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MBP makes repairs simple

Julie Bumpus

No worries. That’s all Julie Bumpus wanted when she went to visit her daughter in Detroit one day.

Instead, her 2004 Chrysler Sebring stalled out on the way. Luckily, Julie was able to pull into a gas station, restart her car, and drive back home to Jonesville. She took it to a mechanic, who told her the O2 sensor was out.

Julie gasped when she heard the repair cost. Then she remembered: her vehicle was covered by American 1’s Mechanical Breakdown Protection (MBP), a vehicle protection product that covers the cost of most mechanical issues.

The mechanic looked over her policy and got right to work. It was as simple as that.

“They said, ‘Yeah, we’ll take care of it,’” Julie says. “It was simple. I didn’t have to fill out a yard of paperwork, and I didn’t owe them a dime.”

No worries, indeed. She handed over the keys to her Sebring and had it back later that afternoon. With MBP, Julie never filled out any paperwork, paid no deductible, and has had no problems since then.

“It was a lifesaver,” she says.

Thanks to MBP, Julie didn’t have to worry about the cost of her sensor repairs and paying the rest of her bills. It was one less thing to worry about. In fact, getting MBP added to her loan made perfect sense – the cost was simply added to her already-low car payment.

Julie would recommend other American 1 members get MBP protection on their vehicles, too.

“Especially if someone has a tight budget, or a car that’s a few years old, you won’t have to worry about it,” she says. “You should always have some kind of backup for repairs.”

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Pictures from Kids’ Fest 2009

Hillsdale Kids' Fest

We had a great time at both June Kids’ Fest events in Jackson and Hillsdale.

Head to our Flickr site to browse through pictures from both days. We were lucky to be inside during the Jackson Kids’ Fest at Parkside – Hillsdale’s event was hot, hot, hot!

Our next Kids’ Fest is taking place at Chelsea’s Timbertown Park on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

American 1 scholarships earn a ‘thank you’

kkurtz

Just wanted to share a nice note we got from Michigan State Rep. Kenneth Kurtz, congratulating American 1 on giving out two $1,000 college scholarships to Hillsdale-area graduates last year.

“I encourage you to keep up the good work,” Rep. Kurtz writes (click the image to see the full letter).

We’re going to follow his advice with a new round of scholarship recipients this year. The scholarship application is due tomorrow, February 27, so be sure to get it in!

Ten students win our $1,000 scholarship

Five students at our scholarship banquet

A big congratulations to the ten high school grads who won our annual $1,000 scholarship. We had a banquet for the winners yesterday morning to help them celebrate.

All ten students were highly involved in both extra curricular activities and their community while in high school. Each wrote a 2,500-word-or-less essay on the benefits of altruism and how they improved their community through service. We had a scholarship committee read over each essay and award the best with the $1,000 scholarship.

We’ve given scholarships since 2000, and raise the money through our Skip-a-Pay program (where members can skip one month’s loan payment for $25). We’re so proud of these community-minded students.

The winners were:

  • Jessica Sandin (Bellevue High School)
  • Chelsea Cox (Western High School)
  • Emily Harris (Chelsea High School)
  • Jennifer Shaffer (Camden-Frontier High School)
  • Jacob Johnson (Hanover-Horton High School)
  • Maria Taylor (Jonesville High School)
  • Ryan Linderman (Northwest High School)
  • Luke Clore (Hanover-Horton High School)
  • Adam Watson (Union City High)
  • Jacob Heller (Bellevue High School)

Remarkably, we gave out scholarships to students in all four of the counties we serve.

Congratulations to our 10 winners. Look for information on next year’s scholarship contest around the first of the year.

Teen Idol auditions coming in May

American 1 Teen Idol auditions

Know a talented teen who sings like nobody’s business?

We’d love to have them audition for our annual American 1 Teen Idol singing competition, taking place Friday, July 18 in downtown Jackson.

We have audition dates set from May 7-16 in five counties: Jackson, Hillsdale, Calhoun, Lenawee, and Washtenaw. Audition times range from 4-6 p.m. each day.

More Teen Idol information and rules are available at our web site. You can also download our audition application. Just be sure to get it in by May 2!