Del. Auto Auction, Grocery deals & DTV assistance

May 27, 2009 4:25:37 AM PDT
The latest consumer news including car auctions, DTV help, and travel requirements.Car Auction

If you're looking to buy a vehicle at a low, low price, consider getting a car once owned by the state of Delaware.

To bid on one, all you have to do is go online.

"There are about 400 cars total out of the state vehicle fleet that we're going to be trying to auction off between two weeks ago and June 30th. We're trying to move a lot of cars fairly quickly and people should be able to get good deals," Lt. Governor Matt Denn of Delaware said.

Traditional sedans, as well as, trucks and vans will be available.

Links to the online auction: http://www.govauctionlistservices.com/ and http://gss.omb.delaware.gov/surplus/auction.shtml

From Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., you can actually see some of the cars in person by going to the Delaware Surplus Services at 1 Wilmington Avenue in Delaware City.

"This auction is part of a larger effort on our part to reduce our state vehicle fleet by 20-percent which is itself an effort to get our state budget deficit under control" Denn said.

Grocery Bargains

If you're looking for markdowns on groceries, check out Giant and Martin's Food stores. Just this week, the chains lowered prices on more than 5,000 everyday items.

LINKS: http://www.giantfoodstores.com and http://www.martinsfoods.com

Converter Care

Good news, if you're still struggling or now scrambling to install a converter box to get ready for the transition to digital television.

Certain companies will install your box for you and the Government is picking up the tab!

The Federal Communications Commission has contracted with some vendors to provide the service to consumers free of charge.

Here's what an FCC contractor can do:
Connect up to two of your converter boxes.
Perform a channel scan or rescan of your box.
Make minor adjustments to your antenna.
Show you how to operate your box.

"But you have to make sure that the person who says they're going to help you - one, doesn't charge you and two, is legitimate. So contact the FCC and make sure the company is listed and if they're not listed, do not let them in your home," Lance Haver of Philadelphia Consumer Affairs said.

You can find a list of installers contracted with the F-C-C at these links: http://www.dtv.gov/dtv_contractors.html or http://www.dtv.gov/contracts_awarded.html

You can also call by phone at 1-888-CALL-FCC.

Keep in mind, the installer cannot provide you with other services you're required to pay for like cable or satellite TV.

And remember, the transition to DTV happens on June 12th.

New Travel Requirements If you're traveling to and from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean this summer, you better read this. You've already had to show your passport when flying, but starting Monday, you'll also have to show a passport if you're traveling by land or sea. To avoid delays at the airport, don't use shortened versions of your name when booking your flight and don't forget to include your middle name, if it's on your passport. LINK: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1082.html

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