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Consumer Web Links
Useful websites compiled by Belvedere-Tiburon librarians.
Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook (In-Library use only)
Nonprofit ratings of Bay Area service companies and health care providers.
Better Business Bureau
Check out a company or a charity, file a complaint, find consumer guidelines and advice, get information on identity theft and many other consumer topics.
Buying and Selling Cars
All the resource sites you need to research, price, and list cars and trucks for sale. Includes member buying programs, DMV paperwork, and donation information.
Ratings for over 2100 of America's largest charities. Provides financial information, efficiency ratings, and comparisons to similar organizations.
Consumer information from the Federal Government. Valuable information on identity theft and fraud alerts.
Consumer Reports Online
You must subscribe for full access to this site, but lots of free information is available. Find product safety recalls, feature articles. For product ratings, the magazine is at the Reference Desk.
Good site for product reviews and ratings. Editors summarize reviews from other publications and Internet sites. "All reviews" feature ranks and describes the sources.
Organization of this directory can be confusing, but it contains good content. Use the sidebar on the left for links to consumer resources, including consumer agencies, shopping guides, product reviews, bargain sites, and much more.
Credit Reports for Free
Federal law requires each of the major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) to provide consumers with a free credit report every year. This is the official site where you can request the reports.
Digital Photography Review
Features digital photography news, reviews of cameras and accessories, discussion forums,and a digital camera buyer's guide.
New and used car pricing and reviews. Directory of links to safety data, insurance, financing, and lots of other automobile information.
Fair Housing of Marin
Everything you need to know about fair housing with advice, counseling, trainings and resources for individuals and professionals.
Internet and telemarketing fraud information from the International Fraud Watch and National Fraud Information Center.
Emissions, fuel efficiency, and safely ratings for new & used cars and trucks from the U. S. Department of Energy.
Find a live person to talk to when you’re having a problem with a product or service. One of the best sources of consumer-service contact information and a great way to bypass those frustrating phone trees.
Identity Theft Information
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has excellent links to fact sheets and other resources on identity theft.
Interest Rate Information
Bankrate.com's links to everything you need to know to find the best rates for mortgages, bank accounts, loans, and other financial transactions.
Kelley Blue Book
Find your Blue Book value online. New and used car pricing and reviews. Lemon checks, automotive guides and much more.
New and used car prices and information from the National Automobile Dealers Association.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
View crash test, rollover and other safety ratings, access recall information and service bulletin database. Lots of good free information, but there is a fee for ordering service bulletins and other research.
Office of the Attorney General of California
Find out about the latest consumer protection & identity theft laws and information, register to opt out of telemarketing calls, and much more.
Order free government consumer-related publications through U.S. mail or download electronic copies.
Official U.S. Government source for information about product recalls, with categories that include consumer products, motor vehicles, and food items.
Many tax forms and publications are available at the Library. Check this link also for online tax resources.
US Consumer Product Safety
Search for product recalls, file unsafe product reports, find news releases and fact sheets.