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Autonomous Cars: The Future Is Here!

Autonomous Cars: The Future Is Here!

Did you know that Nevada issued the first self-driving car license in 2012? This occurred eight years after the first Darpa Grand Challenge for autonomous cars was held. Not one of the vehicles were able to complete the course at that time. In less than a decade, carmakers went from a convention that displayed some not-ready-for-prime-time "robot cars" to legal, licensed self-driving cars on the road. How did they do it? How were they able to develop automobiles that didn't need drivers? Google, the company that received that initial self-driving license, has used numerous technologies to make autonomous driving possible. Video cameras, lasers, and radar sensors are some of the gadgets you will find on these cars. But the most important part of an autonomous auto is the database. This information has been ... read more

Buying Your Teen First Car?

Buying Your Teen First Car?

Buying your first car is a big deal for a newly-licensed teenage driver. It's also a big deal for the parents, but usually, their excitement is tempered with great deal of concern. Are you a parent planning to buy a car for your new teen driver? Are you a teen planning to purchase your first car? Here are some important things to consider. 1. Safety According to the CDC, car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in our country. You may suppose that a tank-like 4x4 would best protect an inexperienced driver. Yes, occupants of a large vehicle fare better in a collision. But experts also warn that powerful motors can make an adolescent more likely to speed. Also, some larger vehicles are harder to handle or more liable to roll over—so keep those things in mind. Most of us don't have unlimited funds f ... read more

Advice on Used Car Purchases

Advice on Used Car Purchases

We've all heard the stories: So-and-so got an unbelievable bargain on a used SUV with only 8,000 miles on it! But all of us probably also know somebody with that less than fairy tale buying experience: Our used car ran incredible for the first week, but then it broke down and we found out it needs thousands of dollars worth of repairs! Purchasing a used car can sometimes feel like a treacherous quest, but with a few nifty tips you can shop with confidence. Assess Your Needs and Decide on a Vehicle Don't start your search without a set idea of what type of car you would like to buy. Consider where and when you will most likely use the car. What type of weather do you usually drive in? Where can you park your vehicle? (Nobody wants to come home with a truck on a lift that can't fit into their garage) Once you have ... read more

Is Certified Pre-Owned a Scam?

Is Certified Pre-Owned a Scam?

A few years ago, car dealers in Falconer began offering "certified pre-owned" (CPO) cars. Some individuals assumed that it was just a fancy new name for "used." It does sound like marketing spin. As it turns out, a certified pre-owned car really is different from a standard used vehicle. The History of the CPO Program When leasing became popular, dealers ended up with a lot of newer automobiles with low mileage. Instead of putting these like-new cars on the auction market, they recognized a lucrative new market. To earn the certification, the automobile must pass a rigorous comprehensive inspection. The standards vary and are usually set by the automobile manufacturers. Then they are reconditioned to like-new status. Carmakers frequently offer a warranty similar to that of a new car. Some CPO w ... read more

7 Reasons To Pull Over Immediately!

7 Reasons To Pull Over Immediately!

1. Strange Vibrations or Sounds This could indicate an issue with your brakes, steering, tires, or suspension. Pull over, call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair at 716-665-2501 and one of our service professionals can guide you on next steps. 2. You Smell Something Burning It may be something inconsequential or a major emergency, but you don't want to take the chance of causing pricey damage to your car or put your passengers in danger. Pull over and investigate. 3. To Search for Something Your iPhone slides between the seat and the console and you think you can pull off an amazing contortionist move and keep driving. Don't count on your yoga/steering multitasking ability. Stop on the side of the road for two minutes and reclaim your phone. 4. Health Issue Heart attac ... read more

Surprising Facts About Speed Limit

Surprising Facts About Speed Limit

Motorists who are cited for speeding often argue that limits are unrealistically low. Conversely, men and women who live near busy streets often argue that local speed limits are too high and, therefore, unsafe. The auto experts at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair decided to explore this issue. We found that some common assumptions about speed limits weren't entirely accurate. Here are some key findings: Reducing a posted speed limit doesn't necessarily cause car owners to slow down. Raising the legal limit 10 mph only increases actual traffic speed 3 mph. Germany—with autobahn sections where you can go as fast as you want—has a much lower rate of crash deaths than the US. Significantly lowering a speed limit can decrease safety due to an increase of dangerous driving behavior. Roads with a speed limit that reflects actua ... read more