Consumer Help

Find product and auto reviews, shopping tips, information about recalls, and consumer-protection agencies. Buying Guides & General Advice

  • Consumer Reports: A lot of free and useful information is available, but a paid subscription is required for product reviews and ratings.
  • ConsumerSearch: "Reviewing the reviews." Compiles and analyzes product reviews from magazines and websites. Great starting point.
  • Epinions.com: Products rated by people who bought them.

Cars & Trucks

  • Car & Driver: Includes the magazine's road tests and reviews, interactive vehicle comparisons, and Kelley Blue Book values.
  • Edmunds.com: Reviews, comparisons, price and value information, and tips for buying new or used vehicles.
  • The Truth About Cars: Detailed reviews, written with a sense of humor.

Consumer Protection & Complaints

  • AnnualCreditReport.com: The place to get a no-obligation, free copy of your credit report from all three major reporting companies.
  • Better Business Bureau: Includes complaints against companies, fraud alerts, and general tips.
  • Consumer Protection Division: Part of the Illinois Attorney General's office.
  • Recalls.gov: Product recalls and safety information from the federal government.
  • Health & Safety
  • Consumersafety.org : information about recalls and safety alerts, and publishes consumer-related news and safety guides