WHAT WE DO:
AWARE (Americans Well-informed on Automobile Retailing Economics) was formed to build a greater understanding among consumers about how auto financing works. The group aims to ensure that potential buyers of new and used autos have the tools and resources they need to navigate the auto financing process successfully. AWARE focuses exclusively on the auto finance process; educating consumers in a web environment free of advertising or lead generation sales tactics.
Recognizing the need for consumer education, automotive industry leaders have formed AWARE, a collaborative industry effort to provide consumers with information, tools, and other resources to understand the auto financing system better. The membership of AWARE includes the American Financial Services Association, National Automobile Dealers Association, National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, American International Automobile Dealers Association, and auto dealers and finance companies. All of the companies and associations involved have a long history of educating consumers about auto financing, and they are looking to expand that outreach by collaborating with others that share this commitment.
In educating consumers about auto financing and ways to make informed financing decisions, the group seeks to ensure that financing remains available and affordable to the broadest possible spectrum of consumers. Dealer financing is not only convenient, but it also offers competitive rates for consumers across the country.
WHAT WE OFFER:
For Educators: The Auto Financing Road Map
The Auto Financing Road Map is a kit for use by educators interested in educating students or community groups about the auto financing process. This free kit offers educators all of the resources and tools needed to hold an auto financing workshop - or to simply incorporate some auto financing principles into an existing financial literacy program. http://www.autofinancing101.org/learningsuite/roadmap.asp
For HR Representatives: Auto Financing Headquarters
Workplace financial literacy programs benefit employees as well as employers, according to the Federal Reserve Board. With that in mind, AWARE provides a host of tools, calculators, articles and other resources that companies may share with their employees to sufficiently prepare them for their auto financing decisions.
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WHAT WE NEED:
Stronger Distribution Network on Committed Education Allies: With free direct-to-consumer and teach-the-teachers materials in English and Spanish, AWARE needs additional education ally partners to help get the materials in the hands of consumers and educators who need it. From high school educators and non-profit organizations to government agencies and industry partners, AWARE has auto finance education curricula and materials designed for today's consumer. But our material is only as good as our distribution network. Join AWARE today as an education ally and help bring auto finance education to your community.
WHAT'S NEW:Recent National AWARE Survey: Shows Consumers Remain Satisfied with Auto Financing Despite Tough Economic Times
American consumers' satisfaction with auto financing remains high while their interest and desire to learn more about the financing process has held steady despite the sluggish economy, according to findings in a new public opinion survey. The survey, which measured consumers' auto financing knowledge and experience, also found that many borrowers facing difficult financial circumstances are not aware of the ways that their creditor can help get them back on track.
Recent AWARE Survey: High School Teachers Say Students Need More Preparation for Financial Decisions
A recent survey conducted by AWARE revealed that 72 percent of high school educators say that students old enough to buy a car are ill-prepared to navigate the process due to a poor understanding of personal finances, and an overwhelming majority (97 percent) believe that it is important for schools to teach vehicle financing and other financial literacy topics in the classroom to help prepare students for future financial decisions. Teachers who want to help their students navigate the auto financing process can download or request a free copy of AWARE's Auto Financing Roadmap by visiting: http://www.autofinancing101.org/learningsuite/roadmap.asp
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