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Northeast Florida & The Southeast Atlantic
BBB 2013 Year in Review
February 06, 2014

Jacksonville, FL - More than 1.1 million people turned to Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Northeast Florida and the Southeast Atlantic for services ranging from verified BBB Business and Charity Reviews to consumer tips and dispute resolution services last year, up 26% from 2012.

More than half of the service was delivered through BBB’s website, which saw nearly 1.2 million hits, up 22 percent from 2012. Telephone calls remained roughly the same at 52,389. These statistics indicate that consumers are relying more heavily on email, websites and social media to obtain information and services.

Requests for BBB Business Reviews topped 950,000, a 35% increase from 2012. Inquiries about construction and remodeling services (including roofing contractors) topped the list of requests at more than 88,000.

When consumers call or check our website, they can see how businesses and charities have satisfied consumers, whether they have any customer complaints and how those complaints were resolved. BBB Business Reviews also display a rating from A+ to F, based on 16 factors. In addition, the reviews give the contact information and details such as products or services a company offers.

Many consumers go on to request further information from BBB Accredited Businesses through BBB’s Request A Quote service or links displayed on BBB Business Reviews. BBB Serving Northeast Florida and the Southeast Atlantic saw an increase of 70% in its Request A Quote Service in 2013.

Complaints filed against companies in our region declined 3% to 7,472, and 45% of complaints were resolved. BBB considers the combination of increased inquiries and lower complaints a sign of progress, indicating consumers are making better informed buying decisions.

Complaints against collection agencies again led the list of industries with the most complaints. The second highest number of complaints were against auto dealers.

BBB challenged a total of 69 local ads that did not comply with the BBB Code of Advertising or that violated state and federal laws.

BBB issued 67 press releases, including 27 that warned of substandard business practices uncovered in some of the 45 investigations conducted at the Jacksonville BBB. Other releases provided timely advice to consumers affected by data breaches at major retailers or those seeking to hire a contractor.

Consumers can now learn to protect themselves or find BBB Business Reviews of businesses or charities by calling (800)940-1315 or by going online to www.bbb.org.

Charts showing the top categories for BBB Business Reviews and for complaints about companies in our 58 county service area are available below.

Better Business Bureau

Serving Northeast Florida & the Southeast Atlantic*

Top 10 Industries FOR BBB Business Reviews In 2013

Roofing Contractors

34,414

Collection Agencies

19,940

Credit Services

19,362

Insurance Companies

17,667

Mortgage Brokers

12,943

Air Conditioning Contractors & Systems

12,631

Auto Dealers - New Cars

12,010

Sporting Goods - Retail

11,627

Taxes - Consultants & Representatives

11,323

Computers - System Designers & Consult

11,239

Totals All Industries 707,544

Source: Better Business Bureau Serving Northeast Florida & the Southeast Atlantic

Top 10 Categories For Complaints In 2013

Collection Agencies

675

Auto Dealers-New Cars

453

Sporting Goods-Retail

379

Health & Diet Products-Retail

285

Auto Dealers-Used Cars

267

Computers-System Designers and Consult

259

Apartments

257

Auto Repair & Service

150

Publishers - Directory & Guide

147

Roofing Contractors

131

Totals All Industries 7,472

Source: Better Business Bureau Serving Northeast Florida & the Southeast Atlantic

*Statistics are based on inquiries and complaints about companies in the 58 counties served by BBB Serving Northeast Florida & the Southeast Atlantic and may not be indicative of trends nationwide.

Find consumer tips and BBB Business Reviews at 904-721-2288 or www.bbb.org.

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Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization's high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB is the preeminent resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses and charities.

Contact BBB serving Northeast Florida & The Southeast Atlantic at 800-713-6661