JC Penny Auto repair/ Firestone?

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    JC Penny Auto repair/ Firestone?

    From an article a while back there was a lady who owns a Mercury Comet, a '63 or so, that she bought new, and still has it and has over a million miles. For some reason I remembered reading about how she once bought a battery with a lifetime warranty from a JC Penny auto repair center (since it seems they used to have those around) but since they're no longer around, a Firestone repair center fulfills the lifetime warranty...

    From my modern day observations it seems that wherever there's a JC Penny store there's a Firestone repair place nearby, at least around in Michigan. Did they sell out to them or something?
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    Re: JC Penny Auto repair/ Firestone?

    JCPenney gave up on auto repair sometime in the mid 70s, if I recall correctly. They sold to Firestone, so most of those Firestones you see by the mall were likely once JCPenney Auto Repair shops. There are two such places in Columbus, one of which has actually outlived the JCPenney at that location.


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    Re: JC Penny Auto repair/ Firestone?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Other Guy View Post
    JCPenney gave up on auto repair sometime in the mid 70s, if I recall correctly. They sold to Firestone, so most of those Firestones you see by the mall were likely once JCPenney Auto Repair shops. There are two such places in Columbus, one of which has actually outlived the JCPenney at that location.


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    Re: JC Penny Auto repair/ Firestone?

    There used to be a seperate JC Penney auto service store near the main JCP store
    at the Palm Beach Mall in West Palm in the 80s. It is now a Firestone store.

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    `the last car battery you`ll ever need... $45`

    In 1974!

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    Re: JC Penny Auto repair/ Firestone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smaart Aas Saabr View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZrNs...eature=related

    `the last car battery you`ll ever need... $45`

    In 1974!
    ha a big investment back then...a few years ago car batteries could be bought new for that but they like doubled in price the past few years.
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    Re: JC Penny Auto repair/ Firestone?

    The JCP autocenters flipped to Firestone in my area back in the 80s as well.
    I worked for Sears at the time, and they were our main competitor in the Mall. Eventually, our oil change racks were rented out to a nationwide chain, the Die Hard warranties were whittled down to 3 year replacement, and the whole thing went on the cheap.
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    Re: JC Penny Auto repair/ Firestone?

    Right. That is why it's good to know something about internal combustion engines or find some auto repair shop you can trust. But even good shops can make mistakes. A combo of knowledge + good mechanics will take you a long way vs knowing zilch about autos. Even with these modern nearly inscrutable machines, the basics are still the basics. Glad that turned out good for you.
    Last edited by amanda; 12-03-2010 at 07:39 PM.

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