Consumer Reports August 2020: Purchasing a New or Used Car

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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

woman reading magazine on ipadDue to the coronavirus, car dealerships are rethinking how they sell cars. Depending on where you live in the US, if may be possible to arrange a car purchase entirely from home. This month’s cover article, “The Right Time to Buy is Now,” lists the steps involved in a typical sale. A list of used vehicle models that have proven to be reliable is also included.

A recent Consumer Reports survey found that about 50% of American households have a garbage disposal. In addition to being convenient, garbage disposals also keep food waste from ending up in landfills. The average garbage disposal lasts around 11 years. If you’re planning to replace one soon, check out the product reviews in “Designed to Grind.” The article includes a list of items that can and cannot be put into a garbage disposal.

The coronavirus has also changed the way people grocery shop. To minimize trips to a store, consumers are stocking up on staples, including frozen meals. According to the American Frozen Food Institute, the April 2020 sales of frozen meals increased by 48% over April 2019.  “Why Frozen Meals Are Now Hot” reviews 30 entrees that are healthier but flavorful.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • “Love at First Flush” (bidet seats and attachments)
  • “Do-It-Yourself Home Repairs”
  • “How to Soothe Your Soul” (tips on how to feel calmer and more centered)
  • “When Your Insurer Drops Your Drug”
  • Ratings for compact and subcompact SUVs

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2016.

To access Consumer Reports online free from the library’s website, click on the research tab and browse the alphabetical listing of databases for Consumer Reports Online.

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