Every Brand With Healthcare Worker Car Discounts Due To COVID-19


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, Managing Editor - June 12, 2020

Update (6/12/20): We've updated this article based on the latest offers. The original was published on April 7.

At least a dozen brands have introduced special car discounts for healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

In some cases, medical professionals can now get special pricing and as much as $2,500 in savings previously limited to other groups.

Here's a list of what we're seeing based on the latest new car deals. Stay informed with our ongoing COVID-19 deal coverage from every major brand.

FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM) Updated

On May 5, FCA extended its First Responder Bonus Program to healthcare professionals. Through June 30, medical doctors, nurses, physician's assistants, and more are eligible for a $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of select vehicles.

Most models are eligible, including newer choices like the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and RAM 1500. Even select FIAT and Alfa Romeos are eligible since they fall under the larger umbrella of Fiat Chrysler.

Previously, the offer focused on traditional first responder categories like EMTs, fire department personnel, and police.

Shoppers should be aware that FCA has taken away a sale involving 0% APR for 84 months from March as well as a subsequent offer of 0.9%. Current offers are nowhere near as attractive, which is unsurprising given the recent trend away from crazy APR deals.

We recommend contacting your dealer for full details as far as program compatibility.

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Ford Updated

Through July 6, Ford is offering a $500 Healthcare Professionals Bonus on most models. That's different from the brand's First Responder Bonus targeting members of the police as well as fire departments. At the moment, it appears the healthcare worker discount may not be renewed.

Ford continues to offer many deals for buying & leasing. However, a deal from March involving 0% APR for 84 months has largely ended. Fortunately, Ford is still offering interest-free financing for 72 months, which is basically in line with what competitors like Chevy are offering.

Stay tuned for possible changes for the 4th of July holiday.

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GM (Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, GMC) Updated

GM expanded its First Responder Discount to include healthcare professionals on April 1. The program involves GM Supplier Pricing, a prenegotiated discount equal to the dealer's invoice price plus a $200 program fee.

Participating brands include Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC. To qualify, simply show proof in the form a paystub from the last 30 days. This is a national offer set to end on June 30. Other offers can save you money, too.

For example, Chevy is offering 0% APR for 72 months on most models. That's not as good as a previous deal involving 0% APR for 84 months, but it still offers a way to enjoy interest-free financing on your favorite car or truck.

Ford offers a similar form of discounted pricing called Plan Pricing, but there are no signs yet that the automaker is making it available to healthcare workers. Ford's healthcare worker discount is set to end a week later on July 6.

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Honda Updated

The Honda First Responder & Healthcare Professional Appreciation Program offers a $500 discount when financing or leasing through Honda Financial. In the case of Acura, the company's luxury brand, a larger $750 bonus is available.

Medical doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and technicians with an ID or other approved credential are eligible through July 6.

All Hondas are eligible and the offer can be combined with other incentives like this month's $1,000 loyalty discount. All Acuras are eligible except for limited-edition PMC models and the sporty NSX.

Those looking to lease vehicles like the 2020 Honda Pilot will find payments up to $30/month cheaper than March plus a slew of expanded financing options. In fact, the Pilot LX is now one of the best 4th of July deals on an SUV.

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Hyundai Updated

Through June 30, Hyundai has extended its $500 First Responder Program to include healthcare professionals. Here, healthcare professionals and hospital employees can qualify for the same discount previously limited to EMTs and firefighters.

Unfortunately, Hyundai has taken away an earlier deal involving 0% APR for 84 months. Based on our analysis, you can still find 0% financing on most models but generally limited to a mere 48 months. 72-month rates are considerably higher now.

There's also a 90-day deferral available on your first month's payment, although this is down from a 120-day offer in April.

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Mazda Updated

Sadly, it appears Mazda has ended an earlier discount for healthcare workers.

Through June 1, Mazda offered a First Responder & Healthcare Worker Appreciation Program in most parts of the country. In places like the West Coast and Northeast, it offered an extra $500 off any new vehicle. The offer was stackable with a $1,500 loyalty discount.

The brand is also offering healthcare workers free oil changes.

To show eligibility, healthcare workers needed to provide a pay stub, current business license, or other approved proof of employment or ownership of a healthcare facility.

Having said all that, Mazda is still offering no payments for 90 days and rates as low as 0% APR on most of its vehicles.

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Volvo extended its loyalty discount to first responders, medical personnel, and even teachers. The latest offers end June 30.

Depending on where you live, that can be worth as much as an extra $2,500 when buying and $2,000 when leasing in places like the Northeast. To show proof of eligibility, simply bring a copy of our current paystub.

Those looking to buy will find unusually low financing rates as low as 0% APR. Compared to last month, our analysis finds that this can translate to an advantage of over $3,000 in money saved in interest for a $40,000 vehicle.

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Our Take

Healthcare workers are shaping up to be the unsung heroes of the coronavirus pandemic, facing critical shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE) in the wake of a virulent pandemic the likes of which most Americans have never experienced before.

Nearly two dozen brands are now offering better rates and special programs to help consumers. While some of these discounts may not sound like much, we think it's about time more companies recognized the vital contributions of frontline medical workers.

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, Managing Editor

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing expert, Alex offers must-know analyses of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine, and more.

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