Car part stores such as Advanced Auto Parts offer the following free services for car repair. This is fairly common, and many other car parts stores offer the same services. Just call ahead before you go, to make sure they have the items you are looking for.
Free Alternator Check and Free Starter Check
Advanced Auto Parts has a nice alternator and starter test machine. This machine can be seen in the pictures above. Sometimes alternators and starters have a little life left in them, and this test machine will make sure you really need a new part. It is also helpful if you are not sure which part is bad.
Free Battery Check and Free Battery Installation
Advanced Auto Parts will test your battery, and even install it for you.
Free Check Engine Light Check
Mechanics will charge you about $50-$75 to do a check engine light check, and the auto parts stores normally do this for free. In my experience the check engine light has always meant one thing – loose gas cap. Take your car to Advanced Auto Parts and get a free reading for your check engine light.
Free Wiper Blade Installation
Advanced Auto Parts will install new wiper blades for you, for free. It saves about 1 minute, but you don’t have to get your hands dirty which is always a plus.