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The 90s Styles Were A Fad, Membership Never Goes Out Of Style
Talk to the hand, big banks! Joining Dow makes you pretty fly in our book. Besides, we’re all that when it comes to memberships. We have the products and services that will make you say peace out to big banks. They are totally buggin’ with fees and high-interest lending rates anyways.
Credit unions are always evolving. They provide new services constantly and give advice that matters today, not last week. Getting outdated advice or products from a credit union. AS-IF! The best part is you can open an account right from your crib. Join us today and let’s bounce from banks and see how freakin’ sweet Dow can be for you!
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We’ve all been there. It’s your first time taking out an auto loan, you’re excited to buy the perfect car, and then WHAM! You’re trapped with a BIG auto loan payment. Luckily, DOW is here to help break you out!
Transfer your auto loan to DOW and we can lower your rate by as much as 2% APR*. That means wasting less money on your auto payment, and the freedom of some extra cash in your account each month.
So get ready to break free from the high rate trap. Transfer your auto loan to DOW today and save.
*APR = Annual Percentage Rate. See credit union for complete details. Not all members may qualify. Offer applies only to current, external auto loans. Current Dow auto loans ineligible for offer. Rate will be higher of 2.00% off current, external auto loan rate or 2.99% APR. Proof of current rate may be required. Federally insured by NCUA.
Have you been considering purchasing a vehicle? Now could be the right time for you to buy.
According to US News, March car sales were off by almost 40 percent compared to the same month in 2019. What does this mean for you? Due to declining sales, dealerships are highly motivated to sell vehicles, but you may not necessarily get the deal that is best for you. Our goal is to encourage you to do your due diligence and buy a vehicle that’s best for your lifestyle and budget. To help you make a smart decision, we’re providing a few tips to ensure you’re well-informed.
Know you have choices
Due to dealerships looking to make up for lost sales, they’re offering flashy, headline-making deals. However, once you take a look under the hood, the deals aren’t as great as they seem. For instance, a cash rebate will be a better deal than 0 percent interest when paired with a low-interest loan as it can lower your monthly payment. Therefore, you can take the rebate and finance with Dow Credit Union for your best deal.
If the dealership requires you to use their financing, you can finance with the rebate and then refinance your auto loan with us. We will work with you to ensure you receive the best deal on your vehicle. TransUnion reports that car buyers who refinanced their auto loan, lowered their rate by over 2 percent!*
Consider your warranty options
When you’re buying a vehicle, whether new or used, dealers will try to sell you or automatically include add-ins like warranties to your loan. When buying a car, think of how long you plan to own it. If you trade or upgrade your vehicle often, you may not need an extended warranty. Typically, new vehicles come with manufacturer warranties that supersede any extended warranties. This means that your extended warranty has no value until the original manufacturer warranty expires.
If you plan on keeping your vehicle for an extended length of time, an extended warranty could be right for you. Compare the costs of the warranties the dealer offers with our warranty options. Our warranties are usually lower in cost, have longer terms and more comprehensive coverage than those offered at the dealership.
Watch out for GAP Insurance
GAP stands for Guaranteed Asset Protection. What is GAP insurance? It’s optional car insurance coverage that helps you pay off your auto loan in the event that your car is totaled or stolen, and you owe more than the car’s current value. This helps bridge the “gap” between what you owe and what your insurance is willing to pay. For example, say you owe $25,000 on your car but the actual value is $19,000. If you incur a total loss accident, your insurance will most likely only pay the value amount of 19,000. GAP insurance will pay the $6,000 so you are debt-free.
Compare the GAP Insurance from the dealership with what we offer. Dealers often charge each person a different amount. They can set their own prices; which are typically very high in comparison to our policies that are reasonably priced and cost the same for each member.
If you’ve made up your mind to purchase a vehicle, you don’t have to be intimidated by the dealer. Take control of your car buying journey and get pre-approved with Dow Credit Union. Learn more about our current auto loan offerings and click here. We will help you compare the numbers and guide you to make the best financial decision.
*Information was collected for this article from credible.com and US News. Credit Union does not endorse these sites and simply used content for informational purposes only. Federally insured by NCUA.
Have you received your COVID-19 stimulus payment or are you expecting it soon? Have you started thinking about how you would spend it?
It’s tempting to think about all of the ways you could spend an extra $1,200 or $2,400 – depending your filing status and the number of dependents you claim. Before you get that list finalized, we want to give you some tips to help your money stretch as far as possible.
Look at your bills. What are essential – rent or mortgage, car payment, utilities – and what bills are non-essential – entertainment, streaming services, unusable memberships? Make a list of what you need and what you can live without. Focus on paying the essential bills first.
2. Save. Save. Save.
Don’t miss an opportunity to pad your savings account with some of your stimulus money. It’s a one-time payment so think of your stimulus as a mini emergency fund. You may want to set aside some of the payment as “in case” money.
3. Divide and conquer.
You only get one stimulus payment, but your bills will still come monthly. If you’re currently unemployed, it’s especially important to be strategic in how you spend your stimulus payment. Take this opportunity to divide it up into smaller chunks to help cover some of the essential bills you pay each month. Also, talk to your landlord or mortgage lender, your utility company and internet service provider if you’re having trouble meeting your monthly obligations. A lot of companies are finding ways to help their customers during this unprecedented situation.
4. Don’t hoard cash.
Hoarding cash is a bad idea in general. Your money is much safer at your credit union than it is in your home. The National Credit Union Administration insures amounts up to $250,000. So, bring it to us and let us keep an eye on it. Plus, if you have a checking account that has a cashback option, you could make money on it while it sits in your account.
5. Pay down debt.
Paying off debt is almost never a bad financial move but think about it and prioritize carefully. Even in these uncertain times, paying off your highest-interest debt isn’t a bad idea. But, don’t feel like you need to be in a hurry to spend all your stimulus money on paying off debt. Look at your options for forbearance, payment deferrals or even the option to skip a monthly payment. If you can get some relief on your debts in the coming months, let that stimulus payment sit in your savings account.
6. Splurge Smartly.
We’re all feeling the weight of stress, grief and uncertainty as we wonder when this pandemic will end, and life will return to normal. No matter how you decide to spend your stimulus check, set aside a little bit to spend on something fun for yourself. Maybe even shop at some of your local businesses to offer support. Remember: the government is hoping these stimulus payments will put some cashflow back into the economy to stimulate it.
Over the past couple of months, we’ve faced a situation no one could’ve possibly prepared for. We know that our members have been affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the stimulus payments will certainly help and offer some relief to most, please know that Dow Credit Union is here for you. We want to help you stretch your stimulus payment as far as it will possibly go. Maybe you need to skip a monthly payment or you’re looking for a relief loan. Regardless of your needs, give us a call and let us figure out how to help.
Economic Impact payments are on their way, and most Americans have already received their money.
But, what does it mean for you if you haven’t?
Where is my stimulus check?
The IRS began sending out stimulus payments in April. But if you haven’t received yours yet, there’s no reason to panic. Retirees, senior citizens, and taxpayers who filed income taxes in 2018 and 2019 and included direct deposit information were the first groups to receive their payments.
If you’re not in one of those categories, you’ll still receive a payment, but it’ll arrive by mail instead of being directly deposited into your checking or savings account. Taxpayers who didn’t include direct deposit information will receive a paper check sometime in May.
The IRS does a feature on its website that will allow taxpayers to provide direct deposit information if their check hasn’t yet been mailed. However, the feature isn’t slated to be up and running until mid-April.
What you need to know about payments
Most taxpayers are eligible to receive a stimulus payment. The payments are automatic, and no further action is needed to receive the payment.
The amount, however, will vary based on filing status, the number of dependents and adjusted gross income (AGI). Individuals or head of household filers will receive $1,200, while married taxpayers filing jointly (if they aren’t a dependent of another taxpayer) will receive $2,400. Taxpayers will receive up to $500 per dependent claimed on their federal tax returns in 2018 and 2019.
Stimulus payments are based on the AGI claimed by the filer. Taxpayers will receive the amounts listed above if they have a work-eligible Social Security number and adjusted gross income up to:
- $75,000 for individuals
- $112,500 for head of household filers
- $150,000 for married couples filing joint tax returns
Taxpayers will receive a reduced payment if their AGI is:
- $75,001 and $99,000 if their filing status was single or married filing separately
- $112,501 and $136,500 for head of household
- $150,001 and $198,000 if their filing status was married filing jointly
Can I track my payment?
You may track the status of your payment here.
The website is open to non-filers. If you didn’t file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax or you weren’t required to, you can enter your information on the IRS website and select the preferred method of payment.
We’re facing an unprecedented situation that seems to be changing daily. Please know, Dow Credit Union is here for you during this time. If you’re facing an uncertain financial situation, talk to us. Let us help you find a solution that works for you while you’re waiting for your stimulus payment. We have several options available to our members because we want to help them come through this stronger. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know how we can be there for you.