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Auto Services - Maintenance Discounts
Date: March 2, 2007
Author: David Smidt, SeniorDiscounts.com

Owning and operating a vehicle can be costly these days. After insurance, regular maintenance and of course the high gas prices, public transportation can start to look mighty good. But there are some services that provide discounts for older adults to help ease the cost of owning a vehicle.

The most common discounts can be found at the many national auto service centers across the country.

Many Jiffy Lube and Midas Auto Service locations, and some Zip Lube and Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations, will offer a standard 10% discount on labor and services. (The discount is not typically extended to parts.)

Since many of these locations are owned by franchisees, the discounts, participation and age requirements can vary from store to store, so it is best to call in advance or ask prior to receiving the work performed on your vehicle. Some locations may offer more or less than the standard 10% discount and may not extend the discount to parts. You may also notice differences in the age requirements for the senior discounts. Some apply at only 50 years of age, others at 60 or 62.

There are also many local auto repair shops which offer a senior discount. These discounts can include a percentage off parts, labor or both. Most discounts will save you about 10%, but they can be substantial if you need a lot of work done. Age requirements usually begin around the age of 55, but could be up to 65.

If you own a Saturn, many dealerships will also offer a 10% discount on parts and service to seniors 55 and older.

Some regional tire stores also offer senior discounts. For instance, STS Tire and Auto Centers on the East coast have a Sliver Club for people 55 and older. Members receive a 5% discount on tires, services, and accessories, including those which are on sale.

Check your local car wash for discounts as well. You will probably not find any senior discounts available at self service car wash stations, but the full service stations may offer 10% off. SeniorDiscounts.com has many car washes that offer discounts located on our web site.

If you have a crack or nick in your windshield you may be able to receive 10% off on repairs. We have not seen many senior discounts for new windshields, but there are some local windshield repair shops which offer discounts up to 10%.

There are even some car dealerships that will provide senior discounts on the purchase of a new or used car. We have not found many of these yet, but they do exist. It never hurts to ask.

Most of these discounts will not be highly advertised so be sure to ask if they have a senior discount available before you have the service performed or purchase the parts.

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