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Are You Paying Too Much for Auto Insurance?

At Approved Loan Store, we want to make sure our customers get the best possible deal on an auto loan, but there are more costs to owning a car than just the loan payments. There is the cost of gas, general maintenance, and of course, insurance. We want to help our customers save on these other car costs, so when we saw these tips for lowering car insurance costs over at Fox Business, we wanted to share them with our readers. Please remember that discounts and terms of those discounts vary between insurance companies, so ask your insurance company if these discounts are applicable.

If You Are in a Committed Relationship…
Married couples and unmarried committed gay couples can often receive discounts, especially if they are insuring multiple vehicles.

If You Are a College Student…
Full-time students can receive a discount. Sometimes the discount is based on grade point average, but that isn’t always the case.

If You Installed a Car Alarm…
Many insurance companies will offer a discount for installing car alarms, fuel or ignition cutoff switches, vehicle identification number engravings, or car tracking systems.

If You Switched to Paperless…
So many insurance companies want to brag about going green, and they give incentives to customers for e-mail communication instead of paper mailings. Also, if you are thinking about switching to a hybrid, some car insurance companies are giving as much as a 10 percent discount.

If You Were in a Fraternity/Sorority…
Former frat brothers and sorority sisters can get up to an 8 percent discount. The reasoning is that individuals involved in these kinds of groups are more responsible and less likely to be reckless drivers.

If You Served Your Country…
Many companies want to ease the financial burden of those who have served in the armed forces, and car insurance companies are no exception. Some offer a 15 percent discount when the driver is home in the states and up to 80 percent when they are deployed.

If You Have Good Credit…
This is a tip we have mentioned before, but it bears repeating. By improving your credit, you can save money on so many things including car insurance.

If You Are a Teacher/Doctor/Police Officer/ Self-Employed…
There are numerous discounts based on profession, and it isn’t just for servicemembers. Again, check with your insurance company because the variety of professions included is shocking.

If You Are a Loyal Customer…
Have you been with your insurance company for 5 years? 10 years? If so, you might be eligible for a customer loyalty discount.

Are you taking advantage of all of these discounts? Did we miss any lesser-known discounts? Leave a comment below, and tell us what discounts you are taking advantage of with your insurance!

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Top 5 Consumer Complaints of 2011

We’ve all had that moment as consumers. That one phone call that just enrages us to such a degree that we have to tell someone about it. Sometimes it’s just telling a friend or significant other and just getting it off your chest. Other times, it’s more serious than that and that threat you made to the representative to report them to the Better Business Bureau seems like something you should do. Everyone has their tipping point before they finally do make a phone call to formally report a company. In 2011, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 1.8 million complaints from consumers. This is a mark increase from 2010, a 24% increase in fact. It’s also the fifth straight year that the number of complaints increased.

Fox Business put together a list of just what people are lodging complaints about. They broke it down to the top five offenders.

#1 – Identity Theft

This complaint has been on the top of the complaint list for the 12th year in the a row. It accounts for 15% of complaints and a quarter of those were related to tax or wage related fraud. What this kind of fraud is is when your Social Security number or other personal information is stolen and used to get a job. That holds you liable for any tax obligations from the thief’s employment. They also file a tax return in the victim’s name and then walk off with the tax refund. Make sure to protect yourself against this threat by guarding your Social Security number and monitoring your bank statements and credit reports.

#2 – Debt Collection

Debt collector has been an ugly word for some time now and there’s a good reason. The daily news cycle for the past many years seems to always have a section dedicated to some caller finding new and immoral ways of harassment as a means to collect on debt. No other industry receives more complaints from people than debt collectors according to David Torok, the director of the division of panning and information at the Federal Trade Commission. 2011 saw 180,928 complaints, or 1 in ever 10 complaints made. Torok also provides some advice with dealing with the nasty kinds of debt collectors. “Collectors can’t harass. That’s the simple bottom line. Know your rights.”

#3 – Banks and Lending

Definitely not a hard one to see given the state of the economy. The bailout hasn’t left anyone news cycle, nor has the predatory mortgage loan fiasco. That and there was this whole messy business with crashing the world economy. In this regard, the banks are receiving such complaints due to problems with customer service and problems with modifying their mortgage terms.

#4 – Auto-Related

The majority of complaints that are against dealerships come from the sales of new and used cars. In fact, 2 out of 5 auto complaints were over new-car sales. The issues that were most complained about were car rentals, parts & repair, and services. The recommendations to avoid running into these problems when going into the dealership is all about research. Know the car you’re purchasing so you can go into the negotiation process armed with the proper information.

#5 – Advance-Fee Loans

44,020 complaints were filed against advance-fee loans. What happens is that the promise of a loan or a credit card is held up in front of a consumer and requires a payment up front in advance. What usually happens is that the person offering the loan takes that fee and runs away, leaving the consumer with less money and no prospect for a loan. A good red-flag of this is if the lender is looking for just personal information such as a Social Security number or bank account number and doesn’t show interest in your credit history. Also, be weary of any offer made over the phone that requires you to pay in advance. Make sure to do some homework on a business before dealing with them to help avoid this issue.

There’s certainly a lot of people out there trying to pull the wool over the eyes of consumers. I feel that the number of complaints on the rise show that people are really starting to show they understand their rights and just what to do when they feel wronged by a company.

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Tips for Getting The Best Loan With Bad Credit

Approved Loan Store loves bad credit. That’s our slogan because we work specifically with people struggling due to a low credit score. There’s a common belief that because you have bad credit means that you can’t get yourself a car loan. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We aim to make sure that not only are you able to get that loan, but that you have the education necessary for making a good decision.

Fox Business has put together a list of 9 things to look into to get a car loan when you have bad credit. It’s all really solid advice and worth a full read through. Here are some of the steps that really stood out:

  • First step, don’t assume the worst. You’ve been told you have bad credit, but that might not be correct. Make sure you get the full story before jumping to a conclusion. John Van Alst, staff attorney for the National Consumer Law Center, says “Even if your score is tarnished, you may have a better chance than someone with the same score and no credit history.”
  • Shoot high. Since auto loans are less money over shorter time, a credit score that would get you into a subprime mortgage could actually put you into a prime or near prime auto loan. If you have good credit and you try to get a subprime loan, then you may actually get less favorable terms than you should have.
  • Don’t go alone. Make sure to bring someone with you, having an extra opinion by your side can really make sure that you’re getting the best deal. Having a second opinion can really go a long way in ensuring that you’re getting a great deal.
  • Shop loan terms, not monthly payments. What this means is to not get yourself into a loan where you pay small money over a long period of time. The example used is if you need an 84 month loan. If that’s the case, then Anthony Giorgianni, associate finance editor of the Consumer Reports Money Adviser newsletter says, “you can’t afford that car.” Look instead at the cheapest money with the lowest APR over the shortest period of time.
  • Look out for add-ons. Sub-prime borrowers tend to have contacts that are stuffed to the brim with unnecessary goods and services more than a prime buyer. To avoid this, do not let the loan rely on having such add-ons like extended warranties or even insurance.
  • Lastly, beware of the yo-yo. We’ve covered this before in a past blog. Dealers can play a dirty trick where they have you drive off in a car before finalizing the deal. When you return to sign the dotted line, suddenly your monthly payment have increased or they expect a larger down payment. Make sure the terms are final and everything is signed and done before taking a car off the lot to avoid falling victim to this notorious scam.

This is just some of the really solid advice customers should be aware of before heading into a dealership. Make sure you have all the information, and you’ll be able to drive out with the car you want and a deal that works to your advantage.

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No Credit No Longer Problem For Lending

If you’re one of the many people that suffers from having some bad marks on your credit report, well, there’s a silver lining in the clouds for you. Just a few years ago with the economy in the state it was in, having bad credit and attempting to get a credit card was a fool’s errand. That seems to have turned around lately, however.

An article from Fox Business quotes a new report from the Equifax credit bureau. According to the report, lenders are starting to look to the sub-prime borrowers to help spur the economy. The number of credit that was given in the previous year to consumers grew more than 10% to $782 billion. This includes everything from credit cards to mortgages and especially auto loans.

This is a huge shift from where things were when the recession was at its peak. Banks avoided lending to the sub prime market. They made it so that the only people getting the loans were only the most credit-worthy. Amy Crews Cutts, the senior VP and chief economist for Equifax, commented, “Banks want to lend because that’s where they make money.”

It’s a great time to be in the market for a car, no matter what your credit situation is. The market is looking to help lend to these people, auto loans included. Approved Loan Store loves bad credit and wants to work with you to help you find the car you need. Go online to fill out the auto loan application and see how we can help you. Make sure to check out and like our Facebook page to see the latest news in the industry. Also, follow us on Twitter, and watch our customer testimonials on YouTube.

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