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Consumer Information



Cars & Trucks

Auto Repair Manuals
We have auto repair manuals online including wiring diagrams. You will need your Sonoma County Library card to reach this from home. More info on Auto Repair

The Old Car Manual Project
Manuals and brochures contributed by various people, going back before 1920; coverage is very incomplete, but unique.

Kelley Blue Book
Get the authoritative value of your new or used vehicle for free, from the source.

Edmunds New & Used Car Guide
The web site includes all the pertinent information found in the print versions of these very useful guides.
Compare fuel consumption estimates for different vehicles. From the US Department of Energy and EPA.
This website publishes highlights of the ACEEE Green BookTM Online, which evaluates new cars by how much they pollute.

Consumer Reports
The annual new car report is available only by paying a fee - but there are car buying tips on the site as well.

Intellichoice Inc.
determines actual costs of owning a particular vehicle. Also offer invoice prices and recall information.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Safety ratings from a non-profit insurance industry organization.


Credit Cards & Credit Reporting
Compare rates and terms on credit cards, loans, and mortgages.

Credit Card comparisons from Ram Research.

Annual credit report
The official Annual Credit Report site authorized by the US government to provide one free credit report from each credit bureau per year.

Credit & Loans: Bureau of Consumer Protection
From the Federal Trade Commission, information on Your Rights, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, free credit reports, credit cards and consumer loans.



Government Consumer Information

Consumer Action Handbook    (PDF document)
The Federal government's guide to: What to know before you buy; your rights; how to file a complaint.

Consumer Topics
From National Consumer Protection Week, offers categories such as Banking, Health, Identity Theft and Privacy, and Rights and Responsibilities, with links to information such as how to file a complaint with the FTC, the federal Do Not Call list, product recalls, and staying safe online.

Household Products Health & Safety
What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling. From the National Institutes of Health.

Federal Citizen Information Center / Publications USA
From Pueblo, CO. Free publications on all sorts of topics from health and cars to gardening and family communication. A good searchable resource.

Contractors State License Board
State of California site offers 10 tips to make sure your contractor is fully qualified.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Provides safety ratings for cars and light trucks based on tests conducted by this federal agency.

More federal government agencies & offices on our Government Information page

General Consumer Sites

Consumer Reports
The Library offers free access to complete issues of Consumer Reports from 1985 to the current year, through the EBSCOhost service. You will need your library card number for access from home. Use it now

Better Business Bureau
You can read BBB alerts, file a complaint online, get in touch with your local BBB, and access many online consumer publications through the their library.

Consumer World
A large comprehensive site with links to many different areas of product price comparison, analysis, and buying. Sponsored by Verizon.

Home & Apartment Listings

Craig's List - Housing in North Bay
Apartments, houses, share rentals, and other housing listings on the North Bay section of this well-known community bulletin board.
Includes Multiple Listing Service homes and land for sale in Northern California. From Bay Area Real Estate Information Services.
Millions of home and apartment listings from the National Association of Realtors.
Online listings of millions of homes for sale and apartments for rent.

Product & Price Comparison

Consumers' Checkbook
A Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that compares and evaluates products and services for consumers, and has well-developed pages on the San Francisco Bay Area.

Consumer Reports
The web version of the magazine includes some ratings in each of the product categories.

Popular Mechanics
Feature articles compare products in the categories of: Automotive, Home Improvement, Technology, Science, The Outdoors, and a New Car Buyer's Guide. Also has helpful permanent features like "Computer Basics."
Various buying clubs.