The Ultimate Guide to Car Discounts for First Responders
As an appreciation to first responders and healthcare workers 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 like police, firefighters, and emergency response personnel can save up to $5,500 on 2018, 2019, and 2020 models from Buick, GMC, Cadillac, and Chevrolet. The FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep) have a similar deal.
Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many manufacturers are showing their appreciation to healthcare professionals by making them eligible for first responder discounts. Acura, Honda, and Mazda are a few that have introduced brand-new programs to include medical personnel.
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 Car 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. And in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, many manufacturers have extended their discounts to include healthcare professionals.
First Responder Requirements
The qualifications for the discount are generally the same for each manufacturer. Any active first responder can qualify, which includes:
- Police Officer
- Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy
- Correctional Officer
- State Trooper
- Federal Law Enforcement Officer
- Fire Department
- Paid/Volunteer Firefighter
- 911 Dispatchers
A majority of manufacturers that already had first responder discount programs have started to include healthcare professionals and hospital employees. This can include the following:
- Nurses/Nurse Aides
- Physician Assistants
- Medical Technicians
- Healthcare workers in medical facilities
- Hospitals, Urgent Care, Assisted Living, Long-Term Care, Research/Testing Centers, and many more may qualify as medical facilities
Most of the manufacturers extend these offers to their spouses as well.
Related: Active duty military and veterans should look for military car discounts.
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
- Pay Stub (within last 30 days) or ID as proof of employment at healthcare facility
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.
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.
It’s important to note that many manufacturers are now offering the same discounts to healthcare professionals and workers.
Below are some of the best car deals for First Responders.
|Manufacturer||Program Name||Special Offers & Discounts||Eligibility & Requirements||Expiration|
|Buick||GM First Responder Discount||Up to $2,000 off purchase/lease on 2018 or newer||Paid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers||1/2/2020|
|GMC||GM First Responder Discount||Up to $2,500 off purchase/lease on 2018 or newer||Paid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers||1/2/2020|
|Cadillac||GM First Responder Discount||Up to $5,500 off purchase/lease on 2018 or newer||Paid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers||1/2/2020|
|Chevrolet||GM First Responder Discount||Up to $3,000 off purchase/lease on 2018 or newer||Paid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers||1/2/2020|
|Ford||Ford First Responder Appreciation Program||$500 off purchase/lease of 2019/2020||Paid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers||1/2/2020|
|Hyundai||Hyundai First Responder Program||$500 off purchase/lease||Paid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers||1/2/2020|
|Lincoln||Lincoln First Responder Appreciation Program||$500 off purchase/lease of 2019/2020||Paid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, EMT/Paramedics, and 911 Dispatchers||1/2/2020|
|RAM||RAM First Responder Discount||$500 off purchase/lease of 2020 or newer||Paid/Volunteer Firefighters, Police, Correctional Officers, EMT/Paramedics||1/3/2022|
|Volkswagen||VW First Responder Bonus||$500 off purchase/lease||1/2/2020|
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What car companies give first responder discounts?
All the GM family of car brands offer discounts. That includes Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. Ford, Hyundai, Lincoln, and Volkswagen also have discounts.
How much is a first responder discount?
Discounts range from $500 to as high as $5,500 depending on the brand.
What jobs qualify for a first responder discount?
Police, firefighters, EMTs, 911 dispatchers, and healthcare workers all qualify.
How long must you be a first responder to qualify?
Length of employment does not matter as long as you can prove you're an active first responder.
Do family members get the teacher discount?
Spouses usually qualify for the discount.
Does Honda, Toyota, or Nissan have teacher discounts?
None of these brands currently offer discounts at the national level. Although some dealerships may occasionally run local promotions.