Fun stuff and good stuff from the Magliozzi brothers Tom and Ray, also known as radio personalities “Click and Clack.”
Reviews, ratings, and prices for automobiles and consumer products.
Consumer information about car recalls and repairs.
Edmunds Car Buying Guide
Information about new and used cars and trucks; comparison road tests and safety information; buying incentives and rebates; industry news and more.
From the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this site offers comparisons of cars for fuel efficiency and environmental factors, information about state and local gas prices and gas mileage tips.
Highway Safety Research and Communications
Website of the Insurance Institite for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute. Provides crash test ratings for cars and child booster seats.
Kelley Blue Book
New car pricing; used car and motorcycle values, some as far back as 1976; car buying and selling tips.
NADA Appraisal Guides
New car pricing; used vehicle value guides for cars, trucks, and SUVs; lemon check by vehicle ID number; auctions and industry events calendar; related links.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
This government site has lots of information about service bulletins, crash tests, recall notices, consumer complaints, etc.
New York State Lemon Law
Information about New York State’s Lemon Laws for new and used vehicles. From the NYS Attorney General.
Vehicle recall site from the Office of Defects Investigation.
Charity Navigator is the largest independent, expert charity evaluator in America. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data.
GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of their analysis. Rather than trying to rate as many charities as possible, GiveWell focuses on the few charities that stand out most in order to find and confidently recommend the best giving opportunities possible.
Better Business Bureau
Links to individual BBB offices, including the Upstate New York Better Business Bureau; business and charity reports; how to file company and product complaints; weekly consumer tips.
Free service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more.
“Consumer protection basics… plain and simple” from the Federal Trade Commission. Offers introductory information on topics such as managing money, credit and debt, and identity theft.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Bureau works to ensure that consumers get the information they need to make financial decisions. The website offers educational and informational resources on topics such as paying for college, purchasing a home, credit and credit discrimination, and a searchable consumer complaint database. Accepts and responds to consumer complaints.
Consumer Protection from USA.gov
File a complaint, be a smart shopper, understand credit, and more. Links to the Consumer Action Handbook, a resource offering useful tips on consumer topics from banking to wills.
Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information
Information on money & credit, home & mortgage, heath & fitness, jobs & making money, privacy & identity. Includes a large collection of consumer related videos and audio clips.
Food & Drug Administration: For Consumers
The FDA provides timely and easy-to-read articles covering all FDA activities and regulated products, information about buying medicines online, health fraud, warnings and enforcement, safety alerts, and how to report problems to the FDA. Also includes consumer information in video, slide show, and audio formats.
Free Annual Credit Report
Government website with information about how to request your report by mail, phone or online.
Household Products Database
Provides health and safety information on household products and their ingredients.
IC3.gov: The Internet Crime Complaint Center
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation& (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center(NW3C). The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant.
Identity Theft Resource Center
The ITRC offers a Victim Assistance Call Center that provides toll-free, no-cost case mitigation and consumer education. ITRC also maintains and updates more than 240 written documents, videos, and games to provide victim assistance and education on identity theft and financial fraud and a large number of web links to a wide variety of resources.
National Do Not Call Registry
Register a phone number and get answers to common questions.
New York State Attorney General
Information on consumer issues, forms for filing complaints, and a listing of agencies that handle complaints outside the Attorney General’s jurisdiction.
New York State Department of Financial Services: For Consumers
The Department regulates financial services in New York State. Information for consumers includes consumer alerts, information for homeowners, information about banking and insurance, DMV insurance codes, scams and fraud, and making complaints.
New York State Division of Consumer Protection
Addresses the most common consumer questions on topics ranging from aging to warranties. It also contains consumer contact source lists.
Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database
Search by product, ingredient or company to get safety information.
Funeral Consumers Alliance
A nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaniningful, dignified, affordable funeral. Offers objective advice on all aspects of funeral planning including where to start, how to shop around, and how to stay on budget.
A consumer tool with phone numbers, shortcuts, reviews, tips, and more for companies worldwide. “Get customer service faster and easier.”
National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators<
State offices for unclaimed or abandoned property.
New York State Public Service Commission
A consumer web site with information on energy and telecommunications utility services.
Boating Resource Safety Center
US Coast Guard site for boat recalls.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Federal government consumer safety site.
Recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and various other federal agencies.
About.com Coupons and Bargains
A web link directory that points to couponing sites, web deals, and shopping tips.
Free financial rate information for consumers on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees.
Bizrate is a shopping resource that aggregates over a million products, brands, and stores with one click and provides user-contributed ratings on merchants and products.
CNET compiles lab-based testing, hands-on use, user opinions, and videos to provide unbiased reviews on computers, digital cameras, cell phones, and other digital products.
Product ratings, product reviews, buying guides, product safety recalls, and consumer information from Consumer Union/Consumer Reports Magazine. Some site content requires a paid personal subscription.
Search hundreds of print magazines and Internet sources for product reviews.
A consumer review website with thousands of customer product reports.
Green America’s Responsible Shopper
Maintains a corporate responsibility database, offers tips on consumer action for corporate responsibility and for green living.