• Chilton, Haynes, Mitchell and other print repair manuals
    • Repair manuals are broken into two types:
      • Model Specific Manuals (Chilton, Clymer, Haynes)
      • Annual Shop Manuals (Chilton, Mitchell, Motor)
    • There are two databases that can be used to search for the proper repair manuals by make, model and year of vehicle
    • Relevant repair manuals can also be found using a keyword or subject search on our online catalog (e.g., Keyword: “1996 Dodge Caravan” or Subject: Dodge Trucks)
  • ALLDATA Online - Printable full-text automotive diagnostic and repair information manuals
    • In addition to diagnostic/repair manuals, it offers Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs), recall information, projected labor costs for specific work, and various other information
    • The ALLDATA Online database is only accessible at the Main Library.  Information can be printed from the database using library printers.
  • Hollander Interchange Manuals
    • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) breakdowns and engine ID numbers
      • Useful for finding parts that can be used in different vehicles
  • Mitchell's Mechanical Parts & Labor Estimating Guides
    • VIN breakdowns and major mechanical component part numbers with original prices
    • Estimated labor times
  • Automobile-related Periodicals and Articles
  • YouTube Videos and Internet Forums
    • There are many videos on YouTube that provide step-by-step repair instructions for specific automobile/truck models
      • Precise keyword searches work best (e.g., “1996 Dodge Caravan starter”)
    • There exists an Internet forum/newsgroup for practically every make and model of car and truck; these can be an excellent source of information. They can be found by Internet keyword searches.
      • e.g., “Dodge Caravan forum" or "Subaru Outback forum"
  • Pricing Guides for Used Vehicles (Print and Online)
    • Kelley Blue Book
      • Online values for vehicles (1994-Current)
      • Current Kelley Blue Book editions are available in print at the Main Library and select Branches
      • Older vehicle values (1969-Current) are available in print at the Main Library
      • Main Library also carries Kelley Blue Book guides for older cars, early cars, motor homes, camper & van conversions, motorcycles, manufactured homes, and trailers
    • Edmunds
      • Online values for vehicles (1990-Current)
    • National Automotive Dealers Association
      • Also available in print at the Main Library
    • The Main Library also has a number of other specialty pricing guides such as:

No single source is comprehensive; one sometimes needs to consult more than one book/database to find all the necessary information. Contact a librarian at the Main Library’s Business, Science & Technology desk for more information.