Walmart Return Policy on Car Batteries (Opened, Used)

Walmart offers an extremely generous return policy that provides a standard 90-days return for most items. Whether you’ve changed your mind, found a defect, or want a different model, Walmart will help you in most situations with a refund or exchange.

Some items can’t be returned due to health and safety issues, and some things have laws that restrict their return such as alcohol. Walmart does modify the length of time allowed for returning some items, so it’s essential to check how long you have to return if you have concerns about your product

You’ll need to check various items with different return policies such as electronics, makeup, air mattresses, and even Apple products.

Can You Return Car Batteries to Walmart?

Walmart offers a 90-day automotive guarantee which provides a full refund or exchange to the original buyer if the battery tests bad. Unfortunately, no policy handles battery return if you change your mind or get the wrong battery, so it will be up to the store manager on what to do in that situation.

Walmart offers a free battery test before leaving the store and a battery check against your car model to ensure you get the right one and free installation. These options are why returns outside of a faulty battery may not be offered.

If you don’t get the free installation and find your battery is faulty within the 90-days, you can return it, and Walmart will test it. For quicker return and exchange, you can go to a Walmart Automotive Center, where they can test the battery on the spot or assist with proper installation.

Quick Walmart Battery Return Guide

The return guide below is based on your battery being under 90-Days from purchase. Car batteries older than 90-Days are instantly denied return and you should check with the manufacturer.

RefundExchangeNo Return
Unopened Item
Damaged Or Faulty Item
Opened With Minor Use
Opened With Heavy Use

How to Return Car Batteries To Walmart

To return Car Batteries purchased in-store, you must return them to a store; Walmart prefers you to start the return process online, but you can still bring the item and your receipt to the Walmart customer service desk.

If you have a Walmart account, start the return process by logging in, the link is here.

  • Select an item for return and choose return to store
  • An email will be sent to you with a barcode you’ll need for return.

If you don’t have a Walmart account, start the return process here.

  • Select an in-store return
  • An email will be sent to you with a barcode you’ll need for return.

You must bring the item, packaging, receipt, and barcode to the store for a smoother refund or exchange for both methods.

How To Return Car Batteries By Mail To Walmart

You can return Car Batteries purchased online to a store with the details above or return them via mail using the details below. You can only send non-spillable car batteries through the mail, but the costs may be too high to be acceptable even then. The best option may be just to take it in-store for exchange.

It should be noted that Walmart will not send you a car battery by mail; only offers pickup.

If you have a Walmart account, start the return process by logging in, the link is here.

  • Select the item you’d like to return or replace and choose why you’re returning it.
  • Select return by mail to get a return label you can print
  • Package the item with all original packaging and parts, then drop it off at USPS or FedEx.
  • Once received and confirmed, you’ll get a refund or replacement.

If you checked out as a guest, start the return process here.

  • Enter the email you used and the order number from your original emailed receipt.
  • You’ll then be able to follow the steps listed above to print a return label. 

Will Walmart Automotive Centers Install Batteries From Other Sellers?

Walmart will install car batteries you purchase from other stores at their Walmart Automotive Centers, but there is a fee for the install of $10. 

They will also provide other battery-related services for all batteries at a cost, such as battery non-corrosion treatment and new terminal ends.

Does Walmart Dispose Of Your Old Battery?

Walmart will dispose of your old battery when you get it installed at one of the Walmart Automotive Centers. There is no cost to you but no buyback of the battery; it’s a simple exchange.

Car batteries are generally not worth a lot and can be problematic to dispose of, so it’s an excellent service that you should take advantage of with Walmart.

Can I Return Car Batteries To Walmart After 90 Days?

Walmart will not accept car batteries after 90 days. You will need to determine which manufacturer made your battery and check the warranty from them to see if they will replace a defective or problem battery.

In most cases, you’ll have three years guaranteed on a battery for defects, though that does not include you allowing the battery to sit and lose charge. 

Some manufacturers offer an additional two years of pro-rated replacement cost for a new battery, so it’s well worth checking in with them if your battery ever dies.

Walmart Car Batteries Return Exceptions

What If The Car Battery Is Damaged: If the car battery is damaged or becomes defective within 90 days, you can return it for an exchange. If Walmart determines you damaged the battery somehow, they may refuse a refund; this includes situations where you’ve let the battery sit and discharge.

What If I Don’t Have A Receipt: If you don’t have a receipt, then you will need to talk to the Walmart customer service desk to help you find it. If they can’t find the receipt online with the details you provide, then a refund will not be provided.

You can look up a lost receipt online by going to the Walmart receipt finder here.

What If I Don’t Have The Original Packaging: In most cases, there will be no packaging with your battery, just bring the battery back to Walmart if there is a defect with it where it won’t hold a charge.

What If The Car Battery Has Already Been Used: If you installed the car battery, then the Walmart Automotive Center will check to make sure it was correctly installed. If they find the battery to be faulty, they will offer an exchange and install it for you for free.