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Featured Resource Auto Care & Repair Database
Chilton Library
Chilton Library (Chilton's Auto Manuals)
Available to members of Thrall. Automotive repair procedures, engine diagrams, diagnostics, vehicle maintenance information, recalls. Access information by specifying make and model of a car.


Other Resources Auto Shows
Auto Show News
From Road and Track.
Auto Shows
News coverage and new/concept car highlights from Edmunds.
Auto Shows
"Watch LIVE coverage, see videos, read news, and view photos from every famous international auto show annually." From Motor Trend.
Chicago Auto Show
"The largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent."
New York International Auto Show
North American International Auto Show
More commonly known as "The Detroit Auto Show."


Best Car Lists - Vehicle Rankings / Ratings / Reviews
Best and Worst Fuel Economy Vehicles
List and ratings from FuelEconomy.gov and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory.
Best Car, Truck, and SUV Rankings
From U.S. News and World Report. See also Top Ra
Best Cars Lists
Includes new, used, most popular, consumer favorites, lowest costing, and more. From Edmunds.
Car Safety Information
From Consumer Reports. See also their New Cars section for Best and Worst ratings.
Car, Sport/Utility and Truck Of The Year Winners
"The Motor Trend magazine of the Year awards are the magazine's signature annual events that crown the best of the best in the Car, Sport/Utility and Truck segments. Every year, the newest and hottest cars, trucks and SUVs are put through an extensive battery of testing and evaluation, but only one will be crowned the winner of the sought after Golden Calipers." From Motor Trend. Also check out their Car Reviews / Road Tests section.
New and Used Car Ratings
From NADA guides.
Road Test and New Car Test Drive Reviews
From Car and Driver.
Safety Center
"Get the latest information on crash test results, safety technology and performance features that help you avoid an accident altogether. Our Safety Center will help you sort through safety facts and features and fill you in on today's safest vehicles." From Kelley Blue Book. See also their Car Reviews section.
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Buying, Leasing, or Selling a Vehicle
Auto Leasing: the Art of the Deal
From LeaseGuide.com.
Buying and Selling Cars
Includes: How to Buy a Car, Selling Cars, How Kelley Blue Book Works, How Car Financing Works, VINs (Vehicle Identification Numbers), Car Insurance Tips, Leasing, How to Read a Car Window Sticker, How to Buy a Fuel-efficient Car. From How Stuff Works.
Consumer Guide Automotive
Includes "New Car Buying Tools" (Research New Cars, Compare Cars, Reviews, Local Dealers, Buying Guides) and "Used Car Buying Tools" (Research Used Cars, Local Listings, Trade-In Evaluation, Certified Pre-Owned, Prices, Ratings / Reviews, Vehicle History Reports, Sell Your Car). From ConsumerGuide.
Tips on Buying a Used Car
From USA.gov.
Used Car Buying Guide
From Consumer Reports.
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Driver Licenses & NYS DMV
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
New York State. See also their Local DMV Offices page.
General Information about Driver Licenses
From the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
New York State Driver's Manual and Study Guide
"New drivers, prepare for your NYS learner permit test and your road test. Veteran drivers, brush up on the rules of the road. This online version of the New York State Driver's Manual contains the information from Part 2 of the printed Manual (Chapters 4 through 12). Chapters 4 through 11 include the material you must read and understand to pass the written test for a Class D, DJ or E learner permit. Each of those chapters has an interactive quiz that includes actual DMV written test questions." From the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).


General Information about Automobiles
Car Talk
Tips, advice, and troubleshooting. Blog and audio programs. From National Public Radio (NPR).
Car Tech
"Car technology reviews, GPS, bluetooth, hybrid car tech, and more." From CNET.
Cars.com
"Visited by more than 10 million car shoppers each month, Cars.com is the leading destination for online car shoppers, offering credible and easy-to-understand information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. With comprehensive pricing information, side-by-side comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and a large selection of new- and used-car inventory, Cars.com puts car buyers in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make confident buying decisions."
FuelEconomy.gov
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Find and compare cars and their energy consumption and environmental impact scores. Sections include: Alternative Fuel Vehicles, New Fuel Economy Ratings, Find Your Car's Energy Impact Score, Energy Efficiency, EPA MPG Ratings, Hybrid Vehicles, Gas Mileage Tips, Gasoline Prices, Videos, Where Can I Buy Ethanol/E85/Flex-Fuel Vehicles?, News.
From How Stuff Works:
Auto Basics Library
"The Auto Basics Channel offers detailed, accurate articles about cars and educates you on auto terminology. For fun, get to know how car crushers and car washes work or which 33 cars are named after animals." Includes: How Automobiles Work, How Car Crushers Work, How Car Washes Work, How Automotive Production Lines Work, Glossary of Automotive Terms.
Auto Racing
Includes: NASCAR Drivers History, Jobs, Quizzes, Race Tracks, Racing, Season Recaps.
Automobile Parts and Systems - Under the Hood
Sections include: Aftermarket Accessories and Customization, Auto Manufacturing, Car Part Longevity, Car Trends and Innovations, Cost of Car Ownership, Dignosing Car Problems, Engines, Exhaust and Emissions, Motorcycle Parts and Accessories, Options, and more topics. From HowStuffWorks.com.
Car Models (types of)
Includes: Classic and Collectible, Concept Cars, Exotic Cars, Hybrid Cars, Luxury Cars, Modern Cars, Muscle Cars, Race Cars, Sports Cars, Unusual Cars.
How Car Engines Work
Includes: Basic Engine Parts, Internal Combustion, Engine Problems, Engine Valve Train and Ignition Systems, Engine Cooling, Air-intake and Starting Systems, Engine Lubrication, Fuel / Exhaust / Electrical Systems, Producing More Engine Power, Engine Questions and Answers, How 4-cylinder and V6 engines differ, and a Car Engines Library.
How Motorcycles Work
Includes: Chassis, Driving a Motorcycle, Engines, Future, History, Motorcycle Types, Transmissions.
Plug in America: Links and Resources
Links for information on the electric car and other alternative transports, as well as on its history. Provided by an advocacy group promoting electric cars.


History of Automobiles
America on the Move
This onilne exhibit "explores the role of transportation in American history." From National Museum of American History / Smithsonian.
Automobile in American Life and Society
Topics include Design, Environment, Gender, Labor, and Race. From the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Automobiles
From History.com
Automotive Inventions by Women
From eHow.com.
Electric Cars and History
From the Edison Tech Center.
General Motors History and Heritage
Slideshows and information.
Great Achievements: Automobile
Topics include Timeline, Early years, Assembly line, and Continuing developments. From the National Academy of Engineering
The History of Cars and Engines
From About.com.
In Search of the Canadian Car
A timeline from the 1800's to the 21st century. From the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
One Hundred Years: A Highlight of Women in the Automotive Industry
FromFrom MotorCities National Heritage Area, an "affiliate of the National Park Service dedicated to preserving, interpreting and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of the State of Michigan."
Who Invented the Automobile?
From the Library of Congress.
Women at the Wheel
A timeline of "automotive history highlights, design and technological firsts, that put American women in the driver's seat.
Women's Automotive History Highlights
A PDF from the Antique Auto Museum. Document archived at Archive.org.


Owners Manuals (Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, and Other Vehicles)
Acura
BMW
Buick
Cadillac
Chevrolet (Chevy)
Chrysler
Ford
GMC
Honda
Hyundai
Kia
Lincoln (via Ford)
Mercury (via Ford)
Mitsubishi
Nissan
Subaru
Toyota
Volkswagon
Volvo


Popular Magazines / Periodicals
Automobile
Also available in the RCLS library system.
Car and Driver
Also available in the RCLS library system.
Motor Trend
Also available in the RCLS library system.
Road and Track
Also available in the RCLS library system.


Terminology
Alphabetical Glossary of Automotive Terms
From Edmunds.
Antique Car Glossary
Vintage vehicle terminology. From Classic Car Club of America (CCCA).
Automobile Insurance Terms
From FindLaw.
Automotive Terms Glossary
From AutoZone.
Automotive Glossary
Described as "a glossary of common automotive innovations, some of which may not have existed the last time you bought a vehicle." From ConsumerGuide.
Glossary of Auto Loan Terms
From Automotive.com.
NASCAR Glossary
Auto racing terminology. From NASCAR.


Vehicle Safety & Inspections Inspections
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Safety Inspections
Answers from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
New York State Vehicle Safety/Emissions Inspection Program
Brochure from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Includes a list of "Items Inspected on Cars And Light Trucks" and details about emission inspections.
Vehicle Safety, Inspection, Repairs and Dealers
"At this web site, you can search for DMV-regulated businesses by ZIP Code or by county." From NYS DMV.

Safety Issues - Awareness, Safe Driving, Roads & Highways
Auto Safety and Preparedness
Includes Seasonal Auto Care, Driving Difficulty Map, Weather Ready Auto. From the Weather Channel.
Car Driving and Safety Channel
Includes: Automotive Accidents and Hazardous Conditions, How Crash Testing Works, How DUI (Driving Under Intoxication) Works, How Odometers Work, How Road Rage Works, How the Jaws of Life Work, How Traffic Works, Rollover Accidents Explained, Top 10 Car Summer Maintenance Tips, Top 10 Car Winterizing Tips, What if I threw my car into reverse while I was driving?, Winter Driving Tips. From How Stuff Works.
Car Safety
Articles and advice from Edmunds.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Rates automobiles for safety, has consumer brochures and videos.
Motor Vehicle Safety
Topics include: Child Passenger Safety, Seat Belts, Teen Drivers, Older Adult Drivers, Impaired Driving, Distracted Driving, Pedestrian Safety, Motorcycle Safety, Global Road Safety. From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Motor Vehicle Safety
Information and articles on driving impaired and other topics related to driving safely. From MedlinePlus.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Crash test results, recalls, auto safety hotline, and more.
Safety
Topics include: Accident Reduction Factors, Motorcycle Safety Awareness, Roadway Driving Safety, Safe Summer Driving, Safe Winter Driving, Safety Regulations. From New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).
Safety on the Road
Topics include: Child Safety Seats and Booster Seats, Children in and around Vehicles, Defensive Driving , Driver Safety, Employer Traffic Safety, Impaired Driving, Important Terminology, Mature Drivers, Public Education, Seat Belts, Speeding, State Laws, Technology Solutions. From National Safety Council (NSC): "Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council relies on research to determine optimal solutions to safety issues."
SaferCar.gov
"The nation's premier source of vehicle safety information from the government." From the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Sections include: Defects and Recalls, Crash Test and Rollover Ratings, Become a Safer Driver, Tires, Air bags and safety, Buying a Safer Car, New Car Assessment Program.
TireWise
"Because safety is our top priority, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation want to make sure you have the tools to avoid being in one of those 11,000 crashes. TireWise is your resource to help you make smart decisions to keep you and your family safe, whether you're in the market to buy new tires or want to extend the life and safety of the ones on your car or truck. TireWise is also a resource for tire manufacturers, sellers and other partners to provide essential information to consumers for choosing and caring for their tires."


Vehicle Values (New, Used, Trade-in) & Price Guides
Edmunds
Estimate new or used prices. Also includes buyers advice, carfax history (based on VIN #) for a particular vehicle. See also Edmunds' Best Cars Lists, which includes new, used, most popular, consumer favorites, lowest costing, and more.
Kelly Blue Book
Estimate new or used prices for autos, mororcycles, snowmobiles, and more based on condition and various options / features / models. Includes a "lemon check" feature.
N.A.D.A. Guides
Estimate new car prices, used car values, reviews, buying guides.
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