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.