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If you’ve been following our Consumers ConnectU May auto series from the beginning, you’ve learned how to buy a car, how to decide how much you can afford, and whether leasing or buying is a better decision for you. Unfortunately, you’re not done spending your money when you buy the car. How will you pay for maintenance and repairs? “You have several options for paying for repairs,” says Tim Kosak, Consumer Lending Manager at Consumers Credit Union. To learn what they are, watch the video below.
When you’re looking for a new vehicle, you want to evaluate all of your options. You may wonder whether buying or leasing is better for your situation. “Both can have their benefits and pitfalls,” says Tim Kosak, Consumer Lending Manager at Consumers Credit Union. Watch the video below, the third in the Consumers ConnectU May auto series to learn how to determine which option is better for you. And if you decide to buy, don’t forget these car buying basics and review how to decide how much you can afford.
When you’re ready to buy a car and think you’ve found the one for you, how do you know you can afford it? “Don’t forget to include the costs of insurance, gas, and repairs in your calculations. Some cars simply cost more to own,” says Tim Kosak, Consumer Lending Manager at Consumers Credit Union. Watch the video below, the second in the Consumers ConnectU May auto series to learn how to determine how much the car you want will really cost.
You’ve got your eye on a new car—or one that’s new to you. “It’s time to do some homework,” says Tim Kosak, Consumer Lending Manager with Consumers Credit Union. Watch the video below, the first in the Consumers ConnectU May auto series to learn what to consider before purchasing that new vehicle.
When you apply for a loan with Consumers Credit Union, you get more than a credit check: You start a conversation. Member Bradford W. describes his experience applying for an auto loan, “Consumers pulled the same information that the bank pulled, but actually took the time to talk to me.” He adds, “I equate it to an interview process. You can look at someone’s resume and make whatever judgments you want, but when you talk to someone, you see what’s really going on with their life.” This approach to lending ensures that your loan will help you meet your financial goals, so that you can say, like Bradford, “I got the loan that I needed, on the terms that I needed.” When you’re shopping for your next car, request Consumers financing at the dealership. We have relationships with most auto dealers in West Michigan. Prefer to run the numbers for … …continue
You know how you feel when you sit behind the wheel of your new car or you close your garage door for the first time at your new home. We do too, every time we bring a loan to a member. Your credit union is unique, because we are a lending credit union. This means we lend out money to you, the member, as monies come in. We lend nearly 100% of our monies because you deserve the opportunity to make your life better— and you are smart with your money. Some of the ways we lend include autos, mortgages, credit cards, and home equity loans. We have full service banking opportunities for you. Our Mortgage Team prides itself on offering Custom Made Mortgages. Some examples include: Hometown Mortgage: Offered to specific rural or suburban areas in West Michigan and has low or no down payment options Hi-Five Refi: Refinance … …continue
We love our members, and we love helping you to save money! To show you how much we value your membership, we’ve partnered with the following organizations to bring you special discounts exclusive to Consumers Credit Union members. FREE Accident Protection Insurance All Consumers members age 18 through 74 receive up to $1,000 of Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance through Minnesota Life Insurance Company. This valuable coverage is paid for by the credit union—at no cost to you! All you have to do is return the acceptance form when you receive your letter in the mail. Marvin Okun Insurance As a Consumers member, you can receive our group insurance discount through the Marvin Okun Insurance Agency. Discounts are available on both auto and homeowner’s insurance. For more information, call 269.349.9603 or visit their website. AAA Insurance As a valued member of Consumers Credit Union, you may be eligible for … …continue
Has this happened to you? You fill up your tank, swiping your debit card at the pump, on your way to the grocery store. Once there, you load your cart with everything your family needs for the week, and slide your card to pay. But rather than handing you the receipt and sending you on your way, the cashier looks at you and says, “Your card was declined.” “That’s not possible. There must be an error,” you protest. You knew you were cutting it close with your balance, but you’ve been keeping track. You have that money in your account. And if you’re like most of the members who’ve come to us in this situation, you’d be right. That money is in your checking—but because of the amount the gas station held when you paid at the pump, that entire amount isn’t available, meaning your next transaction may overdraw your … …continue
When you’re fresh out of school and thrilled to be jumping into your first “real” job, it’s tempting to want to splurge on a big luxury, like a brand new shiny car to get you to and from work. But does it make financial sense for you to do so? Chances are it doesn’t. Here’s why. Luxury vs. Essential When we hear “new”, we often think “better.” But that’s not always true. While a car may be necessary for your commute, you don’t have to go new. A used car will get you to work the exact same way. Get the Most Bang for Your Buck When you start car shopping, you’ve probably got an idea of what you can afford to spend. Say you’ve budgeted $15,000. You could get a new basic economy car or a three-year old more fully equipped car with low miles. The difference can be … …continue