Consumer Guide: Buying Appliances

Consumer Guide

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Buying Tip #1

Avoid the Impulse Buy

  • To make sure you will be satisfied with your purchase in the years to come, make a list of your priorities.
  • For example; “energy efficient”

Buying Tip #2

Comparison Shop

  • Retailers are so competitive these days, so make sure you check prices online and in stores.
  • If you find a good deal at one retailer, see if another retailer is willing to beat the price.

Buying Tip #3

The Right Fit

All too often we hear from people who say the deliverymen scratched their walls, damaged their doors or floors because the appliance didn’t quite fit into the house.
  • Measure the area where the appliance is going to make sure it will fit in the space.
  • Also, make sure it can fit through doorways.


Buying Tip #4

Fridge Door Inspection

  • Before buying a refrigerator, do you know what side the door should swing open?
  • Before heading to the appliance store, find this out!

Buying Tip #5

My Appliance is Broken, Now What?

  • Before leaving the showroom, ask about warranties, what is covered and who handles repairs.
  • Read the fine print to see what is and isn’t covered.
  • Make sure whomever fixes your appliance is certified to do so by the manufacturer

Buying Tip #6

Fill Out Those Cards

  • Take a few minutes to fill out and mail the warranty and registration cards that come with your appliance.
  • Doing so will ensure you’re kept up-to-date on recalls or any other issues you may need to know about your appliance.

Buying Tip #7

Reviews are Your Friend

  • Before you buy the appliance, check reviews.
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission now has a new website where consumers can report any problems they are having with products.
  • The CPSC forwards the complaint onto the manufacturer allowing them to respond.

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