Where can I find an owner's manual for my new-to-me used car?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Feb 01, 2001

Dear Tom and Ray:

I've just bought a mint, low-mileage '89 Chevy 4-by-4 Blazer. I'm looking for an owner's manual, and I can't seem to locate one. Can you help? -- Doug

TOM: Of course we can help, Doug! We just happen to have a special, gold-lame, hard-bound, collector's edition of the '89 Blazer owner's manual on sale this week for only $289.95. How many you want?

RAY: Actually, Doug, there are many places to get old owner's manuals. Helm Inc. (www.helminc.com or 800-782-4356) publishes and sells old manuals for General Motors Corp. (Chevy, GMC, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Saturn and Cadillac). And they happen to sell the '89 Blazer manual for about $15. Helm also carries manuals for Ford Motor Co. (Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Jaguar), Honda, Acura, Isuzu, Suzuki, Hyundai, Subaru and Kia.

TOM: For those people looking for other manuals, Chrysler (Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, Jeep, Eagle) manuals are handled by DDS (800-890-4038). DDS also sells Nissan and Infiniti manuals (800-247-5321), as well as Volkswagen and Audi manuals (800-544-8021). Toyota and Lexus manuals are provided by Toyota's own Material Distribution Center (800-443-7656).

RAY: So that covers most of the major manufacturers. For other manuals, you can try the parts department of your local dealership. And if you need a hard-to-find manual or a manual for a rare car, you can try one of these publishers: carmanuals.com, autobooksbishko.com (440-338-4811), lloydsautolit.com (440-338-1527), Faxon (800-458-2734) or Bob Johnson's Auto Literature (800-334-0688).

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