Category Archives: Money & Shopping

Big changes coming for daily news at ConsumerReports.org

Starting later this week, you’ll notice a few things different about the daily content we produce at ConsumerReports.org: The news.consumerreports.org subdomain will go away. All of the content we produce, including daily news items, product reviews and Ratings, the Consumer… Continue reading

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When to report a car accident to an insurance company

They are called “accidents” because they are unexpected and unintentional, and as the saying goes, accidents happen. In fact, research shows that drivers can expect to be in a claim-worthy accident at least once a decade. Before your next fender… Continue reading

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Q&A: Do I privately sell or trade-in my used car?

Q: I’m buying a new car soon, and the carmaker, Tesla, asked if I want to trade in my current Mercedes using AutoNation. Should I do that, or will I make more money selling my car myself? Is there any… Continue reading

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Where to chow down on your road trips

If you’re a foodie, you might envision experiencing your very own version of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” during a Memorial Day or summer road trip. But unlike Guy Fieri and his apparently endless supply of to-die-for joints, you might not… Continue reading

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16 smart things to do with your tax refund

Spring signals the return of warmer weather, blooming flowers and trees, baseball, and more. And for many of you, it’s also when your state or federal tax refund will arrive. Truth be told, you’re better off not getting a tax… Continue reading

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Get gas at Walmart–for less

Attention Walmart shoppers (or is that drivers?). The retail giant has just launched a fuel-price rollback that knocks off as much as 15 cents per gallon on purchases at more than 1,000 Murphy USA and Walmart gas stations in 21… Continue reading

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Holiday car accidents can mean a pileup of insurance claims

More than 125,000 auto accidents are likely to have occurred over the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to just-released estimates by the Consumer Federation of America. The organization predicts 75,000 to 100,000 auto insurance claims could be filed as a… Continue reading

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Best deals on used SUVs for spring

We’re heading into the busy summer travel season and if a road trip is in your getaway plans, a used SUV may be a good choice to fit the family and gear. As we have been reminded by our recent… Continue reading

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IBM global commuter survey: Traffic’s better, but drivers are still pained

How was your commute this morning? If you drive in New York or Los Angeles you were probably as frustrated by all the traffic. But at least you’re not in Mexico City, where drivers’ frustration levels are three or four… Continue reading

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State Farm Insurance offers drivers an OnStar-like system

Telematic services, such as General Motor’s OnStar, will soon grow by one more competitor: In-Drive. But this “connected vehicle service” isn’t offered as just a convenience option for a particular brand of cars. Instead, it’s an in-car service that might… Continue reading

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