Annual Scholarship Winners Announced
Chicago Firefighters Credit Union has awarded three $1,000 scholarships.
Congratulations to the following college students!
Pictured with her father Tim Sliazas
University of Illinois
Estevan I Flores
Pictured with his father David Flores
North Park University
Lake Forest College
Engineering / Medical
Auto Buying Services
It's likely that new and used car sales this year could exceed the huge numbers from 2013. When analysts see the average age of vehicles on the roads today is 11.3 years, it's a clear indication that the demand will continue. Older, higher mileage automobiles are expensive to maintain and often when mechanical problems occur, the repair cost can exceed the value of the vehicle.
If you're in the market for anew or used vehicle, it's probable that a loan will be necessary. Experian Automotive research found that a record 84.5 percent of the consumers who acquired a new vehicle obtained either a loan or lease to fund the purchase. That percentage is up from 82.5 percent in 2012.
Using the Auto Values page on our website will assist you with research on new or used autos. New vehicle prices include the MSRP (manufacturer's suggest retail price) or, as we call it, the sticker price. The dealer invoice is included as well. When applicable, any rebates or incentives are also available.
Used prices will give you the retail value based on condition and the trade-in value. Remember, these prices are based on averages and your vehicle could be worth more or less.
With a credit union pre-approved loan, you will be investing locally in a business where you're a part-owner, not from other financial institutions with no interest in the community. The finance manager at the dealership will attempt to convince you to finance your purchase with one of their lenders. Simply say, "NO." Let them know that you are pre-approved with your credit union. The dealer will also offer credit-life, accident and health insurance, extended service contracts, and GAP insurance. Jot down the prices on the products offered and return to the credit union. The savings from the credit union on these products will be enormous.
We look forward to serving your financial needs.
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The TruStage Health Insurance Program: Affordable Health Insurance Made Easy.
The Affordable Care Act means nearly every American must have health insurance. If your employer doesn't offer a plan, if you don't qualify for Medicaid and you're not yet eligible for Medicare, you'll likely need to purchase a health insurance plan on your own.
The TruStage Health Insurance Program can help. You can easily compare health insurance plans from multiple carriers, get quotes, receive expert advice and purchase coverage that makes sense. You can also determine whether you qualify for financial assistance. For more information, visit www.TruStageHealth.com. © TruStage, 2014. All rights reserved.
The TruStage™ Health Insurance Program is made available through TruStage Insurance Agency, LLC and GoHealth LLC. GoHealth LLC is licensed to sell nationwide and operates in all states with the exception of Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont and Rhode Island. The insurance offered is not a deposit, and is not federally insured, sold or guaranteed by your credit union.
Purchasing A New Car? Don't Be Fooled By 0% Dealer Financing.
Make sure you check out the bottom line before you sign. Choose the dealer rebate instead of the financing and you can come out ahead. Ask the dealer for a monthly payment amount and then give us a call. Chances are we can save you money and set you up with a lower monthly payment.
The following is an example of a $30,000 car with a $3,000 rebate option:
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| CU Savings
|| 60 mo
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|*700 or higher credit score