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Auto Purchasing & Repair


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  • Motor Dealer Council of BC - A new non-profit organization delegated by the Province of BC to administer and enforce the Motor Dealer Act and its regulations. The MDC oversees consumer protection and regulates approximately 1,700 motor dealers adn their sales representatives.
  • Phil Edmonston’s Lemonaid Car Guides - Online companion to the best-selling buying guides for new and used cars, vans SUVs and 4X4’s in Canada. Offers news on some of the latest warranty and safety problems for certain vehicles and the consumer actions related to them, and links for further information.
  • Illustrated Guide for Car Buyers and Owners - Detailed, step-by-step guide and links for Canadians on how to choose, buy, and sell a car, with a used car checklist, an automotive glossary, and repair and maintenance advice.
  • ICBC’s How Cars Measure Up - Based on actual insurance claims data, provides a comprehensive look at the most popular new Canadian models of private passenger vehicles in terms of collision, comprehensive, personal injury and theft insurance for specific model year vehicles back to 1995/6.
  • - Detailed reviews of new and used vehicles, long-term performance and reliability tests, consumer ratings, common problems and warranty, buying and leasing tips by the Edmunds car buying guide.
  • Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP) - CAMVAP is a program where disputes between consumers and vehicle manufacturers about alleged manufacturing defects or implementation of the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty can be put before a neutral third party (arbitrator) for resolution.

Repair Manuals and Buying Guides


Auto Repair for Dummies
by Deanna Sclar

The Complete Motorcycle Book
by James Bennett

Dare to Repair Your Car by Julie Sussman & S. Glakas-Tenet

Lauren Fix's Guide to Loving Your Car
by Lauren Fix

Recipes for Car
Care by Kathleen E. Casagrande

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