Autonomous Cars: The Future Is Here!

2018-08-29 07:56:46

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Did you know that Nevada issued the first self-driving car license in 2012? This occurred eight years after the first Darpa Grand Challenge for autonomous cars was held. Not one of the vehicles were able to complete the course at that time.

In less than a decade, carmakers went from a convention that displayed some not-ready-for-prime-time "robot cars" to legal, licensed self-driving cars on the road.

How did they do it? How were they able to develop automobiles that didn't need drivers?

Google, the company that received that initial self-driving license, has used numerous technologies to make autonomous driving possible. Video cameras, lasers, and radar sensors are some of the gadgets you will find on these cars.

But the most important part of an autonomous auto is the database. This information has been collected from cars driven the old-fashioned way and then stored in a powerful computer. The autonomous car can access this information to help it navigate.

While self-driving cars are not commonplace now, much of the technology is already in many high-end automobiles. These partly autonomous cars have brakes that can activate if the car senses a coming crash. The cruise control can automatically readjust so cars are never too close to other cars. They can even steer in a way that prevents drifting and some can park by themselves!

These forms of technology are going to aid all drivers, even if you're not in an autonomous car. Everyone will feel the effects because self-driving cars improve traffic flow on highways by controlling distances between cars. Also, the automated parking search feature will ease congestion in urban settings.

And since essentially all car accidents are caused by human error, these systems will make driving safer. Self-driving car companies don't just want less harmful cars, they are striving to make crashless cars.

Roads filled with only self-driving cars may still be years away, but all of us can do our part to keep the roads and expressways safe. One way is to complete the scheduled auto maintenance on your vehicle. We'd love to help you over here at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair.

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Buying Your Teen First Car?

2018-08-22 08:15:49

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Buying your first car is a big deal for a newly-licensed teenage driver. It's also a big deal for the parents, but usually, their excitement is tempered with great deal of concern.

Are you a parent planning to buy a car for your new teen driver? Are you a teen planning to purchase your first car? Here are some important things to consider.

1. Safety

According to the CDC, car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in our country. You may suppose that a tank-like 4x4 would best protect an inexperienced driver. Yes, occupants of a large vehicle fare better in a collision. But experts also warn that powerful motors can make an adolescent more likely to speed. Also, some larger vehicles are harder to handle or more liable to roll over—so keep those things in mind.

Most of us don't have unlimited funds for a teen car. Luckily, many used vehicles have advanced safety features. Look for front and side airbags, inertia-reel safety belts, ABS, and electronic stability control. There are even some used cars under 15k now with backup cams, lane-departure alert, and blind spot monitoring. Research crash-test ratings before you buy.

2. Reliability

A twenty-year-old car with 250k miles on it may be cheap. But if it requires $300 a month in repairs, you might as well buy a new automobile. Used autos are less likely to have a warranty, so reliability is indispensable. When car shopping, research the cost to own. Online model-specific forums contain information from actual owners. When you think you have the right car, call 716-665-2501 to schedule a used-car inspection at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair.

3. Cost to Own

This is related to reliability since repairs figure into the total cost to own. Consider gas mileage, the cost of routine maintenance, car insurance rates, and depreciation. Some cars even qualify for tax credits. Your service advisor at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair can give you information on the cost of scheduled maintenance for any vehicle.

Thanks for checking out our blog. We wish you and your teen happy traveling.

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Advice on Used Car Purchases

2018-08-15 07:56:01

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We've all heard the stories: So-and-so got an unbelievable bargain on a used SUV with only 8,000 miles on it! But all of us probably also know somebody with that less than fairy tale buying experience: Our used car ran incredible for the first week, but then it broke down and we found out it needs thousands of dollars worth of repairs!

Purchasing a used car can sometimes feel like a treacherous quest, but with a few nifty tips you can shop with confidence.

Assess Your Needs and Decide on a Vehicle

Don't start your search without a set idea of what type of car you would like to buy. Consider where and when you will most likely use the car. What type of weather do you usually drive in? Where can you park your vehicle? (Nobody wants to come home with a truck on a lift that can't fit into their garage) Once you have made this determination your job becomes much easier.

Determine Your Budget

This number should not only incorporate sticker price as there are many other financial factors to include. Will your insurance go up when you purchase this car? Some cars require more expensive tires or oil when the car is lubed. Gas mileage can also play a big part in this decision.

Gather a Set of Possible Brands

Some men and women are loyal to one single car brand, but when you are in the market for a used car, you will find a better deal if you don't limit yourself. This isn't to say you should be open to everything, but choosing a few different makes and models will give you a greater likelihood of meeting your needs with the money you have.

Decide on a Search Radius

You may not want the inconvenience of traveling too far to buy your used car, and if you live in an urban area you possibly don't have to go too far. However, if you are out in the country or if you are willing to put in a little more footwork (or, more likely, wheel work) then decide how far you will go for your ideal car. The internet makes it easy to search all around the country, but make sure the extra travel time is worth possible money saved.


Once again, the internet is an indispensable tool here. After you find some listings for cars in your price range that you would like, start looking into the specifics of each year, make, and model. Check pricing guides as well as reliability reports.

Vehicle History

Using the vehicle identification number, you can look into the history of the exact automobile you are interested in acquiring. This will let you know if the automobile has been in an accident or has had other major incidents.

Used Car Pre-Purchase Inspection

Last but not least; before you put any money down on a used vehicle, bring it into I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for a used-car inspection.

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Is Certified Pre-Owned a Scam?

2018-08-08 07:41:10

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A few years ago, car dealers in Falconer began offering "certified pre-owned" (CPO) cars. Some individuals assumed that it was just a fancy new name for "used." It does sound like marketing spin. As it turns out, a certified pre-owned car really is different from a standard used vehicle.

The History of the CPO Program

When leasing became popular, dealers ended up with a lot of newer automobiles with low mileage. Instead of putting these like-new cars on the auction market, they recognized a lucrative new market.

To earn the certification, the automobile must pass a rigorous comprehensive inspection. The standards vary and are usually set by the automobile manufacturers. Then they are reconditioned to like-new status.

Carmakers frequently offer a warranty similar to that of a new car. Some CPO warranties include ongoing maintenance and other extras. Dealers also provide low interest rates for CPO financing.

As you can see, CPO autos fit into a niche between used cars and new cars.

Is A CPO Car For You?

Shopping for a car? Are new automobiles too expensive? Are you worried that a used car will turn out to be a lemon? If you have the budget for a newer-model car, it is beneficial to explore your CPO options.

CPO cars are sold by their brand dealers. For example, if you want a CPO Toyota, you need to go to a Toyota dealer. You can't find them at independent used-car lots.

To properly maintain your automobile—whether new, CPO, or used—you need a reliable repair shop. You can count on the team of specialists at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer.

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7 Reasons To Pull Over Immediately!

2018-08-03 10:22:14

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1. Strange Vibrations or Sounds

This could indicate an issue with your brakes, steering, tires, or suspension. Pull over, call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair at 716-665-2501 and one of our service professionals can guide you on next steps.

2. You Smell Something Burning

It may be something inconsequential or a major emergency, but you don't want to take the chance of causing pricey damage to your car or put your passengers in danger. Pull over and investigate.

3. To Search for Something

Your iPhone slides between the seat and the console and you think you can pull off an amazing contortionist move and keep driving. Don't count on your yoga/steering multitasking ability. Stop on the side of the road for two minutes and reclaim your phone.

4. Health Issue

Heart attacks and strokes can be preceded by fairly mild symptoms. If something seems amiss, pull over immediately and either call 911 or phone someone to pick you up.

5. Temperature or Oil Warning

Overheating or inadequate oil pressure is a clear and present danger to your engine. Protect your investment and pull your vehicle over.

6. You Lose Visibility

Whether it's weather-related or not, it is extremely hazardous to keep driving if you can't see the road. (This seems like a no-brainer, but some car owners think they can ride it out if they simply slow down.) Pull over slowly and carefully and either wait for a break in the fog/downpour/blizzard or remove the roadkill from your windshield.

7. You Are Dozing Off

Don't wrongly believe you can keep your eyeballs open by sheer force of will. Pull over, recline your seat, and take a catnap on the side of the road. Ah! Doesn't that feel better?

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