"Cash For Clunkers" Information
The official name for the governments "Cash For Clunkers" or "Cash For Guzzlers" program is "CARS," short for Car Allowance Rebate System. For more information on the program, go to the government's CARS site.
Consumer Reports describes itself as “an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. The organization was founded in 1936 when advertising first flooded the mass media. Consumers lacked a reliable source of information they could depend on to help them distinguish hype from fact and good products from bad ones. Since then CU has filled that vacuum with a broad range of consumer information. To maintain its independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising and no free samples and employs several hundred mystery shoppers and technical experts to buy and test the products it evaluates.” Consumer Reports tests and rates nearly ever product imaginable, including motor vehicles.
Fuel Gauge Report, provided by AAA, tracks gas prices in the United States in great detail, both nationally and by state.
SmartMoney’s tag line, “It’s your money. Be smart,” says it all? A financial information and resource site, it’s a joint venture between Dow Jones & Company and Hearst SM Partnership, with an emphasis on the stock market as well as other matters personal finance.
WalletPop is a product of AOL Money & Finance and offers all sorts of personal finance information and resources as well as other matters of consumer interest.
Allstate Teen Driving provides many resources to help parents communicate the importance of driving safety to teens. Among the many support materials available, the band Lifehouse and actress Vanessa Williams have joined Allstate in their efforts.
IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), made “famous” through exposure on NBC’s “Dateline,” is a nonprofit organization (funded by auto insurers) most recognized for its crash testing of vehicles. The IIHS, in addition to posting crash test results, also offers many other resources of interest to the driving public.
Teen Driving Council’s tag line, “Clearing the road to safer teen driving through education and awareness,” only begins to describe its function. Many resources specific to teen driving safety are available on this site.
NADA Guides provide the “book values” most often used by banks to determine loan amounts and values.
Black Book provides the “book values” most often used by dealers to reference the current values of used vehicles.