Electric Cars Are Charging Ahead

2017-10-31 15:34:39

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Often we hear of proposed innovations and futuristic ideas and wonder if we will live to see it happen. Now, one of these once-outlandish concepts has turned into a reality. Tesla Motors has created self-driving, electric production cars that are available to the masses. Not only have they been innovators in the electric car industry but they’re now shaking up the global auto industry as a whole.

Tesla is now the highest valued automaker in the nation with a valuation of $50.887 billion.

With its dramatic success, Tesla has now eclipsed GM and Ford which have been the rulers for years. So what has Tesla brought about to get them to this point?

They started with the Tesla roadster which was a two-door sports car that was able to travel 244 miles on a single charge using rechargeable lithium ion batteries. From there they knew that they’d need to manufacture automobiles that would be more practical than a sports car if they wanted to flourish.

In 2012, they unveiled the Models S which was a four-door sedan that has become its most popular car on the road today. The Model S was followed up by the Model X which is Tesla’s SUV. These cars run 100% on electricity and as the years have gone by, Tesla has made their autos zippier, smarter, and more economical.

Tesla hasn’t stopped advancing. CEO Elon Musk wants to continue to make electric autos available to everyone and that’s why he’s introduced the Model 3. The Model 3 will be the most affordable Tesla to date, starting at $35,000 before incentives. This is a substantial change for Tesla because the Model S starts at $68,000 before incentives and the Model X at $85,000 before incentives. The Model 3 will most likely be the best selling automobile for Tesla because it delivers numerous advanced technologies at a more affordable price.

If you’re looking to invest in an automotive company, you might want to look at Tesla. If you’re looking to get service for your current vehicle, we’d recommend relying on I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for your excellent automotive service and repair in Falconer.


The Prancing Ponies

2017-10-24 15:46:28

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Ferrari and Porsche both have a celebrated history of making some of the most incredible sports cars for the road and track. While Porsche and Ferrari have no manufacturing relationship, their emblems could lead you to believe otherwise. Out of all the major carmakers, Porsche and Ferrari are the only two that have horses on their logos. Today's post highlights how they got their insignias and what inspired the horse themes.

From Fighter Planes to Sports Cars

Enzo Ferrari was the founder of Ferrari and had a history of racing with Alfa Romeo before splitting off to start his own auto brand. In 1932, Enzo Ferrari put his first horse insignia onto a car. The idea of the prancing horse actually came from Count Francesco Baracca who was an accomplished Italian Air Force fighter pilot. Baracca used to paint a strutting horse emblem on the sides of his plane before going into battle. He won over 30 battles in World War I and he became a national hero. Baracca’s mother was the one who suggested Enzo Ferrari add the strutting stallion to his autos because she said it would bring him good luck. Enzo eventually added the logo and won the next race. (Moms always have good ideas, right?) From then on it became permanent. The Ferrari symbol has become a famous symbol of a prestigious racing brand.

City Pride

The Porsche symbol, while very similar visually, has a different origin story. Porsche is a high-end German automaker based in the city of Stuttgart. Stuttgart was founded in 950 around stud horse farms. Ferdinand Porsche wanted the insignia to honor his city's heritage. Stuttgart has had an official city crest since the 13th Century that includes a prancing horse. This is where Ferdinand Porsche got the idea of adopting both the stallion and the shape of a crest. He also used Stuttgart’s city colors of red and black in the insignia and, for good measure, also added deer antlers that came from the Coat of Arms of the Free People’s State of Wurttemburg-Baden (the region's former designation).

We hope you have enjoyed today's post about two celebrated auto emblems. The team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair wishes you safe travels and invites you to rely on us to offer full-service automotive repair in Falconer. Call 716-665-2501 to schedule an appointment.


The Future of Auto Safety Technology

2017-10-17 15:53:43

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For many men and women, driving a car is part of their everyday life. Whether commuting to work, transporting family and friends, or simply just to enjoy the thrill that a car can offer. Because cars have become such a vital part of people’s lives, vehicle manufacturers are taking their safety characteristics more serious than ever.

Back in the day, an automobile was simply made to get from point A to point B. No fancy options included. As cars got faster and there were more and more on the roads, deaths from car accidents increased. With steering wheels that could impale the driver's heart on impact and no safety glass, the injuries were gruesome. Thus, engineers began steadily inventing and refining a plethora of safety devices.

Now automobiles have features to make your drive safe and enjoyable, and some options that you wouldn’t even imagine could be in a car. Let’s look at some things that have improved automobile safety over the years as well as emerging technology.

Buckle Up

The most well known piece of equipment is the seat belt. Seat belts had limited use in various forms of transport since 1885. Volvo's Nils Bohlin developed the modern three-point auto seat belt which was introduced in 1959. Seat belts became standard on just about every vehicle in the late 1960s and it is estimated that this simple mechanism has saved millions of lives.

Back in the 1990s, if you started noticing your seat belt getting tighter when you leaned forward, it was probably due to the new pre-tensioning seat belts. (Then again, maybe your seat belt got tighter because of that spare tire around your midsection.) Now most modern vehicles are equipped with systems that alert the motorist to buckle up.

In the late sixties, head rests started appearing in cars. This low-tech apparatus prevents spinal injuries, as well as giving us a place to rest our head. Safety equipment advanced considerably with the SRS (Supplemental Restraint System), better known as airbags. Airbags work with seat belts to save even more lives and prevent injuries. It's pretty amazing that this device can detect a collision and deploy rapidly enough to protect the person sitting in the seat.

The Future of Auto Safety

Seat belts and airbags guard passengers when an accident occurs. But obviously neither of these can prevent a crash. Now automobile manufacturers have invented technology that helps prevent collisions. Many automakers are installing radars, cameras, and sensors in their cars.

Stop Crashes Before They Happen

Lane departure warnings alert car owners when they’re drifting out of their lane and helps move them back into their lane. Blind spot assist helps auto owners know when they have an automobile in their blind spot. Back up cameras permit the auto owner to see what’s behind them when in reverse to help ensure they don’t run over anything or back into something. (We have no excuse now when we back into the garbage can on trash day.) Automatic braking systems can detect an accident before it happens and automatically employ the brakes.

These are just a few of the incredible safety features that are all now possible because of the extensive research and testing that committed automotive engineers continue doing to ensure our safety on the road. Of course, self-driving cars use this advanced technology, but that's a topic for another post.

Proper maintenance is also critical for ultimate auto safety. The auto pros at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer can keep your vehicle in ideal condition to ensure many miles of safe driving.

Are You Prepared?

2017-10-10 15:38:18

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Welcome to the I-86 Truck & Auto Repair blog. Since you are visiting an automotive repair center website, we will assume that you own a car. For most of us, our car is our principal mode of transportation and rarely does a day go by that we don’t use our cars to get somewhere. Because we spend so much time in our cars, it is wise to be prepared for anything, especially emergencies.

Do you have the needed items in your auto to care for yourself, your passengers, and your car in the case of an emergency? If not, hopefully this post can give you some tips for getting your car ready for anything.

First Aid Kit

The first thing that we counsel is a first aid kit. We usually have first aid kits in our homes, take them out for camping trips or sporting events, but not everyone carries one in their automobile. There are many different travel sized kits that can slide under a seat or fit into a glove box.

Spare Tire

Next is a spare tire. (We are talking about an actual spare tire, not the one that many of us keep permanently attached to our belly.) Getting a flat tire is one of the most common car issues and you never know when you might get one. Your car should have come with a spare tire, but if it didn't, we advise going to your dealership or nearest tire shop to see what options you have. If your car does have a spare tire, you’ll want to make sure you know how to get to it and have the tools to uninstall the flat tire and install the spare. We have noticed that some stock jacks are woefully inadequate. Give yours a test in the comfort of your garage so you know if it would pass the test if you were stranded on the side of the road in a blizzard. If it is too wimpy, switch it out with one that is easy to operate and strong enough to lift your car.


Smart documents to keep in your car are your insurance card, owner’s manual, and the contact information for your local mechanic. These might seem like obvious items, but you’d be surprised at how many auto owners don’t have these available when they need them. Your insurance card is important in case of an accident and your owner’s manual can help you diagnose and fix issues. I know that some individuals use their cell phone to access owner's manuals or repair forums online, but you can't always count on internet access and a charged phone battery.

Your automotive repair shop probably offers a towing service or could recommend one if your car does break down. If you are looking for an honest, highly-trained team of automotive professionals in Falconer, we welcome you to I-86 Truck & Auto Repair. We offer quality, timely service, and fair prices.

These recommendations may seem trivial, but they can save you big time in an emergency. I-86 Truck & Auto Repair recommends that you take a half hour and make sure your auto is equipped with these essential items. Being prepared brings peace of mind.

What Does it Take to Armor a Car?

2017-10-03 15:36:38 top auto repair shop Falconer

VIPs such as politicians and celebrities at risk for attack are generally at their most unprotected when they are away from their gated homes. If they traveled in normal automobiles, the perils that come with their status would be difficult to prevent.

Thus, the birth of the legendary armored car. Today's post is about the cars and SUVs that offer the ultimate level of safety when traveling.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to armor a car?


Guns are one of the major threats faced by these people. Firearms have become so advanced that a bullet from some high-powered guns can easily puncture car windows and even go right through normal car metal and aluminum. Armored cars can be rigged out with bulletproof armor and even a clear, see-through material to replace the windows.

Indestructible Tires 

Another threat to a car is a flat tire. Tires can be slashed, shot at, or, as we all know, have a blowout just by driving over something sharp. Tires for armored cars are designed with a technology called run flat. If the tire does go flat, it can still function for up to 60 miles after it starts leaking air. Run flat tires can also tolerate much more damage than conventional tires.


Some armored cars are also outfitted with material that is built to withstand intense heat, fire, and other adverse conditions. Because the oils and gases that go into cars are extremely flammable when exposed to heat, these armored cars typically have engines that are built to prevent the leaking of these oils and gasses. This prevents fires and other possible engine issues.

Armored cars are obviously not for everyone, but if you are planning to move to a dangerous city (or start a new career as a gangster), there are plenty of businesses that can retrofit your current vehicle with armor. As you can imagine, it’s not cheap to add these features, but it is an option.

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we can't protect you from everything, but we can make sure you avoid unneeded repair bills by performing vital routine auto maintenance. Call 716-665-2501 today to make an appointment at the top service center in Falconer

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