Burson Auto Parts says changing needs has prompted the company to increase the range of batteries sold through its network of stores. According to Burson, its trade customers have experienced a major increase in battery issues over the last year, with the rise directly linked to major changes in private family vehicle and business vehicle usage. This was combined with significantly reduced taxi, ride share vehicle, and light and heavy-duty commercial vehicle use during 2020.
The vast majority of vehicles on Australian roads today are also more electronically complex, meaning that traditional automotive batteries no longer suit most modern vehicle applications.
In past decades there were five to 10 automotive battery variants that technicians needed to select from to replace batteries in their customers’ cars. In 2021, Burson offers its trade customers more than 50 types of automotive batteries.
Originally required to assist in starting a vehicle engine, automotive batteries are now also a central power hub for high-tech vehicle safety, control, and entertainment systems.
Most modern cars are equipped with cameras, radar systems, anti-lock braking control systems, electric power steering, heating, ventilation/air conditioning along with ancillary systems, placing greater power demands on vehicle batteries than before. This makes the selection of the right battery for each vehicle critical to ensure the safe and reliable operation of all onboard systems, including stop/start technology.
Burson says that with vast diversity in battery types and specific vehicle battery applications, it becomes tough for automotive repairers and service centres to have the right battery on hand when needed. Attempting to stock or have on consignment every battery that a modern workshop needs doesn’t support productivity or profitability.
Burson said its battery range covers 100 per cent of the Australian vehicle car parc through premium quality brands including Century, ONmech, TECHCHG and Varta. This broad battery range availability removes the need for large and often under-used, purchased or consignment-based battery stock holdings that take up valuable workshop space.
In addition, together with Burson Auto Parts’ technology partner and fellow Bapcor company, Federal Batteries, Burson has boosted its product range to create a battery solution for repairers nationwide. Burson said Federal Batteries has been powering Australian industry for over 30 years with proven products and detailed technical expertise. These two Bapcor companies have joined forces to best support the trade through this exclusive battery supply partnership.