Posts Tagged 'fuel'

$500 gas card winner had three entries



This month, Alan C. of Jackson learned that the old adage, “three times the charm,” really holds up.

That’s because, after referring his three kids, Alan is American 1’s September $500 gas card winner.

When Alan was opening new membership accounts for his three kids last month, Kristen Lewis at our Argyle Branch filled out the GreenBack referral cards for each child. Those three entries obviously improved his chances of winning.

“What are the chances of winning something like this, even with three entries?” Alan asks. “I sure didn’t expect it.”

The gas cards will “help considerably,” Alan says, no matter how many highs or lows the price of gas experiences.

Congratulations to Alan. There are just a few more months left in our membership referral contest. Visit our GreenBack page to learn more!

Scooter and moped financing? Yeah, we do that.



Nothing beats back the high price of gas than a vehicle that can get upwards of 70-100 miles per gallon.

Now that fuel prices are what they are, people are considering the moped/scooter (which do you say? I like scooters, just because mopeds are cycles with pedals) as a serious transportation option. A helmet, a few lessons, and you’re off – zipping around town.

Europeans take mopeds very seriously: the United Kingdom offers rural Englanders scooter options for work transportation, while some European brands are so famous and iconic they warrant movie appearances.

American credit unions are getting in on the act, offering special financing for scooters to promote their fuel-economy advantages. And why not? The great fuel mileage, the low cost of insurance, and the affordable price (even gangs!) make a moped an attractive choice. Just make sure you follow your state’s local scooter laws.

Locally, you have options. There are places in Jackson, Chelsea, and Battle Creek that sell motorscooters. I found them using a simple Google search, but there are some motorcycle shops that sell scooters. Financing? We do that, too.

Are you a moped owner? Are you thinking about getting one? Let us know in the comments!


$500 gas cards return for ‘GreenBack’ campaign

In 2007, we drove our membership campaign with $500 gas cards – one given out every month to members who referred friends and family.

Well it’s back. We’re giving away one $500 gas card per month, from August to December 2008, to one lucky member who made a referral.

We’re calling the campaign “GreenBack.” What does it involve?

For one, there’s the gas card drawing. Download a referral card or pick one up at any branch, and get a friend or family member to join, and you’re entered to win.

Second, for each new member that joins American 1, we’re going to donate $2 to a local non-profit or organization that works to spread the good word about recycling, natural resources, or the environment. A different “green” group will be selected each month, and the more members that join American 1, the more “greebacks” they get.

Along with our membership drive, we’re going to work hard to green up our act, including recycling at our branches, cut down on resource costs and usage, and educate members and employees on responsible waste and energy management. Why? Simple: to reduce our impact. To leave this place a bit better than we found it. And to help local organizations that are doing hard work in the areas of recycling and the environment.

We’re rolling out GreenBack, so be sure to check back here and on our GreenBack page (the link is on the tab above, next to “About Us”) for updates, information, and money- and energy-saving tips.

American 1 is giving a little green back, both in terms of money and effort. We’re excited about the project, and we hope you can help.


Got gas? Interesting fuel news



Feeling the pinch at the pump? Who isn’t? I just noticed prices went down today to about $4.00 a gallon from $4.15 or so.

SmartMoney lists nine ways to help save on fuel costs, including the no-brainers like slowing down and checking your tire pressure.

But here’s something interesting: some of the old-school gas pumps can’t charge more than $3.99/gallon because of the way they’re designed. Some stations have to charge so much for a half gallon. Weird. Check out the story at the New York Times. The government gives stores the go-ahead to charge by half gallons, “provided they can prove that they have ordered new pump computers that can handle prices up to $9.99 a gallon.”

Ten bucks a gallon?

Meet our $1,000 gas card winner

Ricky wins our $1,000 gas card

Meet Ricky R., American 1’s $1,000 gas card winner from this past weekend’s car sale.

Ricky financed a 1997 Ford Econoline van at the sale, earning him an automatic $100 gas card. But $1,000 worth of gas cards on top of that? “That’s cool,” Ricky, a Jackson member since 1995, says.

Ricky was looking to get a new vehicle at the sale after he heard about it from our Home Office staff.

How long will $1,000 worth of gas last him?

“The way I drive?” Ricky says. “About a month.”

Congratulations Ricky!


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