Consumer, Home, and Car

Auto Repair Reference Center

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Concerned about that noise your car is making? The Auto Repair Reference Center has repair information, maintenance intervals, diagrams, technical service bulletins and recall information on more than 37,000 vehicles.  

Even if you don’t feel up to fixing your car yourself, you can still use the ARRC to watch videos about how different automobile components work, and to learn how to properly care for your car with care and repair tips in the guide to vehicle ownership. If you need to know what you should look for when replacing or upgrading different components in your car, the ARRC also has a helpful troubleshooting guide on what you should consider.  

See our Consumer Resources to learn more about home and car maintenance and repairs. There is also information to compare the benefits of different cities, suburbs, hospitals and banks.

Chilton Auto Repair Manuals

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ChiltonLibrary LogoTired of paying a mechanic for simple car repairs? Try tackling them yourself! Chilton Auto Repair Manuals are known for being a trusted and authoritative source for car repair, but you don’t have hunt down the book for your specific car model at the library, and then worry about damaging it while you work. is available any time of day online to UAPL patrons. Easy to use and frequently updated, this database contains repair and recall information, technical service bulletins, drawings, photographs and diagrams from an extensive list of domestic and imported vehicles.

Access My Library LogoNow you can access the car repair instructions you need on your mobile device. Just download the Access My Library app ( iOs or Android) from Gale and choose Upper Arlington Public Library as your location. Find in the database list and get started!

Click here for a full list of UAPL's consumer-related database subscriptions.

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

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Treasure or junk? If you’ve ever wondered whether anyone would pay money for your stuff, or just wanted to know if your “valuables” are actually valuable, you should check out  Price It! Antiques and Collectibles.

Using data from ebay, GoAntiques, TIAS and select Auction Houses, Price It! compiles pricing information on any kind of collectible you can think of, from toys and sports memorabilia to liquor bottles and cookie jars. Full of images, descriptions, and prices, just browsing this database is fascinating.

If you are a more serious collector, not only can you find descriptions and recent selling prices of items, there are also articles on repair, restoration and conservation of antiques.

Try it today. You can find it grouped with our other Consumer-related resources on the UAPL Database page.

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One of the many benefits of your Upper Arlington Public Library card is having the ability to access the full Consumer Reports website free of charge. Get all the ratings, reviews and buying guides of appliances, electronics and other products you expect from the magazine, plus more exclusive content.

Can’t decide between several different brands? Use the Compare tool to get more details about each one. When you know what you want, use the Shop link to find where the product is available online. Try the Repair Cost Estimator to make sure you are getting a fair price for work done on your car. Watch videos to see product testing in action. You can do all this and much more with the easy-to-use, which is one of the most popular resources the library subscribes to, so don’t miss out!

And just in time to start getting ready for the holidays, you can join Reference Librarian Megan Sheeran Saturday, November 15, at 11 am for a demonstration of as well as UAPL's many other Consumer Resources, covering shopping, travel, home improvement, car repair and much more.

Reference USA

Contains directory information on businesses and households in the United States and Canada, as well as physicians and dentists. Includes jobs and internships. This database has many of the same functions as  AtoZdatabases, our other directory database.

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