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#1958205 - 07/19/10 01:54 AM Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan?
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
I want to purchase a lifetime alignment plan for my mom's Altima. Firestone constantly runs specials, so I want to find the "right" time to purchase the plan, so that I can pay the lowest price.

What's the lowest price that you folks have paid for the lifetime alignment plan? My local Firestone charges $150 but there is usually a 10-15% off coupon.

Thanks!
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#1958256 - 07/19/10 04:38 AM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: The Critic]
chad8 Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 1316
Loc: michigan
Don't bother. I have driven millions of miles on my 30+ vehicles with maybe 3 or 4 alignments . Unless ma lives on a dirt road, likes curbs , or drives like helio, she should never need an alignment in an altima. I'm sure I'll get flamed ,but it has worked for me. Besides all the plan is going to do is give Firestone a reason to tell her how worn out the suspension is and zip her for thousands.They will also sell her many , many unnecessary tuneups ,injector cleanings, brakes, and struts. I have seen it too many times.
Mom will say," they told me it might be dangerous to drive it this way so I had it done. " Yeah , with cheap sub-par parts and an 18 year old doing the work. So the next time it really will need it done again in 2 years.
The last time my kids hit a curb and the car needed an alignment I paid $40 from a real shop.
go that route.

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#1958265 - 07/19/10 05:05 AM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: chad8]
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Registered: 06/10/02
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Loc: Chattanooga, TN
I had one once, swear that every time I brought the car back for alignment they never even put it on the machine. Never solved the problem. Just a gimmick to get you coming back for more repairs they try to find when you bring it in. Find a good independent alignment shop

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#1958274 - 07/19/10 05:38 AM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: Spector]
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Registered: 11/21/07
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Last I saw, which was a few years ago, was $130.

Waste of money and they cracked my pristine windshield while doing it.
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#1958286 - 07/19/10 06:04 AM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: mjoekingz28]
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
The local Firestone auto shop owner and I are on first name basis, so I doubt I'll have any issues at my local location. I have a few oil changes done there without any issues.

The tires on the Altima are at least $140/each and with my mom's driving, annual alignments are likely to be a good idea for maximum tire life.

It seems like ~ $130 is the going rate. Has anyone paid substantially less?
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#1958299 - 07/19/10 06:48 AM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: The Critic]
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Registered: 05/25/05
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Loc: Western NY
I never buy lifetime alignment. Why pay today for something you may never use. Pay for an alignment when you need an alignment. It will probably be the only one you will ever need(when you need it). I live in pot hole state. My vehicles may need an alignment at just about the time I put the vehicle to rest, 16-18 years old. Unless I have actually done some suspension work where an alignment is required.
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#1958328 - 07/19/10 07:47 AM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: chad8]
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Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 3735
Loc: Miami-Dade County
Originally Posted By: chad8
Don't bother.
Besides all the plan is going to do is give Firestone a reason to tell her how worn out the suspension is and zip her for thousands.They will also sell her many , many unnecessary tuneups ,injector cleanings, brakes, and struts. I have seen it too many times.
Mom will say," they told me it might be dangerous to drive it this way so I had it done. " Yeah , with cheap sub-par parts and an 18 year old doing the work.


Ain't that the truth!!!...That's what goes on down here...I have seen alot of people get hosed that way.
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#1958608 - 07/19/10 11:22 AM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: CROWNVIC4LIFE]
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Registered: 08/15/09
Posts: 530
Loc: Fort Worth, TX USA
The Lifetime Alignment price is $89.95 in my area. Make sure that your tires are in good condition or purchase a new set if they are worn out.
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#1958661 - 07/19/10 11:57 AM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: S2500Dog]
bigmike Offline


Registered: 06/05/09
Posts: 3239
Loc: Florida
Wow.

All I can say is wow from reading these responses.

I think the lifetime alignment from Firestone is a pretty good deal. I think I paid $120, but can't verify that w/o checking my records.

I get an alignment done on my truck every 6 months along with tire rotation/balance. I figure if I'm going to spend money to buy good tires (see Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo), then I want them to last as long as possible.

My dealership wants $90 for 1 alignment which I find to be a hard pill to swallow, hence why I went to Firestone. I find this advice of getting one when you need it to be an errant way of thinking for BITOG, considering the cost difference.
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#1958763 - 07/19/10 01:22 PM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: bigmike]
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Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 3334
Loc: Chattanooga, TN
Yes, but did it actually need an alignment and balancing every 6 months? Probably not. My independent does a great job and I see him every couple of years with no fear of the upsell or inferior parts.

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#1958777 - 07/19/10 01:35 PM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: Spector]
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Registered: 06/05/09
Posts: 3239
Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: Spector
Yes, but did it actually need an alignment and balancing every 6 months? Probably not. My independent does a great job and I see him every couple of years with no fear of the upsell or inferior parts.


I had one incident that it needed no balancing or alignment. Other than that, it's been aligned 3 or 4 times since I purchased the service.

I've never been upsold for anything that I recall. No parts needed for an alignment or balancing either.
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#1958841 - 07/19/10 02:46 PM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: Spector]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 13029
Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: Spector
I had one once, swear that every time I brought the car back for alignment they never even put it on the machine. Never solved the problem. Just a gimmick to get you coming back for more repairs they try to find when you bring it in. Find a good independent alignment shop



This is true. There are plenty of techs who will just put it on the machine and walk off for half an hour. Not saying they all do this, but the lifetime ones are not really worth it. He's getting NO money when you come back to claim on their lifetime deal so he really doesn't care about working on the car.
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#1958876 - 07/19/10 03:33 PM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: dparm]
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18840
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: dparm
This is true. There are plenty of techs who will just put it on the machine and walk off for half an hour. Not saying they all do this, but the lifetime ones are not really worth it. He's getting NO money when you come back to claim on their lifetime deal so he really doesn't care about working on the car.

This is why I only take my cars to shops where I have full view of the tech working on my car.

I guess one can say I am a "pro" at "babysitting" techs. I always get what I want. I make sure that the job is done correctly, which is why I am not afraid to use services like these. I also never get upsold anything unnecessary, actually I have never been upsold anything additional. But I definitely understand where the others are coming from-- if my mom or my dad took the car in, there is definitely an open invitation for Firestone to upsell unneeded services for a lifetime alignment customer.
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#1958904 - 07/19/10 04:00 PM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: The Critic]
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Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 10422
Loc: NorthEast
If that is the case, just pay their going price and buy what you think would help your mom.

I am still not convinced that the shop will treat your mom like they treat you. If she needs alignment, you should take the car in.

- Vikas

P.S. When I take the vehicle in, I put on the mechanics gloves and hang around it too ...


Edited by Vikas (07/19/10 04:01 PM)

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#1958984 - 07/19/10 05:39 PM Re: Price of Firestone Lifetime Alignment Plan? [Re: bigmike]
dkryan Offline


Registered: 04/11/03
Posts: 1926
Loc: Cincinnati
Originally Posted By: bigmike
I had one incident that it needed no balancing or alignment. Other than that, it's been aligned 3 or 4 times since I purchased the service.

I've never been upsold for anything that I recall. No parts needed for an alignment or balancing either.


+1

I paid $130 for my "lifetime alignment." The alignment needed adjusting three times over the years. The cost of an alignment on an AWD SUV is about $80+ in this area.

They rotate the tires every 6k miles. The tread on the Dueler Alenzas look quite good after 35k+ miles, thank you.

No upsell, no extra parts, no cracked windshield. I'm slightly picky about mechanical work on my cars and I trust the Firestone/Bridgestone store I patronize. Otherwise, I wouldn't go there.
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