What should you look for when buying a used car?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks, Used Cars on Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 7:59 PM
Car salesman assisting couple in buying a car.

Used Vehicle Buying Guide

It can be hard to know where to start when shopping for a used vehicle. With this guide, we give you some tips that will hopefully shed some light on what your process should be to ensure you end up with the perfect ride. Read the rest of this entry »

What are the most common causes of car accidents in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Texas, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 4:48 PM
Side view of two cars that collided with one another and their crumpled front ends.

Common Reasons for Car Accidents in Texas

An accident doesn’t just happen without a cause. Ideally, if every person follows the rules, there won’t be an incident, thanks to the way our traffic laws and systems are set up (although it’s also important to keep your vehicle in top condition to avoid mechanical failure). To avoid being in an accident, you should know the dangers- the common reasons that accidents occur. Additionally, always practice defensive driving as other people might not follow the rules as well as you do. Let’s take a look at the most common reason one car smashes into something it’s not supposed to in Texas.  Read the rest of this entry »

Why does my car smell weird?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Tips and Tricks on Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 5:08 PM
A man and woman plug their nose due to a bad smell in a vehicle interior.

Bad Car Smells That Mean Trouble

If you smell something unpleasant in your car, don’t ignore it; it usually means there’s a larger issue at hand. Hanging up one of those little trees from the mirror might help you avoid the truth for a while, but eventually you’re going to need to face it. Plus, it could even be a health or safety hazard. Read on to find out our recommended course of action for various unwelcome odors. Read the rest of this entry »

What are the best restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Austin TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community on Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 7:56 PM
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Best Romantic Restaurants in Austin

Just like every year, Valentine’s Day is approaching faster than a five-year-old can polish off a bag of candy hearts. That means it’s time to show that special someone in your life how you feel about them. If you’re wondering where to go in Austin to have a sure-fire Valentine’s Day success, look no further than this handy list of the top five romantic restaurants in town. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Buying a Used Car a Good Idea?

By Product Expert | Posted in Used Cars on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at 9:45 AM
Should you buy a new or used car?

The Benefits of Buying Used

In the past, buying a used car was associated with a certain amount of risk. There’s a reason some people referred to it as, “buying someone else’s problems.” But is that still the case today? Read the rest of this entry »

Available Used Truck Models with Financing in Austin TX

By Product Expert | Posted in Chevrolet, Nissan, Toyota, Used Cars on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 11:47 AM
A Certified Pre-Owned Dodge Ram with the Ram logo in the lower-right corner.

What Truck Models Do We Have in our Inventory?

We like our trucks here in Texas, and we decided it was time to highlight some of the great pickup models we currently have in our inventory here at Third Coast Auto Group in Austin. We offer great prices and financing options on all these vehicles to help make owning your dream vehicle a reality. We’ve already told you about our used Ford F-150, so here we’re going to look at some of our other trucks.  Read the rest of this entry »

Highlights from the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

By Product Expert | Posted in Ford, News, Toyota on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 8:32 PM
Three 2020 Toyota Supra sports cars cruise around a corner on a track at sunset.

2019 Detroit Auto Show First-Day Overview

The 2019 North American International Auto Show, held annually in Detroit, kicked off its press preview yesterday. This year is the show’s last time taking place in January, as the traditionally winter show will be moving to June starting next year. Let’s look at some of the yesterday’s most exciting highlights. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Is My “Check Engine” Light On?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 11:38 AM
A dirty white gloved hand working on a car engine.

More formally known as Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), the “check engine” light is primarily monitors a car’s emissions system. But according to Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing for Edmunds.com, “the engine and the emission control system are so interlinked that the health of the emission control system is a good indication of the general health of the car’s engine.”

With this in mind, resist that common human urge to ignore the light. If your Check Engine light is illuminated and doesn’t turn off on its own in a short period of time, it’s best to get it looked at promptly; especially if the light is flashing, which indicates a more serious problem. Below we have the five most common causes for an illuminated Check Engine light. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s the most popular car in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Ford, Honda, Toyota on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 12:10 PM
A blue 2019 Ford F-150 pulls a big camper through a ranch.

Texans’ Favorite Vehicle(s)

We’ve often wondered at the question: what’s the most popular car here in Texas? Is it really the pickup truck, the vehicle we’re so commonly associated with? Or does a sedan or SUV take the real lead? Well, we decided to delve into this all-important issue, and found that, unfortunately, the answer is not completely straightforward. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Winter Driving in Texas

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at 4:02 PM
A car tire on a snow covered road driving in the winter. Text says "safe winter driving tips."

The Winter Freeze

Although here in Texas we’re known more for hot temperatures than cold, that doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine and no rain. In the winter the occasional freeze is all the more dangerous due to its rarity, and the lack of knowledge most of us have in how to deal with driving in these unfamiliar conditions.

When the rough weather hits, most Texans either stay at home in fear or drive dangerously. Luckily, there’s a happy medium that can be found if you know how to deal with the patches of ice. Here are some tips recommended by the Texas Department of Insurance for a safe driving experience. Read the rest of this entry »