News from the Reference Desk Category: Auto

Leasing vs. Buying a New Car

Will you be needing a new car in the near future? Have you wondered what the advantages are to leasing a new car? Consumer Reports just published an article comparing and contrasting both approaches as well as a specific example that compares the financing details between buying and leasing a 2017 Honda Accord. There are pros and cons for both approaches but Consumer Reports provides all the necessary information in order to make an informed decision. The Library has a subscription to the online Consumer Reports which is linked on the Web Resources page–you will need your library card number and pin to access remotely. Please contact the Research Services Desk (847 590 4050/reference@mppl.org) on the second floor of the Library if you have any questions.

EPA Emissions Testing Notices

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Due to the budget crisis in Illinois, the Illinois EPA has suspended the mailing of emissions test notifications.  If you have plates expiring at the end of March 2016 you’ll be the first group of drivers who do not receive a mailed notification for the emissions test.

The EPA encourages drivers to get their emissions test done several weeks before the plate sticker expiration date, particularly should you need to have repairs done if you don’t pass the initial test.  You can have your emissions test done 4 months in advance of when your plates expire.  If your emissions test is not completed and in the system it can cause problems when renewing your plates or drivers license.

The Illinois Secretary of State has an online tool to determine whether your vehicle is due for an emissions test http://www.ilsos.gov/regstatus/

For further information please visit: http://www.epa.illinois.gov/topics/air-quality/mobile-sources/vehicle-emissions-testing/faqs/notice/index

Vehicle Sticker Renewal Notices

motorcyclelgMany of you may have heard, but please be aware that the Secretary of State is no longer mailing out vehicle registration renewal notices due to the state budgetary issues.  The last group of paper notices was mailed out in early September for those who had stickers expiring in October. If your sticker expires in November or after that you won’t be getting your reminder in the mail.

There is an alternative though; you can sign up to get an e-mail notification when you need to renew your  license plate stickers.  You’ll need your registration ID and PIN. The link to the online notification sign-up is https://www.ilsos.gov/greenmail/

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http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150928/NEWS/150929578

Roads of Yesterday

Summertime in most areas of the United States heralds road construction season. But what was it like for automobile drivers 100 years ago? This video prepared by the Ford Motor Company shows how the Model T was built and what it was like to drive in those early days of the automobile age. Most roads were not paved and snow plowing was nonexistent. Mount Prospect entered the automobile age in full force when William Busse bought his first Buick automobile and eventually became a Buick dealer. Here is a c1920 photograph from the Mount Prospect Historical Society showing William and his son, Fred, with the family’s first automobile. Most of Mount Prospect’s roads were unpaved until the mid-1920s.

Free DMV Permit Practice Tests

You can take free permit driving tests for car or motorcycle through our web resources page with our new site, Driving Test Prep. These are multiple choice questions and you can see the results immediately. Also available are practice tests for the CDL (commercial driver’s licence). This is an excellent resource for new drivers but also a great way to test your knowledge even if you’ve been driving for decades.