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Consumer advocate Clark Howard is a rising star on America's airwaves, with his popular The Clark Howard Show syndicated in more than seventy cities nationwide. Five days a week, Clark brings his commonsense approach to consumer issues to millions of listeners, and this new handbook is the perfect companion for his fans.Filled with practical tips about everything from used cars to wireless deals, from health club memberships to affordable travel options,Get Clark Smart, will help readers avoid rip-offs and ...
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Overview

Consumer advocate Clark Howard is a rising star on America's airwaves, with his popular The Clark Howard Show syndicated in more than seventy cities nationwide. Five days a week, Clark brings his commonsense approach to consumer issues to millions of listeners, and this new handbook is the perfect companion for his fans.Filled with practical tips about everything from used cars to wireless deals, from health club memberships to affordable travel options,Get Clark Smart, will help readers avoid rip-offs and successfully navigate through the dozens of consumer decisions we face every day. With up-to-the-minute sections on the Internet including online investing and the best websites, this book offers advice on every topic of importance to today's concerned consumer. Presented in a clear format that his listeners would expect, Clark's wealth of knowledge makes this book essential reading for anyone who likes to get their money's worth.

Author Biography :Clark Howard is the host of The Clark Howard Show, a radio talk show syndicated in more than seventy cities around the country. He is also a featured commentator on WSBTV in Atlanta and a columnist with the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Mark Meltzer is an editor at theAtlanta Business Chronicle. Both authors reside in Atlanta.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563526299
  • Publisher: Longstreet Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/31/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note from Clark ix
Cars
Buying a New Car 2
Trade-Ins, Financing, and Extended Warranties 6
Leasing 10
Buying a Used Car 13
Car Repairs 16
Recalls 20
The Lemon Law 22
Arbitration 24
Accidents 26
Money
Clark's Rules for Investing 32
Investing 33
Short-Term Investing 49
Buying and Selling Stock 52
401 (k) Payouts 54
Taxes and Investing 57
Credit Cards 60
Credit Problems 64
Credit Reports 67
Divorce 71
Wills 74
Funerals 77
Real Estate
Getting Ready to Buy 82
Buying a New House 84
Home Warranties 88
Buying a Used House 91
Remodeling 94
Selling Your House 98
Moving 103
Home Security Systems 107
Refinancing 109
Mortgage Servicing 113
Being a Landlord 119
Being a Tenant 122
Insurance
Life Insurance 130
Disability Insurance 134
Health Insurance 136
Car Insurance 141
Homeowners Insurance 144
Technology
Buying a Computer 150
E-Mail 153
Internet Service 153
Free Stuff 155
Online Bill Paying 156
Wireless Phones 157
Long-Distance Calling 159
Satellite TV 162
Travel
Saving Money on Travel 166
Car Rentals 172
Handling Money 176
Opportunities and Hazards 177
Clark's Favorite Places to Go 181
The Basics
Solving Problems 188
Small Claims Court 190
Returning Merchandise 194
Chargebacks 196
Contracts 198
Infrequent Purchases 199
Dry Cleaning 206
Franchises 209
Multilevel Marketing 211
Ripoffs
Identity Theft 216
Extended Warranties 219
Credit Life Insurance 220
Charities 222
Health Clubs 225
Timeshares 230
Invention Services 234
Business and Employment Scams 236
Modeling Schools 239
Junk Calls 241
Workbook
Problem Documentation Sheet 246
"Drop-Dead" Letter to Collection Agencies 247
Model Letter of Complaint 248
Getting Your Name off Mailing Lists 249
Sample Credit Report 250
Your Account Numbers: The Essential List 251
What to Do When You're in an Auto Accident 251
Request for Repairs to Rental Property 252
Your Insurance Information: The Essential List 253
The Phone Book 254
Clark Howard's Favorite Web Sites 256
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