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Welcome to the LoveMyCreditUnion.org Blog!

LoveMyCreditUnion.org is the home base for a member discount program called Invest in America (IIA). IIA was created in 2008 to help credit union members save on the products and services they use most from trusted U.S. partners.

We began with the Credit Union Member Discount from GM and soon grew to include the Sprint Credit Union Member Discount as well as savings programs from Dell, TurboTax, Jackson Hewitt, DIRECTV, Allied Van Lines and the TruStage Auto & Home Insurance Program. Plus, we offer our own discount partners Shop America and the Credit Union Auto Club.

Our blog is to keep you give you insider info on the latest discounts and share other ways to help you save. We hope you enjoy our blog and saving with IIA at LoveMyCreditUnion.org!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Why Now is the Perfect Time to Sell Your Used Car

Face it, it’s one of the hardest aspects to buying a new car – selling your old one. Nobody enjoys it and we’re left wondering if we could have gotten more for it. The good news is that used cars have recently gained in value rather than lost it. 

This is a phenomenon that seldom happens, but Kelley Blue Book found 23 vehicles that have actually gained in value from a year ago. One of the top cars that have gained in value is the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. Its value increased 4.1% from $12,925 last year to $13,450. 

One of the reasons for this widespread increase in car values was the long, hard winter we just faced. Prices historically go down in the winter and increase when the weather warms. And if you’re looking to sell a pickup truck, chances are you’ll make more money on it as well. CarGurus.com found that trucks kept their value the longest while luxury cars lose theirs the quickest. 

Don’t forget to do your research before selling or trading in your used car. Websites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds can help you find out what your precious set of wheels is really worth. 

To put even more money in your pocket when buying a new car is to buy one using the Credit Union Member Discount from GM. As a credit union member, you can save thousands on an eligible new Buick, GMC or Chevrolet. Click here to save on a new GM today.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Keep Your Cool on the Road

With the dog days of summer upon us, beach breezes and air conditioning keep us cool. But what about your car? These hot days can take their toll on a vehicle and could leave you stranded on the road. Here are five tips to help your car keep its cool this summer.

  1. Air Conditioning – If your car’s air conditioning isn’t as cold as it used to be, it could mean its refrigerant level is low. Take it to a certified technician to check it out.
  2. Tires – Keeping your tires correctly inflated and rotated not only improves your fuel economy and makes your car easier to control, it can also save them from overheating or blowing out. Be sure to check your tire pressure periodically, just make sure you haven’t driven your car for a while before testing the pressure. Check your owner’s manual or the tire itself for the proper psi (pounds per square inch).
  3. Battery – Older batteries hate extreme temperatures. Extreme heat can even weaken your car’s battery and shorten its lifespan. Take your car in and get a charging system test before going on any long summer road trips.
  4. Coolant – Your car needs fresh coolant once in a while. Older coolant can deteriorate over time, becoming acidic. Don’t wait too long to flush your system with new coolant, the acid of older coolant can eat away at your hoses and seals and may cause engine damage.
  5. Maintenance – People need checkups to stay healthy – and so do cars. Be sure to have the oil changed frequently and have a periodic full mechanical inspection of your car at least once a year. 

Just follow these five tips and your summer road trips should go smoothly. Another way to make sure you’re not stranded on the road is with a Credit Union Auto Club membership. Credit Union Auto Club offers emergency roadside assistance, emergency towing up to 10 miles, emergency lockout assistance, flat tire repair, fuel delivery repair and much more – all at significant savings compared to competing auto plans. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Five Easy Ways to Stay Secure this Summer

Whether your summer plans include a long weekend or a week’s vacation somewhere, you need to make sure your home and its belongings are safe and secure while you’re away. As a credit union member, you can save hundreds on a new home security system with the ADT Credit Union Member Plan. While this is the best way to keep your home secure, we have five other ways to stay safe while you’re away.

  1. Be Neighborly
    Being friendly with your neighbors not only gets you invited to a summer barbeque once in a while, but they’re the perfect group of people to keep an eye on your home when you go on vacation. Just give them a heads up that you’re heading out of town. And make sure to tell them if you have anyone coming in to feed the cats or water your plants, you don’t want them to alert the police about your cat sitter!
  2. Hide-a-Key
    Do you have one of those cute hide-a-key fake stones in your front yard or use the age-old “key under the doormat” trick to keep an extra key that you can grab in case of an emergency? You might want to think twice about how you hide that key. It’s a good precaution to have an extra key for when you get locked out, but make sure your hiding place is an original one. Try around the back of the house or even around your next door neighbor’s house (with their permission, of course!). Your doormat and those fake rocks are the first place a potential robber will look to get easy access to your home.
  3. Stop the Paper and Mail
    Nothing lets a would-be burglar know you’re gone like a pile of newspapers or an overflowing mailbox. Contact your newspaper’s circulation department to put a hold on your paper and let the post office know the dates you’re gone so they can hold your mail. If you forget to do either and you’re already relaxing by the beach, you can always reach out to one of those friendly neighbors or cat sitter to collect your mail and paper while you’re away.
  4. Stop Sharing
    We know, your family and friends love to see all of those photos of you having fun somewhere fabulous – just wait to post them until you get home. You never know who may see those photos, realize you’re on vacation and take the opportunity to break into your home.
  5. Think Sneaky
    We know you’re a good, law-abiding citizen. But before you hit the road or hop on that plane, stand outside your home and think like a burglar. Is there a way to climb up a tree or get a boost on a bush to easily break into your home? Can passersby look into your first floor windows and see that there’s no one home? Get those hedge trimmers out and close those blinds before you leave. There’s no reason to make it even easier for someone to break in. 

If you follow these five tips and take advantage of the savings you can get with the ADT Credit Union Member Plan, you can bring peace of mind along with you on your summer vacation.