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The Ultimate Guide to Car Discounts for First Responders

As an appreciation to first responders for their service in the community, a handful of manufacturers are offering up to $500 off a new car. This bonus discount is typically stacked on top of other discounts and can be applied to a purchase or lease on most of the manufacturer’s new vehicle lineup.

GM Manufacturers share a program, the GM First Responder Discount, where first responders can save up to $5,500 on 2018, 2019, and 2020 models from Buick, GMC, Cadillac, and Chevrolet.

Let’s take a closer look at how to qualify and the requirements for each of the first responder savings programs.  At the bottom we also list all the current discounts for first responders offered by each manufacturer.

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How to Qualify for a First Responder Discount

To qualify for a first responder discount you typically have to be in a role where you provide assistance at the scene of an emergency like an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack.

First Responder Requirements

The qualifications for the discount are generally the same for each manufacturer. Any active first responder can qualify, which includes:

  • Police
    • Police Officer
    • Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy
    • Correctional Officer
    • State Trooper
    • Federal Law Enforcement Officer
  • Fire Department
    • Paid/Volunteer Firefighter
  • EMT
    • EMT
    • Paramedic
  • 911 Dispatchers

 Most of the manufacturers extend these offers to their spouses as well.

What to Bring to the Dealership

When heading to the dealership you should bring any form of documentation that proves active employment as a first responder. This could include:

  • State license/certification that proves status
  • Document illustrating affiliation as a Law Enforcement Officer

However, GM manufactures and Ford require first responders to use ID.me to verify their eligibility. Once you have the authorization code, you only have to bring that and a copy of your driver’s license to the dealership.

Hyundai and Volkswagen only require eligible documentation as proof at the dealership.

Best Deals for First Responders

Most of the bonus cash back offers are for $500 so there’s not much that separates them; GM offers the highest discounts but it does vary from vehicle to vehicle. Cadillac offers one of the highest discounts on the 2019 Escalade ESV for around $5,000.

Below are some of the best car deals for First Responders.

ManufacturerProgram NameSpecial Offers & DiscountsEligibility & RequirementsExpiration
BuickGM First Responder DiscountUp to $2,000 off purchase/lease on 2018 or newerPaid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers1/2/20
GMCGM First Responder DiscountUp to $2,500 off purchase/lease on 2018 or newerPaid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers1/2/20
CadillacGM First Responder DiscountUp to $5,500 off purchase/lease on 2018 or newerPaid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers1/2/20
ChevroletGM First Responder DiscountUp to $3,000 off purchase/lease on 2018 or newerPaid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers1/2/20
FordFord First Responder Appreciation Program$500 off purchase/lease of 2019/2020Paid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers1/2/20
HyundaiHyundai First Responder Program$500 off purchase/leasePaid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers1/2/20
LincolnLincoln First Responder Appreciation Program$500 off purchase/lease of 2019/2020Paid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers1/2/20
VolkswagenVW First Responder Bonus$500 off purchase/lease1/2/20


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Updated: November 18th, 2019 (These offers may vary based on location, credit score, and financing terms and are not guaranteed.  So use my free service to Check Discount Car Prices to get the best prices that include current manufacturer offers and incentives.)

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