Kevin Brasler, For The Inquirer

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Popular mechanics: How to get high-quality, affordable, hassle-free auto repair

Checkbook’s advice: If the work you need is not covered by a new-car warranty, use an independent shop.

Shopping online this season? Here are ways to save from consumer advocates who tested the market

The biggest spending mistake most consumers make is failing to comparison shop for the best prices.

Consumers Checkbook’s tips on how to get the best fence for your buck

Checkbook’s undercover shoppers found some companies charging more than twice as much as others for the same work.

Need HVAC help for cool weather? Here’s how to pick a new heating system wisely.

For furnaces, it usually makes sense to pay extra for a more efficient furnace, compared to a minimally efficient model. The resulting energy savings from more efficient equipment quickly “pays off.

How not to get walked on when you buy carpeting

The cost of “free” installation is often built into the price of the carpet. You are likely to get a lower price for the carpet at another vendor where installation is not free.

How to save $500 or even $1,000 a year on car insurance in the Philly area

Most consumers stay with the same company year after year, thinking they're getting steep discounts for loyalty. But that's usually not true. And with most companies, your credit score and other information may matter more than your driving record.

How to find the best-rated tree-care services companies in the Philadelphia area

Until May 15, Delaware Valley Consumers' Checkbook is offering free online access to its ratings of tree care services to Inquirer readers.

What you can do to keep your home safe, and Philly area’s best-rated home security providers

Delaware Valley Consumers Checkbook evaluated area home security companies to find the best service providers. The ratings are available online for free for the Inquirer readers.

Get the best Valentine’s Day blooms for your buck

If you want an arrangement delivered, seek exotic or unusual flowers or need advice, your best bet is a retail florist. But if you’re willing to pick up blooms yourself, you can probably save money,