Internet Resources - Consumer



Databases

  • Auto Repair Reference Center
    Troubleshooting, care and repair tips and more for your automobile. Search by model, make, and year for news, diagrams, and specific information about your car.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Do-It-Yourself, Technology, Transportation
  • ChiltonLibrary.com
    ChiltonLibrary provides automotive repair information for do-it-yourself (DIY) people. You'll find exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Do-It-Yourself, Education, Transportation
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
    Provides information on a large variety of home improvement projects, with charts, glossaries, how-to videos, and more.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Do-It-Yourself, Gardening
  • Price It! Antiques and Collectibles
    This database leverages information from a variety of sources to help you determine market value for antiques and collectibles. The Info Center also contains articles on a wide array of subjects including repair, restoration and conservation of antiques, hiring an appraiser and many specific areas of collecting. You may also browse a directory of over 4,000 collecting clubs from around the world in the Collecting Clubs Directory.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Do-It-Yourself, Price Guides
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
    Provides information on specific makes and models of a variety of small engine driven machines, including: tractors, snowmobiles, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft, marine/boat motors, generators, and more.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Do-It-Yourself, Technology

Recommended Websites

  • Better Business Bureau (Consumers)
    You can visit this site to check out a business or charity, find information about product alerts, or file a complaint online.
    Browse related subjects: Charities, Companies, Consumers
  • California Dept. of Consumer Affairs - License Lookup
    Use this page to look up a company or individual who has a license issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs for the businesses / professions listed (currently more than 50 types are searchable).
    Browse related subjects: Consumers
  • Consumer.gov
    This site is designed to be a one-stop link to a broad range of federal information resources available online. Locate information by categories (such as Food, Health, Product Safety, Your Money, and Transportation), then subcategories can direct you to areas within individual federal web sites containing related information (more than 100 are currently listed).
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Government
  • ConsumerSearch
    Easy-to-use guide to hundreds of product reviews. RSS feed and e-mail newsletter available.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Price Guides
  • FuelEconomy.gov
    This is the official U.S. government source for fuel economy information. The site offers side-by-side comparisons of different automobile makes and models, a hybrid comparison tool, and news regarding fuel economy in the auto industry.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Environment, Government, Transportation
  • Kelley Blue Book
    This is an excellent place to start when considering buying or selling a car. Find your car's trade-in value or private party value. Also, price new cars and compare used and new cars. KBB provides estimates for vehicles dating as far back as 1993. The library also has paper copies of Kelley's various price guides, including for motorcycles and recreational vehicles. The Downtown Branch keeps older editions, useful for estimating a vehicle's value at a given time in the past.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Price Guides, Transportation
  • NADA Guides
    NADA provides price guides for cars, RVs, boats, motorcycles, and classic cars. You can find what to expect to pay for a new or used car, how much to expect for trade-in or private party value for all years, makes, and models of vehicles.
    Browse related subjects: Consumers, Price Guides, Transportation
  • PG&E Gas Transmission Pipelines
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company has released an interactive map that can help you to learn more about pipelines in your neighborhood. The site also provides information about gas pipeline safety.
    Browse related subjects: California, Companies, Infrastructure
  • Recalls.gov
    This is a "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Association, United States Coast Guard, Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency have joined together to provide safety and recall information for many different products, including pet food, cosmetics, cars, baby products, medicine, and boats. There is also a form to report a dangerous product.
    Browse related subjects: Consumer Health, Consumers, Food, Medicine, Transportation

Did You Know?

Volunteering Vacations

Are you interested in a volunteer vacation this year? Check these websites for ideas and information:

The American Hiking Society
"On an AHS Volunteer Vacation, you visit stunning backcountry locations to construct or rebuild footpaths, cabins and shelters."

Cross-Cultural Solutions
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