Posts Tagged 'car sale'

$1000 holiday cash winner

Congratulations to Wendy Shaw of Jackson – she was our $1,000 holiday cash winner from our Winter Vehicle Sale.

Wendy financed a Ford Freestyle at the sale. “We like the van even better now,” her husband Fred said.

And indeed, Wendy couldn’t believe she was the winner when we called. But now that she has that extra $1,000, she’s using it all to go Christmas shopping for her five grandkids.

Congratulations Wendy!

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News from the August car sale

August Sale - Sunny lot

Check out pictures from our August car sale at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. For once, the weather cooperated and we had a nice weekend.

August Sale - Karen Baker

Also, congratulations to Karen Baker of Jackson – our $1,000 shopping spree winner from the sale. Karen purchased a Chevy Impala at the sale (“It rides like a dream,” she says), and opted for $500 in Walmart gift cards, $250 in Jackson Crossing gift cards, and $250 to the Westwood Mall.

May and June vehicle sale winners

Danielle is our May winner

Congratulations to Danielle Lenz – our May 2010 vehicle sale grand prize winner. Danielle won $1,000 in gas cards at our Jackson Co. Fairgrounds sale.

Unfortunately her 2008 Chevy Cobalt was totalled soon after she financed it at the sale. But between insurance and American 1’s GAP protection, she recouped the costs. Now she’s shopping for another vehicle.

Nick Howard

Nick Howard purchased a Pontiac G6 at our most recent June sale. Nick won our summer fun package that included Detroit Tigers box seats, Cedar Point tickets, a $100 gas card, restaurant gift cards, and free rounds of golf – and more.

“Spend a little, get a little,” Nick says. “I was pretty excited.”

Congratulations to both of our car sale winners!

Busy weekend in Jackson

Rose Parade - Follow me

Summer is, typically, a busy season for American 1. We host a bunch of summer community events – and 2010 is no different.

But this weekend is especially busy: we have both our Summer Sales Event on Friday and Saturday and the Rose Parade on Sunday.

Now that’s a crazy weekend.

At the sale, we invited dependable local dealerships to bring 200 of their best used vehicles on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 at the Sears parking lot in Jackson. Just in time to kick off your summer fun season.

The Rose Festival activities start on Saturday, but we’re proud of the Rose Parade on Sunday, June 6 starting at 1 p.m. in downtown Jackson. The parade winds its way down Greenwood Ave. and Fourth St. to Ella Sharp Park, where we kick off summer with the Party in the Park. The whole weekend is a celebration of Jackson, and a neat way to see local businesses and organizations show their creative side with all the floats.

If you’re in town this weekend, join us at both events!

$1,000 holiday cash winner

Congratulations to Barbara Miks of Jackson. Barb is our $1,000 holiday cash winner from December’s Winter Weather Vehicle Sale.

Barb financed a Chevy Impala at the sale, becoming a new member when she closed on her loan.

The $1,000 cash prize comes just in time, too. Barb’s son, Travis, is graduating from the Marines boot camp at the end of January. Faced with a large travel bill to San Diego, California to see him graduate, Barb was afraid she wouldn’t be able to make the trip.

“Now I get to go,” she says. “It was meant to be.”

Barb was worried she would have to tell her son she couldn’t make it out to see him graduate. The idea of missing out on her son becoming a Marine terrified her. With her $1,000 prize, however, Barb can’t wait to see the son she hasn’t seen since October.

“I’m so excited,” she says.

Congratulations, Barb – and have a great trip!

It was a dark and stormy car sale

Spring Car Sale - Dave secures the tent

Last weekend’s spring vehicle sale, held April 24 and 25 at Sears in Jackson, was super-successful. We kept $1 million in the community, and almost 100 members were able to finance quality vehicles from six local dealerships.

But then Saturday, the storms hit.

Dave Lewis (above), our ATM specialist, worked with several other employees to secure our tents before the flash thunderstorms hit.

Spring Car Sale - after the storm

We evacuated the tents twice, with employees and shoppers heading into Sears to stay dry (above).

All the action was captured in photos, and you can see them at our Flickr photo gallery.

Thanks to the entire community for supporting the sale. Everyone who financed a vehicle that weekend took advantage of our big loan rebate – plus a trip to our famous cash machine.

See you at our next sale in September!

Two members win prizes in September



When Bob Soltis’s 1988 Buick Park Avenue finally kicked the bucket, he figured the fall used vehicle sale would be a good time to get one.

“I had to put the Buick to sleep,” Soltis says. “I needed a car, so I went down to the sale.”

He found a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis he liked, and financed it through American 1’s new Simple Loan program. For that, Soltis is one of our two $500 gas card winners from the fall sale.

Soltis and his wife, Betty, have been American 1 members for decades. Soltis uses our direct deposit services for his railroad pension.

He doesn’t know how long his $500 worth of gas cards will last, but he says his six kids will see a lot of the benefit from his prize.

Congratulations, Bob!




We also had Betsy Branham win $100 worth of Sears gift cards at our recent College Mixer with K105.3. Congratulations to Betsy!

Stay tuned for more prize-winning members, coming soon.