If you loved the feel and smell of magazines on your hand (instead of our modern eReaders) and have enjoyed the list of free magazines I compiled for you before, you’ll LOVE this list of free car magazines as well.
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7 Best Free Car Magazines by Mail (US Address)
If you’re wondering what happened to Hot Rod magazine or searching for niche car magazines like Super Street or Car Craft, they probably got discontinued.
On December 9, 2019, MotorTrend publisher TEN Publishing announced that they would cease publishing 19 of its car magazines with the final issue published/delivered in March 2020.
These discontinued car magazines include 4-Wheel & Off-Road, Automobile, Car Craft, Chevy High Performance, Classic Trucks, Diesel Power, Hot Rod Deluxe, Jp, Lowrider, Mopar Muscle, Muscle Car Review, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, Mustang Monthly, Street Rodder, Super Chevy , Super Street, Truck Trend, Truckin’, and Vette.
The good news is you can still subscribe to other free car magazines that send trials or issues by mail. Here’s what I found:
Fill out your details and claim a 2-year free subscription from Car and Driver Magazine (this is worth $10).
This mag features car performance, sports, international racing coverage, road tests, car events, and many more.
- BONUS: The magazine’s Car Buyer’s Guide featuring the top new cars, trucks & SUVs, which also come FREE, is a fantastic resource on its own.
As ‘The Journal of Motor Racing History,’ Vintage Motorsport is the leading voice of vintage racing and motorsport history in the U.S.
Sometimes, the company offers a dual combo, where you pay for the Vintage Motorsport printed copy and get a copy of the Racer magazine as well (sometimes for free, other times at heavily discounted prices.
Hemmings Motor News dubs itself as “the bible of the collector car hobby.” Operating since 1954, the mag features the world’s largest antique, classic, vintage, muscle, street rod, and special interest auto marketplace.
Fill out the form and Hemmings Motor News will send you a FREE printed trial issue and a bill.
Note that if you don’t want to continue getting Hemmings Motor News or paying the bill, you have to cancel the subscription. Otherwise, you’ll receive 11 more issues and be billed for them.
4. Charged EVs
This Florida-based magazine covers the rapidly growing world of electric cars, trucks, trikes, and bikes.
You can receive a free subscription and get EV industry insider knowledge if you sign up here.
Launched in 1995, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International is firmly established as the world’s leading international showcase for technology and innovation in electric, hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicle design, development, and manufacturing.
To get FREE copies of Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International regularly, you’ll need to have a business relevant to the automotive industry. You also have to fill out a pretty comprehensive form. (It’s all worth it, I promise!)
Motor Sport magazine is the longest-running motor racing publication in the world. They have been covering the heroes, drama, and innovations of the sport for 96 years.
When you reach the Magazine landing page, make sure to enter your details to get a free copy of either their printed mag or digital issue.
Service Truck Magazine, which is geared towards heavy-duty trucks, their repair, and maintenance, is published six times a year by Farms.com Canada Inc. Qualified Canadian and US readers are eligible for a Free Subscription. Just fill out the form properly.
For My UK Peeps: Free Car Magazines
8. Auto Express
Auto Express is one of the UK’s biggest weekly automotive magazines. This mag focuses on everything about cars, motoring, and maintenance.
Evo features in-depth track tests of supercars, reviews, and stunning photography.
It's a giant box of free samples and it comes right to your door at no cost.
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Check this page and find promos of either their print-only version, digital-only version, or the digital-print combo.
Classic Cars Magazine is Britain’s longest-established classic car magazine that defined the world of classic motoring from 1973 until today.
Their digital version is free from the IOS or Android app stores, but the printed versions are on a subscription basis.
Technically, Car Mechanics Magazine is UK-based, but if you download it from the Apple store, you can access back issues of the UK’s only magazine with essential advice on maintaining and repairing popular makes and models of cars.
12 Free Online Car Magazines
If you’re not looking for printed car magazines, you’re going to love the free subscriptions to digital versions of car magazines. Check them out:
If you love all things Chevrolet, Super Chevy is the #1 magazine for this brand.
You’ll get an insider scoop about the latest engine combinations, brake testing, trick suspension, and other in-depth product reviews you won’t find anywhere else. If you get the digital version via Readly, you can try 1 month free.
12. Free Car Mag
You can access the current month (and the company’s entire digital magazine archive) online.
You can also subscribe to the newsletter so they could send the digital copy of their printed magazine directly to your email address.
The once-printed Autoweek Magazine went completely digital beginning in November 2019.
Hearst Magazines entered a multi-year licensing deal with Crain Communications to operate the digital and experiential businesses of Autoweek, so if you want a copy of the latest in motorsports, you can just enter your email address to subscribe.
Access all back issues of this Australian-based adventure show focused on everything offroad.
Perfect for off-road enthusiasts, this is another US-based magazine that gives everyone free access to their digital issues.
16. Old Cars Weekly
Stay up to date on the world of classic cars with Old Cars. You just have to enter your email and other details to get a copy of their digital magazine.
If you’re serious about electric vehicles, you have to subscribe to this journal.
World Electric Vehicle Journal is the first peer-reviewed, international, scientific journal that comprehensively covers all studies related to battery, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles.
18. RPM Magazine
If you love everything about race cars, muscle cars, hot rods, and other high-performance street and race automobiles, subscribe to RPM Magazine.
You can also access any RPM Mag Back Issue all the way back to 2014 (link above). Note that the digital magazine issue opens up on a new page via Issuu.com.
19. Truck n Trailer
The printed magazines come with a fee, but if you’re good with the ebook version, you can receive a copy, available the day before they publish.
You’ll be notified by email, too!.
Just subscribe with your name and email address and you’ll be the first to get to read TNT.
20. Velocity RC Cars
Get a FREE Trial Issue of Velocity RC Magazine, the fastest growing digital RC Car magazine on the webby clicking the “Free Download button” on this page.
You’ll receive a digital copy of their first issue containing 130+ pages of pure RC awesomeness.
Gives readers a peek at the automotive industry and what technologies are new even before the cars reach the showroom.
This is a bi-weekly e-newsletter, so add your dedicated email for all your readings.
This mag is specific to the import vehicle community.
You’ll learn everything about European and Asian car manufacturers here.
Also, if you’re a subscriber of Magzter, you can get digital copies of every issue at no charge. You just have to download the Magzter app for iPad, iPhone or Android.
Looking for Other Freebies?
If you’re interested in other free magazines, check out this 1-year subscription to Vanity Fair magazine, 1 year subscriptions to Architectural Digest, this massive list of 75+ magazine subscriptions sent to your home free, or 10 free comic books resources for unlimited comic-reading fun.
And if you have a car that you love to bits, make sure you read up on my guide on how to get free gas cards, how to claim free towing services, where to find free car vacuuming and free air pump services, or better yet, how you can get a FREE CAR!