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Car Talk: Is Your Car a Good Investment?

Car Talk: Is Your Car a Good Investment?

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 bu ... read more

Auto Fun: Automatic or Manual Transmission?

Auto Fun: Automatic or Manual Transmission?

Do you prefer the ease of turning your car on, putting it in drive, and being able to get on your way with an automatic transmission? Or are you someone who enjoys the interactive experience of shifting into each gear with a manual transmission? Let’s briefly consider the merits of each. Let the Computer Do the Shifting Automatic transmissions are much easier to drive due to two main reasons. First is that there are no clutch pedals to press while you shift gears, and second is that there is no stick shift. Once you put the auto into drive, you’re free to cruise around while the transmission automatically shifts your vehicle into the proper gear. All you have to do is focus on the road, brake and accelerate, and of course, steer. ...Or Not  Manual transmissions are somewhat more com ... read more

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Standard Infotainment System?

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Standard Infotainment System?

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! 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 di ... read more

Auto Talk: Summer, Winter, or All-Seasons?

Auto Talk: Summer, Winter, or All-Seasons?

What is the "right" tire for your auto? The answer depends on several factors: The type of vehicle Driving conditions Handling preferences All-season tires are aptly named: they work sufficiently well in all types of driving conditions. Because of their deeper tread depth, they ordinarily last longer than summer tires. You can get all-season tires for any type of car. Summer tires are built for high performance driving. Falconer sports car owners who are seeking a grippy tire with enhanced handling characteristics often select summer tires. While driving with winter tires in the summer isn't recommended, it is much worse to drive with summer tires in winters. If you are driving in ice, snow, or freezing temperatures, your tire choice is especially critical ... read more

Car Fun: Origins of Your Favorite Auto Emblems

Car Fun: Origins of Your Favorite Auto Emblems

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we love all things automobile-related. Occasionally, we discuss the history of some of our favorite auto insignias—those iconic works of art that are used in advertisements, on dealership signs, and adorn automobile hoods in three dimensional glory. The beautiful hood ornament pictured above was used by the Auburn Car Company, which was in business from 1900 until 1937. Today, we visit a German auto manufacturer, Japanese automaker, and one of our US car makers. BMW A common discussion among car enthusiasts concerning the BMW symbol is whether or not the symbol was modeled on a propeller against a blue sky. Is this true? Well, yes and no. According to the BMW corporate site, the famous circle (unveiled in 1917) was designed to typify the Bavarian state colors. In the late twenties, howe ... read more