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Car Buying | Personal Finance

How to Find the Best Car and Car Loan to Finance Your Purchase

By: America's Credit Union
October 21st, 2022

Buying an automobile does not happen every day, and that adds a layer of unfamiliarity to the process. Researching the best cars available and securing a car loan presents a specific set of challenges. In all likelihood, friends and family members will offer their opinions and experiences about the best cars and which car loan makes the most sense. But at the end of the day, you will pay the monthly car loan. And, you also have specific reasons for gravitating to the best cars to serve the needs of you and your family. By considering the following steps of narrowing down the best cars and identifying a cost-effective car loan, you can streamline the process.

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Car Buying | Personal Finance

What You're Missing in Your Search for the Best Car Loan Rates

By: America's Credit Union
October 12th, 2022

Here's What Will Really Help You Find the Best Car Loan and Car Loan Rates. If you're shopping for a car, chances are you're also shopping for a car loan. The interest rate on your car loan has one of the biggest impacts on the overall cost of your car. While the dealership may advertise amazing rates that seem impossible to beat, the truth is you can get a far better rate if you know how to shop. Here are some surprising secrets that will help you get a great rate on your car loan.

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Car Buying | Personal Finance

Best Time to Buy a Car [Including Top Tips for Getting a Car Loan]

By: America's Credit Union
October 3rd, 2022

If you're in the market to purchase a car, you are likely looking for ways to save. After all, it’s not every day you spend several thousand dollars on a vehicle. And buying a car is not something to do without careful thought. Before you head into the dealership to start shopping for a car, make sure you do your homework. Research current buying conditions and possible demand and supply chain hiccups to prepare for what you can expect. Once you have an understanding of the current market conditions, it is time to look for ways to save on your actual purchase. Depending on the shopping environment, one tried and true way car buyers can save is by timing their car purchase. By buying your car and getting a car loan at the right time, you can save substantially. Here are the secrets to helping you save through proper timing on your car purchase.

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Car Buying | Personal Finance

5 Reasons Why You May Need Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP)

By: America's Credit Union
September 28th, 2022

When the average person makes a major purchase, like a car, they anticipate comprehensive insurance coverage provides complete financial security. Much to their surprise, this may not be the case. When the average car buyer takes possession of expensive items such as automobiles, fast-declining values and coverage result in a financial gap. If something goes wrong, a borrower could be on the hook in ways they did not imagine. That’s why an increased number of people are securing Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) to fill the financial void.

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Car Buying | Personal Finance

MSRP Meaning for Cars - Why It's NOT the Final Price

By: America's Credit Union
September 22nd, 2022

When you head to a car dealership and start looking at the window sticker for cars that catch your eye, you may be confused by the many different prices you see listed. One of those, the MSRP, is an important figure for your future car purchase negotiations. MSRP, or Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price, is the recommended selling price slapped on a new car from the manufacturer. While it is often displayed as the car's "price," it is not the same as a price tag on a pair of shoes at your favorite clothing retailer. You should view the MSRP as the starting point for negotiations, but understanding its full meaning is critical as you shop for a car.

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8 Ways to Save Money On Your Next New or Used Car Purchase

By: America's Credit Union
September 20th, 2022

The sticker price on a new and used car continues to climb, making saving money on transportation increasingly important. The average price of a used car reportedly spiked by more than 16 percent, year-over-year, and working families are paying above Kelly Blue Book value in too many cases. We all need to get to work, run family errands, and enjoy a lifestyle that includes transportation freedom. The following 8 ways to save money on your next new or used car could help you achieve those goals.

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Looking to Refinance Your Car Loan? - Here's What You Need to Know

By: America's Credit Union
September 12th, 2022

When a borrower wants to refinance car loan terms and payments, the process involves applying for a new car loan to pay off the existing one. Most automobile loans are secured with the vehicle serving as collateral and the borrower making fixed payments over several years. According to the online automotive experts at Edmunds, “The most common term currently is for 72 months, with an 84-month loan not too far behind. In fact, nearly 70 percent of new car loans in the first quarter of 2020 were longer than 60 months — an increase of about 29 percentage points in a decade.” That being said, there are a wealth of reasons why refinancing a car loan might be in your best interest. As a local lender, we can explore pathways to lower interest rates and the best possible terms.

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Personal Finance | Budgeting

Top 7 Useful Tips on How to budget for Youth Sports Activities

By: America's Credit Union
August 26th, 2022

The benefits of enrolling kids in sports have never been more important. The up-and-coming generation is inundated with touch-screen enticements that do not provide them with the character-building and physical fitness assets they need in life. While every parent wants the best for their children, the cost of youth sports continues to rise. Introducing youngsters to values such as cooperation, hard work, and self-discipline tasks parents with learning how to budget their way through the sometimes-expensive sports industry.

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Personal Finance | Life

6 Money Management Tools to Help You Succeed On Your Terms

By: America's Credit Union
August 23rd, 2022

Although access to debit cards, credit cards and online shopping platforms make life a little simpler, accurate money management has become much more complicated. Multiple accounts and payment dates can prove confusing. Finding time out of your busy schedule to get to our branches will likely not get any easier. Rather than allow your money management strategy to falter, embrace our modern-day solutions to stay on the road to financial success.

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Identity & Fraud Protection | Personal Finance | Life

5 Reasons to Use a Digital Wallet

By: America's Credit Union
August 17th, 2022

Technology continues to alter the way our members go shopping, complete transactions, and share joint costs, making a digital wallet1 a necessity.

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