Ways to stop a car alarm without a keyfob

By blogsadmin | Posted in Technology, Tips and Tricks on Monday, July 30th, 2018 at 7:57 PM
a key and keyfob hanging in front of a car door handle

Many cars come with what are called “nuisance alarms”. As the name implies, these are loud, obnoxious shrieking sounds that are meant to frighten off car thieves (though they are often more useful for scaring car owners and irritating neighbors). The easiest way to shut off your vehicle’s alarm is to hit the lock or alarm button on your keyfob. However, what do you do if your keyfob is broken, low on battery, or you are unfortunate enough to have a car with an alarm but not a keyfob? Here are a few ways to stop a car alarm without a keyfob. Hopefully one will work! Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for finding the right infotainment system

By blogsadmin | Posted in Technology, Tips and Tricks on Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 9:23 PM
car infotainment systems

What are the best infotainment systems on used cars?

One of the things that you may be looking for in your next pre-owned vehicle is an advanced technology system. What are the best infotainment systems on used cars? Honestly, the best technology systems are those that work the best for you. But what should you be looking for when you shop? Whether you are moving into a vehicle with a tape deck or the latest streaming radio technology, here are some things to keep in mind on the test drive. Read the rest of this entry »

Be safe on the road by avoiding these dangers

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 6:47 PM
cars driving on a city highway in the evening

We’ve written before about what to do if you see an accident, but what causes accidents in the first place? In this blog we are looking at some of the top causes of car accidents. Knowledge is power, and knowing the risks of driving gives you the power to avoid some top factors as much as you can. Read the rest of this entry »

What are the most popular car colors?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 2:53 PM
White 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport parked in front of trees in forest

Popularity of different colors and shades on used vehicles 

It’s always fun to drive a used vehicle that seems to have an inside read on your personality. The kind of car you own and the colors that it exudes can make a significant first impression, which is why it’s so important to have your favorite hues well-represented. In the automotive market, however, there are a few shades that take the cake for half the population – to see what they are, come check out the popularity of different colors and shades on used vehicles with Third Coast Autos today!   Read the rest of this entry »

What vehicles are safest for parents and kids?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 9:54 PM
are minivans or SUVs safer? 2018 Honda Odyssey background

We’ve written before about the family-friendly features on minivans and SUVs, but in this blog we wanted to focus in on a topic near and dear to the hearts of parents. Are minivans or SUVs safer? Both of these styles of vehicles offer up to three rows of seating and plenty of cargo-carrying capacity, but which ones can keep your loved ones safest in the event of an accident? Check out some considerations below. Read the rest of this entry »

Can You Cook Food in Your Car?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 7:18 PM
chocolate chip cookies and milk

Can you cook food in your car? It’s summer in Texas and it’s HOT. We’ve talked about how the interior temperature of a car can get hot enough to cook an egg, but did you know that you can branch out from breakfast food to dessert? In this post we are sharing a couple fun recipes, including a video on how to bake cookies in your car, and directions on how to make sweet tea in the sun. Do you have a wacky recipe for inside your car? Let us know in the comments! Read the rest of this entry »

Have fun this Independence Day on a budget

By blogsadmin | Posted in Community on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 at 4:59 PM
happy 4th of July, flag background

Independence Day is right around the corner. While there are many events, concerts and celebrations that you can go to in Travis County that have a fee, there are also several festivals that will be available for the holiday that offer great music and fireworks with free admission. This blog features a few free 4th of July events 2018 around Austin TX that are great for the whole family. All events are on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 and have no cost for entry. Food and beverages, games, and parking may be extra. Read the rest of this entry »

Enjoy 4th of July fireworks safely (and legally!)

By blogsadmin | Posted in Community, Texas, Tips and Tricks on Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 8:00 AM
what fireworks are legal in Austin TX? Fireworks background

The 4th of July is right around the corner, which means that ’tis the season to have fun with fireworks ranging from tiny firecrackers to big boomers. But what fireworks are legal in Austin TX? Be safe (and don’t get in trouble!) this year by choosing fireworks types that are okay to use even in the city. For larger displays, you will need a permit, have a space that would be safe for the fireworks to be set off, and  have a professional doing your fireworks. Fortunately, there are plenty of small, fun things you can have that do not require a permit, and won’t get you a citation. Read the rest of this entry »

How does repossession affect your future car buying?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Finance, Tips and Tricks on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 at 8:03 AM
car being towed away

If you have had a vehicle repossessed, that can be bad news one way or another. Not only do you no longer have that vehicle, but because the vehicle is lost when payments aren’t made that information can make a big impact on your credit score. Can you get a car loan after a repossession? How long does that information affect your credit? Keep reading to find out. Read the rest of this entry »

Enjoy free watery fun and beat the heat!

By blogsadmin | Posted in Community on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 9:23 PM
children at a Texas splash pad

The Texan summer is upon us, which means that it may be time to find some ways to beat the heat. For many, that may be an ice cream treat at a local shop. For others, getting in the water at a pool may be the best options. In this blog post, we are looking at hours for free splash pads in Austin TX. This is a great way to stay cool even if you are on a budget. Read the rest of this entry »