Ford Co-Pilot360 To Be Standard By 2020

By Product Expert | Posted in Ford, Technology, Tips and Tricks on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 8:13 PM
"Ford Driver Assistance Features" over a blurred image of the Ford Edge

While Honda and Toyota have been offering fairly extensive driver assistance safety features on their vehicles for a few years, other brands are just getting into the game. Nissan is planning to make Nissan Safety Shield a standard feature on most new Nissan vehicles by 2021, while Ford introduced a new suite of safety systems for 2019 that it plans to make standard by 2020. But what features come standard with Ford Co-Pilot360? And what models are currently available with this feature? Read the rest of this entry »

Does Nissan offer driver assistance features?

By Product Expert | Posted in Nissan, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 8:27 PM
Driver Assistance Features on the 2019 Nissan Maxima

We have already written about two of the classic heavy-hitters when it comes to driver assistance features: Honda and Toyota. While these two brands have been offering advanced crash-prevention safety features for years, most brands are starting to get on the bandwagon, including Nissan with the Safety Shield 360. But what features are in the Nissan Safety Shield 360 system and what Nissan models have this feature? Keep reading to find out. Read the rest of this entry »

Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Fresh Christmas Tree

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 10:20 PM
tree attached to the top of a car

‘Tis the season for finding and setting up your holiday decorations! Whether you grabbed all your holiday decorations during Black Friday sales, or are heading off to a farm to cut-your-own Christmas tree with the family, it’s smart to figure out your game plan before you start the journey. In this blog, we wanted to share a few useful videos we found about how to find and deal with live Christmas trees. From finding the perfect tree, to getting it home on your car, to setting it up at home, these videos may answer all your questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Cut-your-own Christmas tree farms near Austin TX

By Product Expert | Posted in Texas, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Christmas trees at a farm

Winter has arrived, and it is a great time of the year to start up on the Christmas decorations and enjoy activities like ice skating. While you can get a Christmas tree at many pop-up lots and store parking lots in our area, there is another option: going out to a farm to cut your own tree. This can net you not only a great tree, but can also be a fun experience for the whole family. We’ve found a few cut-your-own Christmas tree farms near Austin TX and have little write-ups for each of them below. Read the rest of this entry »

Ways to tell that your tires need to be changed

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 8:00 AM
person pointing at tire tread indicators with their finger

We’ve written in the past about how often you need to rotate your tires, and even the difference between all-season tires, winter tires and summer tires, but in this blog we wanted to look at a basic question: when should you replace your tires? There are a few ways to tell that your tires need to be changed. If you notice a lot of slipping when you drive, that may be a red flag that your tires aren’t holding onto the road, but most other ways to check if your tires are okay go back to one thing: measuring your remaining tire tread. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s the difference between summer tires and all-season tires?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 8:31 PM
man and woman looking at the tread on a tire in a store

Winter tires vs summer tires vs all-season tires

We’ve talked before about the importance of getting quality tires of the right size when the tires on your current vehicle are up for replacement, but now that the seasons are changing we wanted to focus on a different question: do you need to put winter tires on your vehicle? Or for that matter, what’s the difference between summer tires and all-season tires? We’re going to look at winter tires vs summer tires vs all-season tires to see what actually separates these options. Read the rest of this entry »

Vehicle Identification Number: Where is it on your car and documentation?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at 9:51 PM
digital vehicle identification number at an angle on a dark background

The Vehicle Identification Number on your vehicle (known more commonly as the VIN) is a unique number for every vehicle in the United States. The VIN uses numbers and letters and contains a lot of information including the manufacturer, where the car was built, the model year, engine size and more. This unique identifier is required when you are filling out any paperwork involving  your car, like making a claim after an accident or selling the vehicle. But where can you find the VIN on your car? And what documents have it? Read the rest of this entry »

Window tinting on vehicles in Texas

By Product Expert | Posted in Texas, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 9:27 PM
man putting tint on side window of car

Window tinting can serve many purposes. For some drivers it’s a way to reduce sun glare for driving comfort during the hot Texas summer, or to minimize a medical condition like migraines. For others, it looks cool and helps maintain more privacy. But is it legal to have tinted windows in Texas? Read the rest of this entry »

Do I need to make a police report in Austin TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Texas, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 9:29 PM
SUV and car in an accident

We’ve talked before about what to do if you see a car accident, but what about if you are in one? While you will probably want to call the police after a major car accident so that traffic can be stopped and people can be helped safely, what about after a tiny fender bender? When should you file a police report for a car accident? Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Turkey Day with a 5k or 5-mile Race!

By Product Expert | Posted in Community on Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 8:30 AM
people running, legs only

When we think of November, Thanksgiving and men with beards are two of the first things that come to mind. However, this month is also a great time to put on your running shoes and hit the pavement for a great cause. There are many 5k races in our city this November, including several Austin Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving 2018. Find your race and hit the ground running before loading up on turkey and deliciousness. Read the rest of this entry »