I-86 Truck & Auto Repair Car Talk: What Is Your Favorite Auto Brand?

2017-07-18 13:17:37

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Some Falconer drivers are loyal to one car brand, while others will mix and match different makes to suit all of their needs. There are hundreds of brands of cars internationally but most of the small ones are owned by one of the following mega-corporations: General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota, Fiat-Chrysler, Daimler, Renault-Nissan, Honda, BMW, Ford, FCA, TATA, PSA, and Hyundai.

Just about every car maker offers a car that caters to the wants, needs, and delight of any Falconer motorist. At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we have had the privilege of servicing a broad range of autos and have received a lot of feedback from customers. Here’s what they’ve had to say.

When it comes to European cars, the three main brands for which we hear high praises are Audi, BMW, and Mercedes Benz. Each of these concentrates on luxury, speed, and comfort.

Audi owners love their A4 sport sedan, Q7 SUV, and their outrageously fast R8.

BMW matches with the very popular 3 Series sedan, X5 SUV, and the M6 sports car.

Mercedes Benz competes with their C class sedans, GLE SUV, and the lightning fast AMG GTS sports car. Based on the great things we’ve experienced with these classics, we agree that you can't go wrong with European engineering.

Some of our I-86 Truck & Auto Repair customers are loyal to our homegrown American brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, and Tesla. Just like the European makers, these domestic automotive companies compete by offering many different models. Ford owners love the well-designed Ford Fusion sedan, the rugged Explorer SUV, and arguably the most popular muscle car, the Ford Mustang GT.

Chevrolet drivers are always delighted to show off the redesigned Impala sedan, and the iconic Corvette and Camaro.

Tesla has created a whole new category by creating autos that run 100% on electricity and are extremely advanced technologically.

Two popular Teslas are the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV. Unlike some of the earlier electric cars, the Teslas can really move!

You can’t forget about the popular Japanese models. Scores of drivers love their Nissans, Toyotas, and Hondas. All three of these brands have a well-deserved reputation for being economical, reliable, and good looking.

Nissan’s top sellers are the Maxima sedan, the Pathfinder SUV, and the GTR sports car, which is one of the fastest cars mentioned in this article.

Honda delivers the reliable Accord sedan and the Pilot SUV. If you want a Honda sports car, your best bet might be the new NSX from Acura, a division of Honda.

Toyota has the Camry (the top selling sedan for fourteen years), the Highlander SUV, and one of the most loved hybrids, the Prius.

In this article, we don't have room to examine the hundreds of brands sold worldwide, but we’d love to hear your feedback. Which car brand do you think is supreme?

Whatever it is, here at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer we've got you covered, because we can service an extensive range of makes. If you live in the Falconer area and are in need of any automotive service, large or small, call today for an appointment.


I-86 Truck & Auto Repair Question of the Day: Do You Carpool?

2017-07-11 13:18:49

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In today's message we will talk about something many Falconer drivers do every day, or, perhaps feel guilty about not doing. We're talking about carpooling. Whether you drive to work with some colleagues or take turns driving with other parents in the neighborhood to get the kids to school, you are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of ride sharing.

You can save on gas, car maintenance outlays, and parking fees. U.S. carpoolers save over one billion dollars every year.1
In the case of carpooling kids to school, you save time by not having to drive every day.
Where available, you can use the carpool lanes on highways and zoom past the single drivers in the stop-and-go lanes.
When it's not your day to drive, you can sit back and close your eyes or get a jump start on your work to-do list.
You can feel good about reducing your carbon footprint and relieving congestion on roads. It is estimated that traffic could be reduced by 20% if all commuters shared rides just one day a week.1
You can establish new relationships (this can also be a disadvantage, see below).
Some parents prefer carpooling kids to school rather than having them take a bus.

It reduces flexibility in your personal commuting schedule and you are forced to be punctual or incur the wrath of your fellow carpoolers.
You have to have a car large enough to hold the carpoolers in your group.
You can't run errands on the way to or from work.
Your fellow carpoolers may drive you crazy.

The team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair can keep your car up-to-date on scheduled maintenance, which will make it less likely that you will need a repair that will leave you without wheels for a few days. Our clients appreciate our friendly professionalism and reasonable automotive service rates. We invite you to become another satisfied customer. Call 716-665-2501 today!

If you would like to start carpooling in the Jamestown area but don't know of anyone you can join with, you might want to think about some of the ride sharing apps that pair ride seekers with drivers in real time. These services are especially helpful for men and women who don't want to commit to an ongoing arrangement and only need to share rides as needed. The Green Living Ideas website reviews several of them. http://greenlivingideas.com/2016/04/27/best-apps-for-carpool-and-rideshare-2016/ 2

1 "Carpool Commuter Statistics," Statistics Brain, http://www.statisticbrain.com/carpool-statistics/, accessed February 25, 2017
2 Andrea Bertoli, "Best Apps for Carpool and Rideshare 2016," Green Living Ideas, April 27, 2016, http://greenlivingideas.com/2016/04/27/best-apps-for-carpool-and-rideshare-2016/, accessed February 25, 2017 (Note: I-86 Truck & Auto Repair is not affiliated with either Green Living Ideas or any of the apps reviewed. We provide this information as a service to our readers.)

Protect Your Car From These Bad Habits

2017-07-04 13:50:41

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At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we understand that your car is a significant purchase. We can help you protect your investment by providing quality maintenance and repair services. Another way you can make sure your vehicle serves your transportation needs as long as possible is to avoid these bad habits.

Flooring it When the Light Turns Green

Okay, Mr. Earnhardt, you are not at Talladega. You don't need to floor it and push your car to the limit just to slow down at the next stoplight.

Junk in the Trunk

Do you keep a lot of stuff in your trunk that you don't need to haul around? You are stressing all those costly parts unnecessarily. (And your fuel efficiency takes a hit, as well.)

Riding Your Brakes

This can be a challenging habit to break (no pun intended) for extra cautious car owners. (And I've seen it become a point of contention between spouses.) If you only brake when required, you will not wear out your brakes prematurely.

Always Running on Empty

Think about how your fuel pump functions. It sucks fuel from your gas tank, right? What if it constantly has to be a bottom feeder, drinking in that little bit of fuel in the lowest part of your gas tank? When you fill up, there is a relatively low concentration of sediment, but this is reversed when you are down to just a few gallons. Your fuel pump never gets a break from sucking this dangerous gas/sediment mix. That's how to diminish the life of your fuel pump. (Also, it is wise to keep your tank as full as possible in the event that you get lost far away from a service station or break down in freezing temps and need to run the engine to stay warm while you wait for help.)

Ignoring Your Car's Distress Signal

Don't disregard your car's request for help. You risk letting a small problem become a big, costly trouble. If your check engine light is on, and you don't know why, give I-86 Truck & Auto Repair a call at 716-665-2501.

Know Your Warranty

2017-06-27 13:15:02

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I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had the experience of acquiring a product and not quite understanding the warranty that comes along with it. It seems like just about anything that you can buy—from a refrigerator to a cell phone—either comes with a warranty or you have the option to add a warranty. When shopping around for cars, there is some vital warranty information that should be analyzed beforehand so you’ll be clear on what’s covered if something does go wrong.

New Cars

If you’re buying a new car, warranties are typically much easier to come by and are more straightforward than their used car warranty counterparts. Most car manufacturers now deliver a warranty with the purchase of a new vehicle. These standard manufacturer warranties will either cover you for a set amount of time or a specific number of miles. For example, some manufacturer warranties will cover you for 5 years and up to 60,000 miles. This means that as long as your automobile is less than 5 years old and has been driven less than 60,000 miles, you’ll be covered by your manufacturer (subject to the terms of the warranty) if something happens to go wrong.

Read the Fine Print

So what does the warranty cover? For that you’ll want to check with the auto dealer or manufacturer for detailed information on exactly what’s covered, but most are powertrain warranties. Powertrain warranties typically cover things like the engine, transmission, and other components that the manufacturer installed. If something in the powertrain breaks or stops working as it should, the manufacturer or dealership will either fix it or replace it at no cost. Don't know what a powertrain is? Call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair at 716-665-2501 and we will explain. Obviously, a warranty isn’t the same as insurance, so if you do something yourself to cause damage to the automobile or are involved in an accident, you’ll be responsible for fixing it, not the automaker or dealership.

Used Car Warranties

If you’re in the market for a used car, you may be able to get a warranty. First thing you’ll want to check is whether the used car you are contemplating already has a standard manufacturer warranty that can be transferred to you. If it can be transferred to you then you could be in luck. But you’ll need the details because the car could have 59,000 miles on it and only have a 60,000 mile warranty. But in some cases, you can find a car with low miles that still has that same transferrable warranty.

If there’s no transferrable warranty then you still have some options. One is to find a dealership that offers warranties through third party companies. This isn’t always the lowest priced option but it could be of value if you want that extra peace of mind when buying a used vehicle. The cost of a third party warranty can usually be added into the financing of your car and can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. If you decide to add a third party warranty, make sure you scrutinize the details; the specific repairs that are covered and how you’ll get service performed if something does go awry.

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

The last option you have if you plan to buy a used auto is to search dealerships that market certified pre-owned vehicles. Certified pre-owned mean that it has been certified by the manufacturer and is eligible for the same standard manufacturer warranty despite the car being used. This turns out to be a great find for many although there are fewer certified pre-owned cars on the New York used vehicle market.

If you need automotive service or repair—whether or not it is covered by a warranty—communicate with us at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer.

The Inside Scoop on Car Interiors

2017-06-20 12:34:45

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At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we believe that many autos are a pleasure to look at from the outside. And some have gained popularity for outer body appearance alone. For example, think of your favorite car and then consider why you like it. I’m guessing one of the main reasons is because of how it looks on the outside. But have you ever analyzed the amount of detail and innovation that goes into car interiors?

While the outside styling of cars is what turns heads, the interior is what keeps the driver and passengers happy and comfortable. But auto interiors haven’t always offered opulent comfort and an array of tools at your fingertips. Technically, the first cars had no "interior" because they were basically open-air buggies with a motor. Even decades later, autos had no AC, no head rests, no leather seats—not even cup holders. Nowadays there are interior characteristics that make autos more comfortable than they’ve ever been.

A Spa or a Sedan?

Need a back massage? There are vehicles that have massagers built right into the seats along with seat warmers that have been enjoyed for a while now. Want to stay connected at all times to the internet? There are automobiles that have Wi-fi hotspots. Bluetooth has become a highly acclaimed feature. It allows you to link your cell phone so that you can route calls, music, and other types of media through your car's built-in sound system.

(Away From) Home Theater

Touch screens and infotainment centers are also becoming an option that almost every car maker is offering now. It is fantastic to see the added functionality that these screens offer. Now cars don’t require dozens of different dials to manage the settings. Navigation, music controls, and temperature adjustments can be done right from the screen. If you don’t want to use the screen, many vehicles offer steering wheel controls that let you make changes without having to take your hands off the steering wheel. (Our great-grandparents would probably chuckle at how spoiled we are.)

It All Starts With The Materials

Innovative features aren’t the only things that are making interiors more comfortable, but also the materials used to engineer them. In more plush cars, you can get interiors full of leather, exotic woods, carbon fiber and other high-end materials. When you sit in a car that uses these premium materials you can see and feel the difference.

Next time you’re considering a new vehicle, don’t focus solely on how it looks on the outside because what’s on the inside is what really matters. Of course, there is always the possibility that if your ride is too nice, you may never get out of it.

I-86 Truck & Auto Repair Car Talk: The Evolution Of The Car Key

2017-06-20 12:19:45

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The key to your car is one of the smallest, yet most essential features of your car. In today's article we’re going to look at how the key has changed and advanced over the years.

Back when cars were first developed and then started being mass-produced, keys weren’t even part of the equation. You’d have to crank a lever that was connected to the engine just to get your auto to fire up, and that took strength and patience. This was the norm back then, but imagine having to start your vehicle like that every time you wanted to take a drive. Not my idea of convenient. (And it's easy to see why turn-of-the-century era bank robbers had to have an accomplice sitting in the getaway car with the engine running.

It wasn’t until 1949 that someone had the clever idea of using a key to start the engine. After painstaking engineering and testing, Chrysler was the first automotive company to furnish a key to start the ignition. Every car maker followed suit, but for years, the key remained virtually the same.  While vehicle manufacturers continued to add new features to their cars, the key was something that always seemed to be left out of the mix.

In the 90’s, one of the first updates was the addition of a chip (or transponder) inserted into the key that could communicate with the car’s computer. This allowed the car and key to be programmed together so the automobile couldn't start without the programmed transponder key.

This was a vital security breakthrough that prevented people from copying your key. This technology led to many other revolutionary automotive innovations. One disadvantage, however, is that if you lose a transponder key, you may have to sell your house to pay for a replacement.

Now that keys had chips in them that could communicate with the vehicle, auto manufacturers kept coming up with new twists on the concept. Most motorists can now lock and unlock their car with buttons on their key fob. Some raise the trunk lid. This is made possible by the transponder chip in the key. Cars with push-button start have chips and other technology in the key that allows you to start them just by having the key within the car.

Keys have progressed considerably and now in some of the latest high-end autos, you can use your phone to fire up the engine.

Will keys eventually be replaced by our smartphones? Who knows? But the possibilities are endless!

Even if you can't yet use your cell phone to fire up your motor, you can use it to call the auto experts at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair at 716-665-2501 to schedule an appointment when you are seeking unparalleled automotive service in Falconer.

Five Quick Tips for Driving in a Foreign Country

2017-06-13 11:22:42

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Millions of people travel to foreign countries each year for vacation, business, or other reasons. At some point in most people’s travels, they will have the need for a car. In this message we’re going to give you a few recommendations for when it’s your turn to journey to a foreign land with different road rules and regulations.

1. Right or Left?

Let's start at the most fundamental level. Know which side of the road they drive on! If you are used to US roads, you might be surprised at how many countries drive on the left side of the road. This also changes the configuration of the car so the driver can sit on the right side instead of the left. Google your destination ahead of time so you can start wrapping your mind around your temporary driving reality.

2. Know the Road Signs

The next tip is to try to become familiar with the road signs ahead of time. While many road signs are universal, some look dramatically different depending on where you’re traveling to. It could save you a fine or an accident if you jump on the internet beforehand to find out what common road signs look like in the area. This is especially beneficial if you’re going to a country with a different language.

3. Know the Speed Limits

European countries, especially, have sneaky ways to catch speeders. Just because you don't see police cars on the roads, don't presume you can slam the gas pedal. You could receive a ticket by mail months after your trip, or notice an extra charge on the credit card you used to rent the auto.

4. Research the Local Taxi Services

Sometimes renting your own auto can be a major inconvenience and if you don’t know your way around, it can make traveling quite aggravating. If you become familiar with the taxi services, it can be a simpler option for transport. Taxi businesses like Lyft and Uber are expanding to more international locations and cab drivers usually know their way around because they’re the pros!

5. Talk to Someone Who Has Driven There

One tip that many travelers have benefited from is to meet with men and women who have driven in the country to which you will be traveling. Hearing from people who’ve already experienced driving there can make a huge difference because they’ll be able to give you far more details than anyone else. If you don’t know someone who’s been there, try reaching out to travel agents or the information receptionist at the hotel. He or she who would probably be happy to guide you on driving in their country.

Speaking of experienced guidance, the auto pros at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair are the specialists to counsel you on how to keep your car in superb condition for driving in Falconer and anywhere else you journey. Call 716-665-2501 today!

Just For Fun: Which City Has The Most Rolls-Royce?

2017-06-06 11:45:42

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When talking about supreme luxury in vehicles, Rolls-Royce is right at the top.

A Rolls-Royce is a majestic, handcrafted showpiece that warrants a price tag reaching almost half a million dollars.

Many Falconer homes cost less than a mid-range Rolls! Can you guess what city in the world has the most Rolls-Royce per capita? The answer might surprise you.

Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd. has been around since the early 1900’s.  (By the way, the company does not pluralize the trademark by adding an "s".) They create their venerable cars in Great Britain. So logically, you’d probably guess a large European city such as London to have the most of these stately cars per capita.

Far From Home
The answer is actually Hong Kong! How did Hong Kong become such a hotspot for Rolls-Royce cars? For a time, Hong Kong was a British colony and many of the status-conscious British elite, businessmen, and officers preferred to cruise around in extravagance, so they would import Rolls-Royce. This has given Hong Kong the most Rolls-Royce per capita.

It’s not every day you see a Rolls-Royce driving around Jamestown because of how costly and exclusive they are, but if you want to improve your chances of seeing one, Hong Kong is your best bet!

Regardless of the model of car you drive, at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer, our savvy techs can perform any repair or maintenance service you need.


Car Talk: Is Your Car a Good Investment?

2017-05-30 11:51:10

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Some men and women buy automobiles in the hopes that they can squeeze all the life out of them until they can’t possibly drive another mile. While other Falconer drivers prefer to buy a car, drive it for two or three years, and then upgrade to a new auto. If you’re one of the latter, you will want to a car that has an above-average resale value. This way, you’ll be able to get a good return on your automobile when you’re ready for your new ride.

Here are ten vehicles that have historically had impressive resale values:

  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • GMC Canyon
  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Subaru WRX
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • GMC Sierra
  • Subaru Forester

Buying one of these cars is a wise idea because they’ve proved to be reliable, durable, and will be sought after by Jamestown dealers and private buyers for many years to come.

The most crucial thing to do to make sure that your vehicle retains its value is to take excellent care of it. Whether it’s on this list or not, depend on the team of auto pros at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer to keep your car running like new!


Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Standard Infotainment System?

2017-05-23 10:45:30

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Do you use a smartphone? If you do, there’s a good chance that your cell phone is running on either iOS (Apple’s operating system) or Android (Google’s operating system). Google and Apple aim to get their operating systems just about anywhere there is a person and a screen. Now that so many new autos offer fully functional touch screens in them, these two companies have jumped at the opportunity to bring their technology to yet another market!

Looking for a new car? Is it worth it to pay more for an automobile that Android Auto or Apple CarPlay? Or would you be satisfied with what comes standard?

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and the latest standard infotainment centers have one leading purpose and that is to transfer all the functionality of your mobile device onto the screen of your car. All three of these platforms use Bluetooth to connect to your phone and then seamlessly sync your phone to your automobile. This allows you to get calls, texts, music, navigation and much more directly to your car interface from your mobile device. Many third-party apps on your phone will also work from the car interface.

At Your Service

The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto voice assistants offer the principal advantage over standard infotainment systems. Siri from Apple and Google access from Android Auto provides  functions. Both let you answer texts, make and take calls, and control your music all with your voice.

You can ask Apple CarPlay and Android Auto voice assistants just about anything and they’ll find an answer.

Want to find a restaurant nearby? Ask either Siri or Google and it will pull up all the restaurants in the area without you even having to touch the screen. Need directions? Simply say the location and it will place the address into the navigation system. These assistants are what really set them apart from the standard technology.

How Are They Different?

In the improbable event that you are willing to change smartphone operating systems depending on which car interface you choose, what are the considerable differences?

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto take different approaches to how music is played. If you have a clear preference for either Apple Music or Google Play Music, this could be a deciding factor in your determination. For navigation, as expected, Android Auto uses Google Maps and CarPlay uses Apple Maps. This simple fact may also be a dealbreaker for one or the other. Keep in mind however, that as of this writing, both systems are very new and will change and improve with time.

Apple CarPlay is only compatible with iPhones and Android Auto is only compatible with Android phones, while standard infotainment systems are generally compatible with any mobile device that has Bluetooth. If you’re a loyal iPhone user, Apple CarPlay is a great option because the user interface will be extremely familiar. If you’re an Android user, you’ll also find that Android Auto does not have a user interface as similar as on your smartphone, but it is still fairly simple to navigate.

If you’re not into all the bells and whistles that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay grant, then you’ll probably be more than satisfied with the standard infotainment system that comes in your automobile. More importantly, for Falconer automotive service that you will be more than satisfied with, we invite you to visit I-86 Truck & Auto Repair.