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Driving a Continental car like a BMW, Mercedes or Audi is great.

Costs of an AGM car battery, however… Not so great.

But did you know that modern luxury cars require an AGM car battery and not the regular one?

Does it really have to be that way?

Well, it turns out, you can get a replacement Varta AGM car battery at a fraction of the price official service centres are selling…

…that saves you at least RM600 for that same peace of mind. And here, you will learn what an AGM car battery is (you get what you pay for)…and exactly how you can conveniently get it delivered to your doorstep.AGM stands for Absorbent Glass Mat. This technology is found in Varta Silver Dynamic AGM batteries. AGM technology is designed to handle the toughest electrical loads required in new cars with premium features such as regenerative braking.Now, this is crazy:

The key feature of this technology is the absorbent Glass Mat material which holds the battery’s acid like a sponge to ensure constant contact between the plates and the absorbed electrolyte.

But you’re probably wondering:

“Does my car really need such battery with advanced technology?” This is especially important if you own a luxury car which you probably take for a cruise only during the weekend. Very likely, that car demands the highest energy due to its extensive accessories.

So, what makes an AGM battery stands out from its flooded lead-acid inferiors?

Here’s the kicker:

It delivers outstanding performance for powerful engines and highly equipped cars. Offers up to 3x extended cycle life compared with a conventional battery. (A conventional lead-acid battery last only about 1-2 years)

And it gets better:

Boasts high starting power and reliable performance. Plus, the design ensures the battery will not leak, even if the case is broken. If your car comes with advanced Start-Stop functionality, ideally you will want to install an AGM battery because a conventional car battery just won’t suffice.

Start-Stop Vehicles

If you drive a Mazda or high-end Toyota models like Vellfire, Alphard, Estima and Wish, most likely these cars are equipped with the start-stop technology. (Not to be confused with engine push start)

That’s not all:

The technology first gained popularity in Europe and the U.S. market in model-year 2013 vehicles. So, your BMWs, Mercedes or Volkswagens are best fitted with an AGM battery.

Start-stop vehicle technology automatically shuts off the engine when your vehicle stops, such as at a traffic light or in stop-and-go traffic, and restarts it quickly and quietly when the clutch is engaged or the brake pedal is released.

But there’s a catch:

When the engine is off, the battery is the sole source of power to all the car’s electrical devices, such as air conditioning, the radio and the navigation system. And, in advanced start-stop systems with features like regenerative braking or passive boost, the battery is stressed even more.

Order Your AGM Battery with CARPUT for Peace of Mind

Here are the prices for AGM batteries as of January 2019:
AGM Varta Silver Dynamic DIN70 – RM1100
AGM Varta Silver Dynamic DIN80 – RM1250
AGM Varta Silver Dynamic DIN90 – RM1400

Of course, prices listed are inclusive of delivery, installation and trade-in of your old battery (Specifications of these AGM batteries are similar to those offered at service centres). To complete the service, we do offer system fault reset on the spot for every AGM battery replacement. That saves you the trouble of bringing your car to the service centre.
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You get into your car and start it just like any other day, everything seems fine. But there is an unfamiliar icon flashing on the dashboard, then you think to yourself “What sorcery is this?”.

It’s just one of the many ways your car is built to communicate with you, in this case it’s a form of a warning light.

You might have a wild imagination of what the symbols mean, but who am I to judge? 😛

But here is a list to explain what each of them means and what you should do.

1. Failed Helicopter Design

check-engine-light
Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔΔ

No, you won’t be flying in your car. It’s the engine warning light.

This could indicate potential engine damage. You may experience some unusual complexity – for instance a lack of power, it is as if your car is limping caused by misfire, or the engine just doesn’t respond normally.

More likely than not, it could be as small as a faulty sensor in the car. You should get it diagnosed straight away to prevent further and potentially irreparable damage.

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2. Genie in a Bottle

oil-pressure-warning-light
Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔΔ

You won’t be making any wish come true. It’s the oil warning light.

This will light up if the oil temperature gets too hot, the amount of oil is insufficient or oil pressure drops too low. Inadequate oil and low oil pressure is something you want to avoid.

The oil pressure prevents it to be pulled by gravity to the bottom of the engine. Drop in oil pressure can be caused by a faulty oil pump, a leaking oil pipe or insufficient oil in the engine.

You should stop the car immediately and turn off the engine if you see the warning light. Check the oil level and top it up if needed. If the problem persists, give the professionals a call.

 3. Steamboat!

brake-warning-light
Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔ

Sure you wish it means steamboat time on a rainy day. It’s actually the brake warning light.

Your car’s brakes are the most crucial component of the vehicle. It’s likely that you left the handbrake on, just make sure it’s fully released.

If the light is still lit, it could be that your car is low on brake fluid or something more severe. Or it could be just the sensor is faulty.

A faulty braking system can be quite apparent. If the brake pedal is less firm and hits the floor when you push it, you should not be driving the car until it is fixed!

4. Robot wink 😉

car-battery-warning-light
Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔ

It’s the battery charge warning light, folks.

It is commonly mistaken to be solely a car battery issue. It’s actually a problem with the charging system.

It could be a faulty alternator, bad car battery, connection loss or damaged cable in the engine bay. When there is no charging, your car is running only on the remaining electrical power left in the car battery which runs out pretty quickly. Your car will just shut off while you are driving on a highway!

Affects of failure can be of many possibilities. Do not jump to conclusion but instead explain the symptoms to your car experts and make sure they check the entire charging system.

5. Samurai On-board

seatbelt-warning-light
Severity Level: ΔΔΔ

You won’t be killing any Bill. But you and your passengers should fasten the seatbelts. On some cars, this warning comes with a unpleasant noise too.

6. Satay Celup or Lok-lok

temperature-warning-light
Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔ

It’s not really something tasting great in your engine. The temperature warning light indicates that the engine is running too hot or coolant is insufficient in the system.

In worse case scenario, you will be left stranded with steam covering the engine bay. This could be cause by a malfunction car radiator or worst a blown head gasket.

Stop the car immediately if you see the warning light as driving hot for too long may lead to total engine failure.

7. You’re Drunk

traction-control-warning-light
Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔ

Nope, not guilty as charged. It’s the traction-control warning light. 

You’ll normally see this when the wheels loose grip, usually in the rain. Your car is giving you an indication that you are close to the limit of grip. Meaning you should slow down.

If it’s on constantly, it might be that the traction-control is deactivated. Deactivation could be by you switching the system off or by fault. If it’s the latter, you should get it checked.

8. Espresso Glass Empty

tyre-pressure-warniogn-light
Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔ

No it’s not your morning caffeine fix. This tyre-pressure sensor warning is more common on newer car models.

The system consistently monitors the tyre pressure and gives a warning when there’s a drop in pressure. Optimum tyre pressure is crucial for a safe drive, so do check and inflate your tyres whenever you see the warning.

9. Suicidal Smartphone

fuel-warning-light
Severity Level: ΔΔΔ

This is pretty much self-explanatory. When the amount of fuel left in the tank passed a certain level, the low-fuel warning light will come on.

When it comes on, you have approximately 80-100km of range, lower if your car have a smaller fuel tank. It is designed to give you enough warning to find a fuel station.

10. Acrobatic Stunt

glow-plug-warning-light
Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔ

If your car is running on diesel, this is the glow plug warning light.

Diesel-powered vehicles use compression and temperature to generate combustion in the air/fuel mixture. Glow plugs are used to turn up the heat and the symbol indicates a malfunction plugs or even the computer system that controls them.

Complications with glow plugs can induce early and late combustion, and the symptoms is a rough engine noise and not running smoothly.
These warning symbols are not challenge badges that you collect like when you were a scout. Take these warning lights seriously as you may not know what will happen to your car the next moment if you decide to ignore it. Download the CARPUT app for roadside assist for towing, car battery change, jumpstarts, flat tyre help and emergency petrol delivery.

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If you know Amaron car batteries, you should check out Amara Raja’s new range of battery, Powerzone Car Battery.




PowerZone batteries inherit the credibility, technological superiority and high standards of customer satisfaction owing to its lineage of brand Amaron which is perfect for the Malaysian climate.

Now available at CARPUT to offer you even better options of reliable brands of batteries.

The new PowerZone batteries offer better performance with higher power output, higher reserve power capacity and higher CCA (Cold Cranking Ampere), thereby, enabling optimum power delivery at low temperatures.

The new range of leak proof & environment-friendly Powerzone batteries is preloaded with best in class vent design that is spill-free and easy to handle which adds to a whole new convenience.



If you are looking for a reliable car battery for Perodua, Proton, Honda, Toyota, Mazda and other major car make models, give this a shot! 

Sizes available are NS40ZL, NS60L, NS60R, NS70L and 70D23L.
All Powerzone car battery installed with CARPUT comes with 18 months or 30,000KM warranty (petrol) / 10 months or 20,000KM warranty (diesel).
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I founded CARPUT Roadside Assistance after having a horrible experience changing a car battery (by a very reputable roadside assistance company), back when I returned to Malaysia in 2013. I was given empty promises on their arrival and waited for 2.5 hours before a technician arrived.

When he finally got my car started up, I was grossly overcharged for a car battery for my mother’s Proton Satria. This was a vast difference from the transparency, customer service and reliability that I have experienced when working abroad.

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The automotive services sector in Malaysia has always given a bad name for itself, especially when it comes to customer service. In a nutshell, there was a lack of empathy towards customers who may be stranded, rushing and left with no other options.

In fact, many would argue that these people take advantage of this situation. In 2016, I launched CARPUT Roadside Assistance to assist Malaysian drivers to get back on the road knowing that their welfare is being taken care of. The CARPUT team, at its core, is one that cares about the customer. If we’re going to be late, we will tell you that we will be late. Unlike our predecessors, we display our prices proudly – in case of any confusion. Every single decision made in CARPUT has its’ customers in mind.

After 30,000 rescues, I am proud to say that with the help of our technology, we have brought our response time down to 43 minutes on average. We have come this far and still have a long way to go. We thank each and every single one of our customers, partners and employees for believing in our cause — especially in our early days. Happy 3rd birthday, CARPUT. – Eugene Tan, @eugtann

*Download the CARPUT mobile application to get quick and easy roadside assistance!
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The first thing you should know is that a car battery’s lifespan is fixed and there’s nothing you can do to extend it beyond that. But, there are things drivers often do that cause the battery to die early. Learn how to care for your battery and be rewarded with a long battery life.

1. Limit short rides

Shorts distance trips prevent your car’s battery from a full charge cycle. Over the long run, this will reduce the charge capacity of the battery and its lifespan. Instead, go for a long distance drive once a week during the weekend to give the battery a full charge it deserves.

2. Once a month routine inspection

Battery terminals corrode over time, but keeping them clean from buildup is a great way to extend the life of your car battery. Scrub the terminals with a toothbrush dipped in a baking soda and water mixture. Then, using a spray bottle with cold water, rinse the mixture off and follow up with a thorough drying with a clean cloth.

3. Don’t use electronics when idle

Turn off functions like the radio or air conditioner when your engine isn’t running to put less wear and tear on your battery power. Extended periods of idling also can wear a battery down. And not to forget, don’t charge your smartphone before starting your car’s engine.



4. Keep Your Battery Tightly Fastened

A battery that’s not securely fastened could end up vibrating, potentially resulting in internal damage and short circuits. Have your battery terminal checked regularly, especially if you frequently drive on bumpy roads.

5. Check your car’s alternator

If your alternator is bad it will results in ineffective recharging of your battery and dramatically shorten your battery’s lifespan.
No matter how well you maintain your car battery, you can’t always foresee when it may die. That’s not a disaster because you can always count on CARPUT’s trusted car battery assistance if your car battery ever fails on you.

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It is important to understand your car battery at the very least the common warning signs of a dying battery. Just keep your eyes open for these symptoms.

1. Can’t remember your last replacement?

Car batteries are the unsung heroes of the car. We never remember to check, service or clean them although it works hard starting our engines every morning. Car batteries, like any other car part have a lifespan.

A good rule of thumb to determine the lifespan of your car battery is 1.5x to 2x of the manufacturer’s warranty. For example, if your last battery change was two years ago on a 12 month warranty battery, your battery is probably living on borrowed time.


2. Check the indicator

Some car batteries have indicators on the top side of the batteries. Like this one – a red indicator means that the battery is healthy and doesn’t need a charge while a white indicator tells you that it’s weak and needs a recharge or to be replaced.


3. Tick Tock

Car battery not only provides the power to start the engine, rather, it powers all the electronics like your power seats, power windows, air conditioning and many more. So if your car battery is failing while the car’s switched off, it may reset the electronics and your clock will go back to 00:00. Also, check your lights! If it’s dimmer than usual, it may be time to call us.


4. Slow engine crank

It takes a lot of power to get your car started, and all that power is produced solely by… you guessed it, your battery. If the battery is on its last legs, you may notice that the engine cranks more slowly than usual. Try turning the ignition key and feel how fast the engine starts up. If it’s slower than usual, you got to get it tested before you’re stranded in your dodgy office car park.


5. You’ve jumped it a lot already

If you have to jump your car more than three times in a single week, it’s time to replace your car battery. The battery no longer has the capacity to hold its charge.


Compare the most common signs of a dying battery

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We all spend our days driving over speed bumps and probably lost count when we get to our destination. Even though they are meant for safety purposes to slow down traffic in selected areas, some can be quite nerve-wracking.

Here, we list some of the typical speed bumps you’ll find on Malaysia roads and how each bump ranks in annoyance level.

1) The Bumple Bee

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗

Usually found around residential areas and less busy roads. Due to its wide and thick design, driving through it doesn’t cause much discomfort at a slower speed but speeding over it will definitely make your car fly.


2) Mini Bumple Bee

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗

These are abundant in those lorongs where you take your shortcuts to avoid the traffic. If you overcome one of these, get ready for 10 more ahead.


3) The Rubber Bump

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗

For those who like shopping malls, these are a common sight. This speed bump by itself is not a challenge but try looking for a parking spot in Mid Valley during weekends. By the time you find a vacant spot after going around 20 times, be sure to check your wheels if they are still intact.


4) The Royal Rumble

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗

These are called rumble strips and they seriously do rumble your everyday life out of place. Driving through these feels as if your car is falling into pieces. “I don’t feel anything in my City.” Hold it right there, buddy. We are ranting on behalf the thousands and thousands of Peroduas and Protons out there, mkay. Peace.


5) The Let Me Cross Please?

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗

These speed bumps act two ways; to slow down traffic and as a pedestrian-crossing. Not much of an annoyance but you’ll feel a strange feeling in your gut if you don’t slow down. Also, if you see any pedestrian attempting to cross, have mercy and give way lah okay.


6) The ‘Welcome’ to the Neighbourhood

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗⊗⊗

This one, Mr D.I.Y. approves. The fact that these speed bumps are not installed by the authorities means that its physics are not regulated. You can almost feel the pain in your own skin going through one of these. Try to avoid roads and lanes having these around at all cost.


7)The Inverse Speed Bumps

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗⊗⊗

AKA potholes. Plentiful on Malaysia roads but you’ve got to admit that these ‘bumps’ are really effective in slowing down traffics. A seasoned Malaysian driver, however, can skillfully avoid these easily.


8) The Combo

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗⊗⊗

Don’t judge a speed bump by its hump, guys. If you drive towards one of these thinking it’s just a speed bump and never have you been so wrong. A not-so-happy-meal combo indeed.
Do you find speed bumps a problem in your every day’s drive? How do you deal with annoying speed bumps? If you can relate to this pain, share it with your friends!

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The year-end holiday seasons is probably the period of the year we all look forward to. While you are clearing off your remaining annual leaves, here’s a list to prepare your car for the journey.

We have to admit that the biggest concern of any road trip to a destination far from home is a potential car breakdown and that could really ruin the vacation. Like everything else,  it’s good to start early. Do these simple checks and reduce your chances of trouble on the road.

Here’s to wishing you the most wonderful time with your loved ones. Expect the unexpected and keep calm because the best memories are made on the open road. Bon voyage!

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The new Perodua Myvi sure looks tempting but believe it or not, some of us will still be visiting the used-car dealer nearby to own a good old second-hand car.

Moreover, recent flood incidents on certain parts of Malaysia will affect the industry. It simply means that flood-damaged cars will soon end up in used-car dealerships.

Afraid not, this is how to tell if the car you are interested in buying is damaged.

1. Is the car from another state?

Chances are flood-damaged cars will be transported away from flood zones to areas aren’t affected by the disaster. That’s pretty evil, right?

Months from now, when the weather is all calm and pleasant you’ll have forgotten all about the flood where the car has previously been registered.

2. Check the car’s history using VIN

You can do a complete background check on the car using its vehicle identification number (VIN). Not only you can find out if the car has been overhauled due to flood damage, but you will also know if the car has been in any major accident.

3. Hire a mechanic

If you are not confident with your own knowledge about cars, get a professional to help you out. While you might think that the car is good enough for you, a mechanic could easily spot something wrong with the car.

4. Use your nose

Seriously, your ever sensitive nostrils will instantly pick up any foul odour. Then ask yourself if the car passes your sniff test.

Smell of must, mould or mildew will be quite apparent if the car has been dipped in flood water. Also, if you notice a heavy deodorant, most likely it is too good to be true.

5. Check the carpets

Brand-new carpets do look great especially for a used car but in this case, it can mislead you to think that the car is in great condition when it is not underneath.

The same goes for the upholstery. Peel back some layer of the fabric under the carpet and in the boot to look for sign of moisture or rust.

Don’t forget to take a look at the spare tyre well.

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6. Check seat mounts and bolts

Seats are often removed in the course of drying out a car. So, when life gives you sun-dried seats, you check the seat mounts and bolts to see if they’ve been wrenched.

If you have a portable mirror with you, look out for rusty springs under the seat.

7. Check under the hood

Does the crankcase oil look like the colour of chocolate milk? That can be a sign of water intrusion. Any evidence of a water line on the firewall, the piece of panel separating the engine bay from the cabin.

8. Inspect headlights and taillights

Headlights and taillights are one of the most expensive car parts to replace. Make that to your advantage and check for evidence of a past water line inside. Another sign of water intrusion is that the lights will be foggy.

9. Check screw heads and unpainted metal

Run your finger over hard-to-reach places like gaps and crevices under the hood, under the dashboard or along the backside of a body panel. It is too much work to replace all of those screws when it’s hidden from sight. The goal is to find any dried up mud and signs of rust.

10. Take a test drive

Ultimately, like any other process of purchasing a car, you want to take it for a spin first. Check to see if all electronics work. Do the stereo speakers sound funny?
While second-hand cars are great but if you unlucky enough to own a defected car, the consequences can be really expensive. Know a friend who is planning on getting a used-car? Share this with them!

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A visit to the car workshop can often burn a hole in our pockets. We can at least save some money if we are well-informed about the general pricing of car maintenance. carput car battery delivery

Here’s an infographic to give a rough idea of how much it should cost you to service your car.
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Share this with your friends if you think they are likely to be the victim of a dishonest workshop! 
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