2014 Consumer Action Handbook: Buying a Car
Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required
Website Example: https://www.usa.gov/handbook
Computer(s), Internet access, projector
In this activity, students learn to be a smarter consumer and gain important knowledge for purchasing a car. Students read selections from the GSA Federal Citizen Information Center's 2014 Consumer Action Handbook and conduct online research to evaluate vehicle reliability, fuel efficiency, retail pricing, and new and used car dealership ratings.
- Be sure students have basic computer and Web site navigation skills before engaging in this activity.
- Print out copies of the Quick Consumer Tips (page 4 of the PDF file), Buyer Beware (pages 6-8 of the PDF file) and Cars (pages 12-16 of the PDF file) sections of the Consumer Action Handbook for each student.
- Familiarize yourself with the links included in each of these sections (ensure they still function) and identify links you would like your students to explore.
- Review, edit (if necessary), and print the attached "Savvy Consumer Online Research Activity" for each student.
- Write the word "consumer" on the board. Have students Think-Pair-Share a definition of this word. Make sure students understand what a consumer is.
- Lead a brief discussion about what it means to be a "Savvy/Smart Consumer" to activate background knowledge and create interest in the topic.
- Distribute the copies of Quick Consumer Tips, Buyer Beware, and Cars sections of the Consumer Action Handbook.
- Have students take turns reading aloud each of the suggestions for avoiding becoming a victim ("Quick Consumer Tips"). Discuss each suggestion as you go and ask questions to ensure comprehension.
- Have students take turns reading aloud each of the suggestions in the "Buyer Beware" section of the handbook. Discuss each suggestion as you go and ask questions to ensure comprehension.
- Have students take turns reading aloud each of the suggestions in the "Cars" section of the handbook. Discuss each suggestion as you go and ask questions to ensure comprehension.
- Have students visit the Consumer Action Handbook online and explore the links you have selected.
- Distribute and have students complete the "Savvy Consumer Online Research Activity."
- Have students share and discuss their findings.
- There are many more topics covered in this handout. Choose others to study in a similar manner. They include:
- Food and Nutrition
- Going Green
- Health CareHousing
- Privacy and Identity Theft
- Telemarketing and Unwanted Mail
- Wills and Funerals