How To Find Your Car Owner's Manual Online

Most Are Just a Click Away at Automaker Web Sites


  • Owner's Manual

    Owner's Manual

    The owner's manual contains information about a car's features and its maintenance schedule. | October 18, 2013

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Owner's manuals may not make exciting reading, but they are packed with valuable instructions, information and warnings. We have made it easy for you to find a car owner's manual without any digging. And by having access to a manual online or by storing it on your computer, you have convenient answers when you're not in the car.

Almost all automakers have made owner's manuals available on their Web sites. All of the online owner's manuals are free, while the paper versions cost anywhere from $25-$40. Below is a list of links to help you get an online manual from a car's manufacturer. In most cases, you can just search for a car's year, make and model, and then view the manual. In some cases however, you'll need to register at the carmaker's site. Occasionally you'll need to provide a car's vehicle identification number (VIN). You can find the VIN on the vehicle registration document, an insurance card or on the vehicle itself.

Other resources for car owner's manuals are Web sites such as glovebox.net or "Just Give Me the Damn Manual." They archive manuals and share them with other owners.

Links to Online Car Owner's Manuals by Manufacturer, as of 10/01/13
(Information applies to U.S. models only.)

Manufacturer   Notes
Acura 1990-current models. (No login needed.)
Audi Paper owner's manuals are available for purchase.
BMW 2004-current models. (No login needed.)
Buick 1993-current models. (No login needed.)
Cadillac 1993-current models. (No login needed.)
Chevrolet 1993-current models. (No login needed.)
Chrysler 2004-current models can be downloaded. (No login needed.) Paper versions of model year 1981-current are available for purchase.
Daewoo 1999-2002 models. Purchase owner's manuals from "Order Accessories" link.
Dodge 2004-current models can be downloaded. (No login needed.) Paper versions of model year 1981-current are available for purchase.
Fiat 2012-current models can be downloaded. Applies to North American built models only. (No login needed.)
Ford 1996-current models. (No login needed.)
Geo 1993-2000 models. (No login needed.) Geo models are listed under Chevrolet make.
GMC 1993-current models. (No login needed.)
Honda 1990-current models. (No login needed.)
Hummer 2003-2011 (No login needed.)
Hyundai 2003-current models. (Login and VIN required.)
Infiniti 2009-current models. (No login needed.)
Isuzu Isuzu Web site directs you to Helms Inc. for manual.
Jaguar 1995-current models. More technical information than an actual owner's manual. Registration required.
Jeep 2004-current models can be downloaded. (No login needed.) Paper versions of model year1981-current are available for purchase.
Kia 2005-current models. Registration required.
Land Rover 1992-current models. More technical information than an actual owner's manual. Registration required.
Lexus 1990-current models. Each chapter of the owner's manual is a separate downloadable document. (No login needed.)
Lincoln 1996-current models. (No login needed.)
Mazda 2000-current models. (No login needed.)
Mercedes-Benz 2000-current models. (No login needed.)
Mercury 1996-2011 models. (No login needed.)
Mini 2002-current models. Must register with the owner's lounge to obtain owner's manual. VIN is required.
Mitsubishi 2002-current models. Warranty and maintenance manuals only. Registration required
Nissan 2009-current models.
Oldsmobile 1993-2004 models. (No login needed.)
Pontiac 1993-2010 models. (No login needed.)
Porsche 2011-current models
Ram 2004-current models can be downloaded. (No login needed.) Paper versions of model year 1981-current are available for purchase.
Saab 1989-2009. Paper manuals available through Helm.
Saturn 1993-2010 models. (No login needed.)
Scion  Quick reference guides, not complete owner's manuals, for 2004-current models. Owner's manuals for audio and navigation components are also available as downloads.
smart  2008-current models. (No login needed.)
Subaru 2000-current models. (No login needed.)
Suzuki Paper and downloadable owner's manuals are available for purchase.
Toyota 1996-current models. (No login needed.) Each chapter of the owner's manual is a separate downloadable document. How-to videos are also available.
Volkswagen Paper owner's manuals are available for purchase.
Volvo 1970-current models. (No login needed.) Also includes other materials, such as maintenance schedule and warranty manual.

Source: Edmunds.com

Many of the online car owner's manuals also include maintenance schedules, but Edmunds makes caring for your car even easier with our Maintenance Guide, which shows the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule, recalls and technical service bulletins for your car in one convenient location.

The Paper Chase
If you need to order a paper copy of a manual, you can often do so from the same site link that you would use for a downloadable manual. You also can order a manual through a local car dealer. Helm publishes manufacturer-written paper manuals for Acura, Ford, all GM brands, Honda, Isuzu, Jaguar, Lincoln, Lexus, Mercury, Toyota and Scion — for a fee. You can purchase paper manuals for Audi and VW at the links above. And if a used owner's manual is OK with you, or you're after the manual for an obscure model, eBay is always worth a shot.

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