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Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?

paintball94
Regular Contributor

Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?

I've been banking with Bank of America for 6 years now. I'm currently located in a state (going to college) where the nearest BoA ATM/brick-and-mortar is an hour away. This isn't too big of a problem because of mobile deposit for checks and online banking.

 

I am interested in finding a new bank/CU for my checking account, one that is available where I am at now and back home when I'm home for the summers. This made me consider joining a credit union. Also, in the next 2-3 years, after I graduate, I would like to finance an automobile, so getting in now with a CU would benefit me down the road.

 

I have credit cards with Capital One (QS $750) and American Express (BCE $1,000) and scores of about 690. I have a credit history of 7 months, and hope to have a mid/high 700's score in 2-3 years when I'm ready for the auto loan.

 

I have been reading about NFCU and am very impressed. Apparently their online banking app is very smooth, I can use 50,000+ ATMs with no fees, and their auto rates look very good. I also would love to get one of their credit cards next summer due to their very generous limits.

 

I have also heard that USAA is very good too. I'm not affiliated with the military, but I've found ways from these forums by which you can join these CU's legitimately, this would be how I join NFCU or USAA.

 

I would like ideas as to where to switch my checking account to, next summer possibly get another CC, and in the future apply for a low-interest auto loan, all in one place.

 

 

AMEX Cash Magnet (01/17) - $27k
Capital One QS (06/16) - $1.35k
Chase Sapphire Reserve (02/18) - $14.4k
Discover It (03/17) - $4.4k


FICO: EX - 772, TU - 772
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Blackswizz750
Established Contributor

Re: Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?

You have great footing at your age about credit. YOu should defintely look into NFCU as you can get banking, Credit Cards, and Car loans, and when ready, CLOC and mortgage all in one spot. I use a few instititions incuding two Credit unions now. I like having something local as you said and with NFCU, the mobile option for checks and free ATM's will be nice to have too.

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tydawg
Valued Contributor

Re: Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?

Welcome to the forum, great decision to join a credit union but I do need to rain on your parade a bit you are not eligible to join USAA they are extremely strict about who they will let join and you absolutely MUST be associated in some way with the military, you didn't used to be for banking only but that has changed. For NFCU you can join through Navy League, I highly recommend them they have a great app based infrastructure and it is not just 50,000+ free ATM as college students we have access to the "campus checking" which means we get ATM fee rebates every statement period so you can literally use any ATM for free essentially. Not to mention they have 24/7 American customer service, great credit card limits and a range of products. 

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fltireguy
Valued Contributor

Re: Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?

PenFed is another very good option for you as well, and it's very easy to join
NFCU $60.4k/PenFed $22.5k/Commerce $15K/53 $11K/Synovus $14K/BBT $11K/CapOne $12K/DCU $7.5K/BMO $7.5K/Chase $14.5k/Cabelas $10K/ and many many more!
Total CL $398600, plus car and RV loan.
Ooh. Ooh. Getting closer to that $500K mark!
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paintball94
Regular Contributor

Re: Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?

Thanks for the advice guys. Is it necessary to have a NFCU brick-and-mortar near you? In my current state, there are no locations, and back in my home state, the closest NFCU is 3 hrs away.

AMEX Cash Magnet (01/17) - $27k
Capital One QS (06/16) - $1.35k
Chase Sapphire Reserve (02/18) - $14.4k
Discover It (03/17) - $4.4k


FICO: EX - 772, TU - 772
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fltireguy
Valued Contributor

Re: Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?

No, it's not necessary, but it's always nice. I'm fortunate to live in Tampa, where there is a branch 15 minutes from me. I've been in there twice - awesome service!
NFCU $60.4k/PenFed $22.5k/Commerce $15K/53 $11K/Synovus $14K/BBT $11K/CapOne $12K/DCU $7.5K/BMO $7.5K/Chase $14.5k/Cabelas $10K/ and many many more!
Total CL $398600, plus car and RV loan.
Ooh. Ooh. Getting closer to that $500K mark!
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CreditCuriosity
Moderator

Re: Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?

You can always do something like NFCU or PenFed like others stated as they are both great CU's and good rates on Auto, etc..  Then do something like a Fidelity CMA (ash management account that acts like a checking account) .    The CMA is a Soft pull to open and no min amount required and can get checks as well.  No ATM fees local or international as they reimburse EVERYTHING to you.  So basically what I do is use PenFed as my main bank/cu and transfer money to my Fidelity CMA aka debit card and use that to withdrawl cash whenever I might actually use cash.  Gets around fees for ANY ATM and the flexibility of using any bank/CU you might choose.

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paintball94
Regular Contributor

Re: Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?

My first step will be to join NFCU, and get a checking account and CC. Should I do it now with scores in 690's, or wait until June when my score would be higher and I would potentially have a higher starting CLI. Would you reccomend Cash Rewards or GoRewards card? I use my AMEX just with grocery stores and gas stations, and my Cap One QS on everything else. Is NFCU a hard pull to open a checking account, and a second one for CC? Are CLIs HP or SP?

AMEX Cash Magnet (01/17) - $27k
Capital One QS (06/16) - $1.35k
Chase Sapphire Reserve (02/18) - $14.4k
Discover It (03/17) - $4.4k


FICO: EX - 772, TU - 772
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stellar
Established Contributor

Re: Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?

Be very careful being so young and getting most likely a high credit card limit from NFCU.  

 

I know nothing about you personally and you may be the exception.  But MOST young people mess up their credit, thankfully just for small amounts.  They usually can't get super high credit limits starting out.  NFCU is different.  You could easily get in over your head and end up defaulting.  

 

You never want to screw NFCU over as they are one of the best lenders that exist period.  

 

Just a friendly warning.

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tydawg
Valued Contributor

Re: Need a new bank + Auto loan & CC in future. Advice?


@paintball94 wrote:
My first step will be to join NFCU, and get a checking account and CC. Should I do it now with scores in 690's, or wait until June when my score would be higher and I would potentially have a higher starting CLI. Would you reccomend Cash Rewards or GoRewards card? I use my AMEX just with grocery stores and gas stations, and my Cap One QS on everything else. Is NFCU a hard pull to open a checking account, and a second one for CC? Are CLIs HP or SP?

HP to establish membership, get whatever card they are having a promo on that month sometimes its go rewards sometimes its cash rewards, NFCU makes product changes super easy and you can switch right after you get the bonus, it will be a second pull for the CC and CLIs are mostly HP but sometimes you can get a SP if you request right after an annual review, there are several threads about the annual review topic alone on here. I would start the process now your scores are fine you will still get a very high starting limit depending on your income. 

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