Keep Your Car Owner’s Manuals Handy!

GettyImages-516410231When people buy a new car, very few of them sit down to read the owner’s manual that it comes with. Even used cars often have the owner’s manual in the glove compartment. It’s full of useful information, but do you really need an owner’s manual to drive your car safely? If you’re taking your car to a shop for oil changes and the like, do you need it at all?

Yes! And here are a few reasons why!


If you’ve recently gotten a car, new or used, you’re not entirely familiar with it. The lights may be turned on in a place you’re not used to, and the dash lights aren’t immediately recognizable. When you’re stranded in a parking lot, knowing what those dash lights mean can be the difference between a quick jump start or a tow truck.

Technical Information

At some point, you’re going to need to know about your car. This includes the vehicle’s dimensions for paint jobs, engine size and other details about the car’s systems. If you have the owner’s manual close at hand, it’s a simple task of flipping to the right page.

Warranty Coverage

For a new vehicle, a warranty can be the difference between a simple day waiting for repairs and spending thousands out of pocket. You need to know what your warranty covers, how long it will last and what might void the warranty.

Maintenance Tips

Everyone knows to check the oil and have fluids topped off, but every car is different. What’s the optimal mileage for an oil change for your car? How often should the air filter be replaced? Does it have a specific size of serpentine belt? Knowing what kind of maintenance the manufacturer has recommended for your car can reduce the time you spend shuttling to and from the auto shop.