Members’ US auto needs enhanced by new platform

 HAUPPAUGE, NY (May 9, 2016) — United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU), headquartered in Long Island City, N.Y., has partnered with GrooveCar to provide its members in the United States with an online, automotive research and buying program. UNFCU members seeking to purchase or lease cars at local dealerships in the United States now have access to a host of online products and services, including real-time data, reports and virtual images to enhance their car buying experience.

 “By adding the GrooveCar platform to our website, we’ve made the process of researching and purchasing a new or used car easier for members in the US. It’s now a one stop shop,” said Sarah Klinger, Vice President of Retail, Lending and Servicing at UNFCU.

Through the GrooveCar program, UNFCU provides its members in the US greater access to:

  • Search tools for new and used vehicles available at local US dealerships

  • A comparison tool to explore options side-by-side

  • Used car reported history via CarFax reports

“We are pleased to provide UNFCU members in the US with the tools and information that can help them find the car that’s right for them,” said Robert O’Hara, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at GrooveCar.

According to Cap Gemini, industry consultants, 97% of car buyers in the US research their purchases online before shopping, and mobile devices are driving this statistic. Industry analysts are also reporting a banner year for car buying in 2016. The economy is strong and the US auto industry is projecting to break more records. US auto sales in 2015 reached 17.5 million, reported the Wall Street Journal at year-end, surpassing earlier estimates by J.D. Power and Associates that sales would only climb to 13.83 million.

 “It is no surprise car buying is being propelled by other factors including replacement demand of older vehicles and the surge of automotive buyers using their mobile devices regularly to shop, like never before,” added O’Hara.

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