What is it called in England the Better Business Bureau ?
The consumers' association in the UK goes by the name of Which?
Here's an excerpt from their website (address given below):
Today, we are the largest consumer body in the UK, with over 650,000 members. We are a registered charity and we plough everything back into consumer interests and services for our members.
Which? is completely independent - we have no owners, shareholders or Government departments on our back: we work on behalf of you, the consumer, and nobody else so you're assured you're getting the very best advice that's available.
At Which?, we're known for testing household products like washing machines and digital cameras. But that's not all we do. Confronting important consumer issues is also a key part of our work. Tackling everything from mis-selling to hospital food, our commitment to providing unbiased advice to consumers is still at the heart of everything we do, including some great new initiatives such as our Best Buy Icon and the inaugural Which? Awards.
How do I sign up with the Better Business Bureau ?
Actually it is quite simple...dependant on your location visit the website:
Enter for Canada or for the United States.
You will see at the top a bar for "Membership" which you can click to get further details on each type of membership. (National, Local etc)
Here are the basic requirements:
And in Canada (Similar in America):
Potential National Members must be actively engaged in business in Canada for not less than 36 consecutive months or such longer period of time as necessary to evaluate the applicant's record.
URL for application page:
Should be about all you need.. most of the information is right on their website.
Did anyone ever have an experience contacting the better business bureau for a lemon law case with their car?
The better business bureau will be of no help, they will merely notify the dealer that there is a problem with a customer, and give them a chance to reply. They have no power whatsoever.
http://www.carlemon.com/ Go there, pick your state, and be armed with information as to the next step.
I thought every business has to register with the better business bureau.?
The BBB is just an independent reference source for businesses, nothing more. A good, ethical business is under no obligation whatsoever to register with the BBB and it is not an indicator that a business is unethical if they are not registered with the BBB.
I run a very ethical business and I received a call from a BBB sales person who wanted me to register with the BBB for a price of $400.00. I asked her what she knew about my business and she said 'nothing'. However, she stated that I could register my business with the BBB for $400.00 and be listed as a company in good standing with the BBB.
This didn't seem like a value added service to me so I declined.
Many building departments of city governments have vendors like painters, landscapers, and construction companies register with them and maintain a list of good companies to work with. Try calling the Building Department at your City Hall to see if they have a similar program that can provide approved vendors.
What are the advantages of joining the Better Business Bureau?
Their are plenty of advantages of joining the BBB; however make sure your business meets the criteria. The advantages to having a membership is to be updated on good business practices and updates to new business laws/regulations. It also helps resolve possible disputes with your customers/clients by using a form of mediation instead of tying up the busy court systems. It also allows your clients to research your business before contacting you for their needs. Some disadvantages are meeting the eligibility to join, having to follow up with monthly readings and updating your business profile. It can become very time consuming, but verses the pros's and con's I would say their are more pros's and you should definitely join.
what affect does the better business bureau have on crooked car dealerships?
If the dealer is a member of the BBB, it will probably do whatever it can to make sure your complaint ends up in the garbage can.
The BBB has no authority to regulate business practices and has no authority to punish companies that scam you.
If you have been scammed, call the police and then consider a lawsuit. If you can recover all or most of what you lost, and if you can prove your allegation(s), small claims court is the way to go. The limit in most states is $10,000.
Make sure to notify both the dealer and the BBB that you are going to call your local radio stations and newspapers to voice your complaints.
That said, many small claims court judges are not worth the powder it would take to blow them away.