Whether you’re buying a new or used car, careful research and planning will help you get the right vehicle without the one option nobody wants: onerous monthly payments. Here are some ways to save money: Check on reliability– Nothing can torpedo a budget like unexpected repair costs. The annual Consumer Reports car reliability survey cites… Read More


Wondering if an auto warranty is right for you? Check out this short, educational video as we talk about auto warranties on this edition of Ascentra Making Cents.  To see more videos of our monthly financial education segments like this one, head to our YouTube channel.  … Read More


Pay attention to what auto dealerships are charging for GAP (guaranteed asset protection) insurance and mechanical repair coverage. GAP insurance covers the difference between what a consumer owes a lender and what an auto insurer will pay if a car is totaled or stolen shortly after it’s purchased. Mechanical repair coverage extends the dealer warranty,… Read More


What’s a certified pre-owned vehicle? Factory-trained technicians thoroughly inspect and recondition a slightly used vehicle to meet manufacturer specifications. When the vehicle is up to snuff, it’s certified as an automobile worthy of many of the same assurances that auto makers put on new cars, with manufacturer warranties lasting anywhere from three months to seven… Read More


What a big day for the future of Ascentra Credit Union! On Thursday, May 31st we celebrated the official groundbreaking of our new home office in Downtown Bettendorf.  The heat didn’t stop nearly 200 people from attending our ceremony where each guest took home with them a mini bottle of Prosecco and bottle opener in… Read More


The number of excavators and cranes in downtown Bettendorf, Iowa will soon grow as Ascentra Credit Union breaks ground on a new home office and financial center on Thursday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m. on the corner of Grant Street and 19th Street.  The membership at Ascentra is also growing and the not-for-profit is looking… Read More


In celebration of the remodel of the Ascentra Credit Union branch at 1710 W. 3rd St. in Davenport, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m. Since November 2017, enhancements were made that feature additional office space for member privacy, a larger and more open floor plan, a restroom on… Read More


Every year Ascentra generously gives staff the opportunity to participate in our very own Steppin’ Up program. This special program allots $50 to participating staff members to pay it forward and touch the lives of others by surprising people in the community with random acts of kindness.   This year, 126 of our staff gave… Read More