The average price of a maintenance-free battery — the most common car battery — ranges from $170 to $300, as of 2012, according to CarsDirect. The prices of typical cheap car batteries with sizes of 24, 65 or 75 range from $45 to $90.
The installation cost of car batteries is often included in the price of the batteries. However, companies such as Sears, Target and Wal-Mart do not offer free installation and delivery to customers who purchase car batteries, although their prices are typically low. Extra expenses individuals regularly pay include an extended warranty that costs around $40 to $50 and approximately $10 for recycling fees. Vehicle owners should hand over their old batteries to their dealers for recycling.