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Hidden Car Warranties
- Nothing’s more frustrating to a car owner than discovering peeling paint or a leaking sunroof on a car that’s not so old. Having to make expensive, post-warranty repairs can leave you feeling ripped off. But Consumer Reports says you might be able to get your car fixed for free –– if you know the secret.
- Coffee sales are on the rise, with most people buying blended coffees — those that are a combination of beans from two or more varieties. Consumer Reports tested dozens of coffees to help you wake up and smell the tastiest coffees.
High-Fee College Bank Cards
- As college students head off to school, they have to figure out how to set up their banking and receive their financial aid.
Campus-sponsored bank accounts and prepaid cards may seem an easy and convenient choice. And they often also serve as student IDs. But Consumer Reports has found some of these accounts could be a fee trap.
Fact Finders: Bicyclist Hit, Shocked Driver Hasn't Been Ticketed
- Questions are being asked by a car accident victim after a ticket has not been issued to the driver that hit him.
Versatile Blu-Ray Players
- Millions of Americans now watch video that’s streamed to their TV over the Internet. Many use set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku. Now Consumer Reports just has just tested the latest Blu-ray players and says they are another great option for streaming video to your television.
Best Buy Portable Generators
- Sales of portable generators spike every time the power gets knocked out. A good one can keep the basics running. Consumer Reports just tested more than 40 and can tell you which generators offer the best performance, so you have power when you need it.
Tasty/Healthy Breakfast Cereals
- Cereal is a staple in 91 percent of American households. Most eat it for breakfast, but 11 percent have cereal for dinner, according to the market research company Mintel. Consumer Reports hunted down the most nutritious cereals that are also tasty.
Help. My Cell Phone Battery Died
- You’re on the road and your phone goes dead. Sound familiar? Nearly half of vacationers say dead phone batteries are a problem, according to a Consumer Reports’ survey. For those times when you can’t plug in, Consumer Reports checked out some smart new ways to keep your phone alive.
Blender may Pose Safety Risk
- Makers of the popular “As Seen on TV” product — the “NutriBullet” — have come out with a new version. It’s supposed to be even more powerful for creating healthy drinks, but Consumer Reports says it could pose a safety risk.
Ultra HD TV's
- Just when you thought you had the sharpest picture possible on your high-definition television … manufacturers are promoting
ultra high-definition, also called ultra H-D, U-H-D or 4-K. It takes picture detail to the next level. Should you buy an ultra high-def TV? Consumer Reports just tested some of the latest sets.
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