Where do all the owner's manuals go?

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Dear Car Talk | Aug 01, 1991

Dear Tom and Ray:

I just bought a used 1988 Ford Escort. The problem is that it came without an owner's manual. Do you know where I could get one?

TOM: You've raised one of the great unanswered questions of all time, Diane. Where do these owner's manuals go? Do people throw them away because there's not enough room in the glove compartment for the manual and the Wayne Newton tapes? Do they get lost under the front seat with all those banana peels? Do people keep them as momentos when they sell their cars?

RAY: These are questions that may remain unanswered for decades, Diane. But luckily, a replacement is easy to get. A company called "Helm, Incorporated" carries owner's manuals for Ford, as well as manuals for Lincoln- Mercury, Chevy, Pontiac, Cadillac, Isuzu, Mazda, Honda, and Acura.

TOM: Their toll free number is 1-800-782-4356. And most of the manuals are actually quite inexpensive--like less than ten bucks. Of course, since these owner's manuals are so delicate and breakable, they tack on another $3.50 or so for "shipping and handling."

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