Are Electric Vehicles Really Better?

2018-05-30 08:09:17

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At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we are seeing more all-electric vehicles. Which leads us to today's topic of discussion: the benefits and drawbacks of EVs.

Pro: Electric automobiles have a lot of low-end torque. Because they’re not prone to overheating, you can run them hard every day. Which makes them prime for stop-and-go traffic. And they are super quiet which most men and women appreciate.

Con: Learn to take everything with a grain of salt, because regardless of the oft-mentioned advantages, they have a limited range. Though new EVs have a longer range, some drivers report "range anxiety." Hard-core EV proponents dismiss this psychological downside-after all, many can now go 100 miles between charges. But if you are an overly-nervous person, be sure to take this possibility into account. Your lifestyle also plays a factor. If you have an unpredictable, but critical daily timetable, an electric automobile may hamper your flexibility. (Like if you're a pet psychic who makes emergency house calls.)

Pro: Which brings us to our next point, wouldn’t it be great to never have to go to a gas station again? With a rechargeable auto, you just have to plug it in at night. But then, again, you have to plug it in at night. It's a lot like your cell phone, but you can charge your cell phone in a car charger while driving.

Con: Our next grain of salt is that it takes hours to recharge. An electric automobile would not be smart to take on a road trip, because you’d have to stop and recharge continually, and portable chargers can get pretty costly. As more charging stations are built, and automakers shorten the time it takes, this will be less of a headache.

Con: Electric cars cost $25-40K, whereas gas automobiles lease for $199 a month on the low end.

Pro: Are electric vehicles really more environmentally-responsible than their gas counterparts? If you get a rush from feeling eco-virtuous every time you climb into your vehicle, this is your automotive drug of choice. You can cruise around Falconer without polluting the air and pat yourself on the back for breaking your dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels. (Try not to worry about the cancer-causing sulphur dioxide released with nickel mining and the CO2 emitted by the EV battery factories.)

Con: Because EVs are heavier and quicker off the line, their tires can wear out faster—especially if you push your automobile. Of course, traction control mitigates some of this. Some electric vehicles require non-standard tires which can be more expensive. When you add these costs to the list price, you may have eaten up all of the savings at the gas pump.

Con: You only have so many options when shopping for an electric vehicle. Many EV owners are strictly Tesla drivers, so this is not a problem for them.

In a nutshell:


Quiet and quick
You plug them in at night to recharge
Cheaper to operate
No tailpipe emissions
Avoid the annoying ads on gas pump TV screens
High on the cool factor


Limited range
You plug them in at night to recharge
Pricey to maintain
Limited choices
They really aren't greener

Can you think of more advantages and disadvantages of EVs? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section.

When it comes to comparing Falconer auto service centers, I-86 Truck & Auto Repair comes out on top. Call us at 716-665-2501 the next time you need automotive service.

Turn Your Car Into a Mobile Office

2018-05-23 08:17:43

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Today's message is for road warriors who have not ventured technologically beyond a phone charger plugged into their cigarette lighter. Fortunately, it's never been simpler to conduct business from your car. By investing in a few well-designed devices, you can be more capable and professional while working remotely.

Get Connected

You most likely recognize that the first order of business is to connect to the internet. Most individuals have internet connection capability with their smartphones but tablets and laptops usually require Wi-fi or a wired internet connection. Mobile hotspots are Wi-fi enabled devices that allow you to take an internet connection just about anywhere. The latest car models are outfitted with mobile hotspots built in so you can always be connected through your laptop or tablet when you’re traveling. If your auto isn't equipped with one, you can choose from several after-market options.

With Bluetooth, you can connect your phone directly to your vehicle so that calls, texts, and notifications can play right over the car speakers. Plenty of cars have Bluetooth in them now and almost every smartphone or tablet is already Bluetooth enabled. All you have to do is connect your device to your car and then zero in the settings so that calls and notifications get routed through your car’s Bluetooth. Like mobile hotspots, if your automobile isn’t equipped with Bluetooth, you can pick up a third-party Bluetooth enabled car infotainment center.

Get Organized

After you have your Bluetooth and mobile hotspot functioning, it's time to tame all that paperwork. Glove box and console organizers help you organize documents and other files. Passenger seat desks provide a place to set your computer and any other office supplies. If you work in parking lots repeatedly, you may want the steering wheel mount laptop. Phone mounts hold your phone so you can check your notifications easily. Need to print or fax? Several businesses sell printers designed to be used in cars.

Low-tech Helps

One long time car accessory for traveling sales people is a handy clothes hanger which will keep a suit or dress wrinkle-free and ready for your next meeting or sales call. If coffee is your fuel of choice, you might want to invest in a wireless heated cup to keep your beverage at your preferred temperature. An air purifier will keep your auto from smelling like old french fries, and a headrest pillow makes a power nap more comfortable.

Sorry, You Can't Type Up That Report While Driving

Don't dismiss safety while having fun with all this technology. We probably don't need to remind you not to look at your phone, tablet, or computer while you’re cruising along, but we are going to anyway. (See, we just did!)

Your Most Important Device is a Reliable Car

If you travel for your position, it's important to keep up on routine auto maintenance. After all, a car full of capable tools won't do you much good if your vehicle is always in the shop. And you don't want to have a breakdown far from a reliable service center. Let I-86 Truck & Auto Repair keep you up-to-date on scheduled auto maintenance so your office-on-wheels is ready to take you safely wherever your work leads you.

Clear The Air: Replace Your Cabin Air Filter

2018-05-16 08:29:31

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The cabin air filter, once only found in luxury vehicles, is now an important part of the majority of late-model cars. Air that enters the inside of the car though the ventilation, heating, and AC systems passes through the cabin air filter (or filters, depending on the vehicle). The filter captures various airborne particles such as pollen and dust through mechanical means, and a layer of charcoal helps eliminate odors.

How Often Should I Replace It?

Many auto owners wonder how often their cabin air filter should be replaced. Most manufacturers recommend replacement every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, however, the air quality where you live is also a consideration. More pollution requires more frequent replacement of this filter, but that doesn't mean that only drivers in smoggy cities need to review the filter more frequently. Dusty environments, such as desert or farmland, will also cause the filter to clog faster.

Signs Your Filter Needs To Be Replaced

One signal that your cabin air filter needs to be replaced is a reduction in the air flow from your heating or air conditioning system. If you turn up the fan and hear a lot of noise without a lot of air flow, chances are that the filter needs to be changed. An unpleasant odor is another telltale tip-off that the cabin air filter has reached the end of its usefulness (or a lingering reminder that you drove the soccer carpool yesterday).

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we can quickly do a cabin air filter replacement if needed. Call 716-665-2501 to make an appointment or just stop by. Thanks for visiting our blog.

Have To Park On The Street?

2018-05-09 08:08:17

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Garages are great for those motorists lucky enough to have them. We use them to store old athletic equipment, Christmas decorations, bikes, and some folks even manage to park their cars in them! However, not all drivers have the option of parking in a garage. Street parking can leave your car vulnerable to the natural elements, thieves, and other vehicles. Thankfully, there are many ways you can safeguard your vehicle, truck, or van from these dangers.

To limit the effects of the elements, carports and car covers are effective options. Carports will shield your car from direct sunlight as well as hail, and if you live where it snows the carport will save you time since you won't have to scrape your windows every day. For homeowners, or those with generous landlords, having a carport can be a valuable advantage. Consider this when comparing places to rent.

A car cover is an option for those who are forced to park their vehicle on the street or in an unprotected lot. The cover will provide protection from the weather and will even help keep the vehicle clean! Plus, a cover can serve as a deterrent to thieves since they can't see the interior of the automobile, and the time it takes to detach the cover makes being caught more likely. If you are interested in a car cover, visit us at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair and we can help you select the best type for your model of vehicle.

Paying a little more attention to where and how you park will also help protect your vehicle. Park as close as possible to your home at night and look for well-lit areas. During the day, try to park in shaded areas to curtail sun exposure on your vehicle. And remember that wherever and whenever you park, give yourself sufficient room between automobiles to avoid door dings and the like.

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we offer another kind of important protection for your automotive investment: quality scheduled auto maintenance. Call 716-665-2501 to make an appointment for your next service. Not sure of your automaker's recommended service schedule? No worries. We will advise you on the optimal service intervals even if you haven't observed them in the past. Let's get you back on track.

Car Insurance: Who Decides How Much You Pay?

2018-05-02 08:10:44

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Getting the best deal on vehicle insurance is an issue for every driver. With the internet, it is fairly effortless to compare rates between companies. But how exactly are those rates determined? It turns out that a variety of factors play into what amount you'll end up paying each month.

Driving Record

It should come as no surprise that your past driving record is a major aspect of your insurance rate. Speeding tickets and past insurance claims are all on record and are accessed by insurance companies. It really does pay to make car safety and responsible driving a priority!

Your Vehicle

The value of your automobile, as well as the cost to fix it (or even replace it), will affect your insurance rate. This can be important when you are car shopping because cars that have high scores in crash tests will usually qualify for lower rates. And if you are upgrading to a newer vehicle, remember to budget for the increase in your insurance you'll experience, not just the monthly car loan payment.


Less time on the road means less chance of a crash. That's why you'll be asked to estimate your annual mileage when you apply for insurance. It's also an incredible reason to look for opportunities to ride share and combine automobile trips.

Location, Location, Location

Where you live and drive is going to impact your insurance rates. If you are in an area where automobiles are often stolen and auto insurance claims are high, you will have to pay more to insure your auto.

Mind The Gap

If you've had gaps in your insurance coverage, you are considered riskier to insure. Men and women should avoid having any lapses in their insurance, even if they are small.

Comparing insurance rates is a beneficial thing to do when you are looking to save a little money. And now that you understand how your rate is determined by these companies, you can make changes that will result in savings.

In the unfortunate event that you have a collision, call us at 716-665-2501 to schedule an appointment. We do auto insurance repairs.

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