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TrueStart Battery Warranty

According to the Truestart with 84 months warranty, the first 24-month free replacement and then 60-month proration in a simple two tier priced plan.

Anybody knows what is a "simple two tier priced plan" means?

If the battery dies after 3 years, how much money has to pay to replace it, if the price is $100 for the sake of calculation.

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I don't know if Toyota uses this formula, but this is how it's typically calculated:

Remaining months / Total warranty length * Current price (or purchase price)

So after 36 months, the calculation would be:
(84 - 36) / 84 * $100 = $57.14

For car batteries though, IMO Costco's Kirkland and Walmart Ever Start Max are the best deals around and they have 36/100 warranties. The Costco battery is about $60.


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I have a Camry and replaced the battery yesterday at a Toyota dealer. They charged me $72, but when I asked for the calculation, they didn't explain to me. Most people don't question them, out of embarrassment.

When it says, 60 months prorated, isn't it correct to divide by 60 since the first 24 months is not counted?

Total price divided by 60 * month used after the initial 24 months of free.

So for 3 years, (36-24)/60*100 = $20, we have to pay to replace?

Your calculation is correct if it is straight 84 months. The 57.14 should be deducted from the price or have to pay $42.86.


I really need to get a definite answer to this 60 months wordings on their warranty.
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No, it's typical to use the length of the total warranty, not just the prorated period. Whether or not Toyota battery carries the same warranty I don't know.

In my calculation, you would receive a credit of $57 towards the purchase of a similar battery. You'd pay the rest.


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This should be the proration on the Truestarts

0-24 months 100% Toyota pays
25-48 months 50% """
49-84 month 25% """
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Just FYI I wouln't put a Walmart battery in anything unless you have manual locks, windows, no sunroof, and a cheap radio. I used to work at Walmart and batteries would come back 7 out of 10 within a year as junk. I had one in my power nothing Sunfire and it was still strong at 4 years....but remember I had power nothing. Just a little 4 banger engine.

But yes the above proration is correct.

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Which Walmart battery though? They have several lines and the highest model has been consistently recommended by Consumer Reports. Same goes for Costco's Kirland battery, which isn't far behind; but, given the lower cost and that I have no Wally Worlds here, guess which one I use.


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I found a Toyota web site to confirm the information provided by JZ Twins, above.

http://tinyurl.com/3y4q5uc

It says, for the True Start:
* 84 month service replacement warranty
* Years 1-2: 100% of parts, service and towing
* Years 3-4: 50% of TrueStart MSRP
* Years 5-7: 25% of TrueStart MSRP

The document goes on to say that Toyota doesn't use the declining scale ("pro-rated warranty") that we usually see associated with battery warranties. Apparently the above program is what they mean by "simple two-tier price plan".

(Regarding the Walmart batteries, I've seen a lot of discussions boil down to whether they're made by Exide or Johnson Controls, with many saying the latter makes the more reliable battery).
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Just to update everyone on junk TruStart batteries

Let no good deed go unpunished should be the motto for Toyota batteries. I put a replacement battery in my 09 Camry in August 2011 even though the old one tested fine just to make sure I would never be "stranded." But then, I got my TruStart nightmare after 33 months .....

If you don't like being stranded unable to start your car, DO NOT BUY TRUSTART 84 MONTH BATTERY

battery is horrible and may fail ...... and the warranty is WORTHLESS

My May 2014 story is here:

Warning: Toyota replacement battery-Bad experience & worthless warranty

and

Replacement battery warning-Bad experience with Toyota 84 month

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Please share your trustart horror story with us as well.

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Don't feel too bad as the Interstate Battery warranty is no better. I had one fail right after the 100% replacement period ended & they still only honored the prorate. I now always go with Costco when possible, but unfortunately they don't carry many different groups.

The battery had swelled & Interstate said it was caused by overcharging, but I never had a problem before or after the battery was replaced. Not sure how this was possible? This was a special shaped battery for an Acura Integra, so not cheap in the first place.
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For Costco, they have the Group 35 size, which should fit the majority of Corollas (except my XRS). But if you want the Group 24F size (for Camrys and many other Toyota and Lexus), you have to go somewhere else since they don't sell that size (don't know why, a lot of cars use this size). Yes, you can use the Group 35 battery in a Camry, but it won't fit properly. I ended up getting my battery at Sam's Club.
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