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Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Vehicle Owners

Atlantic Hurricane season runs annually from June 1st thru November 30th. When preparing for the house and family, it's important to make sure your car is also ready in the need of an evacuation. Below are some helpful tips to ensure your vehicle is ready this season. Check your car insurance coverage Review your insurance coverage and make sure it's up to date. In the event of a hurricane, make sure to keep your policy along with other insurance documents in a large plastic zip lock bag to keep...

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I Love a Road Trip!

Road trips! Many people groan as soon as they hear these words. But to me, every road trip is a journey that has created lasting memories. The ultimate road trip state South Florida is home to many road trip destinations. Orlando offers every kind of amusement park and tourist attractions. The Panhandle has exceptional beaches. For the nature enthusiast there is the Everglades complete with alligators and air boat rides. St. Augustine showcases the state's history. We have the Gulf of Mexico on ...

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What About Depreciation?

As most people know, new autos depreciate the moment you drive them off the dealer's lot. But did you know that not every vehicle depreciates at the same rate? Well, get comfortable because I have a story to tell…the depreciation story. Buyers of new cars and trucks are the people most effected by depreciation. The average vehicle loses 20% of its value after one year. Bad news for the new auto buyer, good news for the used auto buyer. However many people are not concerned with depreciation beca...

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Don’t Rent Your Vehicle to Others

I've been reading about companies that will allow you to rent your car out to others. Think of it as an Airbnb for your car. Like everything new, it sounds like a great idea. The companies in this business promise easy money for people. The only catch is that you're trusting your vehicle to complete strangers. While companies state they protect you and your vehicle with their insurance, it doesn't always work out that way. Andrew J. here in South Florida learned the hard way that renting out you...

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Credit Union Auto Loans Are A Better Deal

Did you ever wonder why car dealers want to have you finance at their dealership? It's customary in the industry for lenders to pay dealers a fee for these loans, and in some cases dealers are allowed to mark up the rate (APR) and keep the difference. It's perfectly legal but I bet you didn't know about it. When you come directly to your credit union, you get a great rate and we have rate discounts for many members. We offer rate discounts for members in our Premium and Select relationship level...

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