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Battery Warranty

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Car batteries are often one of the most overlooked components of a vehicle, but it’s usually one of the most important parts standing in between a safe, reliable car and one that leaves you stranded in a parking lot. Replacing a dead car battery is an easy task for DIYers, but knowing certain information about your existing battery can save you a lot of money in parts. Most batteries are covered by a warranty from their manufacturer, and the longer the warranty, the more expensive the battery. On a new car, the battery is normally covered under the basic warranty, which is generally around three years or 36,000 miles.

Whether you are driving a brand-new car or one that is older with higher mileage, a car battery warranty protects you against a battery draining prematurely, but the type of coverage varies greatly by the brand of batteries. Read on to learn more about some of the options when it comes to have a car battery warranty.

Types of Car Battery Warranties

Car batteries, much like brakes, brake pads, and tires, are considered wear-and-tear parts. Although they are not typically covered under bumper-to-bumper warranties, many manufacturers, dealers, and sellers offer coverage on batteries. There are generally three basic types of car battery warranties:

Free Replacement Battery Warranty

Batteries under a free replacement warranty are covered with a free replacement in the case of malfunction. Different companies provide different guidelines to qualify for a free replacement. They also have different timelines and may have terms that void the warranty. If the battery case shows damage, if there are dents from something like hammering, or if there is visible damage to the battery terminals, some companies may not honor the free replacement warranty as it shows signs of deliberate damage or misuse.

Pro Rata Battery Warranty

A pro rata battery warranty is when you don’t get a full replacement battery, but rather you receive a discount on a new battery based on the age of the battery at the time it failed. The new battery purchased under a pro rata warranty will receive a new full warranty. Batteries that show tampering, damage, or signs of misuse often void the warranty.

Composite Battery Warranty

A composite battery warranty is when companies provide a combination of the free replacement and pro rata warranty services. Typically, the warranty will begin with a full, free replacement if the battery stops working after the first year of use. Then, coverage will continue for another 12 months under a pro rata warranty.

Know When To Claim Your Battery Warranty

Understanding the right time to make a claim on your battery warranty can save you hundreds of dollars over the life of your vehicle. You can claim your warranty for your car battery if it has stopped working, performs inconsistently, or has been damaged. If you suspect your car battery is malfunctioning while still under warranty, it is best to get it tested and reviewed by a professional. Other mechanical features, such as loose or corroded connection cables or a bad alternator, may mask themselves as a faulty car battery.

One of the best ways to avoid a problematic battery is to perform regular maintenance checks on your vehicle. Being proactive in your car and battery care can prevent you from being stuck in an unfortunate position. Inspecting your car battery at least twice a year is usually best. While some people opt to check the battery every six months, others will have a test performed every 6,000 miles. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for the recommended schedule for your specific make and model.

Tips To Remember About Your Battery Warranty

Before claiming your car battery warranty, there are a few things you’ll want to note. While companies and brands each have unique terms and conditions, there are a few standard items to look out for.

Check the Warranty Period

Before claiming your car battery warranty, double-check the warranty period. Warranty periods usually begin when you purchase the battery. If the date of the claim is after the warranty period has ended, the claim won’t be honored. If your battery is replaced, the existing warranty period typically applies to the replaced battery.

That means that the date of purchase does not change. The new replacement battery will only have the warranty period remaining from the first battery’s warranty period. For example, if the initially purchased battery has a 12-month full replacement warranty, and it is replaced at the nine-month mark, the replacement battery will only have a warranty for three months to complete the initial 12-month warranty.

Prepare Warranty Evidence

When claiming your battery warranty, you will need to have all required documents, including your battery’s initial bill of sale. Retain evidence of your initial battery purchase by filing away the receipt or invoice. Many of these documents are heat sensitive, so keep them in a cool and dry place. These documents also have valuable information, such as the manufacturer’s name, the date of purchase, product type, and the battery’s age. This can be important data when verifying a faulty product.

Return the Original Battery

Some battery warranties stipulate that the initial battery must be returned when claiming the battery. This ensures proper disposal and allows the manufacturer to investigate the source of the failure to improve the brand performance. Sometimes, the warranty is not honored if a customer can’t provide the original battery.

Handle the Battery Carefully

Is it imperative to avoid mishandling the battery and damaging the case and terminals. Obvious evidence of impact caused by dropping a battery, bumping it on a hard surface, or using the incorrect battery seating on a battery plate are factors that could cause a rejection of the warranty claim.

Ensure Battery and Vehicle Compatibility

Batteries and cars must be compatible to ensure proper battery performance. You can check your vehicle owner’s manual for the proper battery group size. If your original owner’s manual is unavailable, battery manufacturers and retailers have a reference guide to determine the right battery size for the make, model, and year of your vehicle. A warranty claim is typically rejected if a battery fails because of compatibility issues.

Part of responsible car ownership is ensuring your vehicle has the proper parts to run effectively. Understanding your car battery warranty and the appropriate maintenance schedule can help keep your car in the best condition possible and extend the life of your battery. Your active car battery warranty can save you hundreds in replacement fees if you need a new battery.

FIXD Research Team

At FIXD, our mission is to make car ownership as simple, easy, and affordable as possible. Our research team utilizes the latest automotive data and insights to create tools and resources that help drivers get peace of mind and save money over the life of their car.

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FIXD Research Team

FIXD Research Team

At FIXD, our mission is to make car ownership as simple, easy, and affordable as possible. Our research team utilizes the latest automotive data and insights to create tools and resources that help drivers get peace of mind and save money over the life of their car.

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