Useful Link: Consumer Information

  • American Kennel Club
    The AKC provides coverage on all accepted dog breeds, as well as information on registration, pedigrees, and dog shows.
  • Automotive.com
    A comprehensive automotive website featuring industry-leading news with a new and used car buyer's guide with detailed pricing information, a huge classifeds section and a local cheap gas price finder among many other features. Also includes car comparisons, tips for insurance and financing and auto recalls section.
  • Better Business Bureau of New York
    Look up a complaint against a specific business, file a complaint online, and other consumer information.
  • Charity Navigator
    An independent charity evaluator that helps users evaluate the financial health of over 5,300 of America's largest charities. The site is easily navigable by charity name, location or type of activity and also features opinion pieces by Charity Navigator experts, donation tips, and top-10 and bottom-10 lists which rank efficient and inefficient organizations in a number of categories
  • Consumer Action Handbook
    Visit this site to get helpful tips on specific consumer issues, like buying a car or home or preventing identity theft. Also, find out how to file a complaint or to contact a specific company.
  • Consumer Affairs License Search
    Suffolk County Contractors License Search is a site where you can enter the telephone, business name, owner's name, address or license number of the contractor you are searching for to find information.
  • Consumer Review
    ConsumerREVIEW.com is the leading source of user-generated buying advice for outdoor sporting goods and consumer electronics. Consumers visit to learn, interact, and buy or sell the products showcased within our network of web communities.
  • Consumer Search
    This is a site for consumers who are researching reviews and prices for goods and services including: computers, health & beauty, home & garden, electronics, pets & family, automotive, kitchen & food, and many others. It also features a column on news and updates with up to date articles and both expert and user reviews.
  • Edmunds.com
    Edmunds.com provides pricing, unbiased car reviews, ratings, and expert advice to help you get a fair deal when researching new and used cars.
  • Evaluating Web Content
    This guide offers tips for evaluating the quality of content on the Web. In recent years, the Web has become a rich environment of Web pages, blogs, wikis, social networking sites, free research services, media types and more. It can be a challenge to figure out which content to trust. This page will help you to identify the type of site you are visiting and to evaluate its content.
  • FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection
    The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection works for the consumer to prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and empowers consumers with free information to help them exercise their rights and spot and avoid fraud and deception.
  • Fuel Economy - United States Department of Energy
    Fueleconomy.gov features fuel-economy, emissions, and safety data for new and used cars, as well as fuel-saving tips. You can compare new and used cars according to gas mileage, greenhouse gas emissions, air-pollution ratings, and safety records. Internal search engine allows for a quick search.
  • FurnaceCompare.com
    Search and compare air conditioners, boilers, furnaces and heat pumps, based on consumer reviews from across the web.
  • GetHuman.com
    When you're tired of wasting time due to phone systems that require you to press 10 or more options in order to reach a real person and spending many minutes or even hours on hold, consult the Get2Human database of secret phone numbers and codes that immediately get an actual, live person on the line for customer service at nearly 1000 major companies.
  • Grants.gov
    Grants.gov is your source to find, apply for and track applications for federal government grants.
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Highway Loss Data Institute
    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses (deaths, injuries, and property damage) from crashes on the nation's highways. The site includes information on vehicle ratings, traffic laws, news, research and statistics, safety facts and numerous consumer publications.
  • Internet Crime Complaint Center
    Is it a scam or not? The center is a partnership of three federal agencies that will help you decide and offer help if you feel you have been defrauded through an Internet site.
  • Internet Fraud Watch
    This site offers help to users in the areas of Internet fraud tips, scams against businesses, an online complaint form, and Internet fraud statistics.
  • Kelley Blue Book
    KBB. A full featured and fast loading site you can use to check prices and other information on a new or used car. Also offers photos, advice and car comparison when shopping for a car. Price information also available in Spanish.
  • Learn the Net
    This website offers easy instruction in browsing the Internet, using e-mail, downloading files, searching for a job, managing pictures and music, and much more.
  • My3Cents.com
    My3cents.com is a leading source of real consumer advice. Visitors come to learn, interact and voice opinions regarding companies, products and services in our open community, and help others learn from your own personal consumer experiences.
  • National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) guides
    This website offers new and used transportation retail values including cars and trucks, boats, RV's, snowmobiles, ATV's, motorcycles and airplanes, as well as consumer news, finance and insurance quotes, and warranty information. Vehicle photos are not included.
  • National Consumers League
    NCL provides government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer's perspective on concerns including child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information.
  • Network for Good
    Network for Good is an online charitable resource where people can donate to more than 1 million charities and search from among more than 36,000 volunteer opportunities. Additionally it features online donation forms and crisis relief news. This site is fully searchable. This is a website where you can give to your favorite charity/charities and have all your donation records stored and accessible at any time.
  • New York State Department of Motor Vehicles - Course Providers for the Point and Insurance Reduction Program
    This website for the DMV provides a listing of approved sponsoring agencies which provide accident prevention courses that reduce points and insurance premiums. The site lists names, phone numbers and web sites of providers.
  • New York State Office of the Attorney General Charities Bureau Registry Search
    The Attorney General's Charities Bureau is responsible for supervising charitable organizations to insure that donors and beneficiaries of those charities are protected from unscrupulous practices in the solicitation and management of charitable assets. The Bureau also supervises the activity of foundations and other charities to ensure that their funds and other property devoted to charitable purposes are properly used, and protects the public interest in charitable gifts and bequests contained in wills and trust agreements. The Bureau also maintains a registry of charities and fundraising professionals.
  • NY State Consumer Protection Board
    The Consumer Protection Board is the State's top consumer watchdog and its core mission is to protect New Yorkers by publicizing unscrupulous and questionable business practices and product recalls, conducting investigations and hearings, enforcing the "Do Not Call Law" among other necessary services.
  • NYS Professions: Online Verification Searches
    This online search, a service of the State Education Department, permits the public to obtain vital information on the records of more than 1,000,000 licensees in the 48 professions regulated by the Department, including the more than 750,000 who are currently registered to practice within the State. The most important function of professional regulation is to protect the public; this information will help inform people about the licensed professionals who offer services in New York.
  • Office of the Attorney General
    This website provides links to help you check consumer complaints against home improvement contractors in your region, rights regarding student loans, as well as a Resource Center, which contains links to job opportunities, consumer frauds, identity theft, Lemon Law protections, tenants' rights, and victims' rights.
  • Pet Choice
    This site can help you decide which pet is the right pet for you and learn about feeding, training, and whether to get a purebreed or a mixed breed. It also covers rabbits and other small animals in addition to dogs and cats.
  • Recalls.gov
    To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create www.recalls.gov -- a "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls. Topics covered include: consumer products, motor vehicles, boats, food, medicine, cosmetics and environmental products. There is also a link to report unsafe products to CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission.)
  • Safercar.gov
    Safercar.gov is a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It features the results of safety tests of various automobiles and allows buyers to evaluate the anticipated behavior of an automobile in a crash as well as many guidelines for drivers.
  • Suffolk County Consumer Affairs
    On this web site, consumers can verify whether a contractor is properly licensed, get up-to-date information on gasoline and heating oil prices, read consumer tips and even see a list of the County's "Worst Unlicensed Contractors to avoid."
  • Suffolk County Department of Health Services Restaurant Inspection Information
    This website was developed to provide an internet tool that enables Suffolk County consumers to obtain inspection information that will allow them to make an informed decision regarding patronage of any food service establishment in Suffolk.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    FDA is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome and sanitary; human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; cosmetics are safe; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe. FDA also ensures that these products are honestly, accurately and informatively represented to the public.
  • US Consumer Product Safety Commission
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction, such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals.