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The average car battery lasts between two and five years, after which point you will have to replace it. Unfortunately, a faulty battery can die much sooner, leaving you stuck in your driveway or a parking lot. If you drive a Honda vehicle, your Honda battery is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty for up to three years. But what about when that warranty expires?
What’s Covered Under the Honda Manufacturer’s Warranty?
The New Vehicle Limited Warranty by Honda covers all Honda parts, including the 12-volt battery, for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. It also includes the Limited Powertrain Warranty, which covers the vehicle powertrain (engine, transmission, and drive axle) for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.
In addition to your first battery, the Honda Battery Limited Warranty covers your replacement battery (except for Hybrid batteries) purchased at a Honda dealer for 100 months (just over eight years). If your battery needs replacement during the normal, three-year warranty period, your replacement battery will be covered in full, and you will receive a credit toward the purchase of another replacement battery for the remainder of the eight years.
This credit is based on the current-retail price and decreases over time. For example, you get 60% off during months 37 to 45 but only 5% off in months 96 to 100.
Do CPO Honda Vehicles Have the Same Coverage?
The Honda CPO Warranty covers certified pre-owned vehicles. This warranty includes:
- 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty
- 12-month/12,000 mile non-powertrain warranty
- Excludes: Honda batteries, brakes, clutches and the exhaust system
Note that there is no Honda battery warranty for CPO vehicles.
What About a Honda Extended Warranty?
Honda offers extended warranties of up to eight years or 120,000 miles with additional benefits, like 24/7 roadside assistance and Honda Care Sentinel oil change. Coverage ranges from powertrain to bumper-to-bumper protection (full coverage). Regular Honda batteries are excluded from coverage. However, the battery found in Honda hybrid vehicles is included.
How Much Does a Honda Battery Replacement Cost?
The cost of a Honda battery replacement can differ based on the Honda model you drive, as well as your individual mechanic’s prices for labor. A typical Honda Accord battery can cost between $177 and $186 with labor, and a Honda CR-V battery replacement is in that same ballpark.
A Honda battery warranty does not exist past the initial manufacturer’s warranty terms, but an extended warranty will cover other important parts of the vehicle.
Though an extended warranty may be pricier than the cost of a battery replacement, if your Honda battery is not malfunctioning because of poor driving or maintenance habits, it could be a sign of a larger issue with other vehicle components. Those repairs could cost you much more to fix, which can make an extended warranty more cost-effective.
Signs Your Honda Battery Is Dying
What are the signs that your Honda battery is dying?
- The engine cranks slowly (or not at all).
- The headlights are dimmed, or other electrical components, such as the radio or windshield wipers, don’t run normally.
- The battery warning light on your dashboard turns on.
- You may notice that your battery case is swollen.
- The battery freezes in winter.
- If you smell rotten eggs, it could be a sign that your battery has overcharged.
What Factors Shorten Battery Life?
Good habits can prolong the life of your car battery up to six years, but there are some factors out of your control—such as high humidity or extreme cold—that can shorten the life of your battery no matter how well you maintain it. They include:
- Parasitic drain (vehicle components running after the car is turned off) caused by faulty electrical problems
- Faulty charging system
- Faulty alternator
- Temperatures under 10°F and over 100°F
- Corroded battery cables
How To Preserve Your Honda Battery
On the other hand, there are things you can do to give your battery a fighting chance.
- Have your battery checked during routine maintenance.
- Replace your battery every 3-4 years to avoid a breakdown.
- Don’t take excessive short drives, as the battery puts out the most power when starting the car.
- Avoid draining the battery by double checking that your headlights are off, your trunk is closed, and no other electronic systems are running.
Should You Get an Extended Warranty?
You can’t get an extended Honda battery warranty, but you can make sure that other vehicle components do not affect your battery. As previously mentioned, issues with your alternator, which recharges your car battery, can cost much more money in repairs or replacement. Suddenly, your small battery issue is a much bigger and more expensive problem.
In these cases, a vehicle service contract can keep more of that money in your pocket.
CARCHEX Extended Warranty Coverage
CARCHEX provides third-party extended vehicle warranties with five levels of coverage, from basic powertrain coverage to bumper-to-bumper plans that list only excluded items.
Extended warranty terms range from five to 10 years, so you will get long lasting coverage for pre-owned and new vehicles once the Honda new car warranty expires.
If you want a warranty that can cover the components that affect your Honda battery, then you may want to consider one of the comprehensive coverage tiers. We’ll detail them below.
This is the most comprehensive coverage level provided by CARCHEX, as it covers all vehicle systems with the exception of a short list of excluded items.
Platinum coverage is right between Gold and bumper-to-bumper or exclusionary coverage. It covers most car systems and components, which are listed in your contract and include:
- Drive axle
- Fuel delivery
- Air conditioning
- Enhanced electrical
If your Honda has over 60,000 miles, then you’ll benefit from CARCHEX Gold coverage plans. While not a bumper-to-bumper plan, many major systems of your vehicle are still covered.
Specific components under the following systems are covered:
- Drive axle
- Fuel delivery
- Air conditioning
What Is Excluded from CARCHEX Coverage?
As a CARCHEX customer, you’ll have access to sample contracts before you even choose a plan. These contracts are made available so that there are no surprises when you go to check if a part is covered under the plan.
Regardless of the level of coverage that you choose, there are common items excluded in all vehicle service contracts:
- Repairs due to regular wear and tear
- Repairs due to inclement weather
- Repairs due to accidents
- Repairs covered under the manufacturer’s warranty
- Cosmetic repairs, such as chipped paint
- Regular maintenance (oil changes, tire changes and alignment, new wiper blades, new brake pads, car battery, etc.)
- Repairs due to personal modifications on the car
If you take good care of your vehicle, then you are more likely to be approved for coverage in the event of a part failure or breakdown.
Roadside Perks and Benefits
Factory warranties and factory extended warranties typically cover roadside assistance and other roadside benefits to help you through a breakdown. If your factory warranty and Honda battery warranty expires, you don’t have to worry about losing your roadside benefits, too.
CARCHEX also offers these benefits alongside all extended warranties.
CARCHEX benefits include:
- 24/7 roadside assistance
- Towing service
- Rental car reimbursement
- Emergency gas delivery
- Trip interruption services
- Battery jump service
- Key lockout service
Rental car reimbursement and towing reimbursement are covered up to a certain amount. This is also true for trip interruption services, which may cover accommodation and meals for trips that are interrupted more than 100 miles from home.
Choose CARCHEX After Your Honda Battery Warranty Expires
There are many extended warranties on the market, but CARCHEX outperforms competitors in customer service, transparency, and affordable prices. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) gives CARCHEX an A+ rating for its low complaints and quick response to customer issues.
If you want to cover repairs to your alternator and electrical systems (components that can affect your battery), CARCHEX makes it easy.
- CARCHEX has 20 years of experience serving customers.
- You won’t have to deal with high markups and limited pricing options, compared to a dealer extended warranty.
- Find affordable plans with a No-Haggle, Low-Price, Everyday Guarantee™ and deductibles as low as $0 under some contracts.
- Get a personalized quote right away with the 24/7 CARCHEX Direct instant quoting system.
- Don’t worry about getting to that faraway dealership for repairs. Choose from 30,000 approved repair facilities, including large chains and local mechanics in your area.
- Expect excellence. CARCHEX offers a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee for customers who are not satisfied with their coverage.
CARCHEX is trusted and endorsed by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds.com, and CARFAX. You can also rest assured that your payments will be paid directly to the repair facility, so you won’t have to foot the bill and be reimbursed. CARCHEX plans are backed by insurance and provided by reputable administrators, so your approved claims are guaranteed to be paid.
Once your Honda battery warranty expires, you don’t have to worry about a car that won’t start. CARCHEX will go over options and leverage its buying power to find the most affordable plan for you. There’s no pressure or intimidation to buy—just knowledge and information to help you make the best decision.
Save money on your extended warranty coverage, and potentially thousands on major repairs, by speaking to a CARCHEX representative. Call 866-261-3457 or fill out the online form to get an immediate quote that’s customized to your vehicle.
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