Find Your Car’s Repair Manual Online

January 28, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016

Those of us who don’t have the money to buy a brand new car usually settle for a used one. Quite often, you may discover that the car you bought does not include an owner’s manual.

Obviously, you are going to need one. So what do you do to assure that you have it?

Many new used car owners turn to the original manufacturer of the car for help. This means a search on a manufacturer’s website and possible download of the book. If you just purchased an older vehicle, say pre-1990, the manufacturer may not have your particular manual available.

For example, if you purchased a Chevrolet, you can visit MyChevrolet.com to find a manual. However, their owner’s manuals library start with the 1993 models.

Chrysler’s owner’s manuals library starts with 2004 models. Older books are available on paper and you have to pay for it. These manuals start with the 1981 model year.

What follows is the availability of manuals on the most popular auto manufacturers’ sites.

  • You can get a download of manuals at MyBuick.com starting with the 1993 model year.
  • This manufacturer’s manual library begins with the 2004 model year. If you need a manual for an older car, then you can get a paper version starting with the 1981 model year.
  • Manuals starting with the 1996 model year can be found online for free downloading.
  • Manuals are available starting with the 1993 model year and can be downloaded for free.
  • Honda’s owner’s manuals library begins with the 1980 model year. You can download the book or you can purchase a printed copy.
  • This manufacturer’s library begins with the 2003 model year. However, you are required to register on the site and include your car’s VIN.
  • You can get a manual going back to the 2000 model year through the present.
  • You can go to the owner’s section of this manufacturer’s website and find manuals starting with the 2009 model year. You can make a special request on site for a manual of an older model Nissan.
  • Although there is no longer an Oldsmobile division of General Motors, you can still get a manual at MyGM.com. The library begins with the 1993 model year.
  • You can get manuals going back to the ’93 model year on MyGM.com.
  • The owner’s section of this company’s website includes a library of manuals that go back to the 1996 model year.
  • This manufacturer offers printed manuals for a fee starting with the 1996 model year.

A full list of auto manufacturers is available at the Autobytel website.

There are a number of publishers who also offer an owner’s manuals library where you can find a manual for your particular car. However, you will have to pay a fee. These publishers include:

 

There are also swap meets where factory-issued service manuals are offered. Of course, you will have to pay for it. You can also work the Internet to find forums, automobile clubs, and message boards where you can discuss your predicament with other auto enthusiasts.

As you can see, if you own an older car then you may have problems finding the proper manual. Besides the sites discussed above, there are a number of websites that provide an owner’s manuals library where you can discover hard to find manuals. One such site is Manualsdir.com. The site also includes manuals for all sorts of other items including consumer electronics goods. If is very easy to navigate. Just type in the make and model of your car and a list of manuals will appear.

Thanks to the Internet, buyers of used vehicles that do not have their owner’s manuals don’t have to make a senseless number of phone calls to auto parts retailers, car manufacturers, and publishers. You can just sit down, tap on your computer’s keyboard, click your mouse and find the proper owner’s manual for your car.