Car Fun: Cinema Car Trivia

2017-04-26 08:05:09 automotive service Falconer

Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Fun Fact: To make the sound of the boulder descending toward Indiana, the sound engineers recorded a car rolling with the engine off. Bonus Fact: To make the trucks' motors sound extra fierce for the chase scenes, tracks of genuine tiger growls were blended in.1

Movie: Back to the Future
Fun Fact: Since the DeLorean was virtually a central character, the filmmakers wanted to get the audio just right for the motion of the gull-wing doors. Oddly, the audio techs didn't like the noise of the actual doors opening and closing. They chose to use the humming sound of electric car windows. Bonus Fact: This effect was also used as the sound of Doc's automatic dog feeding contraption.1

Movie: Transformers 3
Fun Fact: 532 cars were obliterated while shooting. Bonus Fact: The character Bumblebee was initially a yellow VW bug.2

Movie: Mad Max
Not So Fun Fact: A serious motorcycle collision was captured while filming and worked into the storyline. In one of the memorable scenes, a motorcycle rider was supposed to sail over a car. During filming, the stunt rider accidentally hit the the auto and was almost killed. No wonder the scene looked so authentic!

"According to trivia book Movie Mavericks by Jon Sandys, one of the more spectacular stunts in the second movie was actually a serious accident. One of the motorcycle-riding raiders hits a car, flies off the bike, smashes his legs against the car, and cartwheels through the air towards the camera."3

Movie: Cars
Fun Fact: Many of the car-embodied characters were inspired by actual cars such as Ramone (1959 Chevy Impala), Fillmore (1960 Volkswagen Microbus), and Sally (2002 Porsche 911). Bonus Fact: This motion picture was Oscar winner and race car driver Paul Newman's last and highest earning movie. Newman died in 2008, two years after voicing Doc Hudson in the Pixar classic.4

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1Owen Williams, "The Secrets Behind 44 Classic Cinema Sound Effects, Empire, March 11, 2015, http://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/cinema-sound-secrets-foley-artist/, access March 10, 2017
2Tom Harrison, "Top 11 Movies That Killed The Most Cars," CarThrottle, https://www.carthrottle.com/post/top-9-movies-that-killed-the-most-cars/, accessed Mar 10, 2017
2"Transformers Random Facts," Visually, http://visual.ly/transformers-random-facts, accessed March 11, 2017
3Coy Jandreau, "44 Things You Didn't Know About the Mad Max Movies," Ranker, http://www.ranker.com/list/mad-max-trivia-facts/coy-jandreau, accessed March 10, 2013
4Rebecca Pahle, "10 Fast Facts About Cars," Mental Floss, February 17, 2016, http://mentalfloss.com/article/75597/10-fast-facts-about-cars, accessed March 11, 2017

I-86 Truck & Auto Repair Car Talk: European vs American

2017-04-19 09:44:18

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Hello Falconer drivers! Thanks for visiting the I-86 Truck & Auto Repair blog. Today we are having a fun discussion on American vs European cars. Which camp are you in?

A classy Volkswagen Passat or an economical Ford Fusion? A precisely made BMW X5 or a luxurious Cadillac Escalade? A power packed Chevrolet Corvette Z06 or a zippy Porsche 911 Turbo? The list goes on and on and the comparisons are endless but the question is: "American styling vs European styling?" A lot of it comes down to personal preference but it is always an exciting debate!

American vs European Styling?

No matter what car segment you examine, it’s almost impossible to find it exclusive to European or American automakers. Whether you’re looking for a practical car to fit a large family, a fancy daily commuter, or you simply want to zip around in a sports car, you will be able to find a European and American car maker that offers each of those.

The top European carmakers are Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Ferrari, and Porsche while the top makers in America are Ford, Dodge, Cadillac, Chrysler, and GM.

European autos are often seen as more costly but more opulent. A Ferrari or Lamborghini will set you back hundreds of thousands of dollars but in return you get to cruise around in one of the world’s most coveted cars; just make sure you’re ready for the crowds that will surround your car just for a picture.

Mercedes Benz, Audi, and BMW are so popular and well known that some fans consider them to be in a competition among themselves. These three car manufacturers use a combination of powerful engines, opulent interiors, and beautiful designs to attract many car enthusiasts around the world.

When you consider iconic American made automobiles, you might think about the classic muscle cars such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Challenger. American carmakers are known for their reliability, practicality, and dependability. They are also often seen as a better value.

Are you a fan of American or European cars? Or do you favor Japanese? (We can devote a future message to Asian models.) Whether you drive a European or American made automobile, it needs to be well maintained and taken care of. Call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair to schedule an inspection to make sure you are protecting your investment. We can also set you up for scheduled maintenance and tell you about things you can do to make your car run better.

The Most Impressive Automaker You've Never Heard Of

2017-04-12 07:35:05

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A Meteoric Rise
When you think of sports cars, supercars, and hypercars, you most likely think of some of the most well known European car brands in the world. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and so many others make the sports car world a formidable place for new car manufacturers to compete and succeed. But a British company you may have never heard of is not only competing in the sports car market, but they’re succeeding fantastically. That company is McLaren Automotive. Let’s explore what McLaren has done to get its autos onto the road and become a household name among sports car aficionados.

Racing Roots
McLaren actually didn’t start as a production car organization but rather a race car brand. Bruce McLaren is the originator of McLaren which was started back in 1963. You might question that since they’ve been around since the 60’s, why aren’t they more recognizable? Well, McLaren didn’t produce its first street legal car until 1993 which was the McLaren F1. But only 106 units were initially produced.

The F1 wasn’t just any sports car because it actually held the title of the world’s speediest production car for a time with a top speed of 240 mph!

Worth the Wait
After the F1, McLaren didn’t manufacture any automobiles until 2011 when it relaunched to produce the 12C. The 12C was sold from 2011 through 2014 and was McLaren’s first real shot at competing with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and other top car makers. With a base sticker price over $200,000, it needed to bring a lot of characteristics to the table and it did. With a turbocharged V8 engine over 600 horsepower, it really put McLaren back on the map.

True Believers
The past few years have been even better for McLaren. Following up the 12C was the P1 which was categorized as a hypercar.

The McLaren P1 is often associated with the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari in what sports car fans call the Holy Trinity.

The P1 had a starting list price of over $1,000,000 and was produced in very limited numbers. McLaren stepped up the technology in the P1 by combining a V8 engine with two electric motors; resulting in over 900 horsepower.

Obviously not everyone in the market for a supercar is ready to dish out over $1,000,000 and McLaren understands that. That’s why they’ve provided their most recent line of acclaimed gems. The entry level models are the 570S and 570GT. These autos offer many great supercar properties at a much lower list price. These two models compete with the Ferrari California and Lamborghini Huracan. Then McLaren has their 650S and 675LT which are their higher end models which have garnered a considerable amount of attention due to their dazzling design, speed, and driving capabilities.

Now that McLaren has swiftly drawn so much well-deserved recognition, every time they present a new model, it's a big deal. Their latest marvel is the new 720S which is the successor to the 650S and 675LT. The 720S is their most advanced and beautiful sports car yet and will continue to carry the McLaren brand forward.

We hope you have enjoyed today's post. Thank you for visiting our blog. We hope you depend on the team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair to provide superior automotive service. (And if you are lucky enough to zip around in a McLaren, please stop by our shop in Falconer so we can check it out!)

I-86 Truck & Auto Repair Car Talk: Who Owns Who?

2017-04-11 16:20:56

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The 21st century automotive ruling class contains as many intermarriages as 19th century European aristocracy. Take Toyota, for example. They actually own Lexus and Scion, so next time you climb into a posh Lexus, look a little closer and you may see some design cues inspired by Toyota. Let’s explore some other manufacturers that are related to each other.

When you hear "Volkswagen," what do you picture in your mind? Many New York drivers think of German-engineered cars at an affordable price. But when you think of high-end Porsche, Audi, and Bentley, you probably envision some of the most opulent automobiles on the road. But you may be surprised to hear that Volkswagen owns all three of those brands and more. Namely, Lamborghini and Bugatti, both of which have designed unbelievable sports cars that belong in a class of their own. Volkswagen Group is the most diverse auto manufacturer on the earth. They sell just about any type of vehicle imaginable, from affordable little runabouts to super cars that cost millions of dollars.

Volkswagen has certainly advanced significantly since introducing the world to the unpretentious little Beetle over 70 years ago.

BMW is another celebrated car maker that has become a leading luxury brand. But this German company also owns two other brands that are as unique in their own ways. Mini and Rolls-Royce are both owned by BMW.

Ever heard of Daimler AG? Probably not. Ever heard of Mercedes-Benz? Most likely. Actually, Daimler AG is the owner of Mercedes-Benz and Smart Cars. Since Mercedes-Benz is a highly successful brand, that may be why Daimler AG allows them to operate so independently.

With all the mergers and acquisitions in the global auto industry, the line between "foreign" and "domestic" has been blurred beyond recognition. Many of the cars built in America are owned by foreign-based businesses and, in addition, have multiple overseas-sourced parts.

Regardless of your auto's heritage, the automotive professionals at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair will capably handle all of your maintenance and auto repair needs. Call 716-665-2501 to speak with one of our friendly technicians.

Falconer Car Lovers: What Is Your Favorite Sports Car?

2017-04-04 16:32:37

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Today's post discusses drool-worthy stunners that most of us will never have a chance to own. But that doesn't mean we can't picture ourselves traversing through the Swiss Alps in a Porsche 911, gliding down the Pacific Coast Highway in a Maserati GranTurismo, or even running errands around Falconer in an Audi Spyder. Let's review our favorite sports cars.

What do you get when you throw a 661 horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine into the newest Ferrari? You get the Ferrari 488GTB. Everything is constructed with meticulous attention, just as you’d expect from Ferrari. It's drop-dead gorgeous, lightning quick, and has the tight driving and handling that so many Ferrari devotees love.

It would be a challenge to find a more spectacular all around sports car than the Ferrari 488.

If you are an Iron Man fan, you might be partial to the Audi R8 Spyder, Tony Stark's ride in Iron Man 2.

We are sure that opening up up the 525-horsepower V10 engine in the Spyder would be almost as invigorating as wearing a flying suit.

Speaking of iconic movie cars, how about James Bond's line of breathtaking Aston-Martins? The sophisticated sexiness of both Mr. Bond and the Aston-Martin (DB5, DB10, DBS, and V12 Vanquish) defined the franchise for over 50 years. Though automotive technology has advanced since its introduction, we believe the classic 1964 DB5 can still hold its own when it comes to the cool factor.

Another celebrated model that emerged in the 60's and is still admired by many sports car enthusiasts is the Porsche 911. While some exotic car designers push radical changes every few years, the 911 has stayed true to its roots.

"The sports car’s fame comes from Porsche’s fierce determination not to alter its Volkswagen Beetle-inspired shape, the rear-mounted engine placement, and the engaging driving experience."1 -Miles Branman, Digital Trends

What's your favorite? All of the above? Let us know what you think.

1Branman, Miles, "Trace the iconic Porsche 911’s lineage through the ages," Digital Trends, March 25, 2016, http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/evolution-of-the-porsche-911/, accessed on January 26, 2017
http://www.caranddriver.com/ferrari/488gtb
http://www.ferrari.com/en_jm/auto
https://www.astonmartin.com/en/heritage/james-bond
http://buzz.mrexotics.com/11-most-iconic-exotic-cars-from-the-movies/4/

Falconer Car Lovers: How Many Cars Are There In The World?

2017-04-04 15:14:56

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There are billions of people in the world and in today’s age there are a host of transportation options that include planes, trains, boats, motorbikes, and bicycles. But the most used forms of transportation (besides our own feet) are probably trains and cars. Since I am an automotive service specialist and not a railroad engineer, I will pose the question: "How many cars there are in the world?"

Research firms indicate that there are now over one billion vehicles in the world! And the number will most likely continue to increase barring a global catastrophe like a zombie apocalypse.

If the automobile is your preferred mode of transport, it’s important to keep your vehicle operating properly. Here are a few tips to keep your car safely on the road.

Take Warnings Seriously
Always check the warning lights on your dashboard. This is the least complicated way to know if something is amiss. Though you might be tempted to ignore it, don't respond to a check engine light like Homer Simpson by putting a piece of tape over it.

Mark Your Calendar

Follow your scheduled maintenance appointments. Bringing your car to I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for oil changes, tire rotations, and other routine services is the best way to keep your vehicle functioning in peak condition. If you have questions about your maintenance intervals, call us today at 716-665-2501. We would be happy to set up a schedule for you.

Your Car Loves a Bath

Keep your vehicle clean. This guards your engine from dirt and grime. Whether you go to a car wash or hand wash your auto, it will pay off in the long run.

Since there are so many automobiles on the road, the team of techs at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair encourages all New York drivers to drive safe and be aware of your surroundings while driving. We are certain you would never do any of the following, but the advice bears repeating: don’t drink and drive, don’t text and drive, and don’t put yourself or others in danger.

Let I-86 Truck & Auto Repair help you with all of your automotive needs. After all, your car is one in a billion.

Source:
http://www.fox.com/the-simpsons/

Auto Talk: Do You Drive One Of The 10 Most Dangerous Cars?

2017-03-28 13:27:33

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According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the following cars are involved in the most collisions:

  1. Kia Rio
  2. Nissan Versa
  3. Hyundai Accent 4 Door
  4. Chevrolet Aveo
  5. Hyundai Accent 2 Door
  6. Chevrolet Camaro
  7. Chevrolet Silverado
  8. Honda Civic
  9. Nissan Versa
  10. Ford Focus

This is quite a diversified group, with everything from compacts to a 4-wheel drive pickup. Clearly, each vehicle made the list for different reasons. Why are these vehicles so deadly? According to experts, here are some of the properties that may contribute to a high accident rate:

  • Small and light
  • High center of gravity (especially in cases of single-vehicle accidents)
  • Less durable structural design
  • High performance (may influence drivers to speed)
  • Shorter wheelbase
  • Fewer recent safety features

Driver Personality?
Some men and women believe that in the case of high-crash incident sports cars, it's not the vehicle that's the issue, it's the driver. They theorize that speeders are more likely to own sports cars. If you commute on busy Jamestown highways, you may agree with this.

Since youth are more likely to speed than older drivers, perhaps the deadliest combination is a 17-year-old in a Ferrari - basically, Ferris Bueller.

Another disadvantage for the adolescent sector is the fact that many adolescents drive smaller, older autos that do not have modern safety features such as airbags, antilock brakes, updated seatbelts, traction control, and head restraints. It makes you question whether more parents should zip around in the old family beater and let their 16-year-old take the new SUV. (Gulp...)

Whether your vehicle has advanced features like backup cameras and forward collision warning (FCW), or long-standard airbags and antilock brakes, they need to be operating properly in order to protect you. If you're not sure, fasten your seatbelt and come into I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for a safety inspection.

Sources:
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Auto Talk: AWD, FWD, or RWD?

2017-03-22 11:06:06

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Have you ever talked with someone who insisted they were right about which drive type is preferable? It is a common topic that gets brought up, but who is really right? Which drive type is best?

There is probably not a "right" answer because each type has its benefits. People usually choose their vehicles and drive types for specific reasons.

Take, for example, FWD. Not many individuals would buy a sports car that operates through FWD, because of its poor handling and the understeer that occurs from the power being directed into the front wheels. So it doesn’t make sense to buy a FWD if you want a track ready sports car.

What if you live in an area with icy winters? You probably don't want RWD. RWD cars are notorious for getting stuck in the snow. We have known auto owners who swore by RWD before they had to navigate a snow-packed road and subsequently started to rethink their preference and better appreciate the advantages of FWD.

What are the advantages of RWD? There is ample evidence that they are sturdier and less prone to being damaged and needing a pricey repairs. They also provide better handling than AWD due to the drivetrain weight being more evenly distributed.

Some drivers appreciate RWD for a less-utilitarian characteristic. RWD is best for "spinning doughnuts," or making handbrake turns. For those of you who have never dreamed of being a stunt driver, "spinning doughnuts" is a common term for drifting tightly in a circle as fast as possible, just for the fun of it. It is best performed off public streets in a wide, open area without any other cars around. Of course, the team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair certainly doesn't endorse any type of irresponsible driving. (If I passed a large, empty, parking lot, it would never cross my mind to take a few minutes to practice my James Bond moves.)

You might be asking at this point; "Isn't the AWD type the best choice because it works well in bad weather conditions while delivering decent handling?"

Though we see AWD in some big ticket sports cars, even AWD proves to have its disadvantages. For one, AWD significantly ups the sticker price, in some cases up to $3,000. The increased complexity of AWD is more costly to maintain and repair and while your car's handling improves, the overall power going to the wheels is reduced. AWD also adds considerable weight to the automobile which affects MPG.

Another essential element to look at is that features such as electronic stability control and traction control improve handling power for all drive types. Only you can determine which drive type is best for you. Regardless of your choice, I-86 Truck & Auto Repair will take care of your car.

Just For Fun: What Was Your Teenage Dream Car?

2017-03-16 10:56:22

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The adolescent years are full of all kinds of exciting milestones. Your first kiss, your first job, and, of course, getting your drivers permit and hitting the road.

What was your teenage dream car?

Jay Leno wished for a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4 as a kid and bought one as an adult.1 Justin Bieber didn't have to wait - he was zipping around in a Lamborghini at the age of sixteen. The perks of wealth!

We have a lot of customers who have weighed in on the issue, and we've gotten into more than a few animated discussions about whose teenage dream vehicle would have been more fun in which situation. 

Iconic Movie Cars
Some say their choice was influenced by a popular movie of their youth. From the '55 Chevy Harrison Ford drove in American Graffiti, the 1970 Dodge Charger in The Fast and the Furious, to the '81 Porsche 928 in Risky Business. And who can forget the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 from Gone in Sixty Seconds?

Most Falconer teens didn’t get to pick what car they got to drive. And some youth didn't even get to drive Dad's old beater. 

Did you picture ourselves a sleek Lamborghini? A lifted Chevy 4x4 all ready to tear it up off-road? A tricked-out muscle car? Come on in and give us your best argument, or write your thoughts in the comments below. We can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.

Source:
1 Joel Stocksdale, "This 1967 Ferrari 275 is Jay Leno's Teenage Dream Car," Autoblog, August 16, 2016, http://www.autoblog.com/2016/08/16/1967-ferrari-275-jay-leno-garage-video/, accessed February 25, 2017

Falconer Car Lovers: Why is the Accord the Most-Stolen Car?

2017-03-14 10:41:54

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Millions of Americans love the Honda Accord. And so do car thieves. In fact, over 50,000 Accords were stolen last year - some right here in the Jamestown area.

Why does this model rank high on the list of most-stolen cars year after year? It seems the Accord is a victim of its own popularity. (This also applies to another frequently-stolen Honda, the Civic.) The perennial popularity of the Accord impacts theft rates in at least three ways:

1. The sheer number of Accords on the road compared to other cars delivers relatively more opportunity for theft. It is unclear just how many Accords are in use, but according to Honda spokesman Chris Naughton, over the last 30 years, Honda has manufactured over 10 million Accords in the country.1

2. Professional automobile thieves can earn a much greater return if a stolen vehicle is dismantled and sold for parts.

"Thieves can get up to three times the value of the vehicle if they sell it for parts," Patrick Clancy, Vice President of Law Enforcement for LoJack Corporation, an auto tracking and recovery firm. 2

3. Because it has been a hot item (pun intended) for many years, there is a significant demand for parts to keep used Hondas running.

Due to these elements, the Accord and Civic will probably continue to be favorites of auto thieves for many years to come. Here is the most recent list of the most-stolen used cars (2015):3

  1. Honda Accord
  2. Honda Civic
  3. Ford Pickup
  4. Chevrolet Pickup
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Dodge Pickup
  7. Toyota Corolla
  8. Nissan Altima
  9. Dodge Caravan
  10. Chevrolet Impala

Regardless of the type of automobile you drive, the team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair will treat you right. And we sincerely hope you are never the victim of a car theft. Future I-86 Truck & Auto Repair s will address theft prevention, warning and tracking devices, and VIN cloning.

Sources:
1Susanna Kim, "Why the Honda Accord is the Most Stolen Vehicle," ABC News, May 27, 2014, http://abcnews.go.com/Business/honda-accord-stolen-vehicle/story?id=23883693, accessed February 25, 2017
2LoJack Releases Fifth Annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report," LoJack, May 15, 2014, http://www.lojack.com/About-LoJack/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/2014/LoJack-Releases-Fifth-Annual-Vehicle-Theft-Recover, accessed February 25, 2017
3"2015 Top 10 Vehicle Make/Model Thefts," NICB, https://www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/top-vehicles-stolen-by-state#States, accessed February 25, 2017