What is a vehicle history report?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Sunday, April 21st, 2019 at 8:30 AM
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The Lowdown on Vehicle History Reports

If you’re shopping for a used car, you may have heard mention of a “vehicle history report,” and wondered just what that is. No, it’s not a high school essay on the origin of moving transport. A vehicle history report is a near-essential element of purchasing a used car. Read the rest of this entry »

Is a vehicle with a salvage title insurable in Austin TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Texas, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 9:49 AM
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Insurance Options for Salvaged Vehicles

You might find a great used car at a cheap price, only to discover that it was, in the past, totaled. This results in the vehicle being awarded (wink wink) what’s called a “salvage title.” In Texas, cars get a salvage title if the repair costs (not including repainting) are more than the vehicle’s Blue Book value before the accident. But will you be able to get insurance on such a specimen? Read the rest of this entry »

How reliable are vehicle history reports?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 8:23 AM
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What CARFAX isn’t Telling You

When buying a used car, a highly recommended step is to get a vehicle history report. Ideally, this report lets you know all pertinent information regarding the past lives of the vehicle and whether or not it’s going to fall apart the moment you get it off the dealer’s lot.

The most common vehicle report service is CARFAX. Generally, a used-vehicle dealer will pay for a CARFAX report on the vehicle you’re considering, but you have to ask for it. We’re going to see if CARFAX is a fully reliable source for vehicle history. But first, lets look at what CARFAX does and how it does it. Read the rest of this entry »

How many Americans own more than one car?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 6:57 AM
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Depending on where you live and who you know, it might seem that most people these days own no cars, one car, or more than one car. Of course, these statistics vary based on age, socio-economic situation, and location, but some overall trends can be detected. Let’s check out the facts. Read the rest of this entry »

What are the best Easter 2019 events in Austin TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Texas on Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 9:24 AM
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Easter Events 2019 in Austin TX

“Is it Easter yet?” You may find yourself wondering this question throughout the coming month. Occuring all the way out on April 21st, we’ve got a late Easter this year. The good news is, that gives us all the more time to prepare and find the best events to hit up.

As always, there’s a lot going on in Austin and its surroundings for Easter. We’ve got Easter breakfasts, Easter brunches, Easter parades, and Easter egg hunts. For this list, we’ve stuck mostly to the egg hunts. Read on, and pretty soon you’ll be hopping around the room with excitement. Read the rest of this entry »

What are the different types of license plates in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun, Texas on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 6:25 AM
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Types of Texas License Plates

Driving around Austin and the surrounding cities, you might have glimpsed a variety of different license plates. These days, the most common will be the familiar, beautifully simple faded blue background and bold text design that is the modern official plate of our Lone Star State. However, you may also see designs representing hobbies, organizations, or nature, or might come across an outdated colorful plate.

What exactly are the different types of license plates Texas vehicles can have? Texas license plates fall into three categories: General Issue, Specialty, and Souvenir. Let’s take a moment to look at each. Read the rest of this entry »

Where can I find used SUVs in the Austin TX area?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Texas, Used Cars on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 10:23 AM
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Used SUVs for sale in-and-around Austin, Texas

If you’re looking for pre-owned SUV vehicles with great pricing and financing options near Austin, we have great news for you: here at Third Coast Auto Group we aim to provide exactly those things. Read the rest of this entry »

Can you buy a car without a driver’s license in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Texas, Tips and Tricks on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at 9:13 AM
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Though typically individuals wait to buy a car until after they have a driver’s license, a variety of situations may arise where someone wants to buy a car despite not having a valid license. This could range from reasons such as buying the car as a gift, to buying it for an employee to drive, or buying only for use on one’s personal property.

If you’re planning to do this yourself, you’re probably wondering: is it legal to buy a car without a driver’s license in Texas? Read the rest of this entry »

Craziest Concept Cars

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 9:17 AM
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The Wild, Wacky Creative Underbelly of the Automotive World

Automakers must have a lot of time on their hands, because they come up with some pretty far-out ideas. But hey, that’s how progress is made- ideas that initially seem absurd find their way into common usage in unique ways.

We wanted to let you in on some of the craziest concept cars we’ve heard about over the years. Who knows, you might just find one that slipped through the production cracks and ended up in our Third Coast Auto Group inventory. Read the rest of this entry »

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Austin

By Product Expert | Posted in Community on Friday, March 8th, 2019 at 4:01 PM
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St. Patrick’s Day Events in Austin TX 2019

Here in Texas, we love Saint Patrick’s Day. We narrowed down the main events to hit up in Austin this year on the annual celebration of Saint Patrick converting those troublesome pagans. Just remember to wear green or you might get pinched. Read the rest of this entry »