Being in the market for a new or used car can be both stressful and overwhelming. Not only do you have a massive selection of vehicles to choose from, but you must also decide how you’re going to finance your new purchase. That’s where we come in. While dealerships may make their financing programs sounds attractive and unbeatable, it is always best to shop around for the best auto loan rates – starting at your local credit union.
We’ve gathered the top 4 reasons why choosing a credit union for your auto loan is the right way to go.
1. Lower Rates
Credit unions have very competitive interest rates, especially on auto loans. On average, credit union loans are at least 1 percent lower than banks, which can save you some serious cash in the long run. Big banks often incentivize their loan officers for selling you on anything extra that will earn the bank more money, while credit unions work for their members, not commissions, so they have your best interest at heart. They won’t try to convince you to get any extra bells and whistles unless they honestly think it would benefit you.
2. Personalized Service
Providing members with excellent customer service is at the top of credit unions’ priorities. Since credit unions are non-profit organizations and are run by volunteer board members and not a corporate office, members are provided with a more personal and customer-oriented experience. You can rest assured that credit unions have your best interest in mind when providing you with a loan, whereas big banks see dollar signs when recommending auto financing options. Credit unions work for their members, so the happier you are with the service you receive, the better off the credit union is.
3. Educational Resources
As stated above, credit unions pride themselves on providing excellent member service. One aspect of this is providing members with educational and informative resources to make the best financial decisions possible – especially when it comes to auto loans. If you want unbiased answers regarding auto loans and the car buying process, turn to a credit union where they will be more than happy to assist you in making the best decision. RMLEFCU specifically partners with AutoTrek to provide our members with the best car buying resources, so you can thoroughly research your options prior to purchase.
4. Easy-to-Use Process
The days of having to go into a branch to apply for an auto loan are over. Now, credit unions offer applications for auto loans to be done online, over the phone, or even at a car dealership. RMLEFCU specifically works with Credit Union Direct Connect to simplify your car buying experience and get you approved for an auto loan in minutes, right from the dealership.
When it comes to the car buying process, you can always count on credit unions to have your best financial interests in mind. Whether you are a first-time car buyer just starting your search, or are a seasoned car-buying veteran about to sign some papers at a dealership, make sure you check out credit unions before making an auto loan decision.
Have questions about RMLEFCU’s auto loans? Check out our website or contact us at (303) 458-6660.