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AFSCME Member and Prison Psychologist Finds His Commuter Cool

Anthony Ngo, AFSCME Local 2620 member, purchased a new Chevy Volt with the Union Plus Auto Buying program. Because he purchased a union-made green car** he was eligible for additional savings through Union Plus. 


Anthony Ngo, AFSCME Local 2620 member, commutes every day to Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California, where he provides psychological counseling and group therapy to inmates. 

“It’s a great job—great pay and benefits, and I love the staff,” says Ngo. “I also like the work I do.”

Ngo describes his union as supportive, and he has been a regular attendee at meetings. 

“They help us out a lot,” he says of his local.

It was through AFSCME Advantage that Ngo first discovered the Union Plus Auto Buying Service. When his car started acting up, he knew it was time to start shopping.

“I have a pretty serious commute, and I really wanted to find an electric car,” says Ngo. “That’s when I decided to explore Union Plus.” 

The Union Plus Auto Buying Service, administered by TrueCar or Union Auto Program depending on your state of residence, helps union members and their families find the right new or used car or truck at a great price and offers additional savings and benefits.

Because he purchased a new electric vehicle through TrueCar, Ngo received the Union Plus union-made green car** rebate that totals $200. Union members who purchase new union-made cars—no matter their environmental designation—receive a $100 rebate directly from Union Plus.

“I already had a new car that I love, and then I received the rebate. I was really caught by surprise,” said Ngo. “I had no idea I had that coming. All AFSCME members should be using the Union Plus Auto Buying Service.” 

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Between 7/1/17 and 9/30/17, the average estimated savings off MSRP presented by TrueCar Certified Dealers to users of TrueCar powered websites, based on users who configured virtual vehicles and who TrueCar identified as purchasing a new vehicle of the same make and model listed on the certificate from a Certified Dealer as of 10/31/2016, was $3,383. Your actual savings may vary based on multiple factors including the vehicle you select, region, dealer, and applicable vehicle specific manufacturer incentives which are subject to change. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") is determined by the manufacturer, and may not reflect the price at which vehicles are generally sold in the dealer's trade area as not all vehicles are sold at MSRP. Each dealer sets its own pricing. Your actual purchase price is negotiated between you and the dealer. TrueCar does not sell or lease motor vehicles.

Report the purchase of your new or used car from a Certified Dealer within 45 days and receive additional benefits that could be worth more than $2,000. Instructions on how to report your purchase from a Certified Dealer will be provided in your welcome email when you request your Certificate(s) for new cars, or in your Used Vehicle Certificate.

**EPA Green Car Make and Models Include: Chevrolet Bolt, Volt, Cruze* and Sonic*; Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid; and Ford Focus.
  *Models are made in both the US and Mexico. Vehicles with VIN beginning with the number 3 are ineligible.