Walmart Car Battery Return Policy (All You Need To Know)

If you have purchased a car battery from Walmart that you didn’t get around to using or it was the wrong size or unsatisfactory.

You now might be wondering what the policy is for returning car batteries to Walmart. Luckily for you, I have done the research, so you don’t have to! Here is what I found.

Walmart Car Battery Return Policy

Walmart will accept car battery returns and exchanges within 90 days of purchase if that battery is faulty, unused, or doesn’t fit a battery mount. When returning a car battery to Walmart, customers should have the original packaging and receipt to receive a cash refund, exchange, or store credit. 

To learn more about returning a battery, locations, and the policy without a receipt, keep on reading!

Situations In Which You Can Return Car Batteries To Walmart

As briefly stated above, Walmart customers can return their car batteries to Walmart under certain circumstances. These typically include:

  • If the battery is reading 12.45 volts or less. This means the battery only has a 75% charge
  • The car battery is not holding a charge or is simply not working
  • The battery does not fit in your cars battery mount
  • An unused battery that has not yet been used or installed

If customers fall into any of the above scenarios, you will be eligible for a full refund or exchange within 90 days of purchase.

If you have your receipt, you will receive a refund through the same method you initially paid for the battery. If you don’t have your receipt you will receive a refund in-store credit.

How Long Is The Warranty On A Walmart Car Battery?

The length of your warranty will depend on the type of car battery that you bought. Typically, each battery includes two warranties.

The initial warranty will guarantee a free replacement service, and the second warranty will give you a prorated replacement service.

For example, if your battery warranty is 5 years long. The first 3-year warranty guarantees free replacement (with paying the difference if the same battery has gone up in price), and the following 2-year warranty offers prorated replacement.

Does Walmart Give You Money For Old Car Batteries?

Does Walmart Give You Money For Old Car Batteries?

Walmart does not give you money in return for old car batteries; however, when you buy a battery, it usually comes with a core charge (similar to a bottle buyback scheme).

That core charge is designed to encourage people to return their old batteries when they buy a new one.

If you take your old battery back to Walmart and buy a new one, you won’t be charged the core charge again and could save between $5 and $20 on the purchase of your new battery.

How Do I Claim My Walmart Car Battery Warranty?

To claim your battery warranty, you will need to visit the Walmart Auto Care Centers and go to the customer service desk.

Walmart will verify the date of purchase for your battery and give you a replacement battery for free as long as you are still within your warranty.

Will Walmart Change My Car Battery?

Walmart only installs batteries at their Walmart Auto Care Centers. They install car batteries for free as long as you purchase the car battery at a Walmart store.

If you did not buy your battery at Walmart, there is a $10 installation fee.

Can I Return Household Batteries To Walmart?

Household batteries fall under the same return policy that most Walmart products do. You can return the batteries within 90 days of purchase as long as they have their original packaging.

If you have a receipt, you will receive a refund using the same method you initially paid for the batteries.

If you do not have the receipt, you will be given a refund in store credit unless the purchase was under $25. If that is the case, you will be given a refund in cash.

To learn more, you can see our related posts on who makes EverStart batteries for Walmart, where to find batteries in Walmart, and whether or not Costco installs car batteries.


When it comes to returning household batteries to Walmart, they fall under the same returns policy as any other item bought within a Walmart store. As long as the batteries are unused and you have the original packaging or a receipt, you will be able to get a refund.

For car batteries, the same rule applies if you wish to return an unused battery. If your battery is faulty and your warranty is still valid, you will be able to replace the battery free of charge.

If you are no longer within your warranty, you may need to buy a new battery, however, you will not receive a core fee seen as you have brought your old battery back into the store.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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