How Can You Get Cash for Your Batteries?

Submit lead acid automotive batteries to auto parts stores, scrap yards, battery distributors or recycling centers that handle scrap metal for cash. Batteries do not need to hold a charge or start a car. The amount received varies by region but typically averages between $5 and $12, as of 2016.

New lead acid automotive batteries carry a core charge which is waived or refunded when an old battery is returned. Old batteries returned without the purchase of a new battery are typically still paid out as a core. The core charge is essentially the value of the lead in the battery, which is then recycled.