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Web Buzz: Get an advance look at ride-share fares

Find out what your Uber fare will be before you open its app.

Name: UberFareFinder.com

What it does: Allows budget-minded travelers to get Uber fare estimates while planning trips. Ready to book? Go ahead and click "Request" to move through Uber's system.

What's hot: The site (also readable on your smartphone browser) gives you the information you need — no muss, no fuss. Plug in your address or even just a landmark, and you'll get your fare and car options all on one page. It also gives you the trip's mileage and how long it will take. Most important, it gives you a heads-up on surge pricing with messages such as, "No surge pricing in effect" or "Includes 1.6x surge pricing." The company, also known for TaxiFareFinder.com, has two more related websites launching at the same time, LyftFareFinder.com and CurbFareFinder.com. It's worth noting that when I compared UberFareFinder to competitor websites, I was pleased that I could browse UberFareFinder without a barrage of ads.

What's not: Regular Uber passengers might not find this site necessary because the Uber app provides you with a fare estimate before you agree to the ride.

— Jen Leo

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