Get the most out of your car purchase

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) The Michigan International Auto Show is set to open this week at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. It’s a great place to check out your next new car… but before you buy, our friends at Option One Credit Union has some tips to make sure your purchase is a smart one.

  1.  Determine your budget
  2. Don’t assume a small budget equals a used car
  3. Know your ownership costs
  4. Find the best interest rate before visiting a dealer
  5. Know all the rebates and discounts that apply to you
  6. Determine the invoice price
  7. Forget about trading in your car
  8. Be thorough in your test drive
  9. Check the car’s history even if it’s new
  10. Say no to extras

Option 1 Credit Union has six branch locations in the Grand Rapids area and three locations in Lansing, as well as a 24 hour call center.

  • 630 32nd Street SE, Grand Rapids
  • 1240 Chicago Drive, Jenison
  • 2355 Health Drive SW, Metro Health Village
  • 4211 Plainfield Avenue NE, Grand Rapids
  • 6750 Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids
  • 3286 Alpine Avenue NW, Grand Rapids
  • 6025 N. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing
  • 6250 S. Cedar Street, Lansing
  • 2250 Lake Lansing Road, Lansing 

24 Hour Call Center: (800) 323-2129


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