Circumstances When You May Forfeit the Warranty Covering the Battery on Your New Car

Posted on: 7 December 2017

Everyone wants to enjoy the full value of every penny they spend, so when a car part or the car itself acts up due to a manufacturing defect, new car buyers are naturally quick to return it to the car manufacturer under warranty. One of the car components that is usually covered under the car manufacturer's warranty is the battery. The battery on a new car should work reliably until its expiration date, but that's not always the case. Car owners can contribute to premature battery failure. That's why the batteries on new cars are often warrantied under certain terms and conditions. New car buyers who return their batteries after violating the terms and conditions included in the manufacturer's warranty don't usually get to enjoy the benefit of the warranty. 

Most car manufacturers may refuse to repair or replace a battery covered under warranty on the following grounds:

If the battery is damaged due to neglect, abuse or a car accident.

It is the responsibility of car manufacturers to sell all cars in defective-free condition. But once ownership of a new car has been transferred to its buyer, the responsibility to keep the car and all its parts in good working condition is also transferred to the car owner. If a battery gets damaged because of poor maintenance, improper use, or a car accident, it may not be repaired or replaced under the manufacturer's warranty. So make sure you maintain and operate your battery as per the instructions included in your car owner's manual.

If the battery is handled by a third party.

Repair or replacement of batteries under warranty can only be done by the car manufacturer's trusted mechanics. If a car battery is handled by any other party apart from the car manufacturer's authorised staff, then the manufacturer will not be obliged to fix or replace the battery. The best course of action would be to drive your car to your car manufacturer's approved auto repair centre and have the mechanics working there check your battery. If your car is stalled because its battery isn't working, you will have to tow it to the required repair location.

If the battery on your new car is covered under warranty, it is important that you carefully read and understand the terms and conditions of the warranty before you can start operating the car. This way, you'll know whether or not you can benefit from your warranty if your battery stops working properly within the warranty period.