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4AThe Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, August 22, 1984
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Area banks compete for business
By VANCE TREFETHEN
Time spent thinking about where to
open your checking account in Chapel
Hill may seem like time wasted, but
choosing the right place for your money
now may save you time and money
Students generally choose from two
basic types of checking accounts:
regular accounts and NOW (Negotiable
Order of Withdrawal) accounts. A
regular account is one in which your
money simply stays in the bank until
you write a check. With a NOW
account, your balance earns 5.25
percent interest while you still have full
In order to avoid service charges, you
usually have to meet certain minimum
balance requirements, which vary from
bank to bank. Often you can keep a
balance in a savings account that will
allow you to avoid service charges
regardless of your checking balance. If
you don't meet the requirements, you
will have to pay service charges, usually
a flat monthly fee and a charge for each
check you write.
Most banks will tell you that their
services best .meet your needs, but it's
up to you to compare costs and benefits
when you sign up for a checking account
at a Chapel Hill bank. Experts suggest
different things to look for when making
"Most people chose their bank
according to the location," said David
Harris, branch administrator for
NCNB's Chapel Hill office. "We have
seven branches in Orange County. Six
of them are in Chapel Hill. We have
five Automatic Teller Machines
Concern for the . needs of student
customers is something students should
look for when selecting a bank, Harris
"Some banks take the position that
students are the least important custo
mers. But we don't look at it that way,"
In addition to knowing what the bank
can do for them, Harris advises students
to know what they need to do to use
their checking accounts responsibly.
"The most important thing is to make
sure you keep good records. Be sure
the money's there before you write the
Frequent bad checks now can mean
a damaged credit history later on, said
Other banks stress quality service and
concern for the needs of low-budget
"There's a big quality customer
service push,"said Elizabeth Williams,
assistant manager for the Chapel Hill
branch of First Union National Bank.
"We think for a student we require the
least amount up front for free check
ing." Students who don't have a lot of
money to deposit frequently come to
First Union to take advantage of their
checking services, Williams said.
But other banks are reaching out to
students by trying to offer better service.
"I think we give better personalized
service," said Danny Fox, vice
president and city executive for First
Citizens Bank and Trust Company's
Chapel Hill braneh.
"Many students come from small
towns. We try to maintain a small town
atmosphere for them. We take addi
tional time to explain things to the
students so there will be no surprises,"
Banks also try to compete for cus
tomers by offering greater convenience
and personal .contact for student
"I think the fact that we're open on
Saturday is a convenience no other
bank in Chapel Hill offers," said Vicki
Bang, bank services co-ordinator for
Village Bank in Chapel Hill.
"We are a local institution. Our
customer base is Chapel Hill and
Carrboro. There's a lot better chance
that if you bank with us, we're going
to know you better," she said.
Another possibility to consider is
opening a checking account with a
savings and loan association rather, than
a traditional bank, although the services
they offer frequently do not fit the needs
of students as well as those offered by
"Savings and loans don't usually offer
the kinds of services that students are
looking for," said Edward Mann,
president of Orange Federal Savings
and Loan Association. Customers at
savings and loans often get better deals
than at traditional banks, but they give
up the conveniences of branch banking
and automatic teller machines, Mann
said. . '
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To Avoid Monthly Overdraft
Monthly Charges Charges Charge
Wachovia Free-Way $400 in savings or $3 month and $15
$500 in checking 20rcheck
Wachovia NOW $600 daily $3 month and $15
Central Carolina Bank $400 in checking or $5month and $15
(CCB) Regular $500 in savings 20 check after
Checking 20 checks
CCB NOW $1000 in NOW or $6monthand $15
$750 in savings 20 check after
First Citizens Bank & $500 in checking or $3 month and $15
Trust Free Checking $500 in savings or 20c check
($50 minimum to open) $1000 average in
checking for the month
First Citizens B&T $600 daily or . . $4 month and $15
NOW $2000 average for month 20ccheck
NCNB Regular $500 in savings or $2 month and $15
Checking $600 in checking or 25 check and
. $1000 average checking 15c Automatic
balance . Teller transaction
NCNB Bonus Checking $750 in savings or $4 month and $15
(NOW) $1000 in checking or 25c check and
$2500 average in 15 Automatic
checking Teller transaction
Village Bank Regular $300 in checking or $3 month and $15
Checking $300 in savings 20c check
Village Bank NOW $500 in savings or $4month and $15
$1000 in NOW or 20rcheck
$2000 average in NOW
First Union Advantage $300 in savings $3 month and $15
Account 20e check
First Union Regular $400 in checking $3 month and $15
Checking 20c check
First Union NOW $500 in NOW $3 month and $15
Northwestern Bank $400 in checking or $3 month and $15
Regular Checking $500 in savings 20 check
Northwestern Now $500 in NOW $3 month and $15
Home Savings & Loan $400 in NOW $5month $10
Orange Federal Sav. & $300 in NOW or $1 month $ 8
Loan NOW . $500 in savings 15check
Security Federal Sav. & $1000 in savings $4 month $7.50
Loan NOW ($100 or $500 in NOW (Can- (Cancelled checks
minimum to open) celled checks returned returned)
to you) or $400 in NOW $3 month (with
(If you use checks carbon copies)
. with carbon copies)
WHY WAIT UNTIL
THE FIRST DAY OF
CLASS TO REALIZE
YOU'RE NOT SEEING CLEARLY?
Arrange to have Dr. Costabile examine your
eyes now, before school. Have your new
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clear focus from the start.
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