I-86 Truck & Auto Repair : How Often Do You Change Your Oil?

2017-08-29 13:29:53

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If you ask Falconer car owners how often the oil in their auto should be changed, you might get a different answer every time. Every 6 months? Every 5,000 miles? Only if your automobile has problems? Who really knows? Let’s talk a little about oil.

The Lifeblood of Your Engine
Why do autos even need oil? A car engine is very complex; thousands of parts must function properly to make it run. Oil is required to lubricate all of the parts that move and come in contact with each other. Most parts in the engine are metal and easily get hot. Oil is an effective way for the engine to stay cool because the oil absorbs heat quickly.

Even though modern automobiles require less maintenance than in times past, if you don't change your oil, you are headed for trouble - everything from worn out pistons to a complete engine seize if you wait too long.

Protect Your Investment
Fixing the issues from not changing your oil will cost you more than paying for regular oil changes. A lot more.

The answer is never truly straightforward on how often oil should be changed. Consult your tech at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer for the oil change schedule and oil type recommendations for your specific automobile and schedule a full-service oil change at the best service center in New York.

Buy or Lease?

2017-08-22 13:53:42

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You walk onto the car lot, you know exactly what car you want, and you’re ready to pull the trigger. But then you’re asked the difficult question; “Do you want to lease or finance your car?” There are benefits and drawbacks to both financing arrangements, so today we’re going to try to give you a little clarification so you’ll be prepared to answer with confidence. (If you are fortunate enough to be able to pay cash—congratulations—you won't have to deal with this choice.)

Taking Out An Auto Loan

Financing a car is simply taking the full price of the car you want to purchase and splitting it up into monthly payments via a loan. The most common ways to get a car loan is either through your bank or through the financing department of the dealership (if the dealership has one).

It's All Yours (At Least When You've Made All 60 Payments)

The main advantage to financing is that you own the automobile and can do whatever you’d like with it. Whether that be to change the rims, add some accessories, or repaint, it’s up to you. Financing also provides you the option to keep the car as long as you choose. You can also drive it as many miles as you want.

Some disadvantages to financing is that you’ll generally have a higher monthly payment compared to a lease. Make sure you pay attention to the interest rate you’ll be paying. Because the typical loan is between 48 and 72 months, your interest rate will have a considerable on the total price of your car. For example, if you get a 2% interest rate on a $20,000 car and get a 72 month loan, you’ll pay $1,241 in interest. Bump your interest rate to 5% and you’ll end up paying $3,191. As you can see, the interest rate is vital!

Another potential disadvantage with taking out a car loan, is that you will probably need to pay extra for a service warranty.

Leasing Pros

Leasing, on the other hand, is a great option for some individuals. Leasing is kind of like paying to use a vehicle that the dealership owns. Typically, you make a down payment on the vehicle, and then make monthly payments for the length of the lease. Leases are generally 24 to 48 months. Once the lease is up, you simply return the car to the dealership. Once you return the car, you’ll have a few options; you can pay the purchase price of that auto (with a loan or cash) and keep it, start a new lease on a different car, or finance another car.

Another thing to consider is the repair warranty. In some lease arrangements, the dealership pays for service and repair with no additional charge to you.

...and Cons

Leasing may enable you to get a new car much quicker and easier than taking out a loan, but there are some downsides. One is that you never own the car and many men and women don’t like the thought of that. Because you don’t own it, you’ll have some firm rules on what you can and can’t do to modify the car. Another limitation with leased autos is the miles restriction that sets a limit on how many miles you can drive the vehicle per year. If you exceed that limit, you’ll have to pay a penalty that varies by the dealer and how far you drive over the limit.

The finance/lease decision takes some thought. Fortunately, choosing an automotive repair center in Falconer is easy. Rely on I-86 Truck & Auto Repair to keep your car in ideal condition.

Hailing a Cab in the 21st Century

2017-08-15 13:29:46 car repair and maintenance Falconer

Rewind the clock 30 years ago and imagine someone saying, “Hey, did you know that I can hail a cab right from my phone?” I’m guessing your reaction would be one of disbelief and you might even call the person crazy! Fast forward to today and millions are now using their phone to call for a ride.

A Better Way

This idea of ordering a taxi with a smartphone app has not taken a lot of time for people to get used to. Uber took advantage of the popularity of taxis while greatly improving the user experience by providing service in areas where conventional taxis don't line up at the curb. (Why didn't I think of that?)

In 2010, Uber introduced a location-based ride-share service out of San Francisco, California, to assess how the market would receive such an idea. The results were amazing and from there the company took off! Uber is now in over 50 countries and millions of men and women get rides daily directly from an app on their phone.

A New Industry Is Born

In 2012, Uber’s principal competitor, Lyft, began its service and has also adored impressive growth. These two companies are currently the leaders in this burgeoning industry, but there will certainly be many other businesses that will put their own spin on the concept and snatch a portion of the market.

You Use Your Phone, Of Course!

So how does this new service function? It’s easier than you may imagine. Simply download one of the company’s apps, set up an account, and then you’re ready to call for a ride. From the app, you pay the driver and indicate your drop-off location. The app even calculates the cost of your journey beforehand so you know exactly what to expect. The driver will arrive at your location, pick you up, and then drop you off where you’ve indicated. It’s as easy as that.

The Demise of the Conventional Taxi?

This new way to taxi is starting to become the standard. What do you think about it? Have you used these apps to request a ride? Do you think the traditional taxi will disappear? We welcome your comments.

Thank you for stopping by our blog. I-86 Truck & Auto Repair proudly serves the automotive service and repair needs of hundreds of Falconer drivers. We invite you to discover why our loyal clients wouldn't take their automobiles anywhere else. Call 716-665-2501 to make an appointment.

Computer Diagnostics For Modern Engines

2017-08-08 13:22:22

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Automotive technology zooms along in the fast lane on the innovation highway. Some of the parts in a car have been simplified, while some have become even more complex. As automobiles have become more advanced, so have the ways that we diagnose and repair troubles as well as perform routine maintenance services. Let’s review the state of automotive diagnostics.

The ECU and OBD

Two dynamic tools are the engine control unit and the on-board diagnostic reader. For short, they’re called the ECU and the OBD. The ECU and OBD devices are onboard computers that help control and manage all the functions of the auto. The ECU’s main responsibility is to read and test the engine. ECU technology was introduced in 1939 but had very few functions at the time. Today’s ECU can ascertain optimal engine performance, find any engine issues, and make sure everything’s operating properly.

The ECU and OBD have played vital roles in keeping vehicles running well for hundreds of thousands of miles. These devices light up the little indicator warnings on your dashboard when something is wrong.

Mechanic Or Computer Programmer?

Well-equipped automotive service centers now have powerful diagnostic computers which help them correctly identify malfunctions. This has necessitated that technicians be trained on these sophisticated devices. Now you will find service advisors pouring over computer screens as often as they wield a wrench.

Shade Tree Mechanics Are Now YouTube Mechanics

Technology has also benefited the auto owner that works on their own car. With online tutorials, instructional videos, and manuals, in many respects, DIY projects are easier even though cars have become more complex. It helps ambitious amateur mechanics save cash and gain some useful skills.

Trust The Experts At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair

There are literally thousands of automotive tools, components, and techniques that are continually be updated and refined. But you don't have to keep up with them. The team of skilled technicians at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair does that for you. And we take care of older cars as well as those with all the new bells and whistles. Call our Falconer automotive repair center at 716-665-2501.

I-86 Truck & Auto Repair : VIN Cloning

2017-08-01 13:52:09

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Car thieves have advanced significantly from busting windows and hot-wiring. In today's article, we are discussing a more sophisticated way professional car thieves are stealing cars and covering their tracks: VIN Cloning. No, it's not the latest sci-fi movie, but a real-life epidemic that is resulting in misery for victims here in New York and around the country.

VIN Cloning is not about reproducing actual cars, but stealing VIN numbers. The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is the unique 17 digit number assigned to each car by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is used like a social security number to track the car's history throughout its life. You probably have discovered that a valid VIN is needed to sell your automobile, register it at the DMV, or buy auto insurance.

A VIN swindler steals a car and masks it under a legitimate VIN number from a similar make and model in order to hide under the radar. With a seemingly valid VIN, the car can be transported across state lines, registered, and resold with all the documents in order.

Imagine how problematic it would be if swindlers were to copy your plates and VIN number and attach them to a recently lifted vehicle. Though the scheme may go undetected for years, eventually there would be numerous victims: the car owner whose VIN was duplicated (you), the used car dealer who buys the stolen vehicle, the insurer, and the buyer who unwittingly purchases the vehicle with your car's VIN.

If you unknowingly purchase a taken car with a replicated VIN and forged title paperwork, the automobile could be seized and you could end up losing thousands of dollars. Here are some VIN fraud protection tips from the FBI:1

  • If you’re car shopping, beware of low prices that seem too good to be true.
  • Get a copy of the car’s history report.
  • Carefully inspect the VIN plate on the dashboard for any scratches or other indications of tampering.
  • Make sure the VINs in the car and on the corresponding paperwork match: the driver’s side door label, car frame, dashboard, and title credentials.
  • Look for incorrect spellings on paperwork.

Smart used car buyers not only protect against VIN fraud, they make sure the vehicle they buy is mechanically sound. If you are shopping for a used car, bring it into I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, for a thorough inspection. It's a small price to pay for peace of mind.

1https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/stories/2009/march/cloning_032409
http://abcnews.go.com/US/vin-cloning-thieves-masking-car-thefts/story?id=28401709

 

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