Update 2015.11.15 Daughter Becky drives a 2007 Toyota Tacoma - the day before taking a trip into the White Mountains in northern Arizona she noticed her 4 year old Toyota battery wasn't cranking the engine as quickly as it did previously. We had it tested at O'Rilley and instead of 700 amps cranking power it registered at 200. O'Rilley offered to sell her a battery for $112 with a 2 year warranty. She decided to take dad's advice and go to Walmart. She purchased an EverStart Max for $104 and received a 3 year warranty with an additional 2 years of prorated coverage. We asked the automotive manager to explain how the warranty worked and he told us that if at any time the battery fails in the first 3 years you receive a replacement for free . . . but the warranty does not get extended - it is still the original 3 year date. However, if after the 3 year full-replacement warranty expires, and then your battery fails, you will be charged a pro-rated amount (we once paid $15.93 to have a battery replaced under the extended warranty (see details below). But the best part of the pro-rated warranty is that if you do have to pay anything out of pocket you are not only given a new battery, but also a new 3-year warranty. This is why we love Walmart Car Batteries.
Click here to to use the Battery Finder and check Walmart.com prices on Batteries - we did this before Becky purchased her battery in-store - the price was accurate.
In October 2007 — a full 51 months (4.25 years) later, the battery started to loose cranking power. We discovered it had a bad cell, but it continued to work fairly well. In early November, Steve got stuck - the battery wouldn't start the car. Steve went to a nearby Wal-Mart. Normally batteries in Arizona don't last more than 3 years, so Steve was prepared to pay full price to replace our old battery.
The service tech at Walmart offered us free installation of a new EverStart Maxx battery AND because of the pro-rated warranty we only paid $15.93 . . . 15.93 for a new battery!
Now we've had batteries with replacement warranties before, but they've never been this generous! The full retail price was supposed to be $73.48. We received a savings of $57.55. Steve questioned the Automotive Department manager to make sure she was performing the transaction correctly. It just didn't seem right. She checked it twice and then re-explained Wal-Mart's warranty policy. The new battery has a 36 Month Full Replacement / 108 month prorated warranty.
We know that customer service varies from store to store. Just be aware that enforcement of the proper terms of any warranty depends on your knowledge of the terms and the helpfulness of the customer service person. Know the details and stand up for what is right.
Ours is not an isolated experience - read what other Wal-Mart Battery Owners are saying:
2015 update: Our 2012 Walmart EverStart Maxx Battery is still going strong. The Walmart battery warranty is constantly changing, so whenever I get a new battery, I ask for the manager, confirm the warranty policy and write it on the envelope for the warranty (that I keep in the glove compartment) along with the receipt from the purchase (a warranty requirement).
This picture was shot in October 2015 in our Ford Van - you can see that this battery is almost 3 years old - mfg date 12/12.
Bottom line: ask questions, take notes and keep a record.
Try Kindness. One other thing. We've read a lot of complaints about Walmart's Customer Service - people ranting about how poor it is and how rude the service people are. Our experience has been much different. We don't always get what we want, but most of the time, if we're kind, patient and relate to the service person or manager as a Real Person with Feelings and a Job to do, they bend over backwards to help us.
Here's a note that the automotive service manager wrote on my battery warranty envelope.
Be kind, be persistent and be genuine. You'll find that Walmart employees will respond in kind. You'll be happy you did!
Wall of EverStart Maxx Batteries - photo taken 11.15.2015. Price for the 24F battery was $104.97 and includes a 5 year warranty—3 years full replacement / 2 additional years pro-rated.
Check out Amazon.com's Best Selling Car Battery Listing (especially if you're a Prime Member with Free Shipping). The Optima Brand has some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any battery.
Heavy duty, extra long, non-tangling jumper cables with a bag. Keeps the trunk neat.
No Corrosion Terminals
We also always use these little oil impregnated felt rings on our battery terminal to prevent corrosion and build up. They work like a charm and are relatively inexpensive.
Dial Tire Gauge
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