Started watching a movie as a kid on cable in the late 70s or early 80s about robots replacing human beings. The main character was a private detective. He has an id card/credit card with a single digit number that is overdrawn. At one point he has to scam his way into a "library" to do an Internet type search. He drives a gas powered car when everyone else drives electric cars. That's about all I remember about it.

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    The part with the car and private detective is in The Final Eye/Computercide, the time would also fit, but its about clones not robots. But you can have a look at it youtube.com/watch?v=XKdGEMkodzk, maybe you remember something wrong
    – kl78
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 7:21
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    @kl78. The Final Eye/Computercide was my first thought as well.
    – beichst
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 3:54
  • see this previous answer for more information on that movie: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/94821/…
    – Otis
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 22:14

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As per Name of a 70s made for tv movie about a futuristic private eye, this is likely Computercide, aka The Final Eye, a 1981 TV movie.

The year is 1996 and Michael Stringer is the only private eye left on Earth. One day, he is hired by a woman to investigate Eden Isle, a complex for people who want a perfect life started by her industrialist father named Korter. Interestingly, Korter was found on a beach and is 20 years younger than he was before. When Stringer gets into the complex, he is caught in a web of mystery that he might not get out of.

His "Omni Kard" seems to have more than a single digit, but it is declined early in the film when he's parking by the library, which he enters by claiming via intercom to have been accidentally locked out.

Omni Kard declined at the parking meter Library

He drives a gasoline car, which indeed contrasts against the futuristic electric cars.

Electric cars His car

As noted in the comments, it's not about replacing people with robots, but with clones.

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