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New Car, No Problem: AFSCME Member Enters Retirement With Ease

Eleanore Wise-Goldman, a retired member of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) wanted to buy a hybrid after her husband totaled their car. Both vehicles were purchased with the Union Plus Auto Buying program

Eleanore Wise-Goldman, a retired member of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 843 in Washington State, reflects on her years as a social worker and active union member fondly. 

“Getting kids adopted and moved into a ‘forever family’ I knew would love them—that was the highlight of my work,” Wise-Goldman says of working for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

As a perk of her AFSCME membership, Wise-Goldman and her husband are consistent users of AFSCME Advantage benefits, including purchasing a car through the Union Plus Auto Buying Service. However, after her husband totaled their vehicle, they needed to return to the drawing board. 

“This time, I got to choose the car and I wanted a hybrid,” remembers Wise-Goldman.

Using the Union Plus Auto Buying Service website, she researched and narrowed down her choices. She then called the dealer they had worked with the first time around.

“We came out of it with a Ford C-MAX. It’s an amazing car. We set up an appointment at the dealer and it was all handled very quickly.” 

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. The member benefits differ between the two program providers.*
Wise-Goldman recommends the Auto Buying Service to all her union friends. 

“It’s so great,” she enthuses. “You don’t have to haggle or negotiate. And we got our car for an even better price than we originally saw online.”  

By purchasing a hybrid vehicle through TrueCar, Wise-Goldman also received the Union Plus union-made green car** rebate that totals $200. 

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*Members purchasing through TrueCar receive either a $100 or $200 rebate directly from Union Plus when purchasing a new union-assembled vehicle. Members purchasing through the Union Auto Program have their choice of a lifetime drive train warranty or a three-year $5,000 buyers protection policy to cover any losses arising from strike or layoff. Visit to learn more. 

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.

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**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