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IUOE Member Saves with Union Plus Auto Buying Service

IUOE member Claire Chang knew it was time for her family to invest in a new vehicle. When she was ready to make a purchase she went online, found the vehicle they wanted, and connected with the Union Plus Auto Buying Service. They were able to get a great deal on their new vehicle and were eligible for additional rebates from Union Plus. 


Claire Chang, a member of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 3 in Santa Clara County, California, loves leading her technical support team at a local hospital. 

Chang’s husband works in nearby Mountain View. His arduous daily commute – nearly an hour each way in rush hour traffic – recently prompted the couple to get a new car.  

“It was time for our family to invest in an electric vehicle,” says Chang, who remembered seeing a mailing about the Union Plus Auto Buying Service.

“We worked with the great people at Union Plus to identify where we could get our car from a union-friendly dealer at a great price,” she recalls.

Chang and her husband had selected a Chevy Volt, an electric vehicle. Throughout the process, Chang applauded the prompt, ongoing support from Union Plus.

“The correspondence with Union Plus was very smooth and it made the whole transaction super easy,” says Chang. “We went to our pre-identified dealer lot, test drove the vehicle and bought it. We got a great deal.”

The Union Plus Auto Buying Service, administered by TrueCar, a leading price comparison service, helps union members and their families find the right new or used car or truck. With the Auto Buying Service, union members save an average of $3,383 off MSRP* on new cars.

Because Chang bought an electric vehicle, she also received the Union Plus union-made green car** rebate that totals $200. Any union-made car– no matter its environmental designation – is eligible for a $100 rebate.

“I would absolutely recommend the Union Plus Auto Buying Service to all union members – both Union Plus and this specific program have made such a difference in our lives. In short, Union Plus is wonderful,” Chang concludes.

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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.

**EPA Green Car Make and Models Include:
  - Chevrolet — Bolt, Volt, Cruze***, and Sonic***
  - Chrysler — Pacifica Hybrid
  - Ford  — Focus 

*** Check the VIN number of these vehicles.  Some are assembled in Mexico and begin with the number 3.  These are not eligible for rebates.