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Consumer Information

Consumer Guides and Protection
A broad range of consumer information from the federal government.

Consumer Reports
Free access to consumer information and product safety recall lists. Related Reports on each product page provide dates for print issues reviewing that product. Subscribers can log in to see product reviews and articles.

Consumer Reports WebWatch
Consumers WebWatch, a project of Consumers Union, publishes research and journalism on credibility issues that matter to consumers.

ConsumerSearch
Product reviews organized by categories such as Electronics, House & Home, Family or Office.

Consumer World
Consumer World is a public service, non-commercial guide cataloging over 2000 of the most useful consumer resources on the Web.

Epinions.com
Offers reviews and comments from registered users of the site, and covers over 150,000 products and services to help you make better buying decisions.

Federal Citizen Information Center
Free online consumer information and ordering information for hundreds of federal consumer publications.

Home Loan Learning Center
Provides information to prospective home buyers about the home loan process.  Good information for first time home buyers, people who want to purchase a second home and those interested in foreclosure prevention.  Created by the Mortgage Banker’s Association.

Retrevo
Search Retrevo’s extensive collection of laptop, cell phone and digital camera manuals. Find support and manufacturer information for all of your consumer electronics devices.

Sperling’s Best Places
Provides information on the people, health, economy, housing, crime, climate, education, transportation and cost of living for an area as well as a cost-of-living calculator and a quiz to help you “find your best place.”

Texas Attorney General - Consumer Protection
Information on consumer complaints and consumer protection.

Consumer Protection

ABA LawInfo.org
The American Bar Association's gateway to information on legal topics that affect your daily life. Pages such as Your Family, Your Job, Your Finances, Buying and Selling ,The Courts, Criminal Justice, and Find a Lawyer provide links to useful advice and further information.

Better Business Bureau
Consumer information, check out a company or charity, file a complaint.

Consumer Action
A national non-profit education and advocacy organization offering many free services to consumers. Includes short informational documents on a variety of consumer subjects including Banking/Financial Services, Cars, Credit, Health Care/HMO, Investment, Privacy Rights, Telephone and others.

Federal Trade Commission for the Consumer
Provides publications with advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics.

Recalls.gov
The official list of recalls issued by the U.S. government.

Texas "No Call Lists"
Add your name, address and telephone number to the state-sponsored “No Call List,” which will help limit telemarketing calls to your residential or wireless telephone.

Credit and Credit Reporting Agencies

AnnualCreditReport.com
The only authorized free credit report site.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service
A nonprofit service with budget, debt management, and housing counseling.

Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner
Consumer education and credit industry regulation information.

Equifax
Check your credit report.

Experian
Check your credit report.

TransUnion
Check your credit report.

Financial

Bank Rate Monitor
Rates for mortgages, auto loans, home equity loans, savings, credit cards, and checking accounts.

CardRatings.com
This site from the U.S. Citizens for Fair Credit Card Terms, Inc. collects information about low rate credit cards, cards for those seeking to establish credit, students, and for those who pay off their balance each month, and cards which offer rewards.

Texas State Securities Board - Investor Education
Provides up-to-date investor information and resources, financial calculators, games, and more. Includes investor resources for every stage of life: youth, seniors, military, teachers, and families.

Health & Safety

BenefitsCheckUp
A free service that identifies federal and state assistance programs for older Americans. Fill out a confidential online questionnaire to learn what benefit programs you may be eligible for and how to apply for them.

Drugs@FDA
A catalog of FDA approved drugs.

FoodSafety.gov
Provides News & Safety Alerts, Consumer Advice, and links to Federal & State Government Agencies.

Household Products Database
Get reliable information from the National Library of Medicine about health concerns connected to a product, safe handling and disposal procedures, lists of toxic chemical ingredients, manufacturer name and phone number.  Includes information on automotive products, household products, pesticides, landscape/yard products, pet care products, and materials relating to arts and crafts, personal care and home maintenance.

National Safety Council
Information to help educate and protect lives, prevent accidental injury/death and promote health.

Identity Theft

ID Safety
Information from the International Police Association and Bank of America on protecting yourself from identity theft.

Identity Theft (Federal Trade Commission)
Information on how identity thieves work; how to minimize your risk; federal and state laws; how to file a complaint; and more.

Identity Theft Resource Center
A nonprofit agency dedicated exclusively to identity theft. Provides consumer and victim support, advice for governmental agencies, legislators and companies, self help fact sheets; consumer alerts; fraud forms; and more.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse - Identity Theft Resources
Fact sheets about identity theft, what to do if it happens, and how to prevent it.

Vehicles

Automotive.com
Get information on new and used cars, compare car prices & values, learn about safety features, ownerships costs and more.

Autotropolis.com
Offers consumers information on new and used cars. Provides research, reviews, photos, pricing and comparisons, dealer locator and local quotes.

Car and Driver
Buying guide, reviews and road tests, car news and auto show information.

Edmunds.com
Information and advice on buying or selling a car including comparisons, safety information, and road tests.

Fuel Economy (U.S. Department of Energy)
Find and compare cars on emissions, gas mileage, and safety. Tips on getting better gas mileage as well as a way to search for the lowest gas prices in your area.

Green Vehicle Guide (EPA)
A guide to choosing clean, fuel-efficient vehicles from the Environmental Protection Agency. Look up a specific vehicle, browse by type of vehicle, or look at ratings for this year's vehicles.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety/Highway Loss Data Institute
Accident facts, results of crash tests, and news releases about safety for cars, drivers, and pedestrians.

Kelley Blue Book
Blue book values for new cars, used cars and motorcycles; also includes tips and advice on buying new or used cars.

NADA Guides
Fine new car prices or values for used cars. Also has values for motorcycles, boats, RVs, and airplanes as well as tips and resources for vehicle shopping.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The U.S. Department of Transportation's safety site has information about recalls, crash tests, hot topics, and "Stuff for Kids."