I have Ally auto now and I personally don't like it. If you one of those people who want to pay off your vehicle faster. This is not the bank you want to go to. What I have been noticing with my auto payments is that they are trying to get their money before your vehicle is paid off. I had one lady who spoke very little English telling me that the lower my unpaid balance will pay off my vehicle much faster which means my finance (tax) will increase. I did not like that lady at all. I prefer to have someone speaking complete english without having such an odd accent. I'm very used to the Britain accent and texan accent so any other than those, I highly dislike. I spoke with another lady before about putting extra money onto the principle and told me I could but this weird accent lady who spoke very little English said I couldn't. This is perfect for people who can't pay extra but not for ones who do want to pay extra. I wouldn't get this bank ever again.
I am a Dutch employee here in the USA during an Expat contract and have a LIB Visa; this visa allows me to work in the USA for the company I was send over as an Expat and gave me the formal paperwork that allowed me to apply for a US SSN number and to open an US bank account.
Ally bank has in his policies that only permanent residents are allowed to open a bank account with them while it is totally legal for people with an L1B visa to do so (like UMPQUA bank will do).
Therefore I would not recommend to open an account with them since they are not aware of the global changes of doing business international.
Dear Mr.Michael A. Carpenter (CEO)
I had set up a custodial account for my minor child. When he turned 18 and was going off to college we wanted to change this from a custodial to a joint account. On Aug. 11, 2012 I spoke to one of their representatives and was instructed to send a “letter of instruction” along with a copy of my son’s drivers license. This was done the same evening.
No notice from Ally. I followed up and was then told that I needed to send a copy of an envelope showing my son’s home mailing address. This was done on Aug. 23rd. I was told that I would hear something in 1 week.
No response from Ally. I followed up again and was then told that I now needed to fax a copy of his SS card. This was done on Aug. 31. They couldn’t find the fax and then asked that it be resent which was done on Sept. 5th.
Today I’m told that they have the necessary documentation and now after a whole month of waiting will begin the process of making the account changes.
Be prepared for many 3-4 minutes holds over many days. It’s impossible to speak to the same person twice or get anything accomplished.
Ally’s not a bad bank as long as you don’t need to speak to anybody or have anything done!