Auto Buying Resources

We want you to make the best decision when you are buying a new or pre-owned vehicle. That is why we are providing you with links to valuable resources to help you with this process.

Valuation Tools

The auto valuation tools can help you decide if you are paying the right price for a vehicle you are purchasing, or give you some idea of what the vehicle you currently own could be sold for. Here at Federated Employees Credit Union, we use the NADA valuation tool. Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds are available as well.

CARFAX® Vehicle History Report

Before you buy a vehicle, protect yourself with a CARFAX report.  You will receive a report tracking the life cycle of the chosen vehicle by VIN.  The report will alert you of accidents, odometer rollbacks, service records, air bag deployment, manufacturer recalls, multiple owners, personal or business use of vehicle, total loss, flood damage and branded titles.  At the CarFax website, you can purchase a vehicle history report.  Visit the CARFAX Website to learn more or begin a vehicle search.

Insuring Your Vehicle

Researching auto insurance? J.D. Power and Associates compares many of the nation's largest auto insurers. If you are a MN resident, get a quote from Federated Insurance Personal Lines.

Helpful Resources 

www.fueleconomy.gov  the official U.S. government source for the fuel economy information.  If you’re like most people, fuel economy is a key factor when shopping for a car. Visit the Website to learn more about the benefits of using more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Buying a Used Car from USA.gov – Provides a wealth of information and links out to helpful organizations and information. 

National Transportation Highway Safety Agency – Provides tools for searching for recalls and checking the history of any automobile using the VIN#. 

How To and Help Guides

Buying a Used Car from the Federal Trade Commission – Helpful articles on how to find the right car, what to look for, and what checks to have done before making a purchase.

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Used Car Dealer – Helpful questions to ask any dealer you are working with on a Used Car Sale.

Consumer Reports Used Cars – Provides consumer reports ratings, information on pricing, and recommendations on the best and worst used cars to buy.

Find the car you are looking for with AutoTrader.com – Tool that will help you locate local vehicles for sale.

NOTE: Federated Employees Credit Union provides third party links for your convenience. We are not responsible for the content or security on third party sites.