Consumer 6: Research Local Companies without leaving Your Home

Friday, July 21st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Finding a reputable company to hire takes time and effort. But if you have access to the Internet, that information is now at your fingertips 24-hours a day. A new on-line service can help you research local companies without leaving your home.

Maybe it's a home remodeling project or you’re looking for a new car. Whatever you're shopping for, it's a good idea to check out several companies before you buy. "One of the things we've seen nationwide is that everyone has moved to the internet, not just us,” said the Better Business Bureau’s Rick Brinkley.

Tulsa’s Better Business Bureau is expanding its website. you can go there to read reports on hundreds of local companies. “You can search a business by their name, by their telephone number by their address," Brinkley said.

If you have a problem with a local company, you can file a complaint on-line.
You can also do some comparison shopping. "You can also request from the B-B-B to have a quote from a better business bureau member on a new swimming pool, a new home loan, a mortgage, a car, whatever it may be,” Brinkley explained. “You fill out the information, send it to us and then we take that information and give it to our members,” he continued. “They can send you a quote back to you without you ever having to leave your home."

To test the service, Consumer 6 filled out a request for a used car. Consumer 6 reporter Diane White filled out the request form. It said B-B-B members would contact White within 7 to 10 days, however it didn't take that long. The next day she received half a dozen e-mails and calls from local dealers who said they had a car that matched most of her criteria.

Several dealers also said they like the B-B-B's new service, because it's another way for them to market their products. The B-B-B updates its website every day, so you can find the latest information before you buy.

To go to the Tulsa Better Business Bureau’s website,click here.