Everything You Need to Know About Walmart Car Battery

Many people are surprised to find out that Walmart sells car batteries.

In fact, very few people know that Walmart is one of the largest retailers of car batteries in the US.

Walmart Car Batteries
Walmart Car Batteries in Automotive Section

At most Walmart's, you will find an automtive section towards the back of the store where you will see several shelves filled with car batteries. 

Based on our research Walmart offers the best prices on car batteries. We compared Walmart battery prices to auto part stores such as Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone. 

Having previously purchased not one but four Walmart car batteries, we want to give you an insight and answer some common questions that most people have regarding Walmart car batteries. 

How much is a car battery at Walmart? 

WALMART CAR BATTERY PRICE

Walmart car battery prices range from $65 all the way up to $140. The price of the battery depends on the battery size and grade (Value, Plus, Maxx).  

For example, we were looking for a new battery for a Europen vehicle. 

Walmart battery price

At our local Walmart, the battery was listed for $129.76. 

Walmart vs advance auto parts battery

The same size battery was listed for $200 at Advance Auto Parts.

Walmart car battery vs advance

Advance Auto Parts also had a cheaper alternative priced at $131.99, but this had a shorter warranty period.

Autozone vs walmart car battery

The same size battery was listed for $159.99 at the local AutoZone part store. AutoZone battery line is known as Duralast. 

Based on our research, Walmart offers the best prices on a new car battery and very competitive warranty terms. 

Battery prices vary by group size. Most batteries at Walmart range from $65 up to $140, while the average price for a Walmart's battery is $98. The price of the battery will vary as it depends on two factors:

  • battery size
  • battery-grade (Value, Plus Maxx).

How do I choose the right Walmart battery for my car? 

Choose the right walmart car battery

When you buy a car battery from Walmart, make sure to match the group size. Your old battery should have the group size printed on top. In some cases, the group size is not printed on the old battery, or grouping may differ compared to what Walmart uses. 

To find the correct Walmart car battery for your car, you can also use the Battery Finder tool developed by Walmart. 
Walmart battery specs

 

In addition to the battery size (group size), we recommend choosing a battery with Cold Cranking Amp (CCA) and Cranking Amps (CA) that are as close as possible to the battery that is installed in your car. 

Are Walmart car batteries any good? 

Are walmart batteries any good

So your next question is probably, "Are Walmart batteries any good?”

All the batteries we purchased from Walmart have lasted as long or longer than the warranty period. 

Walmart battery

Is it possible that a Walmart battery will fail before the warranty expires? Absolutely. But if that does happen, you are covered by the warranty. 

If that is the case, stop by any Walmart store to get a free replacement. You don't even need the receipt. 

We have found that Walmart car batteries are as good if not better than DieHard batteries sold at Advance Auto Parts and Duralast batteries sold by Autozone.

How long do Walmart car batteries last? 

Walmart everstart car battery

How long a Walmart car battery lasts depends if you have EverStart Value, Plus, or Maxx. 

Base on our experience, the EverStart Value can last between two to three years. While the top of the line, EverStart Maxx lasts anywhere from three to five years. 

The exact life of a Walmart battery depends on how often the battery is used and the climate. In freezing climates, the battery won't last as long. 

This brings us to the next question: " How long is the warranty on Walmart car batteries?". 

How long does Walmart guarantee batteries? 

Walmart Car Battery Warranty

All new Walmart batteries come with a one, two, or three-year warranty. The warranty period varies based on battery grade, Everstart Value, Plus, and Maxx.  

Each grade has a different warranty period. 

  • Value Power: Free replacement within ONE year of purchase
  • EverStart Plus: Free replacement within TWO years of purchase
  • EverStart Maxx: Free replacement within THREE years of purchase. Prorated warranty from year three to five. No warranty at all after five years. 

 Different batteries have different warranties, so you should check the warranty for the battery that you buy.

The return is fairly painless, except that it must be done at the automotive service desk. The technician may test your old battery to determine if your battery is bad or not. 

Does Walmart install car batteries for free? 

Does Walmart install car battery for free

Walmart will install a car battery for free. Still, free battery installation service is only available at Walmart stores with an automotive service department, common in most Walmart Supercenters. 

Even though all Walmart sotres sell car batteries, not all of the stores are supercenters; therefore, they do not have an automotive service center. If you buy the battery from one of those stores, you will need to install it yourself. 

If you need help with installing a car battery, we have step-by-step guides on how to install a car battery on many makes and models. 

What does battery core charge mean? 

Walmart car battery core charge $12

Walmart charges a $12 core charge, which should show on your receipt.

Once you install the new battery, take back the old battery to get the core charge refunded back to your card. 

How does Walmart battery warranty work?

If your battery stops working within the warranty period, you are eligible to swap it out for a replacement battery at no charge.

If your car battery no longer holds a charge, take it back to a Walmart store to get a replacement. Just make sure you are still within the warranty period. 

If you don't remember when you purchased the battery, look for a sticker on the battery side. It has the month and dates the battery was purchased. 

  • The battery no longer holds a charge.
  • Corrosion or battery leakage
  • The battery case begins to bulge.
  • The battery will not charge to its full capacity.
  • The battery will not start your vehicle.

Keep in mind that if you abused the battery, you might not get a free replacement. Below you will see the types of damages that are not covered under warranty. 

  • If your battery was damaged.
  • The vehicle was involved in an accident, and the battery was damaged.
  • The battery is left exposed to outdoor elements and was destroyed.
  • You installed the battery backward.

Ultimately, your Walmart store has the final say, and it is at their discretion to make that determination. 

Can I get a Walmart car battery replaced if I have no receipt?

Walmart battery serial number

Walmart will exchange a bad car battery even if you have no receipt as long as the battery was bought at a Walmart store and is still under warranty. 

The battery has a serial number label, and the store associate can use this number to determine when the battery was purchased. 

Car battery date
Date Sticker Shows Battery Manufactured on 9/2014

If you are unsure how old your Walmart battery is, look at the month/year sticker on the battery.

How do I claim a Walmart battery warranty?

How to claim walmart battery

To claim the Walmart Battery Warranty, you must visit the service desk at your local Walmart Auto Care Center.

You can visit a different store, but if you visit the same store it was purchased from, they might be able to look up your original receipt if you can provide the purchase date.

Additionally, the serial number of your battery might aid in identifying the purchase date. 

Can you return a car battery to Walmart? 

installed walmart battery can I return it

Walmart's policy allows you to return a car battery as long as it has not been installed. How does Walmart know that the battery has been installed? 

Because the battery posts typically have marks made by battery terminals. 

Who makes Walmart car batteries? 

Walmart's car batteries are called EverStart and are made by  Johnson Controls.

Johnson Controls is the world's largest battery maker globally. The owner of global brands like Varta, LTH, Heliar, MAC, Delkor, and even Optima is the sole producer of all Wal-Mart Everstart Batteries. Johnson Controls and Wal-Mart partnered together back in 2010.

Does Walmart buy old car batteries? 

old car battery

Walmart does not buy old car batteries. Unless you buy a new battery from Walmart, they will give you a $12 core credit for the old battery. 

Walmart core charge

This is taken care of automatically if Walmart replaces your battery. 

If you plan on replacing the battery yourself, you can take the old battery to the store after installing the new one in your car. If your receipt shows a core charge of $12, you can get it refunded if you return the old battery. 

Does Walmart check car batteries for free? 

test car battery

Walmart Auto Care Center will test and install a new battery for free. 

It is important to note that not all Walmart stores have Auto Car Care Centers. Typically Walmart Supercenters have auto care centers, so those will test your car battery for free. 

Because most Auto Car Centers are very busy, it may take anywhere from 20 min to 45 min for them to test your battery. 

If you don't have a Walmart Supercenter nearby, you can test your car battery yourself using a simple and easy-to-use Car Battery Tester

This video shows how to test a car battery yourself. 

Does Walmart sell Interstate batteries? 

Does walmart sell interstate bateries

No, Walmart does not sell Interstate batteries. Walmart sells their own brand of batteries known as EverStart. 

Conclusion

Walmart car battery conclusion

In our option, Walmart is one of the best places to buy a new car battery.

Walmart's car batteries are of good quality, reliable, and last a long time. Walmart batteries are made by Johnson Controls, which makes some of the best batteries n the world, including VARTA. 

Walmart also has the best prices on new car batteries. The warranty period is similar to what you will get from batteries you buy from Interstate, Advance Auto Parts, and Autozone. 

The only thing to keep in mind is that even though you can buy a new car battery at any Walmart store, that only supercenters with auto service centers will install it for free. Walmart does not charge to install a new battery. If you buy it from a store with no auto service center, you will have to install the battery independently. 

Installed walmart car battery

If you need to find out what Walmart battery fits your vehicle, use the Battery Finder tool. 

There are three types of Walmart car batteries known as Valupower, Everstart Plus, and Everstart Maxx.

Warranty coverage for each type is as follows:

  • The value powers are all one-year free replacement with the receipt.
  • The Everstart plus batteries are 2-year free replacement with the receipt.
  • The Everstart Maxx batteries are 3-year free replacement with 2 years prorated.

If you lose the recipe, you can still return the battery (as long it is still in warranty) and get a replacement, but you will have to pay taxes based on the battery's price.

By YOUCANIC Automotive Experts
Nov 2020