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Does Walmart Take Old Car Batteries

By David Krug 2 minute read

If you own a car, you’re going to have to replace the battery at some point. The core charge is a hidden cost that some people don’t realize when they buy a new battery.

What is Walmart’s approach to this charge, given that it varies from retailer to retailer? Walmart’s battery core charge policies can be found here:

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Customers can recycle their old car batteries through Walmart’s battery core charge program. The “Merchandising Fee” can also be shown on a receipt. It is possible for customers to receive a cash or store credit refund of $5-$20 for returning an in-store purchased car battery.

What is Walmart’s battery core charge, and how can you get it refunded if you purchase one? Check out the details in the following section!

When I buy a new battery from Walmart, how much will the core charge be?

In most cases, Walmart will print out your receipt with the battery core charge on it.

A “Merchandise Fee” may be listed if you don’t see it mentioned in the product description.

You may have to pay anywhere from $5 to $20 depending on where you live, and this varies by state.

Walmart’s battery core charge is nonrefundable, can I get a refund?

As long as you return your old battery to a Walmart, the core charge is usually returned.

Whether you bought the old battery from Walmart or not, and whether or not you have a receipt as proof of purchase, are the determining factors.

If your old battery wasn’t purchased from Walmart, you may want to check with your local store to see if they accept trade-ins from non-Walmart retailers.

Do I have to pay Walmart’s battery core charge to get a refund?

Take your old battery and receipt to the customer service desk at Walmart if you bought it there.

Upon scanning the receipt, the charge will be refunded to your credit card, in cash, or as a discount on your next Walmart purchase.

Batteries that weren’t purchased from Walmart or that were missing the original receipt may not be eligible for a core charge refund, as store policies vary from state to state.

As a Walmart brand, EverStart batteries fall under the retailer’s warranty, so a Walmart employee may be able to use the battery’s serial number instead of a receipt to look up the battery’s purchase history.

To find out more about the Walmart battery return policy, you can also check out my complete guide on the Walmart battery return policy.

In addition, don’t forget to check out my Walmart battery guide!

Bottom Line

For all car batteries purchased at Walmart, there is a battery core charge, but it is usually quite low and fully refundable if you return the battery to Walmart at the end of its life.

It’s possible to get a core charge refund if you can’t find the original receipt or if you bought your old battery somewhere other than Walmart.