Chilton has made a name for itself as the primary comprehensive source of automotive repair information for both professional mechanics and DIYers. It established its role in the automotive industry beginning 2003 when Thomson Corporation bought the Chilton automotive assets, turning it into the best print and online guide for automotive enthusiasts, service professionals, and students by 2007. Although its being the information-packed automotive repair manual transpired only a little more than a decade ago, Chilton's existence dates back to as early as 1904 when the Chilton Publishing Company was founded in West Philadelphia.
What was initially a trusted publisher of automotive repair periodicals in the early 1900s, Chilton grew to become a thriving company that relocated after 50 years to Radnor, Pennsylvania, where it housed about 900 employees. Company mergers made Chilton an asset of Walt Disney Company, which then sold the former's publishing assets a year later. Today, all the content published under the Chilton brand is managed by Cengage Learning, the new company name of the Thomson Learning brand.
Comprehensive repair manuals for professionals
ChiltonPRO serves as the bible for professional mechanics. Its package includes Chilton's Labour Guide, Maintenance Schedules, Mechanical Remove and Replace procedures, Diagnostics, and OEM Technical Service Bulletins designed for passenger vehicles and light trucks. An innovative electric repair information system, ChiltonPRO features user-friendly guides that provide videos and animations for repair instructions. It includes OEM-recommended maintenance schedules, step-by-step repair guides, and diagnostics designed by experts and instructors, among others.
Highlighting the ChiltonPRO system reflects the level of importance this brand gives on money and time. Compared to other similar products on the market, it is more affordable, and it even guarantees professionals to save time through the intuitive platform that highlights expert guidance. Further making Chilton's manuals more attractive is their availability in print format.
Readily available online repair manuals for DIYers
The trend among driving enthusiasts is the idea to perform the repairs, installations, and maintenance procedures by themselves, giving birth to the rise of DIYers. Chilton recognizes the need for DIYers to find a simple, readily available source of information, and this served as the inspiration behind ChiltonDIY.
ChiltonDIY is an integrated repair manual for specific makes and models that can easily be accessed on the website around the clock. DIYers can select their vehicle to bring up the corresponding online manual, which features animated diagrams, video instructions, and detailed repair procedures. Registered members are granted full access to the online manuals while interested DIYers can find the appropriate plan for their needs.
On-demand manuals for libraries
ChiltonLibrary is another product enhanced by Chilton. It maintains an online repair database specifically created for libraries. It covers an extensive list of makes and models, including import vehicles, thereby making it highly compatible with both professionals and DIYers. Also complete with accurate details and graphics, the manuals are available through Cengage Learning. Moreover, Chilton provides printed automotive repair manuals for libraries upon order, further expanding the reach of its products through various channels and means.