Auto Talk for Falconer: Is Your Car Getting the Best Service? How to Choose a Repair Shop

2018-02-27 16:00:37

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If you’re sick and need medical care, I’m guessing you don’t just randomly find any doctor to help you. You probably do your research, get advice from friends and family, read reviews, and make sure that the doctor is trusted and qualified to help you with your condition.

Do you do the same for your car? Of course, your health and wellness is significantly more important than your auto, but cars also need specialized services to run well and avoid avoidable repairs. Today we’ll give you a few tips on how to choose the right auto repair shop for your vehicle.

Consult Experts

First we’ll start with qualifications and experience. This is essential when looking for someone to service your car. Sorry to use a body analogy again, but if you had a broken arm, you wouldn’t see a dentist. Many automotive repair centers also focus only on one area of service, such as transmissions or collision repair. A shop that specializes in brake service wouldn't be the best place to fix a wiring issue.

If you are looking for a service center to provide ongoing routine maintenance, you'll want to find one that provides an extensive range of services and has mechanics that are qualified in many different fields. If you live in the Falconer area, talk to us at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair (716-665-2501). Our technicians have extensive training and experience.

How Much Will it Cost?

Next you’ll want to find fair pricing. If you’re unsure of how much you should be paying, don’t always count on the first quote you get. Call around or check several service center websites so you can get an idea of how much you should pay for the service you need. Once you know the range, choosing the least costly isn’t always the best. You’ll want to refer to the first tip to make sure they have techs who will do the job right.

Another tip is to read reviews and ask people you know for referrals about automotive service centers and mechanics they’ve used. When checking online reviews, notice how many are listed. The more, obviously, the better. Remember, you can’t go solely off these reviews because no automotive service center is free of problems or issues. But if you find a lot of negative reviews, it may not be the best option. And vice versa, if you find a lot of great reviews, you’ll most likely have a similar experience.

Do Your Homework

The final tip is to get as much information as you can on your automobile's issue and then ask a lot of questions. This will help you know what your service professional plans to do and allows you to set some expectations. If your advisor explains what’s going on and offers a plan, then you’re probably in good hands!

A Better Way To Shop For Cars

2018-02-20 16:11:50

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Are you old enough to remember what it was like to look for a car before the internet significantly upgraded shopping for, well, everything?

Before the internet made its grand entrance, the auto buying experience was typically the same for everyone. You’d have to wander down to the dealership, look at the cars they had on the lot and see if one fit your needs. If you didn’t find the car you were looking for, it was on to the next dealership to continue your hunt.

If you wanted to buy a vehicle from a private seller, there was really only the newspaper. There had to be a better way.

Now, every major automaker has a website dedicated to their vehicles. On these and other websites you can do all the searching, researching, and comparing right from the comfort of your home. This allows car shoppers to buy a lot of information before acquiring an automobile.

Another game changer is the built-in car configurator. The car configurator offers you the tools to create and customize your car exactly how you want it. From the paint color on the exterior to the materials in the interior, the choice is yours.

Another considerable way the world wide web has impacted car buying is on prices. Now it is easier for customers to search their local dealerships for the particular car they want, and then compare the costs. This is prompting dealers to be more competitive than they’ve ever been.

If you’re looking to buy a car, and you haven't taken advantage of the web, we highly recommend checking out online reviews and spending time researching. If you're looking for an esteemed automotive repair shop in Falconer, visit http://www.i86autorepair.com/.

Your Car Knows More Than You Think

2018-02-13 16:00:03

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Many of us have grudgingly accepted the fact that Siri and Google know more about us than our moms. But how many drivers know that their daily driver is silently recording information?

Almost every vehicle built in the last 15 years has an Event Data Recorder (EDR). The device is similar to the "Black Box" on an airplane. They are not quite as sophisticated as those used in aviation, but they are getting smarter all the time.

EDRs record a plethora of data: speed, angle of steering, braking action, rate of acceleration, airbag deployment, number and location of passengers, and seatbelt use (or lack thereof).

There are benefits and disadvantages to EDRs and the telematics they use to transmit information.

Pros

EDR data can help crash first responders make better medical transport and treatment decisions.

Automotive engineers use EDR data to improve car safety.

Auto insurance companies can plug into your EDR to monitor driving habits and lower your premium rates if you qualify.

EDRs can be used by car theft investigators to locate stolen cars.

EDRs make it possible for a technician to diagnosis a malfunction with your vehicle remotely.

The systems used by EDRs to communicate with your car make it possible to update electronic systems with a remote download.


Cons

Carmakers haven't been forthcoming about educating their customers about this powerful device.

You can't easily turn it off if you don't want your driving behavior recorded.

Data is virtually impossible to access for the average motorist.


"Getting your hands on black box data requires professional training, and a Crash Data Retrieval system that starts at $2,000 and can cost up to $20,000 with accessories. The CDR system plugs into the on-board diagnostics port under the dashboard on the driver's side and transfers the information to a special computer program." USA Today, "How To Keep Your Black Box Private"

If you are nervous that your EDR data could be used against you, keep in mind that GPS and OnStar-type services are probably more likely to compromise your privacy, as they record a lot more information and are easier to hack into.

It will be interesting to see how the current EDR legal issues play out. If you have questions about the black box in your automobile or other auto electronics, give us a call at 716-665-2501. Thanks for visiting the I-86 Truck & Auto Repair blog.

Increase MPG With Tips From Hypermilers

2018-02-06 16:02:48

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When it comes to increasing fuel economy, hypermilers have made it a lifestyle. While some of their methods are extreme by most peoples' standards, car owners seeking to spend less at the pump can learn a lot from them.

Hypermiling is a term coined by fuel-efficient driving World Record holder Wayne Gerdes, a man who can squeeze an unheard-of number of miles out of tank of gas. Here are some of the fuel economy tips you can use to increase your fuel economy.

Regular Maintenance

Even a dirty air filter can decrease fuel economy. Your technician at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair can help you set up a schedule for oil changes, air filter replacement, spark plugs, and other recommended services that will not only boost fuel efficiency, they will prevent the need for repairs.

Slow Down, Minimize Braking, Keep a Steady Speed

If you brake continually, mash the gas pedal when the light turns green, and routinely drive 10 MPH over the speed limit, radically changing your habits will require full concentration and a lot of effort. Cruise control is your friend—if you keep to a slow, steady speed as you drive, it will pay off in spades.

Choose a Car With Standard Transmission

Automatic transmissions have been dominant for so long, some younger drivers have never even seen, let alone driven, a stick shift. If you are serious about increasing fuel economy, sell your current automobile and find a standard transmission.

Keep the A/C Off

Some older drivers remember how to stay cool before most automobiles had A/C. Opening the windows, however, will make you less aerodynamic and negate the MPG increase of keeping the A/C turned off. This one takes some planning if you are going on a long road trip. You could start with an insulated cooler full of ice and a spray bottle. A battery-powered portable fan would also help.

Maintain Correct Tire Pressure

Many motorists forget this one. If you aren't sure exactly what pressure your tires should be filled to, swing by I-86 Truck & Auto Repair on 1739 Lindquist Drive in Falconer and we will take care of your tires and get you on your way.

Shed Some Pounds

Many individuals have a roof or rear rack or a trunk full of stuff they really don't need to haul around. The child safety seat you only need a couple times a week, athletic equipment, boxes of clothing you meant to drop off at the Goodwill, the bag of mulch you are going to spread in the flowerbed when you get around to it. You get the idea.

Wayne Gerdes is not only committed to beating the manufacturer's MPG ratings for the vehicles he reviews on his website, he is passionate about inspiring our nation's drivers to collectively reduce CO2 emissions and lessen US dependence on foreign oil.

The Discovery Channel show Mythbusters performed some hypermiling experiments that resulted in impressive fuel savings. You can read about it here: https://mythresults.com/crash-cushion-hypermiling

Sources:
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/21/world/wayne-gerdes-hypermiling/index.html
https://www.moneytalksnews.com/mythbusters-use-hypermiling-improve-gas-mileage-70-percent/
https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/driveHabits.jsp#speeding-panel
https://www.autotrader.com/car-news/10-tips-to-save-gas-for-the-aspiring-hypermiler-34215
https://www.wikihow.com/Hypermile

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