Consumer Links

Automobiles

Edmund’s Automobile Buyer’s Guides – New/used car pricing and more. Since 1966, Edmund’s® has been committed to providing a central source for consumer-oriented automobile information.

IntelliChoice Car Center Auto Information – Info on leases, ownership costs, mileage statistics

Kelley Blue Book – Used car bluebook values and new car pricing.

LeaseGuide – Consumer leasing guide on how automobile leasing works.

N.A.D.A. Guides – New and used car prices, car buying guide.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – NHTSA site provides information about accident prevention, defect investigations, consumer complaints, recalls, safety standards, and other automobile issues.

Consumer Advocacy & Protection

10-10 Phone Rates – Compare 10-10 phone rates of business and local toll plans. Rates included for international, interstate and local calling plans.

Better Business Bureau – Promotes fairness and integrity in the marketplace.

BizRate – Shopping guide that rates online merchants.

Buyer’s Index – Links to 14,000 online merchants. Search by product or company. Includes “reliability ratings.”

Consumer Reports® Online – You’ve entered a commercial-free zone. You’ll find Consumer Reports advice, Ratings and recommendations, based on our own independent testing of consumer products and services. You’ll find no advertising on this site.

Consumer World – Consumer World® is a public service, non-commercial site which has gathered over 1800 of the most useful consumer resources on the Internet, and categorized them here for easy access. Whether you want to find buying advice and product reviews, comparison shop for bargains and last minute travel, file a consumer complaint with a government or company consumer affairs department or the BBB, read 100s of consumer rights booklets, find a low rate credit card or mortgage, look up the wholesale price of a car, get personal finance tips, read news of the latest scams, research a law, or clip electronic coupons, you can do it in Consumer World.

FirstGov for Consumers – Your link to government consumer information.

Federal Consumer Information Center (CIC) – Includes information about cars, health, and much more. They provide the full text of many of their pamphlets.

 

Florida Division of Consumer Services – Florida’s clearinghouse for consumer information, protection and complaints; functions as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s agent in Florida regarding product recalls, inspections and investigations.

GuideStar – Operated by Philanthropic Research, Inc., provides access to information on charities registered with the Internal Revenue Service.

National Fraud Information Center – The NFIC was originally established in 1992 by the National Consumers League, the oldest nonprofit consumer organization in the United States, to fight the growing menace of telemarketing fraud.

Parents Guide to the Internet – Released November 1997 by the US Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement and Office of Educational Technology – full text available at this website.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) – Provides information on product recalls of all sorts, from baby products to medication to cars. CPSC, an independent Federal regulatory agency, helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products. Visit often to share lifesaving information. Click on “Talk to us” to report unsafe products.

Insurance

Yahoo! Insurance Center – Consumer-oriented features, articles, and websites relating to all types of insurance

Legal

FindLaw for the Public – Law-related articles and resources designed for lay consumers.

Legal Self-Help Center – Click on “self help center” to get links to summaries, written by the Florida Bar, for the layman, on various aspects of Florida law. The information comes in two forms: “scripts” and “pamphlets.” The scripts are the written form of the information available from the Florida Bar Call-A-Law service. By clicking on a script topic, you can thus read the same information you would hear if you called the Florida Bar’s Call-A-Law service on the telephone. Scripts are fairly short. Pamphlets are longer, more in-depth discussions, and are available in paper form from The Florida Bar. These materials are copyright 1996 The Florida Bar.

Nolo Press – Self Help Law Center featuring articles explaining legal issues to lay persons.

Loans, Credit & Real Estate

Bankrate.com – Provides loan information as well as financial calculators.

Fannie Mae – The Federal National Mortgage Association site has a section for professional mortgage lenders and several sections for home buyers, including the home buyer section, with lists of properties for sale and other information and the Home Path section, with articles about home buying and financing, including interactive mortgage calculators.

HomeFair – Real Estate articles on buying and financing a home, along with interactive calculators: a salary calculator for comparing the cost of living in different locales, calculators for moving costs and qualifying for a mortgage and a quizzer to help you understand some of the issues in buying your home and auto insurance.

HUD Homes for Sale – Look for homes for sale by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Site is organized by state.

Money’s Best Places to Live – Money Magazine profiles America’s 300 largest metro areas.

Victims of Credit Reporting – How to correct inaccuracies in your credit report.

Reviews & Recommendations

ConsumerSearch – Reviews of all sorts of products. Searchable database has abstracts of review articles from online and print resources, with links to online full text where available.

Consumer World – A searchable collection of consumer resources on the Internet.

FirstGov for Consumers – U.S. Government site includes a ScamAlert.

Gomez – “The mission of Gomez Advisors is to be the single best source of insight for consumers when selecting e-commerce services.”

Outlet Bound – This site enables the user to search for outlet stores by location, store name, and brand of merchandise.

Senior Citizens

AARP – American Association of Retired Persons.

Alzheimer’s Association – Provides an array of information about different aspects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – The Federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) – Designed for elder law attorneys, this site also has legal advice for senior citizens.

National Council on the Aging (NCOA) – This site contains useful information for senior citizens on saving, elder law and more.

Hospice – Contains information on advance directives for people who want to limit extraordinary life-saving care.

Social Security Online – Provides information on Social Security benefits, laws and regulations, Medicare, how to get publications and more.

WidowNet – This site provides information and resources for widows and widowers.

And don’t forget–if your search for an answer didn’t prove successful, contact the Reference Desk at your nearest Brevard County Public Library.