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Jumping Ship? Banks and Credit Unions

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by cyclesurvival, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Ok so I use Chase not by Choice but inherited them. I liked WAMU and have tried others like BOA and Wells Fargo so do any of you use a good credit union. I used Columbia credit union a long time ago and did not like them for bad customer service reasons. Any helpful insight would be appreciated.
     
  2. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    I just switched to Chase from Wells Fargo.
     
  3. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I use Northwest Community Credit Union for my basic financial activities, couldn't be happier. Any associated fees go to serve the members, as the members are the owners.
     
  4. brianjronk

    brianjronk Marysville, WA Active Member

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    I've used NW Community before and they are great, but if you have the chance to get to USAA, don't hesitate. Best bank I've ever been a part of by a long shot.
     
  5. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys for your sugestions, with the new $5 Atm fees Im just like anyone else tired of giving money away.I got this online back for my school fundong and they rape you in charges. I CANT GET PAST THAT THEY CHARGE YOU TO USE YOUR OWN MONEY!
     
  6. Abiqua

    Abiqua Oregon Active Member

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    I've been a member of Unitus since it was Oregon Telco Credit Union and have been very happy with them.
     
  7. Grommit327

    Grommit327 Buckley Active Member

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    If you are on the East side of Vancouver/Camas/Washougal Lacamas Community Credit Union is a good choice. Been with them for about 25-30 years. Locations are a bit sparse though.
     
  8. t.huynh

    t.huynh vancouver, wa Active Member

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    I use first tech and have been very happy with them. I used to be with chase and wells fargo but decided to leave when they started charging fee's. I don't even know where a first tech location is, but with credit unions, you can do your banking with any credit union that participates in shared banking. For example I sometimes go to twin star credit union and do my deposits there. You just have to make sure they are part of the credit union co-op.
     
  9. t.huynh

    t.huynh vancouver, wa Active Member

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    But yeah, leave your bank and join a credit union. You'll be much happier. Plus, your money benefits the community and you, instead of some fat cat at the top of the chain.
     
  10. locobob

    locobob Beaverton, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Wells Fargo has now implemented a monthly debit card use fee of $3 - currently it only applies in certain areas - Portland is one of them.
     
  11. USMC1345

    USMC1345 Gresham, OR Member

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    I recommend getting an account at Twin Star. Several of my relatives have accounts there and are happy with them.
     
  12. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Been using Twin Star for a few years now and have nothing bad to say about them (which is unusual).
     
  13. FLYPNW

    FLYPNW Fircrest, Washington & Jensen Beach, Florida Member

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    I have been a Credit Union MEMBER (not a customer) for many years. In fact my sister and her husband both are Vice-Presidents at different credit unions. I have a few "bank" accounts, but only by default due to loans servicing, etc. I will not ever use a conventional bank. I could not be happier with the credit union(s) I am a member of. BECU being the largest of the three I am a member of. Their customer service is great, they are a little big and borderline impersonal, but I have never been told "no" by any one. The are NOT bureaucratic and they do not hesitate to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

    I have been begging my girlfriend to cut the cord with Wachovia (aka "Walk-all-ova-ya") and go with a CU. I think she's finally seeing the light with these new $5 fee's! I had a car financed through a bank (JP Morgan Chase) at 7.88% I asked BECU about it and in 15 minutes I was re-fi'd at 3.75%.

    A credit union can do anything a large or small bank can, but with out any of the non-sense fees. Not to mention your money is MUCH safer.
     
  14. donMiguel

    donMiguel SouthKingWA Active Member

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    +1 on above.
     
  15. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    We've been members of USAA for years & have been relatively happy. They're all online; you use any bank machine you want & they reimburse you for the fees you pay.
     
  16. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    We just ditched Chase for Arrowmark. The benefits for our situation are very very good with them as opposed to Chase.
     
  17. FLYPNW

    FLYPNW Fircrest, Washington & Jensen Beach, Florida Member

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    I have USAA for my Auto Insurance. As a bank I have heard they are fantastic! I don't think they could even be viewed on the same level as BofA, Chase, etc... They really, really do have their members interests in mind it shows. Any service member who does not take advantage of USAA's benefits is seriously missing out IMO.
     
  18. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Same here. I got out before they announced most of their changes. Love my credit union. Don't even fill out a deposit slip. Just need my account number. The people working there are really nice too.
     
  19. mat33

    mat33 Portland, OR Active Member

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    Like t.huynh, I use First Tech. Been with them for over 10 years. Even when I haven't lived near a branch, there's been another Credit Union nearby that was a member of the CoOp network so you can do all of your branch or ATM banking for no charge. They have no fee checking with free online bill pay and no direct deposit require or minimum balance requirement. They notarize for free and have a coin sorter that is like CoinStar but free. The only complaint I have is that a CoOp bank (Unitus) wouldn't deposit a rather large two party tax refund check and I had to go to a FirstTech branch with my wife to get my money.

    When I was forced to work for Bank of America a few years ago, even their employee account terms weren't as good as the Credit Unions. The only worthwhile excuse I have ever heard from people that continue to get the shaft from big banks and make them bigger is ATM locations...but with the credit unions' shared branch network its not a strong case.
     
  20. HollisOR

    HollisOR Rural OR, South of Dallas Active Member

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    We use three:

    USAA
    MAPS
    Oregon First Community Credit Union.

    Very satisfied with all three.