Battery installation can run anywhere from $10 to $100. Charges vary widely, depending on where the battery is purchased, who does the installation and where the battery is located in the car.
Most car battery installation is done at no cost to the buyer if the service is done at the place where the battery is purchased. Some locations, though, sell batteries without providing installation services. When batteries are purchased at such a location, the installation must be done by the buyer or by a third party installer.
The cost of battery installation depends largely on the local cost of labor. Total costs for battery purchase and installation in 2012 averaged out to about $86 when the buyer took a do-it-yourself approach to installation. Those total costs increased to approximately $118 when the battery was purchased and installed at a retail location that charged for installation. When the battery was purchased and installed at a car dealership, the average price was about $204.
Along with installation prices, additional charges that can be incurred include extended warranty charges as well as a charge for recycling old car batteries. An extended warranty generally costs about $40 to $50, while recycling charges are about $10.