John Matarese shows all the free services you can get at Autozone, Pep Boys, O'Reilly, Advance
You know it's going to be a bad day when your car struggles to start or the check engine light comes on.
It can cost $200 at the dealer just to have the problem diagnosed.
But you may not realize you might be able to get that problem checked for free at AutoZone or your other local auto parts stores.
Many drivers don't realize that AutoZone, the nation's largest auto parts chain, will do the following services free of charge:
No AutoZone nearby? Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly and Pep Boys will also perform many of these services for free, so be sure to ask.
When NOT to drive to an auto parts store
But there are two dashboard lights where you should not try to drive to an auto parts store for a free check.
In both cases do not keep driving, or your engine could possibly seize up.
So your best bet is to pull over to a safe spot and call for help.
Of course, if you want a full diagnosis, by a certified ASE auto mechanic, you're not going to get that at an auto parts store.
But for basic issues it might be worth trying them so you don't waste your money.
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