The protection of our members & staff are of the utmost importance to us. We are now providing envelopes to make it easier for our members to lodge money without having to come into the office. Simply put your money inside the envelope, fill in the details and post it through our letterbox.
During the present Emergency, Cash Withdrawals will be limited to €500.00 per member, per week. This is to ensure that we can meet the cash needs of all our members during this crisis.
Following recent events, a decision has been taken by Swilly Mulroy Credit Union to postpone our Holiday Draw. This draw was scheduled to take place on Saturday 4th April 2020.
Swilly Mulroy Credit Union reminds members of continued support. Communities around the world continue to come together to do what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the pandemic sweeps the world, it is important that communities are there for each other.
Due to the ongoing COVID 19 situation we wish to reassure members that we will continue to provide our services as long as is practically possible.
We are pleased to announce that tickets are still on sale for our Holiday draw with fabulous prizes.
Do you know we have an Online Banking App? You can now access your account through our SMCU mobile app. Simply downlaod the App - swillymulroycreditunion from your App Store or Play Store. If you have not already registered, you can do so by clicking on the 'Log In' Option on our website, click 'Register' and complete the form. A member of staff will be in contact to confirm your details and issue you with a Pin.
Thinking of changing the car in the coming months? Then you’ve no doubt heard about Personal Contract Plans or PCPs. These car finance agreements have been getting a lot of attention lately – and not always for the right reasons. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) recently released the first public analysis of PCPs in Ireland. The report found that a third of new car purchases in Ireland are now financed by PCP agreements. In 2016, a significant €805 million was extended to consumers in PCP finance – a considerable increase of 65% on 2015. The CCPC says however that because of the complexity of these agreements, there is a concern that consumers do not fully understand how they work. In particular, they say there is a doubt that consumers are fully aware of the balloon payments at the end of a PCP agreement. The CCPC is of the view that further protection is needed in Ireland for consumers availing of these agreements.* Speaking about this, James Coll manager of Swilly Mulroy Credit Union said “For many, headline rates on PCP agreements can at first look more attractive, but these can easily distract from the range of additional charges and a good deal of inflexibility. Essentially PCPs are lease schemes. The buyer has in effect, hired the car for a particular period of time while they make payments. At the end of the agreement, they will have to make a balloon payment in order to own the car. With a traditional car loan, the person simply borrows the money to pay for a car, which they own immediately. They can also sell the car on at any time they wish, should they need to, whereas they do not have this option with a PCP. Another important factor in the PCP versus Credit Union Car Loan, is the fact that with the credit union loan, the loan is insured at no extra cost to the borrower.” There is further detail in the ‘small print’ of a PCP agreement which consumers should be aware of. They will, for example, need to be conscious of the mileage they are clocking up, because the balloon payment at the end of the agreement will have been calculated with their annual mileage in mind. If on the other hand a consumer takes out a car loan before purchasing a car, they are effectively going as a cash buyer to the car dealer and are in a far better position to negotiate a deal. With a PCP deal or Finance through the Garage, the dealer holds the purse and has you at a disadvantage. With a credit union car loan you hold the purse strings and will be able to secure a better deal. James continued “At Swilly Mulroy Credit Union we offer a car loan with an APR rate of 8.75%** which is typically approved within a few days. There are no hidden fees or administration charges with our loan, and we are always happy to work with our members to arrange repayments in a way that best suits their individual circumstances. We would really encourage anyone thinking of buying a new or used car in the coming weeks to contact us at Swilly Mulroy Credit Union before making any decisions. We are happy to see all our members, no matter how long it has been, and of course we are always happy to chat to anyone who has never been a credit union member.” *CCPC; Personal Contract Plans – The Irish Market. March 2018 ** For a €5,000, 5 year variable interest rate loan with 60 monthly repayments of €102.32, a flat interest Rate of 4.56%, a representative APR of 8.75%, the total amount payable by the member is €6,139.00 Information correct as at 28/11/2018. For further information, please contact one of our offices at Kerrykeel, Milford or Rathmullan on 0749150188 (Kerrykeel) 0749163300 (Milford) 0749158700 (Rathmullan)
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