by visually inspecting your car starter system. The mechanic servicing your vehicle checks starter cable connections and starter mounting bolts and brackets for potential issues like fraying, corrosion or breaks.
Next, the mechanic runs a starter electrical draw test, which measures the amount of electricity needed to turn the engine over during cranking. This number is compared to the manufacturer specs for your specific vehicle. The mechanic then determines if a new battery is needed.
Inspecting and replacing your car battery: The product
Virginia Tire & Auto uses Interstate Batteries, a brand trusted and preferred by car technicians for 65 years. When you need to be somewhere, Interstate is the car battery with dependability you can trust.
Better: Interstate Mega-Tron® II: This five-year performance battery comes with a 24-month free replacement warranty and a 60-month nationwide performance warranty. The Mega-Tron® II averages 640 cold cranking amps and provides more power for accessories and plug-in devices than the competition. That’s good news for you since our cars often double as our offices away from work and our homes away from home. Starts at $119.99.
Best: Interstate Mega-Tron® Plus: Our best car battery. The Mega-Tron® Plus provides an industry-leading 30-month free replacement warranty and a 72-month nationwide performance warranty. The Mega-Tron® Plus averages 780 cold cranking amps and provides even more accessory and device power than the Mega-Tron® II.
Starts at $139.99.
Maintaining your car’s electrical system
Your vehicle’s electrical system consists of a battery, starter and alternator.
Battery – Your car battery provides your vehicle with the power it needs to start.
Starter – The battery sends an electrical charge to the starter, which allows the starter motor to engage when you turn your key. Fuel and air enter your engine, and your car starts.
Alternator – Your alternator provides electrical energy to your car while the engine is running.
All three of these components have to work correctly and in unison for your car to start and run properly. There are several warning signs if your car’s electrical system is failing, including:
- Electrical system or battery warning light in dashboard
- Regularly blown fuses
- Slow crank when the ignition key is turned
- Loss of accessory power
If you think that your car has electrical problems, bring your car into Virginia Tire & Auto for an electrical system evaluation today.
Old car battery? Time for a replacement.
The average car battery lasts three to five years. If you’re driving around with a battery that’s old enough for kindergarten, the odds of getting stranded with a dead car battery will keep going up.
Did you know?
Your car battery comes with a “born on” date. Normally, it’s the first letter and the first number of the inscribed code. The letter corresponds to a month — for example, A is January, B is February, C is March, D is April and so on. The number corresponds to the final digit of the year – 1 would be 2011, 2 would be 2012, 3 would be 2013, 4 would be 2014, etc.
Head to Virginia Tire & Auto for headlights and car bulb replacement
Down to one headlight? Do your blinkers or signal lights need to be replaced? Is your car’s interior light burned out? These may seem like minor issues but they can cause big problems for you and other drivers. Avoid accidents, tickets or last-second repairs—let Virginia Tire & Auto install any headlights or bulbs that your car needs.
Driving without proper headlights or signals on your car is a safety hazard—and it’s against the law. Burned-out headlights or signals will cause your car to fail its annual safety inspection.
When you need turn signal flashers, headlights, lamp lenses, light bulbs or sensors for the interior or exterior of your car, the expert mechanics at Virginia Tire & Auto choose and install the right part fast.
We service all major automotive brands.
We service all major automotive brands including Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.
We’re 100% committed to making sure you’re 100% satisfied. We’ve spent more than 40 years doing things the right way, and that’s why it’s part of our culture to make sure you’re in the most friendly, comfortable and honest environment possible. And it’s also why our warranty not only covers all our services but will also be honored at all our locations, too.
A battery can last four to five years with proper care, but today’s vehicle computer systems create a small but constant drain on batteries, even when the vehicle is parked or in long sitting periods. Therefore, checking the battery should be included as part of the routine vehicle maintenance.
With routine maintenance and care, you can get the most use out of your car battery.