Current news for Costco members
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b est c ar-buying
WE HUMANS share many
fears. Phobias about spiders,
flying, heights, small spaces
and public speaking are
universal. Add to those the
very real fear of car buying.
What is it about the
thought of visiting a car
dealer’s showroom that
summons up such dread? Is it
the fast-talking salesperson who
swoops down on naive car shoppers,
entrancing them into purchasing vehicles they don’t really want, much less
can afford? Or is it the inevitable negotiation in a windowless office with the
salesperson and an intimidating sales
manager? You’d no doubt sign anything
to escape from that situation.
This car-buying fear appears to be
even greater for women than for men.
A June 2006 study conducted by Capital
One Auto Finance reports that 77 percent of the 1,000 women surveyed
intend to bring a man along for their
next vehicle purchase.
Why? While 85 percent of women in
the study did feel they had been treated
fairly in their most recent car purchase,
70 percent indicated that the greatest
challenge for them was getting a good
price—something that they believe is not
as big a problem for men.
But there’s great news for Costco
members: a remedy for the auto-buying
fear. Women and men can feel equally
confident purchasing a car by relying on
three auto-related member services.
Costco Auto Program
This program takes all the legwork
and haggling out of car shopping. Use the
Costco Auto Program to find the car you
want at a prearranged price from a participating dealer. Just walk into the dealership, sign the deal and hit the road. It’s
Shopping for the right auto financing
is easy for Costco members. Capital One
Auto Finance offers an exclusive discounted rate for approved members.
Capital One’s Blank Check®, which can
be used just like a personal check, is a
simple way to close your car purchase
For an article about the Merchant Credit Card Processing
program, see page 61.
Auto & Home Insurance
And don’t forget Costco when you shop
for the best deal on auto insurance. Great
rates are available for Costco members from
Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance, and
you might qualify for even greater savings
when insuring both car and home.
Brochures about these services are at
all warehouse locations, or go to costco.
com and click on “Services.”
Your event tickets
coast to coast
COSTCO’S ONLINE Entertainment Ticketing
is your ticket source for outstanding family
events at major venues. Here are new events
with tickets available for purchase this month.
• Blue Man Group, The Venetian Resort
Hotel Casino, Las Vegas. Blue Man Group
combines music, comedy and multimedia
theatrics to create a unique form of entertainment designed for maximum emotional
impact. The new custom-built theater with
state-of-the-art sound system enhances the
performance. Tickets include a visit to
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, an
• Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.
Tickets for the North American holiday tour
are available for 18 cities in the United States.
For information on these events and more,
visit costco.com, click on “Services,” then on
“Online Entertainment Ticketing.”
Your 2% Reward
COSTCO EXECUTIVE Membership pays a
2% Annual Reward on qualified purchases.
Here are questions frequently received from
members about this benefit.
Q: When will I receive my Reward check?
A: The Reward check comes as an attachment to your membership renewal notice
near your membership anniversary date.
Q: Is this Reward the same as the American
Express cash rebate?
A: No, these are different benefits. The 2%
Reward is for Executive Members. Costco
members who are American Express
TrueEarningsSM cardholders are eligible for
the rebate stipulated by that card.
Q: Will purchases by all family cardholders
earn toward the 2% Annual Reward?
A: The Reward applies to purchases made by
the primary and specified primary household cardholders at the same address.
To learn more about our complete suite of member services, click on the “Services” link at costco.com or call 1-800-220-6000.
All services are provided by third parties, may not be available in all areas and are subject to change without notice. Some restrictions apply. See “Services” at costco.com for applicable terms and conditions.