Car Talk: Is Your Car a Good Investment?

2017-05-30 11:51:10

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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 buyers for many years to come.

The most crucial thing to do to make sure that your vehicle retains its value is to take excellent care of it. Whether it’s on this list or not, depend on the team of auto pros at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer to keep your car running like new!


Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Standard Infotainment System?

2017-05-23 10:45:30

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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!

Looking for a new car? Is it worth it to pay more for an automobile that Android Auto or Apple CarPlay? Or would you be satisfied with what comes standard?

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 directly to your car interface from your mobile device. Many third-party apps on your phone will also work from the car interface.

At Your Service

The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto voice assistants offer the principal advantage over standard infotainment systems. Siri from Apple and Google access from Android Auto provides  functions. Both let you answer texts, make and take calls, and control your music all with your voice.

You can ask Apple CarPlay and Android Auto voice assistants just about anything and they’ll find an answer.

Want to find a restaurant nearby? Ask either Siri or Google and it will pull up all the restaurants in the area without you even having to touch the screen. Need directions? Simply say the location and it will place the address into the navigation system. These assistants are what really set them apart from the standard technology.

How Are They Different?

In the improbable event that you are willing to change smartphone operating systems depending on which car interface you choose, what are the considerable differences?

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto take different approaches to how music is played. If you have a clear preference for either Apple Music or Google Play Music, this could be a deciding factor in your determination. For navigation, as expected, Android Auto uses Google Maps and CarPlay uses Apple Maps. This simple fact may also be a dealbreaker for one or the other. Keep in mind however, that as of this writing, both systems are very new and will change and improve with time.

Apple CarPlay is only compatible with iPhones and Android Auto is only compatible with Android phones, while standard infotainment systems are generally compatible with any mobile device that has Bluetooth. If you’re a loyal iPhone user, Apple CarPlay is a great option because the user interface will be extremely familiar. If you’re an Android user, you’ll also find that Android Auto does not have a user interface as similar as on your smartphone, but it is still fairly simple to navigate.

If you’re not into all the bells and whistles that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay grant, then you’ll probably be more than satisfied with the standard infotainment system that comes in your automobile. More importantly, for Falconer automotive service that you will be more than satisfied with, we invite you to visit I-86 Truck & Auto Repair.


Auto Fun: Automatic or Manual Transmission?

2017-05-23 10:25:08

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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?

Automatic transmissions are typically the more popular option these days among Falconer motorists, but there are still men and women out there who love their stick shifts.

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 complicated and require some learning but can deliver a much more engaging driving experience.

With a manual you have to press in the clutch, know which gear to shift to, ease off the gas pedal, engage the gear, and ease back on the gas pedal - all in one fluid motion.

This process requires the participation of both hands and both feet, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes routine. Manual transmissions force the driver to be far more involved and many Falconer motorists find that pleasurable. (If you like to pretend you are doing 200 at Talladega, it is much easier when you are emphatically shifting through those gears!)

Whether you have to manually shift or if your vehicle does the shifting for you, trust in I-86 Truck & Auto Repair to make sure your transmission is in prime condition. To schedule a transmission service, call 716-665-2501.

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

2017-05-10 08:12:53

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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.

There are also sub-specialties of tires in each of the categories listed previously such as high performance, passenger, and off-road.

The type of tires you have on your auto influences your gas mileage, safety, and ease of driving. You can rely on the tire experts at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair help you choose wisely. We can answer the common tire questions:

  • When should I replace my tires?
  • What size do I need?
  • Which tires are best suited for my vehicle?
  • How do I confirm if I am getting the best value in tires?

Call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair today to talk tires.

Car Fun: Origins of Your Favorite Auto Emblems

2017-05-03 07:20:47

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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.


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, however, it was "reinterpreted" as a propeller in a company advertisement that featured a plane of the era. Considering the company's aircraft manufacturing origins, the perpetuation of the propeller legend makes perfect sense. BMW Group,


No one really knows accurately how the iconic bowtie came to be. It has often been reported that co-founder William Durant was inspired by the wallpaper in a Paris hotel. However, in 1929, daughter Margery penned a history of her father that asserted that he designed it himself while sketching on a dinner napkin. Another Chevrolet historian, Ken Kaufmann, sought to discover the genuine origin of the design. During his search, he found a 1912 coal company newspaper ad with a similar symbol that could have been the inspiration. The history section of the Chevrolet corporate web page does not mention the history of the insignia, so perhaps the current owners don't know the truth either. Motor Trend,


The Toyota insignia used today has only been around since 1989 when it was unveiled the year Toyota turned 50. The artistic arrangement of ovals symbolizes several corporate values:

"The two perpendicular ovals inside the larger oval represent the heart of the customer and the heart of the company. They are overlapped to represent a mutually beneficial relationship and trust between each other. The overlapping of the two perpendicular ovals inside the outer oval symbolize "T" for Toyota, as well as a steering wheel, representing the vehicle itself. The outer oval symbolizes the world embracing Toyota. Each oval is contoured with different stroke thicknesses, similar to the "brush" art known in Japanese culture."

What automobile emblem is your favorite? We are anxious to hear. And we invite you to allow the automotive authorities at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer to serve all of your automotive repair needs, regardless of the insignia that graces your car.



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