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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Know Your Warranty

Know Your Warranty

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 ... read more

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

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

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 e ... read more

The Inside Scoop on Car Interiors

The Inside Scoop on Car Interiors

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 ... read more

Five Quick Tips for Driving in a Foreign Country

Five Quick Tips for Driving in a Foreign Country

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 ne ... read more

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

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

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