Does my extended warranty cover the car battery?

My car battery is clearly on its last legs and I’m tired of asking my neighbor to jump-start my car. The warranty on my Toyota Camry is no longer valid. Does my extended warranty cover the battery?

Laura Salvas · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Sounds like you’ve got some good neighbors, even if you’ve got a lousy car battery! Unfortunately, an extended warranty does not cover the car battery.
Because a car battery typically only lasts three to five years, a dead battery is considered
wear and tear
” and is not covered under warranties. Warranties are intended to protect you from repairs needed on defective or malfunctioning auto parts.
An example of “wear and tear” items not covered under warranty might include:
  • Battery
  • Tires
  • Paint scratches
  • Brake pads
While parts covered under an extended warranty might include:
  • Heat and air conditioning
  • Engine and transmission
  • Stereo system
  • Fuel tank
In the case of a defective battery, this is usually covered initially under the “bumper to bumper” warranty that comes with your vehicle. By the time your extended warranty kicks in, enough time would have passed to realize if your battery was defective.
An extended warranty works
similarly to insurance
, and some warranties may even have deductibles. Before purchasing an extended warranty, compare several warranties and choose one with the best coverage.
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