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What Does it Take to Armor a Car?

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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