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Auto Repair Source

Find up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of cars and trucks — at the library! Know how much car repairs cost BEFORE you head to a mechanic. Find technical service bulletins and recall notices for thousands of cars and trucks. Find maintenance schedules and estimated labor times for common vehicle repairs. Find step-by-step diagnostic…

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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…

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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…

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EPA Emissions Testing Notices

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…

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Vehicle Sticker Renewal Notices

Many 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…

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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…

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Summer Driving

The U.S. Department of Energy has a site for fuel economy information which many drivers may find helpful in saving money, finding the right car, and checking EPA ratings. Please take a look at

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