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Low-tech Theft Safeguards for Your Ride

Low-tech Theft Safeguards for Your Ride

The auto industry is integrating more and more technology into our cars every year. But this doesn't mean that there aren't great low-tech solutions to car problems. A good example is theft protection. A simple, analog gadget just might be the tool you need to keep your automobile from falling into the hands of vehicle thieves. Tire Locks When you think of tire locks, you probably associate them with the dreaded "boot" used by police to immobilize illegally parked cars. You definitely don't want to see one on your car, it really ruins your day! But if you want to deter a criminal, tire locks can be your best friend. They are economical and easy to attach. While using wheel locks every time you park your automobile might be a bit overkill, many auto owners utilize them if they park on the street overnigh ... read more

The Auto Industry and the Millennial Driver

The Auto Industry and the Millennial Driver

Millennials do things their own way—and in some aspects of life—different than any generation before. Millennials have had an impact on just about every market you can think of. Of course, the automotive industry is also responding to the Gen Y car buyer. Let’s explore some of the major trends. Ready to Buy Ten years ago, many thought that millennials wouldn't embrace car buying in large numbers. It's true that some find it easier to pick up their phone, open up an app, and get a taxi right to their location. There was also the notion that this tech-savvy group won their freedom and autonomy from their cell phone instead of from owning a car as previous generations had done. At the top of the recession, millennial automobile sales were very low, but that was true for all age groups. Now that we ... read more

Exhaust System FAQs

What does my exhaust system do? 1. Transfer the gases from your motor out of the engine compartment to cool your engine and protect the passenger compartment from toxins. 2. Mute engine noises. 3. Reduce harmful emissions by converting carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and hydrocarbons into oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. How does a muffler work? A muffler is manufactured with many chambers and tubes. When highly pressurized gases are forced into the muffler, they lose energy. The sound vibrations also cancel one another out as they bump around the maze of baffles and tubes. Do I need to do routine exhaust system service? Yes. Check your owner's manual for exhaust service guidelines or call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair at 716-665-2501. A service technician will counsel you on appropriate service intervals. ... read more

3 Tips To Save On Cost Of Ownership

It's not just your imagination that you pull out your debit card several times a month for a car-related expense. Have you ever added up how much it costs to own a vehicle? First off, there's the purchase price and taxes. For most motorists, the dollar amount for their car is second only to the cost of their home. Many individuals finance their automobile, so the initial purchase expense continues monthly for as many as 72 months.  You fork over cash every time you fill the tank. In most states, you have to pay a registration fee every year. Car insurance rates can take a big chunk of the family budget (especially if you have teenagers who are driving). There are amounts for scheduled maintenance and repair. This includes oil changes, new tires, brake service—and everything else. Always remember, however, that failing to bring your automobile in for scheduled auto maintenanc ... read more

The Evolution of Infotainment

The Evolution of Infotainment

In 1930, the radio became a standard feature in American cars. For many decades, the radio was the only gadget that could really qualify as an "infotainment system." But today there are a variety of these bells and whistles in automobiles at every price point. Infotainment systems are the non-critical features in your vehicle that assist with communication and navigation (the "info" part) and help keep auto owners and passengers entertained (the "tainment" part). Today we will look at some of the most popular features. Global Positioning System For decades, car travel navigation required a paper map and passenger to read it. (This method has no doubt triggered its share of marital discord.) Now our vehicles connect to satellites in space to tell us where we are and help us find our destination ... read more