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Zagat Rates Car Rental Agencies

Better known for aggregating restaurant reviews, Zagat now branches out to rental car companies. In almost every category, Hertz is rated tops, often closely followed by National. See the ratings of the top 10 car rental agencies.

7 Ways to Save on Car Rentals

car rentals As you begin to make summer vacation plans, check out these tips from the New York Times on how to save on car rentals. Based on personal experience, if you book early using the "pay later" option, re-check rates for the same rental each week to see if the price has dropped. If it has, make a new reservation at the lower price, and cancel the original one. Repeat this process until a few days before your rental.

Dishwasher Detergents Tested; To Pre-rinse or Not to Pre-Rinse

Consumer Reports just retested dishwasher detergents, including how well they work in hard water. And there was a bit of an upset. Finish Quantum, the top-rated brand the past couple of years, was demoted to third place. Its cheaper sister, Finish Powerball Tabs, moved into first place. And Cascade Complete packets came in second. And in the never-ending debate of whether to pre-rinse dishes, one local TV station put a waterproof camera inside a dishwasher to find out!

Thanks for Good Customer Service

roses Here's a place to publicly thank customer-oriented companies for providing good service. MrConsumer had extraordinary service from Aldi, Vistaprint, Stop & Shop Pharmacy, and SurveyGizmo recently. See what they did, or better yet, add your own compliment about a different company that gave you great service. [No whining allowed.]


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  • Should You Buy Long Term Care Insurance?
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  • Consumer's Small Claims Victory Over Honda Overturned
  • The Lazy Man's Guide to Lawn Care
  • Study: Consumers Still Misunderstand Credit Reports/Scores
  • Can Debt Collectors Call Your Cellphone in this Case?
  • Do You Know the Antioxidant Power of Your Favorite Foods?
  • Beware: Your Inactive Brokerage Account May Escheat to the State
  • In AZ, Missing Prices Doesn't Mean Missing Profits
  • Consumer Reports Retests Dishwasher Detergents
  • Sketchers Toner Shoes Buyers to Get Refunds
  • Consumer Reports Picks Two "Best Buy" Grills under $250
  • Beware of Card Skimmers at Gas Stations [video]
  • New Dish Network DVR Will Skip Over Commercials
  • Home Storm Damaged? Dish Still Wants $$$ for Their Dish
  • Benefits of "Good" Cholesterol Questioned
  • Forget Toasters, This Bank is Giving Away Mercedes
  • Verizon Wireless Phasing Out Unlimited Data Plan
  • 23 Ways to Lower the Costs of Home Improvement

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  • 2011 Return Policy Survey
  • Sears Caught Cramming Service Contracts onto Appliance Orders
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Reviewed
  • Groceries Price Comparison Survey: Drugstores vs. Supermarkets
  • Flaw Lets Hackers Spoof Your Caller ID to Gain Access to Your Credit Card Account History at Major Banks
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Reviewed
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