Consumer Reports operates free of influence from outside organizations or companies. When we partner with for-profit organizations we do so to make additional services available to our members—services that can empower consumers as they navigate a confusing marketplace. We do a careful, rigorous, and thorough analysis and screening of all potential partners, and we take great care to ensure that the nature of any relationship with another organization is based on:
- Full transparency
- Trusted information
- Honorable marketplace practices
- A unique set of services for consumers
We combine these services with our best-in-class consumer-education resources to provide consumers with essential guidance and information, always making clear what is being provided by one of our partners.
Here are a few of our key commercial service partnerships:
The Consumer Reports Build & Buy Car Buying Service allows new car shoppers to build and price vehicles, see what others paid, and get upfront pricing on real inventory from more than 15,000 dealerships nationwide that participate in the TrueCar network.
Participating dealerships provide competitive up-front pricing on vehicles that match each individual shopper’s preferences and they can offer additional CR member discounts of a minimum of $100 or more on new cars. In addition, TrueCar also helps to secure additional discounts from the manufacturers that consumers can use both within and outside their network.
Consumer Reports collects a fee from TrueCar for vehicles purchased by its members from a TrueCar dealer and for discount coupons redeemed. One hundred percent of the fees collected go to support the organization's nonprofit mission. Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with any dealer.
The Consumer Reports Used Car Marketplace provides used-car shoppers with the ability to view local pre-owned vehicles alongside our trusted car reviews and ratings. Consumers can filter local inventory by make, model, year, price, mileage, body style and Consumer Reports’ own reliability and owner satisfaction ratings.
The local inventory found in the Consumer Reports Used Car Marketplace is provided to Consumer Reports users by Cars.com and TrueCar.com. Car shoppers will find that there are free CARFAX vehicle history reports available on much of the inventory within the marketplace. For vehicles without a free CARFAX report, Consumer Reports members can purchase a CARFAX vehicle history report at a 40% discount.
Consumer Reports collects a fee from Cars.com when users check availability on a specific vehicle. Consumer Reports collects a fee from TrueCar for vehicles purchased by its members from a TrueCar dealer. One hundred percent of the fees collected go to support the organization's nonprofit mission. Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with any dealer.