Where to Start

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
  • FuelEconomy.gov: Provides gas mileage data on U.S. cars, trucks, vans, etc.

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 Book.com: Contains information on calculating financing rates.
  • Edmunds.com: Offers comparisons on new and used car deals, incentives, rebates and road test results.

Buy v. Lease


  • 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.

Search Starters

Browse the library's books about cars.

Websites about Cars

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