Pop-culture megablog Boing Boing has launched an interesting venture: the Boing Boing Digital Emporium. This site features low-cost digital products with no digital rights management. One of the first offerings is Mister Jalopy’s Pocket Guide to Life & Death with Modest Automobiles.

Mister Jalopy has condensed a lifetime of experience working with used cars into a single page PDF document called Mister Jalopy’s Pocket Guide to Life & Death with Modest Automobiles. It’s truly the best thing I’ve ever read about cars, and if you are considering buying a used car, then the $1 you’ll pay for this downloadable document will pay for itself a thousand-fold. Even if you aren’t interested in buying a car, you will undoubtedly enjoy reading this super-dense document, loaded with hard-won wisdom.

I paid the buck to download this file. The guide’s target audience is those who buy old cars for fun. (It reminded me of old Gasoline Alley comic strips.)

Though the guide is geared toward people who are buying older cars (say pre-1970), the information is general enough to be of use to most anyone buying a used car. Topics covered include:

  • What to look for in a car (and what to avoid)
  • How to keep a car on the road
  • Performance and tuning

The offerings at the Boing Boing Digital Emporium are sparse right now because the site just launched. The concept is excellent, though, and I look forward to pointing out money-saving publications in the future.

[The Boing Boing Digital Emporium]