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Car buyers typically make loans an afterthought, but some credit unions are working to be at the forefront of their members’ minds as they shop for vehicles.

Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union in San Antonio ($9 billion in assets, 769,214 members) allows members to shop online through their preferred dealer network or through Carvana, a Phoenix, Ariz., company that sells used cars online and delivers them directly to buyers.

Other credit unions use services such as GrooveCar, which allows credit unions to put a local car-buying site on their websites, connecting members with a network of the credit unions’ preferred dealers.

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