Automobiles and transportation


AllData provides users with access to comprehensive automotive diagnostic and repair information for a wide range of vehicle makes and models, from 1966 to present. Information is taken directly from original equipment manufacturer service manuals.


In-library use only at Bob Prittie Metrotown and at McGill. Note: Remote access to AllData is currently available due to the pandemic. Please contact the library to get log-in info.

Full text of current vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation.


In-library use only.

Recommended websites

Driver education | Buying and maintaining a car | Transportation | Cycling

Driver education

Services provided include motor vehicle insurance, information on car care and safety, and advice on buying and selling a vehicle.

Take a practice test, find information on how to get or renew a license. View BC traffic collision statistics.
See also Richmond Public Library’s BC Practice Driving Test.

The ICBC study guide for the knowledge test and road test.

Find information on regulations and safety standards, various reports (e.g. cell phone use, collision statistics), defect investigation and vehicle recalls.

Buying and maintaining a car

Online Canadian automotive information that includes new car test drives and price guide, first drive reports and previews, used car reviews, consumer advice, and historical information.

Largest Canadian online search engine for buying and selling vehicles. It also covers watercraft, snowmobiles, farm equipment, heavy equipment and trucks. The research centre includes a value finder, dealerships and manufacturers links, a fraud bulletin, and resale preparation tips.

Learn the trade-in value, average asking price and future value of virtually every car and truck manufactured since 2006 from the online version of the Canadian Black Book.

Source for new car prices in Canada. Fee-based subscription required to view dealer invoice prices.

Find information for buying and selling new and used vehicles, consumer reviews, road tests, recalls, and vehicle comparisons.

Detailed reviews, road tests, prices and more on new and used cars.

Detailed Canadian guide with information on how to select, buy and sell a car, with a used car checklist, an automotive glossary and repair and maintenance advice.

Non-profit car-sharing co-op network serving Metro Vancouver. Find out how to register as well as special discounts available to members.

Regulates motor vehicle sales and deals with complaints, enforcement, dealership inspections, and consumer services. VSA staff can answer questions about purchasing a new or used vehicle.


Find schedule and fare information for Vancouver to Oregon route.

Coastal ferry service includes current conditions, schedules, fares, and reservations.

Transit system for over 50 BC communities. Find schedules, maps, fares and other information.

BEST promotes sustainable transportation and land use planning, and supports pedestrian, cycling, and transit-oriented neighbourhoods.

BC Ministry of Transport website details current weather conditions, construction and other hazards in reports for specific routes or regions in BC and in other parts of Canada and the US.  Also includes a distance calculator, highway webcams, wait times at border crossings, and ferry information.

Sea plane company with scheduled flights connecting Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Richmond, Langley and the Gulf Islands. Check flights and schedules.

Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority. Find schedules, fares, maps and other information for buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and the West Coast Express.

Check arrivals and departures.

Via Rail website has fares, schedules and route information.

Floatplane company with flights between Vancouver and Victoria, Vancouver Island, Comox, the Sunshine Coast communities, and Whistler during the summer season. Find schedules, tour and charter information.


The BCCC is a registered non-profit society that represents the interests of cyclists provincially. They promote recognition of cyclists in policy and programs in order to increase the safety and comfort of, and participation in, transportational cycling.

Formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, HUB is a charitable organization providing information on cycling advocacy and education in Metro Vancouver.

Source of information for all human powered land, water and air records and all other records pertinent to the pursuit of human power. The IHPVA also provides technological information on human powered transportation.

Blog with bicycle related activist announcements, events and news. Information about the monthly Critical Mass bike ride in Vancouver which takes place on the last Friday of every month. Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space, a bike ride and skate, held montly in cities all over the world.

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