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Library E-Resources


Chilton Auto Repair Library

Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs! Chilton Library offers step-by-step service and repair procedures, along with a labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.

Remote access from home is limited to Maynard residents only. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 978-897-1010 x103.


Web Resources

Buying/Selling/Pricing Cars


Comprehensive and unbiased free online auto repair resource. You can also get reviews and quotes from area auto repair shops.


Mostly focuses on legal information related to cars, including lemon laws in each state.
Commercial website for buying and selling new, certified, and used cars. Lets you research and compare cars by searching for body type, mileage, price and numerous other criteria. 


Car Talk

Auto information from Tom and Ray, the NPR Car Talk guys.
Primarily used for obtaining car prices. Includes tips on how to buy a car, and lists cars available in your area.

Kelley Blue Book
Primarily used for looking up the trade-in or resale value of new and used cars.


NADA Car Guides 

New car prices, used car values, car buying guides, review guide, safety ratings, car comparisons, tips and advice
Specializes in used cars. You can search by body type, make, model, price range, and zip code.

Vehicle History Reports

Carfax is used by millions of consumers each year. CARFAX Vehicle History Reports™ are available on all used cars and light trucks model year 1981 or later. Using the unique 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN), a CARFAX Report is instantly generated from their database of over ten billion records. 

Fuel Economy/Emission
The official U.S. government source for fuel economy information. Compare cars for mileage side-by-side, calculate the miles per gallon on your car and fuel cost for a trip, and learn more ways to save at the pump and be more environmentally friendly in your car. Also contains an electronic version of the Fuel Economy Guide and features updated fuel economy data for new & used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984.

Gas Prices (by state)
Provided by, lists the current gas prices at stations in major metropolitan areas around the country.

Safety/Crash Reports

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Get car safety ratings, find out insurance losses by make/model, and access research data related to vehicle accidents.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
A wealth of information on safe driving for all types of vehicles, research reports, and regulations pertaining to transportation. 



Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles

License renewals, driver's manual, registration applications, branch information, and more.

Local Car Repair in Maynard


Artisan Automotive (978-897-3588)

13B Brown St

ATS Auto Service (978-637-2460)

65 Acton St

Auto Manicures (978-461-0606)

6 Glendale St

Christmas Motors (978-897-9627)

133 Acton St

Jarmo's Auto Repair (978-897-8757)

5 Acton St

Jiffy Lube (978-897-3327)

3 Powder Mill Rd

Maynard Motors (978-897-7777)

145 Great Rd

Shorette's Automotive (978-897-3887)

2 Brown St

Willey's Auto (978-897-0703)

1 Euclid Ave


Auto Parts in Maynard


Advance Auto Parts (978-938-4716)

86 Powder Mill Rd

NAPA Auto Parts (978-897-8961)

233 Main St



Car Rentals in Maynard


Avis Rent-A-Car (978-897-3900)

27 Acton St

Enterprise Rent-A-Car (978-823-0044)

48 Acton St.


Note: Magazines can be checked out for 2 weeks with the exception of the most recently received issue.


Automobile (Monthly)

Car and Driver (Monthly)

Consumer Reports (April is the yearly "Auto" issue)










VIN Decoder

Enter your vehicle's 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the field above to receive an instant report on its manufacturer, brand, make and model, body style, engine size, assembly plant, and model year. The information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from the data submitted by the manufacturers to NHTSA. The VIN Decoder lookup is intended for use with vehicles manufactured since 1981. If your vehicle was made before 1981, the VIN will most likely contain 11 characters.






 MA Permit Practice

Free RMV permit practice tests, including 11 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

Please Note: is not affiliated with or evaluated by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. The official RMV Driver’s Manual is available on their website, along with additional driver’s education information.


Please note that while our website does contain a small number of outside curated links (primarily to local, governmental, and non-profit sites covering subjects of interest to our patrons), we regret that we are unable to spend the time to fully evaluate unsolicited links that are sent to us for inclusion on our site; therefore we do not act on these recommendations.

Revised 7/10/2023   J.J.R.

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