Fun Car Stuff: Car or Truck?

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Generally, we acquire vehicles according to our needs. Do we need to run children back and forth to school? Or do we need to lug motorcycles and ATVs into the great New York outdoors? Some individuals will always favor trucks and some will always prefer cars. Let’s talk about a few main points that continue to keep people on either side. If you were to guess the three top selling vehicles in America in 2016, what would your guess be? My guess would probably be a mid-sized sedan. But it turns out that my guess would be very wrong. Did you know that the three best-selling autos in the US all happen to be trucks? First is the Ford F-Series, second is the Chevrolet Silverado, and third is the Dodge Ram. So what makes trucks so popular? People love the …… ( more )

Auto Fun: What Was Your Teenage Dream Car?

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The adolescent years are full of all sorts of exciting milestones. Your first kiss, your first job, and, of course, getting your drivers permit and hitting the road. What was your teenage dream car? Jay Leno wished for a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4 as a kid and bought one as an adult.1 Justin Bieber didn’t have to wait – he was motoring around in a Lamborghini at the age of sixteen. The perks of wealth! We have a lot of customers who have weighed in on the subject, and we’ve gotten into more than a few lively discussions about whose teenage dream auto would have been more fun in which situation.  Iconic Movie Cars Some say their pick was influenced by a successful movie of their youth. From the ’55 Chevy Harrison Ford drove in American Graffiti, the 1970 Dodge Charger …… ( more )

Schoen Auto Car Talk: VIN Cloning

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Car thieves have advanced significantly from busting windows and hot-wiring. In today’s post, we are highlighting 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 bringing about misery for victims here in New York and around the country. VIN Cloning is not about duplicating 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 necessary to sell your vehicle, register it at the DMV, or buy auto insurance. A VIN swindler steals a car and masks it …… ( more )

Schoen Auto : Summer, Winter, or All-Seasons?

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What is the “right” tire for your car? The answer depends on multiple factors: The type of vehicle Driving conditions Handling preferences All-season tires are aptly named: they work sufficiently well in all types of driving conditions. Because of their deeper tread depth, they generally last longer than summer tires. You can get all-season tires for any type of car. Summer tires are built for high performance driving. East Rochester sports car owners who are seeking a grippy tire with enhanced handling characteristics often pick summer tires. While driving with winter tires in the summer isn’t recommended, it is much worse to drive with summer tires in winters. If you are driving in ice, snow, or freezing temperatures, your tire choice is especially vital. There are also sub-specialties of tires in each of the categories listed previously such as high …… ( more )

Schoen Auto Top Tips: Engine Rebuilds

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Hearing that their car needs a new engine is not something that any East Rochester auto owner wants to hear but it’s not something that can be ignored. Today we want to talk about the different types of replacement engines available. What Are My Options? Crate Engines These engines are constructed using high-quality parts and are as close to new as you can get. They come ready to run immediately after they are installed in the vehicle. Remanufactured or Reconditioned Engines With remanufacturing, all used and worn parts are swapped resulting in an engine that meets the initial factory specifications. Certified “remanufactured” engines have a higher standard than “reconditioned” engines, though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Essentially, a remanufactured engine is designed to function as long as the initial engine. A reconditioned engine has been disassembled and cleaned and …… ( more )

Fun Car Stuff: What Is Your Favorite Sports Car?

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Today’s article discusses drool-worthy stunners that most of us will never have a chance to own. But that doesn’t mean we can’t imagine traversing through the Swiss Alps in a Porsche 911, driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in a Maserati GranTurismo, or even running errands around East Rochester in an Audi Spyder. Let’s highlight our favorite sports cars. What do you get when you throw a 661 horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine into the newest Ferrari? You get the Ferrari 488GTB. Everything is manufactured with uncompromising precision, just as you’d expect from Ferrari. It’s stunningly beautiful, blisteringly fast, and has the tight driving and handling that so many Ferrari buffs love. It would be a challenge to find a more spectacular all around sports car than the Ferrari 488. If you are an Iron Man buff, you might be fond of the …… ( more )

Schoen Auto Car Talk: Why is the Accord the Most-Stolen Car?

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Millions of Americans love the Honda Accord. And so do car thieves. In fact, over 50,000 Accords were stolen last year – some right here in the Rochester, NY area. Why does this model head the list of most-stolen cars year after year? It seems the Accord is a victim of its own popularity. (This also applies to another frequently-stolen Honda, the Civic.) The long-lasting popularity of the Accord impacts theft rates in at least three ways: 1. The sheer number of Accords on the road compared to other automobiles delivers relatively more opportunity for theft. It is unclear just how many Accords are in operation, but according to Honda spokesman Chris Naughton, over the last 30 years, Honda has manufactured over 10 million Accords in the country.1 2. Professional car thieves can earn a far more lucrative return if a …… ( more )

Auto Fun: Which City Has The Most Rolls-Royce?

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When talking about maximum luxury in autos, Rolls-Royce is right at the top. A Rolls-Royce is a stately, handcrafted work of art that warrants a price tag reaching almost half a million dollars. Many East Rochester homes cost less than a mid-range Rolls! Can you guess what city in the world has the most Rolls-Royce per capita? The answer might surprise you. Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd. has been around since the early 1900’s.  (By the way, the company does not pluralize the trademark by adding an “s”.) They engineer their acclaimed vehicles in Great Britain. So logically, you’d probably consider a large European city such as London to have the most of these magnificent cars per capita. Far From Home The answer is actually Hong Kong! How did Hong Kong become such a mecca for Rolls-Royce autos? For a time, Hong …… ( more )

Just For Fun: What is Your Favorite Classic Car?

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Car enthusiasts love talking about “classic cars,” though not everyone can agree on which cars fall into this renowned category. A millennial may be confused by someone who loves the 1969 Shelby Cobra while someone familiar with cars from the 60’s will be thrilled to talk about it. Classic cars are where it all started, from the huge engined muscle cars to the first Italian supercars. In today’s message we’re going to take a look at a few of our favorite classic cars! Let’s start with the oldest, the 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing. When this head turner made its debut, it was the fastest production car available at the time. The gull wing doors made this car an instant classic and one whose popularity has stood the test of time. You can’t discuss classic cars without recognizing the muscle …… ( more )

East Rochester Car Lovers: What’s Your Favorite Auto Brand?

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Some East Rochester drivers are loyal to one automobile brand, while others will mix and match different makes to suit all of their needs. There are hundreds of brands of cars internationally but most of the small ones are owned by one of the following mega-corporations: General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota, Fiat-Chrysler, Daimler, Renault-Nissan, Honda, BMW, Ford, FCA, TATA, PSA, and Hyundai. Just about every car maker offers a car that caters to the wants, needs, and delight of any East Rochester car owner. At Schoen Auto, we have had the privilege of servicing a broad range of automobiles and have received a lot of feedback from customers. Here’s what they’ve had to say. When it comes to European cars, the three main brands for which we hear high praises are Audi, BMW, and Mercedes Benz. Each of these concentrates on …… ( more )