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What is Too High an Interest Rate for a Car?

Because everyone’s situation when car shopping will be different, there’s no one exact answer to what is too high an interest rate for a car loan. The interest rate you are likely to be offered is based on several main factors that will be specific to you. Knowing what the typical range is will help you understand if your rate makes sense for you.
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Is It a Good Idea to Refinance a Car Loan Right Now?

Here at Indiana Members Credit Union, we get a lot of questions about auto loans, and refinancing auto loans is one of the most popular topics our advisors are asked about. 

At a high level, the process of refinancing an auto loan basically entails replacing your current loan with a new loan with terms that better fit your current situation. Another way to think about it is that you’re shopping around for a new loan to pay off what’s left on your current loan. In this blog, we’ll answer some of the key questions, so you can better understand when the right time might be for you to think about refinancing.

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Does Refinancing a Car Hurt Your Credit?

Yes, refinancing your car will lower your credit score. But this ding to your credit score is temporary, while the change in your auto loan’s interest rate will be permanent! In some cases, refinancing auto loans can even put cash in your pocket. In this blog, Indiana Members Credit Union is covering all your frequently asked questions about auto loan refinancing so you can make the decision which is in your best interest long-term. 

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When Should You Refinance a Car Loan

If you’ve purchased a new car or truck within the past few years, there’s a decent chance that you could see your payments reduced through the process of refinancing. While they’re not as sizable as most home loans, many auto loans are still great candidates for refinancing. Unfortunately, many borrowers simply aren’t aware of this option or how it can help them. 

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Why is it Important to be Pre-Approved Regardless of Credit Score Before Shopping?

Ah, that new car smell! Buying a car can open a whole world of possibilities, but applying for auto loans makes a lot of us sweat. There’s no need to fear, though, and car shopping with pre-approval for auto loans already set up can make it that much less stressful. 

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Is It Better to Get a Loan Through a Credit Union?

As people begin their search for a loan that best meets their needs, they often ask, “Is it better to use a bank or credit union?” Generally, it is more beneficial to pursue a loan with a credit union instead of a bank. Although other financial institutions do serve a purpose, credit unions offer significant advantages such as:

  • Higher savings 
  • Lower fees 
  • Individualized and hands-on customer service 
  • Local expertise
  • Lower overall loan rates
Fraud Awareness

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fraud

Scammers are using Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) employee’s names and imagery to try and steal money. The CFPB has heard from victims, specifically older adults, who were defrauded thousands of dollars from scammers pretending to be with the CFPB. It is recommended that if someone contacts you and says that you have won a class-action lawsuit in a foreign country, or can receive other large, unexpected amounts of money, but must use the CFPB’s assistance to claim the funds, they are lying.
Auto Loans

Should I get Pre Approved Before Looking for a Car?

The short answer is yes. Chances are, if you’re in the market for a new or used car, you’re also shopping for auto loans. In fact, 81.2% of all new vehicles were purchased with some sort of financing in the first three months of 2021. When it comes to securing financing, car buyers usually have two options: financing through the dealership or through a credit union or bank. Pre-approval for auto loans makes either route less stressful and more affordable. In essence, pre-approval means that a lender has already reviewed your finances to say with confidence how much money you can afford to borrow. 
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Is Pre-Approval for an Auto Loan a Hard Inquiry?

Most of us don’t have piles of cash sitting around to use for an outright, point-of-sale car or truck purchase—especially when you consider that the average price of a new car exceeds $36,000. That’s why over 85% of new car purchases involve auto loans. The average amount of these loans? Around $26,000. 

Now, not all auto loans are the same. Neither are all potential borrowers or lenders. Luckily, there are ways you, as a hopeful borrower, can help improve your chances of securing the loan you need with terms you can live with. One such way to reduce the anxiety before you head out to the lot is through pre-approval for auto loans.

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What Score Do Credit Unions Use for Auto Loans?

Credit Unions use your credit score as a factor for deciding whether or not you qualify for an auto loan and what your interest rate will be. When applying for auto loans, you’ll be required to disclose personal information, your employment history, and other financial information. Out of these requirements, your credit score can often be the most impactful— and elusive. It’s not something that you can always track in real-time, and there are many different score providers that can give conflicting credit reports.

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at how credit unions obtain and weigh your credit score and what that means for your car buying experience.
IMCU Careers

Making A Career Change? Consider IMCU

Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU) is a great place to work, comprised of leadership that fosters a culture dedicated to creative financial processes, enhancing member service, employee success and community involvement. IMCU prides itself on promoting a family-like atmosphere, both for those that work at IMCU and in service to our membership. Our employees enjoy excellent benefits, a generous paid time off plan, bonus opportunities, tuition reimbursement assistance and opportunity for growth and advancement through our many employee-focused initiatives.

In addition, IMCU offers our employees the opportunity to give back to the community. Through our foundation, created in 2010, IMCU employees are encouraged to volunteer and support the communities in which we serve.
Interest Rates

 What is a Good Interest Rate on a Car Loan?

Reliable transportation is a top priority for most people. Whether it’s simply getting from point A to point B, commuting for work, dropping kids off at school, or just shopping for groceries, a reliable car is a necessity for many Americans. In fact, there are over 280 million cars registered in the United States. 

You would think with that many vehicles, the car buying process would be completely optimized and hassle-free by now. In reality, buying a car can still be quite stressful. One of the biggest factors to consider when buying a new or used car is how you plan to pay for it. For many people, an upfront cash offer isn’t always the most feasible strategy. That’s where auto loans come into play. 

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Do Car Dealers Prefer You Finance?

Some car dealers who issue auto loans in-house do prefer you finance with them, because financing is part of how they make money. But do car dealers hate cash buyers? Or those who come in with an auto loan pre-approval? Absolutely not! At the end of the day, an auto dealer exists to sell cars.

Still, we know you might have heard horror stories about things like a car dealership not accepting outside financing once you find the car of your dreams. We're answering all your concerns about car loans and financing so you can arrive at the dealership with confidence and get a great deal.
Fraud Awareness

Are You Looking For A New Job? Sometimes This Leads to Scammers Looking For You Too.

Imagine the following scenario: You've applied for several jobs online through reputable sites.  You then hear from a "recruiter" showing interest in you.  You set up an interview and it goes well, leading to what you believe is an offer.  The “recruiter” begins asking personal information (including bank accounts) claiming they need this for background checks or payroll setup.  They may even say you have to pay a small fee for equipment, etc. before starting. You haven’t signed anything and believe this is all just normal for the hiring process.

You soon find out that you just gave a scammer enough information to access your finances.  You may have also paid them, thinking it was going to be reimbursed later.
Tech Support Fraud

Are You the Target of a Scam?

Unfortunately, we all are, but we are seeing more scams targeting individuals 60 and over. These are often associated with a wire transfer, which results in a higher loss.

Tech support fraud has been the most reported fraud among the targeted population. Tech support scammers impersonate well-known companies to fix non-existent technology issues or renew fraudulent software or other security subscriptions. They may request you to send a wire transfer, purchase gift cards or send cash overnight.
National Home Ownership Month

Keeping your home updated makes money sense

Even if you’re planning to stay in your current home for many years, there will come a day when you’re ready to sell it. For most people, a home is the largest asset they own, and they hope it will increase in value so they can either step up to a nicer home or fund the retirement lifestyle they’ve dreamed about.

When longtime homeowners go to sell, they find that the selling price is less than they expected. The reason? They’ve overlooked making updates to their home. For example, a home’s kitchen may be attractive, but the appliances and color choices reflect what was popular two decades ago. When prospective buyers see the kitchen, they know they’re going to have to invest time and money.
Fraud Warning

Know The Warning Signs of Fraud

Each year millions of reports about fraud are filed and victims lose billions of dollars because of these crimes. With fraud continuing to become more rampant, it is essential to stay informed and take actions to protect yourself and your family against fraud and scams. Many of these scams have been around for years so let’s point out some common warning signs that you might be dealing with fraud.
1. There is a prize involved.
You get notified that you’ve won a lottery or contest and are told to claim your prize. Oftentimes, you must first pay a fee to claim this prize. 

Fraud Alert

Member Fraud Alert

Please be aware of two fraud schemes that are currently very active with our membership.  We are receiving reports that members are receiving a spoofed number from our Member Services department along with a fraudulent text alert attempting to verify a transaction (that you likely didn’t do) and then asking you to verify a portion of your debit card number. These calls and texts are not from Indiana Members Credit Union.  Please do not provide any account or card information to anyone contacting you.


Start Your Home Shopping Here

It’s that time of year when many people throughout Indiana are thinking about buying new homes. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’re getting ready to switch from your current home to one that better fits your needs, the smart way to start your home-buying journey is to talk with one of Indiana Members Credit Union’s mortgage experts.

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