Free Services Available In Advance Auto Parts Stores – So, anytime the word “free” is used, either online or off, I’m immediately skeptical. Usually the “free” item in question requires some other kind of purchase, which means that it isn’t free at all.
Personally, at best I think the word “bonus” is more appropriate in most cases. Like how the hotel I just stayed at for $250 a night gave me “free WIFI,” or how WW offers “free signup” (when you pay for 3 months!) Vistaprint offers “free” business cards, but prepare to pay double for shipping. That’s not really free.
Anyway, I recently saw that Advance Auto was listed as one of the “best stores for free services,” so I thought I’d look into it. So, what will they give you for free? You might be surprised, but here are the best free services at Advance Auto:
1. Free Battery Testing, Installation, Recycling:
They say to get a new battery every few years, but they don’t exactly give you a countdown before they die. (How long should a car battery last?) Go to any APP store, and they will test your battery for free. If you buy one, they will also install it for free. Usually garages will charge you a an extra fee of about $30 for that!
2. Free Check Engine Light Scan
Why is your check engine light on? Last time I stopped by a garage, they charged me $40 to see why my check-engine light was on. (It was a loose gas cap!) If you need a more comprehensive analysis, they can also refer you to a pro
3. Free Electrical Testing:
This Includes your starter & alternator, so if you are having any issues starting your car, they cover all the bases at the same time for free
4. Free Wiper Installation (w/ Purchase)
OK, so it requires that you buy something. Let’s call this a nice bonus. Last time I installed my own windshield wipers, it took me over 20 minutes!
5. Free Oil Recycling:
If you perform your own oil changes, you’ll know that you can’t exactly pour that stuff down the sink. Just take it to their store and they will dispose of it for you. They also have oil change specials in-store that save you up to $20 on new oil and filters
6. Free Loaner Tools:
Really!? There is no use buying a tool that you only use once every two years. Just leave a deposit, and you can borrow their tools for free. Even crazy stuff like spring compressors and specialized pullers. (Sorry, they don’t have eggs or sugar. You’ll have to ask your neighbor for that!)
7. Free in-store pickup:
Need parts now? The best promo codes for Advance Auto are online only, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them. Order anything online, and specify in-store pickup to get it immediately. (30 minutes)
8. Bonus: Free DIY Advice!
From ASE certified DIY professionals. You can’t get that at most stores. I asked someone at Home Depot a question about the blueberry bushes they were selling, and I may as well have asked them for help with my Irish step dancing techniques
Tip: If You Plan to Actually Buy Something…
You might just be stopping by an Advance Auto for a free service, but if you buy anything, always use a promo code. You’ll save up to 25% on your order, and can choose in-store pickup or free delivery. Pretty sweet deal!