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How to Find a Manual for a Used Car

If you don’t have an owner’s manual for your used car, you may still be able to find one even if your car is an antique.


  • Step 1: Visit an auto dealer’s parts department Visit the parts department of an auto dealer that sells your car’s make and model. Understand, though, that a paper copy of your original factory service manual from the dealership may be your most expensive option.
  • Step 2: Go to your automaker’s web site Go to your automaker’s web site. Most will have free downloads of manuals for recent car makes and models.
  • TIP: A few automakers offer paper copies of factory service manuals for purchase online.
  • Step 3: Find manual online via a third-party seller Find a manual at the web sites of reputable third-party sellers such as Helm, Haynes, and Chilton.
  • Step 4: Buy a manual at an online auction web site Bid on and buy a more obscure manual at an online auction web site.
  • TIP: If you’re a first-time online auction buyer, read the auction site’s buyer tutorial before making your purchase.
  • Step 5: Buy online at auto specialty bookstore Buy rare manuals at online bookstores specializing in automotive interests, like
  • FACT: In 2008, the average price of a used vehicle was $7,986.

You Will Need

  • Dealership
  • Internet access

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