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How to Cut Back on Car Costs

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Driving can be expensive sometimes. As prices rise on everything from gas to auto parts, car owners are starting to think frugally. These AAA Discounts and services can help you save on car costs like fuel, service, rentals and more.

Shell Fuel Rewards

The main car cost we are all looking to cut these days is at the pump. With Shell Fuel Rewards, you can save $0.30 per gallon on your first fill-up, and at least $0.05 per gallon on every fill-up after that. You can use your AAA membership to sign up for Shell Fuel Rewards. The savings really add up!

AAA Approved Auto Repair

Whether it’s for routine maintenance or serious repairs, you can take your car to one of the over 8,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities around the country for trustworthy service and savings. AAA members can save 10% on repair or maintenance. Find a location near you.

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AAA Car Battery Service

Is your battery busted? AAA Car Battery Service will come to you and test your battery to see if it needs to be replaced. The “all in one” battery prices include testing, delivery, installation and even recycling your old battery. Plus, AAA members can save on new batteries.

Auto Loan Refinancing

You are not locked into the auto loan you took out when you purchased your car. Refinancing allows you to pay off that original debt with a new, low-interest auto loan. These more-favorable terms can lessen your monthly payments or help you pay back the balance of your loan quicker. Learn more about AAA’s auto loan rates and apply for refinancing today.

AAA Defensive Driving Course

You can sharpen your driving skills and save money when you take the nationally recognized AAA Defensive Driving Course. AAA members save on course registration fees, and depending on the state you live in, you could also qualify for an auto insurance discount. Register here.

NAPA Auto Parts

Give your car some TLC with a visit to your nearest NAPA Auto Parts, where you can find car parts, tools, accessories and even repair services. AAA members can get 10% off auto parts and accessories at participating locations – plus, you’ll earn NAPA rewards points.

AAA Tire & Wheel Protection

Your wheels are where the rubber meets the road, literally. When your wheels are so important to the overall functionality of your car, they deserve some extra attention. With AAA Tire & Wheel Protection, you can get unlimited repair or replacement for tires and wheels that have experienced damage from things like potholes, nails, glass and other road debris. You’ll also get replacement for lost keys and key fobs as well as paintless dent repair. AAA Plus and Premier members can save on coverage for their tires and wheels.


Need a ride? There are a variety of reasons as to why you might need a rental car – maybe you’re traveling, or maybe your usual car is in the shop. As the top car rental brand around, Hertz can get you behind the wheel no matter your reason for renting. AAA members can save up to 20%, plus exclusive benefits and additional rewards.

Discover more ways to save with AAA Discounts.

Do you have any tips and tricks for saving behind the wheel? Have you ever used any of these AAA Discounts? Let us know in the comments below!


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7 Thoughts on “How to Cut Back on Car Costs

  1. Mentions car washes, and even includes a photo of detailing – it’s January in the Northeast- sure would love a little more information!

  2. I use the NAPA auto parts discount whenever I need parts. I maintain my own as well as friends and family members as needed.

    1. Hi, Photobug! Unfortunately, at this time we don’t have any discounts to specific car washes. I removed the old mentions of car washes to reflect this. If you’re still looking for a way to save on keeping your car clean, the NAPA discount mentioned above is applicable to their wide range of car wash supplies. Thanks for reading!

    1. Hi, Martin! Unfortunately we don’t have any discounts with any specific car washes at this time, and I updated the article to reflect that. If you’re still interested in saving on a car wash, the NAPA discount mentioned above is applicable to their range of DIY car wash supplies.

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