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Car Battery Warranty: What is it and how to claim it?

Car Battery Warranty: What is it and how to claim it?

| by Michelle Yang, Esq.

Curious to know what everyone is talking about when it comes to car battery warranties? This article will help you understand all there is to know about car battery warranties and how to claim it.

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What is a car battery warranty?

A car battery warranty is a form of protection provided to you by the car manufacturer as an assurance that the battery of your car will perform and function well for a certain warranty period with the normal use of your vehicle. If the battery stops working within the set warranty period, then a new one will be provided to you at no additional cost or hassle to you.

Different types of car battery warranty coverage

Different types of car battery warranty coverage

There are three types of car battery warranties: The Pro-Rata warranty, the Composite Warranty, and the Free-Replacement warranty.

Pro-Rata Warranty:

A pro-rata warranty, also known as a limited warranty, for car batteries typically covers the battery for a specific period. The warranty period usually consists of two periods: a free replacement period and a discounted replacement period.

The free replacement period, which is often shorter, provides a no-cost replacement if the battery fails within that time frame.

After the free replacement period, the pro-rata period begins. During the pro-rata period, if the battery fails, the replacement comes at a discounted rate, rather than for free. The discount is typically calculated based on the remaining warranty period.

Free-Replacement Warranty:

Free-Replacement Warranty:

A Free-Replacement Warranty for a car battery, as the name suggests, means that if the battery fails within the specified warranty period, the manufacturer or retailer will replace the battery at no cost to you. This type of warranty often covers any kind of defect or failure that isn’t caused by misuse or negligence.

The length of the free-replacement warranty period can vary widely, from just a few months to several years, depending on the quality and brand of the battery. More expensive or high-quality batteries often have longer free-replacement warranties, reflecting the manufacturer’s confidence in their product.

Although the replacement battery itself is free, a free-replacement warranty may not cover related costs, such as labor for installation or charges for testing the faulty battery. Be sure to carefully read the terms of your warranty so you understand what is and isn’t covered.

Composite Warranty:

Composite Warranty

A composite warranty, in the context of car batteries or any other products, is a warranty that combines different types of warranties into one. This is often done to provide more comprehensive coverage and to give the customer a clearer understanding of what is covered.

For example, a composite warranty for a car battery might include both a free replacement period and a pro-rata period. The free replacement period, typically the initial part of the warranty, would provide a no-cost replacement if the battery fails within that timeframe. Once the free replacement period ends, the pro-rata period begins, during which the battery can be replaced at a discounted rate if it fails.

In addition, the composite warranty could also cover specific parts of the battery or specific types of failure, providing either full coverage or pro-rata coverage depending on the circumstances.

What does a car battery warranty cover?

What does a car battery warranty cover?

Your warranty is meant to cover certain faults to your car battery that may arise while your car is in use, but only if the faults are not found to be intentionally or negligently caused.

Your car battery warranty will cover issues such as the following:

  • A battery leakage.
  • Protruding and swelling from the inside out.
  • A battery that is struggling to start the car.
  • Rusting.
  • A battery that will not produce a full charge.

In some cases, it will not cover issues that indicate signs of disregard, harm, overcharging or accidental damage, and improper management.

Terms and conditions of your car battery warranty

A car battery warranty will always be accompanied by specific terms and conditions based on the type of warranty. As a consumer, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with all the terms and conditions of your car battery warranty by reading through each one. This will inform you on what will or will not matter when it comes to making a claim.

Car manufacturers will have different car battery warranties, but there will be typical terms and conditions to consider. They will thoroughly detail the grounds you have to file a valid claim when necessary. These will include factors such as damage to the battery components, proper and improper usage of the car battery, and information on your warranty coverage related to repairs or replacements.

The terms and conditions will also include various restrictions on certain circumstances where your car battery warranty will not apply such as with battery damage from improper use, unauthorized repairs, or other indications of negligence.

Another key factor will be the duration of the car battery warranty period. The warranty period assures that your car battery will operate efficiently and effectively throughout that time.

Claiming a Car Battery Warranty

Claiming a Car Battery Warranty

A car battery warranty can only be claimed if your car battery has failed or has become damaged while under warranty. Again, if your car battery is found with damages that could have been avoided, this will hinder you from making a valid claim.

To successfully make a car battery warranty claim, it is crucial to have your car battery checked and tested by a professional/authorized mechanic to determine that a problem indeed exists.

Detail the issue/s and make a note of it, including when and how the issues began and progressed, and the final verdict of the battery test conducted by the mechanic.

Get in touch with your closest authorized manufacturer or dealer and inform them of your car battery status. Present them with all the information you have noted down and also be prepared to provide them with details of the batteries maintenance.

Remember to take down the car battery’s date of manufacture, and the model and make of the car for your claim.

How Lemon Law Applies to Car Battery Warranties

The Lemon Law is there to provide consumers with an added layer of protection over their new or used cars in the case where repeated repair attempts have failed and a new car battery or refund is necessary. If you are stuck with a dead car battery that continuously fails even after numerous repairs or replacements, the Lemon Law will apply. Lemon Law will ensure that a consumer is eligible for either a car battery replacement or a complete refund under the California Lemon Law.

Process of filing a lemon law claim related to a car battery warranty

Following the right procedures when filing your lemon law claim for a car battery is vital.

These are the steps to filing a Lemon Law claim successfully:

  • Ensure you have collected all the necessary evidence you need to help your case.
  • Prepare all documentation related to the car battery’s repair attempts including invoicing and communication with manufacturers and dealerships. Have all records of the issues your car battery has encountered including timelines of the occurrences and the outcomes of the repairs.
  • Get in touch with the manufacturer/dealership. At times, the dispute can be settled with them without the need for legal action. Should this fail, proceed to seek legal action.
  • Hire a Lemon Law attorney with a reputation for success and expertise in Lemon Law.
  • File a Lemon Law claim and use all the documentation and information you have as evidence to back your claim.
  • A settlement will then be negotiated between you and the manufacturer, with your attorney there to help you navigate the settlement process.
  • If a settlement is not agreed on, your matter will then proceed to court.

How Cali Lemon lawyers can assist in Lemon Law claims

Cali Lemon Lawyers play a pivotal role in assisting consumers with all their Lemon law-related claims. Cali Lemon Lawyers helps clients to successfully file claims and the best part is that you only pay your lawyers if you win your case, saving you money. Cali Lemon Lawyers will do all the hard work for you by filing all your documentation, looking into your claim, and negotiating everything on your behalf.


You should now understand all there is to know about what a car battery warranty is and how to claim it.

The three types of car battery warranties will offer you different varieties of warranty coverage. Understanding what your car battery warranty will and will not cover is important to make valid warranty claims when the need arises.

Need some help? Cali Lemon Lawyers can assist you in filing lemon law warranty claims at no cost to you.

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