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Consumer Information

Selected Websites

Product Information - Sources

Price Guides

  • Autobytel

    Interactive tools for consumers researching the purchase of a new or used vehicle.

  • Cars.com

    Help for everything relating to buying and selling an automobile.

  • Kelley Blue Books

    Car values and more.

  • NADA Guides.com

    Used vehicle values.

Consumer Protection

  • Better Business Bureau of Minnesota

    File and review complaints regarding Minnesota businesses.  Research businesses and non-profits.

  • Consumer Reports

    Provides overview information regarding product testing completed by Consumer Reports and the ratings given the products.  Locate more detailed information at your library.

  • Credit report

    This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

    AnnualCreditReport.com is the official site to help consumers to obtain their free credit report.

  • Federal Trade Commission

    Articles on consumer subjects (with subdivisions) to assist you in exercising your consumer rights.  Includes information about how to avoid scams, fraud, and identity theft. 

  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety presents its statistics on accidents, vehicle safety ratings, crash test results and other safety facts and statistics.

  • Minnesota Department of Commerce Consumer Tips

    Important information and resources for Minnesota consumers to file complaints, find enforcement actions, and more.

  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry

    Guidelines for hiring contractors, including essential interview questions.

  • National Consumers League

    National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues.  Find consumer information regarding Health, Personal Finance, Worker's Rights, Food, Technology, etc.

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Information is provided regarding purchasing and maintaining a safe vehicle, and safety issues while driving.

  • Privacy Rights

    Tips on maintaining privacy and preventing identity theft as well as information on filing privacy complaints.

  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Information regarding the results of product safety testing.  In addition, you may report unsafe products.

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Information on food, drugs, medical devices, biologics (vaccines), animal feed and drugs, cosmetics, and radiation-emitting products.

  • What's My Score?

    Information on consumer credit provided by Consumer Action (a non-profit consumer advocacy organization) in partnership with Visa.  Learn more about maintaining a good credit score.

Price Comparisons

  • CardTrak.com

    Comparison shop for credit/debit cards.

  • Fueleconomy

    Compare the fuel efficiency of different makes, models, and years of cars. Check the price of gasoline in your area. Site also offers mileage tips.

  • Nursing Home Compare

    Compares nursing homes in your location according to your selected criteria. Offers explanations of why certain items are important when choosing a nursing home.

  • Point.com

    Cell phone, plan, and accessories comparisons for individuals and business.

Product Information - Financial

General Sites

  • Consumer Affairs

    Consumer news, recalls and complaints.

  • Consumer Protection - USA.gov

    Prevent identity theft; understand credit; be a smart shopper; and much more. An official US government portal. 

  • ConsumerSearch

    ConsumerSearch product-review editors pick the best electronics, appliances and services by comparing professional product reviews (like the ones you’d find at Consumer Reports or CNET) with consumer reviews (like those at Amazon.com and Epinions) to separate the top-rated from the duds.

  • Publications.USA.gov

    This Federal Citizen Information Center site offers important consumer information and publications to help you make important life decisions.

  • Recalls

    Use this website, created by six federal agencies, to obtain the latest recall information, to report a dangerous product, or to learn important safety tips.

Cost of Living

  • Consumer Price Indexes

    Presents monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. 

  • Edmunds.com

    New & used vehicle values.

  • Sperling's Best Places

    Find your best place to live. Survey helps you determine your criteria, then gives a list of U.S. cities that meet them. Includes climate and crime statistics.

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