— Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist
This handy guide to car ownership and maintenance explains the basics for consumers, from purchasing a vehicle to common problems, repairs, and safety advice. Plenty of illustrations and color photographs lead the reader through car parts, tools, and automotive systems. There is also an appendix listing lessons on the free companion online workbook, featuring activities such as calculating auto expenses, checking fluid levels, and installing spark plugs. Straightforward and attractive, this book will appeal to all types of car owners, from the grease monkey to the clueless. Public libraries will want a copy (or two) of this updated edition on the shelf.
— Karen Ellis, Library Journal
An automobile is an expensive commitment—one that should last for a good long time. The Grays, authors and experts, revise the 2007 edition with updated text and illustrations, reflecting changes in the automotive industry and fuel options. Diagrams incorporate new car designs and cost figures. The format remains the same, discussion and instruction, but with QR codes linking to online material. Photos and diagrams are now in color and layout is easy to follow. VERDICT This is a very good introduction to car care for the novice. Instruction is clear and understandable. Significant changes in this edition supersede prior editions. A solid addition for high schools, colleges, and larger public libraries. Recommended.
Any car owner should know the basics of keeping their car alive and running. “Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care, Maintenance, and Repair” is a guide to general auto upkeep from Michael E. and Linda Gray as they present a to the point guide about the basics of keeping a harmonious car. With plenty of colored illustrations and information throughout, the Grays outline how to best manage one’s cars safely, breaking chapters down into the many compartments of one’s vehicle. For those who want to manage their vehicle themselves and not be a deer in headlights when it comes to auto management, “Auto Upkeep” is an ideal and much recommended pick.
Automotive Instructor Reviews
— David Sweetman, Automotive Instructor, Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, Alaska
Simply the best book yet for the high school driver who wants to learn how to take care of his or her car. Compact, colorful, and complete.
— Bob Stockero, Automotive Instructor/Department Chair, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California
Auto Upkeep, by Michael E. and Linda E. Gray, is a great book for teaching introductory automotive at both the high school and post-secondary level. It is well written, easy to follow, and full of great information. The book includes information that the everyday consumer should know as well as a strong foundation for those interested in pursuing a career in the automotive field.
— James Cox, Automotive Instructor, South Johnston High School, Four Oaks, North Carolina
This is one of the best beginning books for anyone interested in learning Automotive.
— Peter Worley, Automotive Instructor, Appleton East High School, Appleton, Wisconsin
I feel this text is a great introduction to the automobile. It is very clear and concise!…I think the new photos really help the reader understand and comprehend what the book is trying to teach.
— Stan Wolski, Automotive Instructor, Alexis I. duPont High School, Greenville, Delaware
This is a great book for beginner automotive classes or drivers ed.
— Frank Valentino, Automotive Instructor, Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, Illinois
The current edition is a great primer text for anyone who drives (or will work on) a vehicle. Many of the teachers at our school would like to take the course and read the book. The chapters on Common Problems and Roadside Emergencies and Alternate Fuels and Designs provide good insight to the realities of driving a vehicle now and in the near future. Buying an Automobile and Automotive Expenses chapters give an eye opening taste of owning a vehicle for high school students. A good all-around starter book!
— David Meck, Automotive Instructor, Southern High School, Louisville, Kentucky
Excellent upgrade, the color improves clarity and detail. This was the first thing the students noticed.
— John Sweet, Automotive Instructor/Department Chair, Victor Valley Community College, Victorville, California
I am the department chair for the auto program and I along with the other auto instructors have picked your book to use in all the introduction classes (Auto 50, 58, 59, 79-A and the consumer class when offered). I think changing to colored illustrations adds a lot to the book along with the web addresses, tech tips, Q & A areas. I would sum up the book by saying it covers all the systems on vehicles to a point where the student can determine what areas they have an interest in then pursue an advanced diagnostic class. Quality vs. quantity is a perfect balance.
— Jim Sainsbury, Automotive Instructor, Madison Memorial High School, Madison, Wisconsin
Great “Consumer Auto” course book that also doubles as a good first year “Automotive Technology” course book. The color is used well to make diagrams and figures really “Pop” on the page. Comprehensive but its well organized layout of each chapter makes it simple and easy to use.
— Michael Furphy, Automotive Instructor, New Mexico State University, Alamogordo, New Mexico
The new colored illustrations are great and the text is written in a way that a beginning student can understand. I do like the Resources Symbol (QR Code Links) on front cover (each chapter cover page has a QR Code Link) for the student with bar code readers (smartphone with scanning app).
— Jerald Swenson, Automotive Instructor, Huron High School, Huron, South Dakota
This is a great text for beginning auto students. We all have students in class who will not be going in to the auto repair industry but with this course they will become better automotive consumers. I teach an Intro to Auto Tech class and this text is perfect for this course. It is interesting and engaging.
— Rob Hill, Automotive Instructor, Victor Valley High School, Victorville, California
Great additions to Chapter 18 Alternative Fuels and Designs. Current information helps with student information, learning, relevance…your text helped save our Auto Program here by showing our Administration how basic automotive knowledge tied in with our life skills programs with real world relevance . Great text! My students will continue to excel using your text .