What is electronic stability control and how does it prevent accidents?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Technology, Used Cars on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 9:46 PM
young man with a broken car calling someone

While many new cars are available with flashy safety features like automatic emergency braking and autonomous cruise control (which will independently adjust your cruise control speed so you don’t ram into a slow car in front of you on the highway) there are some simpler technology options that have made a big difference. One of these is electronic stability control. What is electronic stability control and how does it prevent accidents? Read the rest of this entry »

When do you change to a front-facing car seat?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, June 4th, 2018 at 9:44 PM
baby in a rear-facing car seat looking at the camera

We’ve talked before about car seat laws (specifically here in Texas) but in this blog we want to explore two types of car seat and when you should use them. Should you have a car seat front- or rear-facing? That depends on the age and size of your child. If you are looking at a specific car seat, you may want to look for the owner’s manual on that option for precise details. This blog is general information for the curious. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer car temperatures and cooking adventures

By blogsadmin | Posted in Texas, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 4:33 PM
generic silver sedan driving on the road in the summer

As it starts to get hot out there this spring and summer in the Austin TX area, you may be looking for ways to prepare your car for hot weather. Or maybe, when you are wincing every time you touch your steering wheel, you just want to know if it’s going to burn your hands. So, realistically, how hot can it get in your car in the summer in Texas? And can you actually cook an egg in there if you want to? Read the rest of this entry »

Is your water breaking the bank? Here are some reasons why

By blogsadmin | Posted in Community, Texas on Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 4:04 PM
water bill too high? Question with blurred house exterior background

There are plenty of reasons that your water bill may skyrocket. We are into summer, after all, and that means that keeping any kind of garden or plant alive may require more water. You may even be washing your own car, which can add a water cost. If you are wondering “Why is my water bill so high in Austin TX?” here are a few other common reasons your water bill might go up, and also one big local one. Read the rest of this entry »

What tires should I get to replace my old ones?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at 8:29 PM
tire view of a truck or SUV during a wheel alignment

At a certain point your tires will wear out. While regular tire rotation and balancing can help extend the life of your tires, you will need new ones roughly every two to five years, depending on how much driving you do. If you are asking yourself “What tires should I get to replace my old ones?” there are a few things to keep in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Can you sit on the hood of your car? What about the roof?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at 8:24 PM
couple sitting on the hood of a car hugging

Our vehicles are a huge part of life. We take them everywhere, they haul our stuff, and sometimes we use them to prop ourselves up. Most people have probably leaned against their vehicles, put a cup of coffee on the roof, and maybe thought about sitting on the hood when visiting with friends. But can you sit on the hood of your car? And can the roof take your weight? We think that the answer to both questions is: mostly yes. But there are some things to think about before you decide to throw away your lawn chair in favor of your Corolla. Read the rest of this entry »

How do you break in a new car engine?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Technology, Tips and Tricks on Monday, May 7th, 2018 at 8:15 AM
2018 Dodge Challenger in Plum Crazy seen from the side and front

Even though the inventory we carry here at Third Coat Auto Group is all used vehicles (the better to offer Austin drivers affordable financing no matter their credit situation) we thought it would be fun to talk about one of the steps of getting a new car. No, not enjoying that new car smell! We wanted to write about how to break-in that new, shiny, and expensive piece of powerful equipment. But how do you break in a new car engine? Whether you have a compact or midsize car perfect for that daily commute, or are raring to get out on the track (or, you know, gun it on one of the 85 mph highways here in Texas) you should take it a little easy while your car is getting used to its job. Read the rest of this entry »

Texas speed limits (and why we should try to follow them)

By blogsadmin | Posted in Community, Texas, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at 7:50 PM
overhead view of a highway intersection with the lights blurred from exposure

Sometimes when you are driving on the highway, it may seem like no one is following the posted speed limit. You may ask yourself why even try? However, in most areas the posted speed limit is set based on what is considered safe for drivers and pedestrians, when all factors are considered. In this blog, we are going to look at what is the maximum speed limit in Texas and explore a few other questions about how speed limits are chosen. Read the rest of this entry »

How often should you replace your brakes?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, April 30th, 2018 at 7:48 PM
the brake part of a wheel exposed in a car repair shop

Brakes are very important. While a broken timing belt may stop you dead on the highway, brakes that can’t do the job put you in danger every day. But how often should you replace your brakes? While your vehicle’s owner’s manual will give you a more customized idea of how often you should get your brake pads replaced (with the rotors needing to be replaced less often) usually you will need a pad replacement every 50,000 miles. That timing can be larger or smaller depending on what kind of brakes you have and how much you use them. Read the rest of this entry »

Learner, Provisional, and Full License Requirements in Texas

By blogsadmin | Posted in Community, Texas, Tips and Tricks on Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 10:10 PM
girl learning to drive in driver's ed

Finally getting your driver’s license can be a great feeling. Suddenly the road is open to you, and there are many more employment opportunities available when you can just drive to a location. But, before you can get a car, and hit the road, you need your license and have to learn the driving skills that will serve you the rest of your life. When can you start driving in Texas? We are going to answer this, and a few other common questions about teen driving laws in Texas in this blog. Read the rest of this entry »