CHECKBOOK/The Center for the Study of Services is an independent, nonprofit consumer
organization founded in 1974. Our purpose is to provide consumers information to help them get high
quality services and products at the best possible prices. We are supported entirely by subscription payments
and donations from individual consumers who subscribe to our magazines, and by fees for
our survey and information services and books. So that there can be no question of bias, we do not accept donations from businesses
and our websites and publications accept no advertising, referral fees, or similar payments.
We publish Consumers CHECKBOOK
magazine in seven local versions: in the Boston, Chicago, Delaware Valley, Puget Sound,
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Twin Cities, and Washington, DC, areas. CHECKBOOK evaluates
the quality and prices of local service providers and stores, such as auto repair shops,
plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies. CHECKBOOK has won the National
Press Clubs prestigious First Place Award for Excellence in Consumer Journalism.
The Center provides various kinds of help to consumers who
want to buy or lease a new car. Check out our CarBargains
and LeaseWise services which help consumers get great deals
from new car dealers by making them bid competitively for your business. Another of our
publications, CarDeals, is a bi-weekly newsletter detailing
auto rebates and incentives offered by car manufacturers.
addition, the Center is busy in the health care arena, publishing national guides,
including Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, Guide to Top Doctors, and Consumers Guide to Hospitals. These guides are
available online and in book form.