How do you check a company?


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Ways to check a company include researching to see if it's part of a professional association, checking the Better Business Bureau, inquiring with government agencies and asking for references. Asking for recommendations from friends and family is a good place to start.

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In order to be part of a professional association, a company may have to meet certain professional standards set by the association. Checking the Better Business Bureau's online database informs an individual of any complaints that have been filed against the company, how its management performs, how the company handles complaints and if the government has ever had to intervene. A company that has received several complaints isn't necessarily a bad one if those complaints have been managed well.

Auto repair shops, insurance agencies and contractors may need to have a license or complete registration in order to operate. This information can be found by looking through the Blue Pages of government listings. Local and state consumer protection offices and the state attorney general's office can also be checked to see if a company has received complaints.

Checking out a company's past references is another way to get a better idea of how the company operates and find the degree of customer satisfaction.

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