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New analysis of towing laws shows only 16 states ban kickbacks to property owners or law enforcement

Our new analysis, Getting Off the Hook of a Predatory Tow Part II, an update to our comprehensive 2021 report on towing protections in every state, finds that 16 states, including Maryland, currently ban kickbacks to private property owners kickbacks when the landowner notifies towing companies about vehicles to tow.

TOWING KICKBACKS: ONLY ONE-THIRD OF STATES BAN INCENTIVES TO PROPERTY OWNERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT

By Jacob van Cleef and Teresa Murray/ Consumer Watchdog team
April 27, 2022


Driving is a staple of American living. In 2020, there were more than 275 million registered vehicles in the United States. An issue that many drivers face or may be worried about is having their vehicle towed. If you ask around in your small circle, someone inevitably has a towing story.

How to save money at the grocery store, despite food price inflation

By | Danielle Melgar
Food & Agriculture Advocate

Here’s what you can do to ensure that rising food prices don’t break your bank.

In recognition of Earth Day, here are some ways you can cut back on what you throw away and, in many cases, save money and protect yourself at the same time

How to Save Food and Prevent Waste

By | Danielle Melgar
Food & Agriculture Advocate

We all play a role in creating food waste, so we can all be part of the solution.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Tips

Release: As bills from 2022 medical care arrive in mailboxes, patients should know their rights

 Patients who received medical care in January and February are starting to receive their medical bills for those services. That’s why, in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, it’s timely to remind people to check their bills carefully and make sure they know their new legal protections against surprise billing.

How to find mistakes on your credit report

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Mistakes on your credit report can cause a whole host of problems.

Buy Now Pay Later plans: Tips to avoid the pitfalls

By | Hannah Rhodes
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

These short-term installment plans are filled with landmines. Here are some tips to avoid the interest and fees that often come with these "deals."

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