Posts Tagged '2009'

Rebate 2010: birthday present

Cindy Grymko took the rebate

Last year, Cindy Grymko was thinking about her upcoming 50th birthday, and thought a new car would be a great gift.

So she got one. A beefed-up Chrysler 300C, complete with a Hemi motor and “all the horns and whistles,” she says.

“This is an upgrade model,” Cindy says. “I thought, ‘What do I need a Hemi for?’”

Cindy financed her car with Chrysler, but before she made her first payment an American 1 employee at our former Argyle Branch told her about the 50% loan rebate in April. She hadn’t had the car a month yet, but figured, “why not?”

“I told them, ‘Sure, sounds good. What do I have to do?’” Cindy says.

Initially, she had no idea how much she would get back for her interest rebate. She figured maybe $400 or $500, tops, for the interest she was paying on her souped-up Chrysler.

But when the rebate deposit hit her account, she saw the rebate gave her more than double what she thought.

“I was like, ‘Wow, that’s cool,’” Cindy says. “It’s helped me stay afloat, with the economy and helping the kids.”

Cindy was off work due to knee surgery, and was afraid she might be late on a payment – which would mean she would forfeit the rebate. But she found a way, and ended up being one of the top five rebate recipients last year.

“I would tell anyone to do it,” she says. “It’s like a tax refund, but it helps build your credit.”

Learn more about our 2010 rebate.

Rebate 2010: In the market

Robert Baker took the rebate

Robert Baker wasn’t thinking about getting a new car until he learned about the loan rebate at our Battle Creek Branch last year.

The car? A 2009 Mercedes-Benz Clk.

“It was a car I’ve wanted for a long time,” Robert says. “And the price was right.”

Robert was one of the top rebate recipients this past January, earning back over $1,100. He and his wife used the rebate cash to travel to Florida with a motorcycle and cruise through the Keys.

To get the rebate, he financed a smaller, sporty luxury car that only had 400 miles on the odometer – but was still considered used. Robert spotted the Mercedes on eBay, waited until the auction ended, then called up the owner and made a deal.

“Without the rebate, I wouldn’t have even been looking,” he says. “All things considered, it wasn’t bad. Everything fell into place.”

Now he loves his car, and recommends that others take advantage of the rebate, too.

“Especially if you’re in the market,” Robert says. “I might just do it again this year.”

Learn more about our 2010 rebate.

Winter Wonderland pictures posted

Winter Wonderland - Welcome

American 1 brought the first-ever Winter Wonderland to the Nite Lites Christmas light show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in 2009.

Check out pictures from the event at our Flickr photo gallery.

Spring Women’s Expo 2009 winners

Women's Expo - Theresa and Ricco

We’re proud to announce the three winner’s of the Gold Crown Jewelers prize drawing from our Spring Women’s Expo, as well as our two other prize winners.

First prize, a topaz pendant on a 14k gold rope chain, goes to Theresa Gollakner from Jackson (above). Theresa has been to many American 1 Women’s Expos, and was amazed to hear our phone call telling her she was the winner.

“I was glad I was sitting down,” she said.

The best part? We gave her Gold Crown’s prize on her birthday.

Women's Expo - Cindy, Ricco, and Judy

Next up are Cindy Jane Vass, our third prize winner (left), and Judy Goodall (right), our second prize winner.

Cindy won a pair of amethyst earrings. This expo was Cindy’s first. Her mom, who recently moved back to Michigan from Florida, told Cindy about our expo – and they came together.

Judy won a 10k gold fashion ring. Judy likes to take her sister to our Spring Women’s Expo because it falls right around her sister’s birthday.

Ashley E.: Women's Expo $200 winner

Ashley Erwin from Concord (above) won our $200 shopping spree. Ashley won just by entering her name into our drawing.

Nancy F.: Women's Expo $100 gas card

Nancy Fowler (above) won our $100 gas card drawing by riding the shuttle bus to the expo.

Nancy came to the expo to shop, and spent four hours browsing through the vendors.

Congratulations to all our prize winners. Check out more photos on our Flickr page.


2009: a Mobile ATM Odyssey



Check out pictures on our Flickr page.

Watch for it at this weekend’s Spring Women’s Expo!



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