Most people think only of changing the oil, tyres and brake pads when it comes to maintaining your Volkswagen, but did you know that from time to time your car battery may need changing too? Batteries wear out over time, and so if you've been noticing your car has trouble starting on cold days, or simply that your radio won't play for as long as usual before turning off to conserve the last remaining battery power, then it could be time to change. Each battery can last for a certain number of 'cycles'. One cycle is a full charge and discharge of the battery, and so the longer you have the battery, the more likely it is to be in need of replacement in the near future.
A good quality battery will costs you between £50 and £70, and can last for about two years depending on your car and on the battery's use, with higher end batteries being upwards of £100, but keeping your engine roaring into life and your radio blaring for around six years.
This could be the best £100 you've spent on your VW, since nobody wants to be banging their head on the steering wheel and punching the dash board on a cold winter's morning when you're late for work and the car wont start. A worse scenario would be getting stranded somewhere with a car that won't start, and no battery powered heating to keep you warm. So remember to replace your battery every 2-3 years, or at the first sign of it tiring out. A high-end battery is a good investment, and you can rest assured that with a battery like this, you will never have a problem with listening to the radio too much. It could be the best investment you've ever made!