Are you one of that species of humans who want to do every possible thing by their own hands, and now you are looking for something that will set your car free from the shadow of a mechanic.
Well, it means that you are having a car repair manual. But which one should you choose from such a big variety? Probably the best one. For the last 50 years, Chilton and Haynes are sustaining their positions on the very top of the list.
Both of them are considered as competitors, but interesting thing is that Chilton belongs to the owners of Haynes. Both the manuals publish similar information but in a slightly different manner.
Now you’ll be in a dilemma in choosing between Chilton and Haynes but as soon you will examine the highlights and strength of both the manuals, it will become much easier for you to make a choice between two.
So let’s have a look.
History: Chilton take a start in his publication business in 1904. Once, the Walt Disney Company has ownership of the Chilton manual. After that, it went under the leadership of Cengage learning. Nowadays the owners of Haynes publications have their own leadership.
History: Haynes manual is named after J.H. Haynes who first wrote his repair manual for Austin 7 and after that, he and his company published the Haynes repair manual for the first time on 18 May 1960.
Aim of CHILTON manuals
The purpose of Chilton repair manuals is to provide its readers with a series of information that will benefit the vehicle owner to understand and maintain his vehicle better.
Aim of HAYNES Manuals
The manuals are aimed mainly at DIY enthusiasts rather than professional garage mechanics, as they lack the depth of coverage on particular vehicles or problems.
Chilton provides its users with the information including the text and the visualS, but it mainly focuses on the text as it is for the users who are already acknowledged about the basics of car mechanics. As professionals do not need visuals to learn more.
Chilton gets into the extreme details covering every facet of your car repair. There are infact plenty of illustrations but they are meant to serve as a companion for the written information and not the main focus.
Each volume of Chilton manuals is for specific models including the information about the sensors, codes and part replacement of the certain models.
The Chilton manuals do not provide information in a step by step method.
Regardless of Chilton, Haynes manuals provide its readers with a step by step information. It also uses many illustrations for its users as it is for the people who are at the very beginning of learning and don’t know even a little bit about vehicle mechanics. But it also covers the part of the information in the form of text in order to explain the visuals. Like this.
Haynes manuals also mainly focus on the reason why certain method is used to repair the vehicle.
Haynes usually repeats the information that is the reason the reader gets bored. The reason for this repetition is that it is for the beginners just like you have to tell a child, again and again, the same thing in order to make him perfect. The same is the reason for more visuials as a child learns more from pictures than from sounds or written material.
Moreover, despite the Chilton Haynes manuals, volumes are not model specific.
What Vehicles Does CHILTON Cover
Chilton is as old as the cars, therefore, it covers almost all models of cars trucks and wagons. It also covers old models of motorcycles but not the new one.
Following Are The Vehicle Coverage Of Chilton:
Acura, Alfa, Romeo, American Motors, Audi, Austin, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Frazer, Geo, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, International, Jaguar, Jeep, Kaiser, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mini, Mitsubishi, Mercedes, Benz, Mercury, MG, Nash, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Opel, Peugeot, Plymouth, Pontiac, Porsche, Renault, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Studebaker, Subaru, Toyota, Triumph, Volkswagen, Volvo, Mitsubishi.
What Vehicles Does HAYNES Cover
Haynes manuals also cover a wide range of vehicles including all the makes and models that involve 300 models of cars and 130 models of motorcycles. Regardless of Chilton Haynes covers a much greater range of motorcycles.
When Should You Use a Chilton Manuals
As I have discussed above, a Chilton manual is primarily made for the people who have some information about the basics, so use it if you are a professional or you are familiar with this work because its extremely detailed information sometimes confused the beginners. And also because the beginners mostly learn from the illustration whereas, Chilton manuals have most of its information in the form of text.
When Should You Use a Haynes Manuals
Haynes manuals are perfect for the beginners as it includes step by step information, more use of the visuals and easy mechanical language. It also provides its reader the information about the certain procedure that why it is used.
So, you should use the Haynes repair manual if you are new to this work.
So, after walking through all the qualities of both of the competitors we came across to this conclusion that none of them is the winner and none is looser, they just have a difference in their writing styles and can be used by the people according to their need and their familiarity with the work.
Jason is the Marketing Manager at a local advertising company in Australia. He moved to Australia 10 years back for his passion for advertising. Jason recently joined BFA as a volunteer writer and contributes by sharing his valuable experience and knowledge.