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Automobiles

Autobytel
Includes a listing of top 10 cars, new car research and car care.
Auto Manufacturers
Gives links to all of the worlds vehicle manufacturers.
Autosite
Reviews new cars, searches for preowned cars, and maintenance of autos.
Auto Trader
Sell, get loans, vehicle history, and insurance for new and used cars.
Car buying tips
World's best, free car buying guide for new, used, auto leasing, and avoiding scams.
Car and Driver
Browse or search by category of vehicle, or by manufacturer and model. Can limit by price.
CarPrices.com
Provides prices and safety ratings for new cars and classified ads and information, on used cars. Includes "Top Ten Lists", and a list of recommended dealers.
Cars.com
Provides advice on buying and selling new and used cars.
Edmunds Intellichoice
Information on new, used, certified cars, reviews, comparisons, tips, advice, and future cars.
Fuel Economy Guide
Fuel economy ratings for vehicles made from 1985 to present.
Kelley Blue Book
Covers new and used autos, trucks, vans motorcycles, personal watercraft and snowmobiles from 1979.
Lemon Car Page
Provides state-by-state Lemon law info.
MSN Autos
Includes car safety reports, comparisons with other vehicles, and purchasing and leasing options.
NADA Guides
Online version o the National Automobile Dealers Associations price guides.
Traffic Violator
California traffic violators school, listed by county and city, including phone number and language spoken.

Consumer Reports & Reviews

About.com
Type your term on the search line and learn all about the word.  Topics include art, literature, entertainment, health and fitness, sports, cities and towns and much more.
Better Business Bureau
Provides reports on nationwide business and charity organizations. Assists consumers with information on over two million organizations.
Consumer Privacy Guide
Useful tips for protecting your privacy and taking control of the way your information is used.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Official Federal Agency website, including recalls, reports, alerts. Help consumers become aware of lifesaving safety information.
Consumer Reports
Informative reports about products and services that have been tested and rated (the full test of this magazine is available in the EBSCO Magazine Database available on the Databases page).
Consumer World
Consumer products, prices and agencies sites.
Federal Consumer Information Center
Provides consumer information on numerous topics
Federal Trade Commission
Provides information about identity theft:  how it occurs, resolutions, ways to minimize risks.
National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW)
National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.
GasBuddy.com
Provides help in finding cheap gas prices in your city. It is comprised of 170 gas price information web sites that help consumers find low gasoline prices.
Guide Star
National database of non-profit organizations.
Identity Theft
Federal Trade Commission provides information about identity theft: how it occurs, resolutions, ways to minimize risk.
Independent Service Operators (California ISO)
Non-profit public company, linking power plants and utilities that provide electricity to customers, with equal access.
Live Manuals.com
Find select product manuals, simulations and support for appliances, electronic devices and more.
National Charities Bureau
Reports about nationally soliciting charitable organizations that are the subject of donor inquiries.
National Fraud Information Center
Learn how to fight telemarketing & internet frauds.
Sperlings Best place
Ultimate resource for relocation, recreation and retirement. Statistics, profiles, ratings, and cost of living information for places to live, work, or retire.
Stop junk mail, email and phone calls
Guide to reducing unwanted or intrusive advertising.
Where to Complain or Seek Help
List of agencies to contact for assistance or to make complaints.

Credit Reports

myFICO Credit Scores and Reports
Equifax Credit Bureau
http://www.equifax.com/ 800-685-1111
Experian Credit Bureau
http://www.experian.com/ (formerly TRW): 800-301-7195 (Cost: $8)
Trans Union
http://www.transunion.com/ 800-916-8800 (True Credit)
Credit Reports
What consumers should know and do about credit reports.  The Federal Trade Commission provides information about identity theft: how it occurs, resolutions, ways to minimize risk, etc.  Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, consumers can receive one free credit report each year from each of the three national consumer reporting agencies - TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. Legislation requires that the three companies set up a central hub to process consumer requests.  That website is http://www.annualcreditreport.com/

Government

Department of Consumer Affairs
Learn how to protect yourself from unscrupulous and unqualified individuals
Federal Citizen Information Center
Answers to questions about consumer problems and government services
Federal Trade Commission for the Consumer
Information about federal consumer protection laws
National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW)
National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions.
License and Complaint History
Look up business licenses
Safety Recalls
Locate government recalls for vehicles, food, medicine, cosmetics, and other consumer products

Home Finance, Ownership & Repair

Home Finance
HomePath
Information on buying or re-financing a home.
Buying a Home from HUD
HUD site that explains how to buy a house. Everything from loan fraud to selecting the right neighborhood is discussed.
Bankrate
Bankrate.com provides up to date interest rates on key mortgage indexes.
Consumer Information on Reverse Mortgages
Information on reverse mortgages.
Mortgage Payment & Other Financial Calculators

Real Estate and Moving
Best Places to Live (now requires registration.)
Home Advisor.com
Monster Moving
IMove
California Association of Realtors
National Association of Realtors
Yahoo Real Estate
Yahoo Real Estate is the next best thing to the Multiple Listing Service. Registration is free.
Move.com
Remax International's Home Buyers/Sellers
International Real Estate Directory
Daily Breeze Local real estate listings and open houses.

Home Repair and Remodeling
Better Homes and Gardens' Home Improvement Encyclopedia
Homebuyer's Fair
Homestore.com
Living Home
"First home 'ezine on the web."
Remodeling Online Magazine
Repair Clinic
"The preferred resource for appliance parts and free repair help"
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Home improvement ideas. 
Sunset Magazine Home Section
Librarians Index to the Internet Home and Housing Section
An index to the best "Home and Housing" sites on the internet.

Miscellaneous Resources

Better Business Bureau
Reliability reports about nationwide business and charity organizations
Calfornia Attorney General's Guide to Charities
Provides practical information and answers to questions frequently asked about charities.
Consumer Privacy Guide
Useful tips for protecting your privacy and taking control of the way your information is used.
Guide Star
National database of non-profit organizations
Identity Theft
Federal Trade Commission provides information about identity theft: how it occurs, resolutions, ways to minimize risk, etc.
Independent Service Operators (California ISO)
California electrical system and transmission services including blackout information
Legal Aid Foundation 
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles presents information on consumer law. Resources include phone numbers for legal aid.  
Live Manuals.com
Find select product manuals, simulations and support for appliances, electronic devices and more.
National Charities Bureau
Reports about nationally soliciting charitable organizations that are the subject of donor inquiries
National Fraud Information Center
Learn how to fight telemarketing & internet fraud
Sperling's Best Place
Ultimate resource for relocation, recreation and retirement.  Statistics, profiles, ratings, and cost of living information for places to live, work, or retire
Stop junk mail, email and phone calls
Guide to reducing unwanted or intrusive advertising
Where to complain or seek help
List of agencies to contact for assistance or to make complaints.

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