The Future of Auto Safety Technology

2017-10-17 15:53:43

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For many men and women, driving a car is part of their everyday life. Whether commuting to work, transporting family and friends, or simply just to enjoy the thrill that a car can offer. Because cars have become such a vital part of people’s lives, vehicle manufacturers are taking their safety characteristics more serious than ever.

Back in the day, an automobile was simply made to get from point A to point B. No fancy options included. As cars got faster and there were more and more on the roads, deaths from car accidents increased. With steering wheels that could impale the driver's heart on impact and no safety glass, the injuries were gruesome. Thus, engineers began steadily inventing and refining a plethora of safety devices.

Now automobiles have features to make your drive safe and enjoyable, and some options that you wouldn’t even imagine could be in a car. Let’s look at some things that have improved automobile safety over the years as well as emerging technology.

Buckle Up

The most well known piece of equipment is the seat belt. Seat belts had limited use in various forms of transport since 1885. Volvo's Nils Bohlin developed the modern three-point auto seat belt which was introduced in 1959. Seat belts became standard on just about every vehicle in the late 1960s and it is estimated that this simple mechanism has saved millions of lives.

Back in the 1990s, if you started noticing your seat belt getting tighter when you leaned forward, it was probably due to the new pre-tensioning seat belts. (Then again, maybe your seat belt got tighter because of that spare tire around your midsection.) Now most modern vehicles are equipped with systems that alert the motorist to buckle up.

In the late sixties, head rests started appearing in cars. This low-tech apparatus prevents spinal injuries, as well as giving us a place to rest our head. Safety equipment advanced considerably with the SRS (Supplemental Restraint System), better known as airbags. Airbags work with seat belts to save even more lives and prevent injuries. It's pretty amazing that this device can detect a collision and deploy rapidly enough to protect the person sitting in the seat.

The Future of Auto Safety

Seat belts and airbags guard passengers when an accident occurs. But obviously neither of these can prevent a crash. Now automobile manufacturers have invented technology that helps prevent collisions. Many automakers are installing radars, cameras, and sensors in their cars.

Stop Crashes Before They Happen

Lane departure warnings alert car owners when they’re drifting out of their lane and helps move them back into their lane. Blind spot assist helps auto owners know when they have an automobile in their blind spot. Back up cameras permit the auto owner to see what’s behind them when in reverse to help ensure they don’t run over anything or back into something. (We have no excuse now when we back into the garbage can on trash day.) Automatic braking systems can detect an accident before it happens and automatically employ the brakes.

These are just a few of the incredible safety features that are all now possible because of the extensive research and testing that committed automotive engineers continue doing to ensure our safety on the road. Of course, self-driving cars use this advanced technology, but that's a topic for another post.

Proper maintenance is also critical for ultimate auto safety. The auto pros at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer can keep your vehicle in ideal condition to ensure many miles of safe driving.

Are You Prepared?

2017-10-10 15:38:18

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Welcome to the I-86 Truck & Auto Repair blog. Since you are visiting an automotive repair center website, we will assume that you own a car. For most of us, our car is our principal mode of transportation and rarely does a day go by that we don’t use our cars to get somewhere. Because we spend so much time in our cars, it is wise to be prepared for anything, especially emergencies.

Do you have the needed items in your auto to care for yourself, your passengers, and your car in the case of an emergency? If not, hopefully this post can give you some tips for getting your car ready for anything.

First Aid Kit

The first thing that we counsel is a first aid kit. We usually have first aid kits in our homes, take them out for camping trips or sporting events, but not everyone carries one in their automobile. There are many different travel sized kits that can slide under a seat or fit into a glove box.

Spare Tire

Next is a spare tire. (We are talking about an actual spare tire, not the one that many of us keep permanently attached to our belly.) Getting a flat tire is one of the most common car issues and you never know when you might get one. Your car should have come with a spare tire, but if it didn't, we advise going to your dealership or nearest tire shop to see what options you have. If your car does have a spare tire, you’ll want to make sure you know how to get to it and have the tools to uninstall the flat tire and install the spare. We have noticed that some stock jacks are woefully inadequate. Give yours a test in the comfort of your garage so you know if it would pass the test if you were stranded on the side of the road in a blizzard. If it is too wimpy, switch it out with one that is easy to operate and strong enough to lift your car.


Smart documents to keep in your car are your insurance card, owner’s manual, and the contact information for your local mechanic. These might seem like obvious items, but you’d be surprised at how many auto owners don’t have these available when they need them. Your insurance card is important in case of an accident and your owner’s manual can help you diagnose and fix issues. I know that some individuals use their cell phone to access owner's manuals or repair forums online, but you can't always count on internet access and a charged phone battery.

Your automotive repair shop probably offers a towing service or could recommend one if your car does break down. If you are looking for an honest, highly-trained team of automotive professionals in Falconer, we welcome you to I-86 Truck & Auto Repair. We offer quality, timely service, and fair prices.

These recommendations may seem trivial, but they can save you big time in an emergency. I-86 Truck & Auto Repair recommends that you take a half hour and make sure your auto is equipped with these essential items. Being prepared brings peace of mind.

What Does it Take to Armor a Car?

2017-10-03 15:36:38 top auto repair shop Falconer

VIPs such as politicians and celebrities at risk for attack are generally at their most unprotected when they are away from their gated homes. If they traveled in normal automobiles, the perils that come with their status would be difficult to prevent.

Thus, the birth of the legendary armored car. Today's post is about the cars and SUVs that offer the ultimate level of safety when traveling.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to armor a car?


Guns are one of the major threats faced by these people. Firearms have become so advanced that a bullet from some high-powered guns can easily puncture car windows and even go right through normal car metal and aluminum. Armored cars can be rigged out with bulletproof armor and even a clear, see-through material to replace the windows.

Indestructible Tires 

Another threat to a car is a flat tire. Tires can be slashed, shot at, or, as we all know, have a blowout just by driving over something sharp. Tires for armored cars are designed with a technology called run flat. If the tire does go flat, it can still function for up to 60 miles after it starts leaking air. Run flat tires can also tolerate much more damage than conventional tires.


Some armored cars are also outfitted with material that is built to withstand intense heat, fire, and other adverse conditions. Because the oils and gases that go into cars are extremely flammable when exposed to heat, these armored cars typically have engines that are built to prevent the leaking of these oils and gasses. This prevents fires and other possible engine issues.

Armored cars are obviously not for everyone, but if you are planning to move to a dangerous city (or start a new career as a gangster), there are plenty of businesses that can retrofit your current vehicle with armor. As you can imagine, it’s not cheap to add these features, but it is an option.

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we can't protect you from everything, but we can make sure you avoid unneeded repair bills by performing vital routine auto maintenance. Call 716-665-2501 today to make an appointment at the top service center in Falconer

5 Must-Have Teen Auto Skills

2017-09-26 15:31:07

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Today's message is for inexperienced teenage drivers or brand-new drivers of any age. Even if you don't have your own vehicle, someday you probably will and this is also essential knowledge for using other people's vehicles responsibly.

1. How to check your oil.

Take our word for it, you really, really don't want to drive with low oil. Oil is the lifeblood of your automobile and you are in danger of serious damage to the engine if you don't maintain a sufficient level of lubrication. (You may also risk serious damage to your driving privileges.) Equally important: know how often to change your oil. Dirty oil is also dangerous. If you are responsible for maintaining a car, stop by I-86 Truck & Auto Repair and we will let you know how often to change the oil in your particular automobile, as well as the kind of oil to use. While you are here, we can also show you how to monitor the levels of your car's other vital fluids.

2. How to check tire air pressure.

Wheels and tires are costly. And even if your car's Tire Pressure Monitoring System lists the pressure readings for each tire on one of the dashboard displays, you never know when you will be driving a vehicle without that handy feature.

3. How to change a tire.

Even if you think you aren't mechanically inclined, don't be intimidated by this process. Anyone can learn. The team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair advises brand-new teen motorists practice a few times in their driveway so they will be able to do it in any situation, such as roadside after sundown in a snowstorm.

4. How to follow maintenance schedules.

The owner's manual outlines the schedules to adhere to for routine maintenance including oil changes which we explained in number one. Other car maintenance services include belt checks, cabin air filter replacement, alignment, and tire rotation and balancing. Since most teenagers are adept at using dozens of social media apps, they may want to download an app to help keep track of scheduled auto maintenance. It may not be as fun as posting a selfie on Instagram, but it will save a lot of dollars on repair costs and keep your car in superb condition.

5. What to do when the check engine light comes on.

The check engine light informs drivers about troubles that range from a loose gas cap to engine misfiring. Every novice motorist should learn what the different check engine light patterns indicate. (e.g. continuous light, quick flickering, steady blinking, etc.)

Thanks for visiting the I-86 Truck & Auto Repair blog. We wish you a lifetime of safe traveling. 

Auto Fun: What Do Top Athletes Drive?

2017-09-19 15:16:46

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Sports are a worldwide source of entertainment. Whether you’re a diehard sports fanatic or someone who cares very little about sports, we’re sure you’ve seen the most famous sports stars around! Famous athletes are seen in television advertisements, on billboards, and in the news. Athletes spend a lot of time traveling and it seems like they’re always on the go, but have you ever wondered what these stars drive around in when they have the time?

Celebrity athletes make mind-boggling amounts of money. With contracts, endorsements, and sponsors, elite professional athletes make tens of millions of dollars per year! When you’re pulling in that kind of income, there isn’t a vehicle in the world you can't afford. Maybe that's why many of these athletes own fleets of cars. Here's a few:

Let’s start with LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron’s current basketball contract will pay him over $30,000,000 this year and he has huge endorsements with Nike, Sprite, and many more large businesses.

James' sizeable collection of vehicles consists of a drop-dead gorgeous Ferrari 458, a dazzling Porsche 911 Turbo S, and a posh Rolls Royce Phantom. He has plenty more vehicles that grace his garage but these three are certainly fit for NBA royalty.

Soccer is arguably the most loved sport on the planet and becoming a professional soccer player is the dream of millions. Few could imagine having the skill set of Real Madrid superstar Christiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s car collection is almost as mind-blowing as his soccer mastery. He likes to show his fans his vehicles via Instagram. His two newest cars are a $2,000,000 lightning quick Bugatti Veyron SuperSport and a shiny Mercedes Benz GLE AMG 63S. Scroll through his Instagram and you’ll find tons of other automobiles that he’s added to his collection!

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has owned the boxing world for years now, and is currently undefeated (as of the date this post was written). His fabulous boxing skill has led him to earn millions and millions of dollars. Floyd loves spending piles of money on cars. Similar to Ronaldo, you can find most of his autos on his Instagram site. Mayweather owns multiple Rolls Royce, multiple Ferraris, and most impressively, three Bugattis!

His nickname Money Mayweather is certainly apt when it comes to how much money he spends on cars.

There are hundreds of athletes who own amazing cars but getting to all of them could take forever. Next time you have a few minutes, check out your favorite athlete's car collection online! And next time you need car repair or maintenance, call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair. When it comes to quality automotive service in Falconer , the automotive professionals at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair are at the top of their game.

From Raceways to Driveways, Paddle Shifters Go Mainstream

2017-09-12 15:25:11

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It’s always intriguing for car buffs when an automotive feature or technology exclusive to race cars starts making its way to production cars created for the masses. For example, large aerodynamic spoilers that first appeared on race cars have now been incorporated into street legal autos for years. One innovation that is much less conspicuous is the paddle shifter. If you enjoy driving or the latest auto tech, however, you might want to try them out. What are paddle shifters? Let us explain.

Race car makers are always looking for the next technological advancement so that they can gain an edge over their competitors. While transmissions are regularly upgraded, there are few substantial modifications. For a long time, it was either an automatic or manual transmission. No in-between and no other options. Then race car makers were able to create a semi-automatic transmission. This allowed the driver to use either an automatic gearshift transmission or a manual clutch based transmission in the same automobile.

Since the automatic gear shifter used the main, center console knob, car manufacturers had to think of another spot to put the manual shifters. What better place than behind the steering wheel? This led to the idea of paddle shifters.

When in manual mode, you can use two levers that are usually mounted right behind the steering wheel to control the upshifts and downshifts of the gearbox. This is accomplished by simply pulling them towards you or pushing them away from you.

Semi-automatic transmissions allow drivers to move easily in automatic, yet also give them the option to have a much more engaging driving experience using manual paddle shifters in the same car.

This has now become a marvelous luxury for some drivers. One of the first production cars outfitted with paddle shifters was the Ferrari F355. Paddle shifters took some time to work their way into more models but sports car drivers quickly saw it as a meaningful improvement, prompting automakers such as Porsche, Lamborghini, and Mercedes-Benz to offer paddle shifters in their sports cars.

For quite a while, many paddle shifter devotees thought that supercars were going to be the only vehicles getting paddle shifters. They were wrong, however. Look at the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry-few would put these in the category of sports car. Both 2017 models can be equipped with paddle shifters. And even SUVs such as the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE 63, and Audi SQ5 now provide a variant that includes paddle shifters.

Paddle shifters obviously aren’t meant for every driver, but you’d be surprised at how many vehicles can be decked out with them.

Next time you’re looking into a new car, check and see if it or a similar model is equipped with paddle shifters. You could try them out and experience driving in a whole new way! To experience incomparable automotive service, repair, and diagnostics, call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair at 716-665-2501 to schedule an appointment.

The Few, The Proud, The Cars That Increase in Value

2017-09-05 15:14:43

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Have you ever seen a car that seemed absurdly pricey when it first came out and then a few years later you see it being sold for a lot less as a used car? That’s the result of depreciation.

Most cars predictably depreciate at fairly consistent rates. There are a few special cars, however, that have unexpectedly increased in value since being introduced and are now sold for a much higher amount.

Today we’re going to look at some cars that have appreciated or depreciated considerably in the past few years.

Let’s start with a car from the famous German car maker, Porsche. Back in 2004, Porsche established an absolutely incredible supercar called the Carrera GT. It was a breathtaking two seat supercar with an F1 type V10 engine in it! The original price of this car was an extraordinary $440,000 but due to the limited number made, the Carrera GT at once turned into a highly sought-after car. What did that do to the resale value? It skyrocketed!

Check used automobile sales of the Carrera GT and you’ll be lucky if you locate one for less than $600,000. That’s $150,000 over the original list price!

Not all autos maintain their value like the Carrera GT. Unfortunately, most cars drop in value after they're driven off the lot, especially premium luxury sedans. The BMW 7 series and Mercedes-Benz S Class sedans are two of the most exclusive cars out on the road. But their resale values are not. Particularly in 2012, the 7 series had an average list price of $103,000 and the S Class was even higher at $121,000. Look at prices of the 2012 7 Series now and you’ll be able to find used models around $30,000. Do the same for the 2012 S class and you’ll be able to find that car in the $40,000 price range. Great for buyers, bad for sellers.

We’ll end on another vehicle that has appreciated greatly. McLaren hasn’t been making production cars for very long and they don't make a lot, but when they do, they are impressive! They’ve compelled people to notice their cars because of their sporty styling and near-perfect driving dynamics. The McLaren 675LT was their limited production upgrade to their 650S and it got everyone wanting one. Like the Carrera GT, this want factor pushed up the price of the 675LT even though it cost a fortune initially.

The price of the 675LT averaged $345,000 but now you can find the 675LT on sale with prices up to $500,000.

As we know, most autos will shrink in value once they’re driven off the lot, but if you’re able to study the market, you can find a car that won’t depreciate too much. And if you’re lucky enough to be able to purchase a limited production auto, it could turn into a profitable investment!

Whether you drive a Mercedes, Porsche, or Honda, it's always a wise idea to keep up on your scheduled maintenance.

Let I-86 Truck & Auto Repair help you safeguard your investment by delivering the highest level of automotive service in the Jamestown area. mdId=20786&mkId=20081&page=1&perPage=50&rd=99999&searchSource=SORT&sf1Dir=ASC&sf1Nm=price&zc=84042

What Do You Think? Car or Truck?

2017-09-05 14:40:36

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Ordinarily, we purchase autos compatible with our needs. Do we need to run children back and forth to school? Or do we need to haul motorcycles and ATVs into the great New York outdoors? Some men and women will always prefer trucks and some will always prefer cars. Let’s discuss a few main points that continue to keep people on either side.

If you were to guess the three top selling vehicles in America in 2016, what would your guess be? My guess would probably be a mid-sized sedan. But it turns out that my speculation would be very wrong.

Did you know that the three best-selling vehicles in America all happen to be trucks?

First is the Ford F-Series, second is the Chevrolet Silverado, and third is the Dodge Ram. So what makes trucks so popular? People love the fact that most full-size pickup trucks now have seating for five which is just as much seating as a family sedan. This makes running errands, going on road trips, and traveling to and from work very simple and just as capable as a car. But the main things that appeal to truck owners is the utility of the bed and the towing ability. There are endless situations when a truck is capable of doing things that a sedan just can’t. Whether it’s schlepping a bunch of moving boxes, scaling a mountain, or towing a boat, a full-size 4WD truck is typically capable of it all and more.

Many outdoor enthusiasts can't imagine life without a truck.

Cars have many advantages as well. One that comes to mind first is the selection and diversity that is available when choosing a car. I can’t think of one automaker that exclusively makes trucks yet there are many manufacturers that don’t have a truck in their lineup. Cars offer a solution for just about anyone. Whether you’re looking for a sports car to zip around in, a luxury sedan for ultimate comfort, or anything in between, there is a vehicle for you.

Most car owners also get to enjoy the gas mileage advantage over their truck counterparts.

The most fuel efficient truck I could find is the Chevrolet Colorado at 25 miles per gallon. Compare that to cars and you'll run across multiple hybrid cars that can get over 50 miles per gallon. There are also models that are now entirely electric. Auto manufacturers generally outfit cars with new technology and features before adding them to trucks.

Cars and trucks each provide their own unique solutions to people’s needs. Are you a car person or a truck person?

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, We Service Them All
Whether you zip around in a car, truck, (or car/truck hybrid because you couldn't decide) we can deliver all of your automotive service needs at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair. Call 716-665-2501 to make an appointment.


I-86 Truck & Auto Repair : How Often Do You Change Your Oil?

2017-08-29 13:29:53

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If you ask Falconer car owners how often the oil in their auto should be changed, you might get a different answer every time. Every 6 months? Every 5,000 miles? Only if your automobile has problems? Who really knows? Let’s talk a little about oil.

The Lifeblood of Your Engine
Why do autos even need oil? A car engine is very complex; thousands of parts must function properly to make it run. Oil is required to lubricate all of the parts that move and come in contact with each other. Most parts in the engine are metal and easily get hot. Oil is an effective way for the engine to stay cool because the oil absorbs heat quickly.

Even though modern automobiles require less maintenance than in times past, if you don't change your oil, you are headed for trouble - everything from worn out pistons to a complete engine seize if you wait too long.

Protect Your Investment
Fixing the issues from not changing your oil will cost you more than paying for regular oil changes. A lot more.

The answer is never truly straightforward on how often oil should be changed. Consult your tech at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer for the oil change schedule and oil type recommendations for your specific automobile and schedule a full-service oil change at the best service center in New York.

Buy or Lease?

2017-08-22 13:53:42

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You walk onto the car lot, you know exactly what car you want, and you’re ready to pull the trigger. But then you’re asked the difficult question; “Do you want to lease or finance your car?” There are benefits and drawbacks to both financing arrangements, so today we’re going to try to give you a little clarification so you’ll be prepared to answer with confidence. (If you are fortunate enough to be able to pay cash—congratulations—you won't have to deal with this choice.)

Taking Out An Auto Loan

Financing a car is simply taking the full price of the car you want to purchase and splitting it up into monthly payments via a loan. The most common ways to get a car loan is either through your bank or through the financing department of the dealership (if the dealership has one).

It's All Yours (At Least When You've Made All 60 Payments)

The main advantage to financing is that you own the automobile and can do whatever you’d like with it. Whether that be to change the rims, add some accessories, or repaint, it’s up to you. Financing also provides you the option to keep the car as long as you choose. You can also drive it as many miles as you want.

Some disadvantages to financing is that you’ll generally have a higher monthly payment compared to a lease. Make sure you pay attention to the interest rate you’ll be paying. Because the typical loan is between 48 and 72 months, your interest rate will have a considerable on the total price of your car. For example, if you get a 2% interest rate on a $20,000 car and get a 72 month loan, you’ll pay $1,241 in interest. Bump your interest rate to 5% and you’ll end up paying $3,191. As you can see, the interest rate is vital!

Another potential disadvantage with taking out a car loan, is that you will probably need to pay extra for a service warranty.

Leasing Pros

Leasing, on the other hand, is a great option for some individuals. Leasing is kind of like paying to use a vehicle that the dealership owns. Typically, you make a down payment on the vehicle, and then make monthly payments for the length of the lease. Leases are generally 24 to 48 months. Once the lease is up, you simply return the car to the dealership. Once you return the car, you’ll have a few options; you can pay the purchase price of that auto (with a loan or cash) and keep it, start a new lease on a different car, or finance another car.

Another thing to consider is the repair warranty. In some lease arrangements, the dealership pays for service and repair with no additional charge to you.

...and Cons

Leasing may enable you to get a new car much quicker and easier than taking out a loan, but there are some downsides. One is that you never own the car and many men and women don’t like the thought of that. Because you don’t own it, you’ll have some firm rules on what you can and can’t do to modify the car. Another limitation with leased autos is the miles restriction that sets a limit on how many miles you can drive the vehicle per year. If you exceed that limit, you’ll have to pay a penalty that varies by the dealer and how far you drive over the limit.

The finance/lease decision takes some thought. Fortunately, choosing an automotive repair center in Falconer is easy. Rely on I-86 Truck & Auto Repair to keep your car in ideal condition.