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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Safety Tips for Older Drivers

Safety Tips for Older Drivers

For entirely different reasons, both teen drivers and senior motorists are involved in more accidents than the drivers in between these age groups. Today's message offers safety tips for veteran motorists (we address teens in another post), many of whom have mental and physical challenges that can influence driving ability. 1. Test Your Vision Regularly Our vision can deteriorate as we age due to conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. First off, always wear your prescription eyeglasses or contacts when you are on the road. If you experience a decrease in vision, see your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Many veteran drivers can see well in daylight hours but struggle after sundown. If this is the case for you, it may be time to restrict all driving to daytime. 2. Test Your Hearing Regula ... read more

Car Bling That Won't Break the Bank

Car Bling That Won't Break the Bank

The home remodeling trend seems to get bigger and bigger each year, as is evidenced by the growing number of magazines, television shows and even entire networks devoted to the subject. But not everyone has tens of thousands of dollars to throw down on an open concept kitchen, no matter how easy and affordable the shows make it appear. That doesn't mean that you can't get artistic with other spaces in your life. If you are itching to stamp your personal style onto a prized possession, look no further than your car. There are numerous products that allow you to customize your ride at very little cost. Seat Covers A great way to add color and texture to the interior of your automobile is with seat covers. You can find a large assortment of prints and colors no matter the type of seat you need it for. Seat covers can al ... read more

Accident or Insurance Fraud?

Accident or Insurance Fraud?

Strange accidents transpire in real life, while other "accidents" are carefully set up by insurance scammers. Read the following stories and guess which claims were deemed legit and covered by the insurers and which auto owners were charged with insurance fraud. The answers are given at the end of the article. 1. A butcher driving his delivery truck claims that he crashed into a bevy of turkeys and one of the birds flew through his window causing him to drive off the road.1 2. Two women approach an intersection from opposite sides but neither stops and they crash in the middle. Each motorist maintains that she had the green light. Initially, the auto insurance company refuses to pay because there was no proof of who was at fault. Months after the e ... read more

3 Critical Things Your Auto Shop Wants You To Understand

3 Critical Things Your Auto Shop Wants You To Understand

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we pride ourselves on both our technical ability and our dedication to customer service. We are frequently reminded, however, that our relationship with each of our valued customers is reciprocal. Some of our customers make things easier for both of us by understanding some fundamentals. Here are 3 critical things you should know about car repair.  By understanding these, you can help us provide timely service and ensure a favorable experience when you bring in your car for repair or maintenance. 1. Help Us Help You By Giving Us All The Details "It makes a weird noise" is pretty ambiguous. If you give us all the other particulars, it helps us diagnose the problem quicker. Where is the ... read more

Bertha Benz, Intrepid Automotive Visionary

Bertha Benz, Intrepid Automotive Visionary

When you were in school and learned about Henry Ford and the assembly line, were you taught about Bertha Benz's momentous contributions to the birth of the automobile, and, by extension, life on planet earth as we know it? I didn't think so. So to rectify the historical shortchanging of an intrepid female trailblazer, today we will highlight Bertha Benz. Behind Every Great Man... Bertha's husband, as you probably presumed, was Karl Benz. He patented what many consider to be the first motor car in 1888. (There were earlier steam-powered wagons.)  At that time, it isn't apparent that Karl had envisioned the contraption being used for private personal transport. Karl would also have been forgotten by history without his wife, Bertha, who financed his ventures, encouraged his endea ... read more

Falconer Auto Tips: Engine Rebuilds

Falconer Auto Tips: Engine Rebuilds

Hearing that their car needs a new engine is not something that any Falconer driver wants to hear but it’s not something that can be ignored. Today we want to review the different types of replacement engines available. What Are My Options?Crate Engines These engines are engineered using high-quality parts and are as close to new as you can get. They come ready to run immediately after they are installed in the automobile. Remanufactured or Reconditioned Engines With remanufacturing, all used and worn parts are interchanged resulting in an engine that meets the initial factory specifications. Certified "remanufactured" engines have a higher standard than "reconditioned&qu ... read more