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Car Buying & Maintenance   Tags: adults, buying, consumers, faq, finance, how-to, shopping  

Get advice on how to buy a car or fix it up.
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Car Buying & Maintenance

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Online Collections about Car Buying & Maintenance

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  • Auto Repair Reference Center
    Provides car repair manuals for over 20,000 makes and models from 1945 to present. Includes service bulletins, recalls, repair procedures, and wiring diagrams.
  • Chilton Library
    Find car repair manuals for thousands of makes and models from 1940 to present. Includes repair procedures, wiring diagrams, photographs and more to help you fix your car.
  • offers all of the content of the Consumer Reports website for free to Westerville Library patrons! Find product reviews and ratings for everything from cars and appliances to electronics and insurance.
  • Legal Forms Library  
    Find legal forms for everything from accident reports to bills of sale.

Websites about Cars

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Basic Information about Car Buying & Maintenance

Choosing a Car

  • Consumer Reports: The April issue includes top picks, reviews of current models and evaluations of used vehicles. Other issues contain in-depth articles on various models, often focusing on such nuts and bolts details as tires and batteries. Online edition.
  • Motor Trend: Includes car pricing information, current rebates & incentives, safety data, car photos, specs & more.
  • Car and Driver: Provides car reviews and car buying advice.
  • Road & Track: Check out buyers guides, sneak peeks, road tests and more.
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: Gives crash data for cars as well as data on seat/head restraints
  • Provides gas mileage data on U.S. cars, trucks, vans, etc.
  • Automobile Quarterly: For antique car enthusaists.

Price Comparisons

  • N.A.D.A. Used Car Guides: Includes pricing information for used cars, including suggested retail value. Also includes pricing for vans, trucks, recreational vehicles, marine vehicles, motorcycles, etc.
  • Kelley Blue Contains information on calculating financing rates.
  • Offers comparisons on new and used car deals, incentives, rebates and road test results.

Buy v. Lease

  • Covers the pros and cons of leasing a car versus buying it outright.
  • Helps auto consumers understand leasing, take advantage of its benefits, get the best deals, and avoid potential mistakes and problems.


    • Auto Repair Reference Center: Provides a great deal of vehicle information to the car owner who wants to repair a car or who just wants to understand how the car works. Vehicle information includes repair procedures, service bulletins and recalls, and wiring diagrams.
    • Chilton's Repair Manuals: Covers such concerns as general maintenance, fuel system, engine overhaul, engine or chassis electrical, and suspension and steering. Also available online.
    • Clymer's Car Repair Manuals: Another useful repair manual series.

    Books about Car Buying & Maintenance

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    Chilton's Repair Manuals (series)
    Call Number: 629.2
    The standard in car repair manuals, these books provide basic instructions for fixing various makes, models and years.

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    Clymer Repair Guides
    Call Number: 629.2
    For motorcycles

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    Car Buying Revealed
    Call Number: 629.222 MON


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