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Automotive Resources & Driving Tests

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The following links have been selected and vetted by our librarians for quality, currency and relevance. However, by clicking on any of the links listed on this page you will be REDIRECTED to those web sites which are independent from the City of Palm Springs.

Driving Tests

California Department of Motor Vehicles
This is the official site for the California DMV. In addition to information regarding driving tests, you'll find information on everything from car registration to how to schedule an appointment at a DMV office in advance.

California DMV Practice Tests
Although not an official site for the California DMV, this site contains additional practice tests and resources for passing a driving test that may prove helpful.

Other Resources
Developed to provide information pertaining to Automobiles and the various aspects of Automobile manufacture, insurance, suggestions on searching for an automobile, and information on the rights of auto owners. 

Automobile Fuel Economy
Gas mileage (MPG), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars and trucks.

California State Bureau of Automotive Repair

  • Automotive Repair Program
    • From its headquarters in Sacramento and through 12 field offices around California, the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) conducts consumer protection services related to automotive repair. BAR registers and regulates automotive repair dealers, accepts and resolves auto repair complaints from the public, investigates violations of the Automotive Repair Act and, when appropriate, refers cases to law enforcement authorities. BAR also administers a statewide licensing program of repair facilities and service technicians in lamp and brake inspection and repair. BAR licenses more than 34,000 auto repair dealers in California.
  • Smog Check Program
    • In 1982, California became the 20th state in the nation to adopt a vehicle inspection and maintenance (Smog Check) program. BAR is mandated by law to administer the Smog Check program. There have been a number of program changes over the years, but the goal of Smog Check remains the same: to reduce air pollution produced by motor vehicles. BAR licenses over 7,050 privately-owned Smog Check stations and more than 15,000 Smog Check technicians, thereby implementing the program through a decentralized system.
  • Consumer Complaints
    • Each year, BAR handles over 14,800 consumer complaints involving auto repair. BAR's complaint resolution efforts result in approximately $6.3 million being returned to consumers in the form of direct refunds, rework of the vehicle at no charge, or adjustments to the final bill.

California Department of Insurance
The California Department of Insurance is responsible for enforcing many of the insurance-related laws of the state. We are foremost a consumer protection agency. Our number one priority is to protect insurance consumers by regulating the industry’s practices and encouraging a healthy marketplace, which is one of the largest in the world.

Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports® and® are published by Consumers Union, an expert, independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. To achieve this mission, we test, inform, and protect. To maintain our independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising, no free test samples, and has no agenda other than the interests of consumers.
Provides True Cost to Own® pricing, unbiased car reviews, ratings, and expert advice to help you get a fair deal.   The Edmunds Inc. True Cost to Own® (TCO®) pricing system calculates the additional costs you may not have included when considering your next vehicle purchase. These extra costs include: depreciation, interest on your loan, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel costs, maintenance, and repairs. Search here to view the TCO® of any vehicle.

Kelly Blue Book
Nearly one out of every three people who buy a new or used car in the United States visits the site. According to J.D. Power and Associates' studies, more car-buyers use than other sites.

Offers a broad range of information, products and services to help educate people in the market to buy, sell, trade or simply shop for a vehicle, while providing a wealth of interesting articles and related information to help people maintain and properly care for the vehicles they currently own.  If you're a general consumer or a die hard enthusiast, is sure to have the vehicle information you're looking for.