Looking for some public off-road driving trails in Texas? We can help!

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun, News on Monday, April 19th, 2021 at 2:36 PM
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Public Off-Road Trails in Texas 

There is a rugged beauty to the Texas landscape that has to be seen to be properly appreciated. The best way to experience that beauty is to load up a truck or other off-road-ready platform and hit the trails. However, finding places that will allow anyone to visit isn’t always easy. There are more than a few off-road driving enthusiasts at Third Coast Auto Group. These are a few of the public off-road trails in Texas that you might enjoy. Before you visit any of these facilities, make sure your vehicle is mechanically sound and that you know how to handle any surprises that might happen along the way. Let’s see what our team came up with.  Read the rest of this entry »

A clean car is a happy car, check out these businesses

By Product Expert | Posted in Texas, Tips and Tricks, Trucks, Used Cars on Thursday, April 15th, 2021 at 7:44 PM
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Best Car Detailing Services near Austin, TX 

There is a lot of pride to be had when someone buys a vehicle. Even if it isn’t the latest model year, or it might have a few extra miles on the odometer, that car, truck or SUV is yours and you likely want the best for it. A major part of taking care of a vehicle is keeping it clean. You certainly can wash your vehicle yourself in the driveway, in fact, we’ll have some tips on that later, but if you’re short on time, you might be looking for businesses that offer the best car detailing services near Austin, TX. The product experts at Third Coast Auto Group came up with a list of a few of their favorite places to take their vehicles. Let’s take a closer look at what they came up with.  Read the rest of this entry »

Does one automaker have better used cars than another?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at 12:45 PM
Visit a Third Coast Auto Group location to find the best used car to meet your needs and budget.

Which brands make the best used cars? 

There are a lot of decisions a person needs to make when they buy an automobile. The top two categories people use to start their search for a vehicle are the purpose (who is using the vehicle and what are they using it for) and price. Once they figure out those elements, the next question they ask a Third Coast Auto Group product expert is, ‘Which brands make the best used cars?’ Certainly, some original equipment manufacturers have better reputations than others in terms of reliability and cost of ownership. However, the badge or logo on the front of the vehicle might tell the whole story. Let’s take a look at a few things you might need to know before you visit any of our dealerships.  Read the rest of this entry »

Get a look at some of the trucks that might come to Third Coast Auto Group

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Ford, News, Trucks on Monday, March 22nd, 2021 at 1:27 PM
Take a look at what the latest pickup trucks have to offer before they arrive.

How good are newer pickup trucks? 

Third Coast Auto Group is quite famously a pre-owned vehicle family of dealerships. However, our team has found that it’s helpful for our customers to be aware of what the latest vehicles have to offer. Sure, it might be a little time before these vehicles going through a new owner and finding their way to us. According to our research, Ford, Ram and GMC are really locked into a three-way arms race for supremacy in the full-size pickup truck segment of the automotive community. While answering some questions from prospective clients, one of our product experts came across these videos that will really pull the curtain back on what these incredible platforms will bring to their owners. Give these videos a watch and let us know what you think. If you want to learn about what is available at any Third Coast Auto Group location, make an appointment with any of our product experts today.  Read the rest of this entry »

Are vehicle service contracts worth it for used vehicle owners?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Finance on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 at 10:58 AM
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Should I buy an extended warranty for my used car? 

Everyone who owns a car, truck or SUV fears an unexpected mechanical breakdown. Nobody needs the inconvenience of having a car in the shop nor the unexpected repair bill. New vehicles offer the protection of a factory warranty, but what about those of us who choose something pre-owned. If you’re wondering, ‘Should I buy an extended warranty for my used car,’ the financing experts at Third Coast Auto Group have some advice. Like anything else in life, there are pros and cons to buying an extended warranty. Our team wants you to have the best possible information before you make any decision regarding your financial or automotive future.   Read the rest of this entry »

Understand how buy here, pay here financing works today

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Friday, March 12th, 2021 at 7:56 PM
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How does buy here, pay here financing work? 

It is almost impossible to comfortably live one’s life without access to some kind of automobile. Combine that idea with the fact that buying a car, truck or SUV is likely to be of the one most expensive and consequential purchases of a person’s life. It’s very important that everything goes as smoothly as possible. However, paying for a safe and reliable car can be a very steep hill to climb, doubly so if the buyer has less-than-ideal credit. That’s where Third Coast Auto Group is ready to help. Our dealership specializes in helping people in a not great credit situation get a car that will get them where they need to go without being harmfully expensive. So, how does buy here, pay here financing work? Let’s take a look.  Read the rest of this entry »

Let Third Coast Auto Group answer a few more hard questions before you start the buying process

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Finance on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 at 2:42 AM
Let Third Coast Auto Group answer a few questions before you visit us.

Should I worry about how many miles are on a used car? 

A person buying a used car, truck or SUV has to have a lot of knowledge going into a transaction. One of the most common stumbling blocks people encounter is getting too focused on how many miles are on an odometer. If any given vehicle is well-cared-for, the number on the odometer is largely irrelevant. Sure, there are some consumable items to pay attention to, like tires or filters, but a properly maintained vehicle that hasn’t been driven to hard will last a very long time and go on to serve multiple owners. The other issue we see some confusion with concerns buying an extended warranty for a pre-owned vehicle. There might be some peace of mind to be had, but the pitfalls generally outweigh the benefits. Take a look at these two videos our team came across if you have some outstanding questions that needed to be answered.   Read the rest of this entry »

A low credit score can make just about everything more expensive, including insurance

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Texas, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 at 9:12 AM
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Can bad credit affect how much car insurance will cost? 

One of the unfortunate realities of life is that a less-than-perfect credit score can make things more difficult and expensive. This is especially true when it comes to buying a car. However, that isn’t the only area where a low credit rating can raise the cost of things. Can bad credit affect how much car insurance will cost? In the state of Texas, unfortunately, the answer is yes. According to the financial website, TheZebra.com, people on the lowest end of the credit scale can up to more than $3,700 per year in insurance premiums versus people with better credit scores. Let’s take a look at some information you might find helpful.  Read the rest of this entry »

The miles on the odometer won’t tell the whole story

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 1:44 PM
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How many miles is too many for a car to have? 

The lifespan of a car, truck or SUV is measured with an opaque formula involving years and miles. To be sure the number of years a vehicle has been on the road is important, but that isn’t much of a measuring stick without the context of how many miles are driven. Making things more difficult, the reverse of that statement is also true. So, the answer to the question, how many miles is too many for a car to have, doesn’t really have a magic number. A vehicle could have 200,000-plus miles on the odometer and be in better shape than a comparable model that is only a few years old with fewer recorded miles. The difference really comes down to, how was the vehicle cared for. Let’s take a look at a few things you should know.  Read the rest of this entry »

Buying a car can be scary, but less so if you know where to start

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at 5:34 PM
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How do I get started buying a used car? 

It is perfectly natural for people to be a little nervous when they are in the car-buying cycle. After all, this is a major investment with thousands of dollars on the line and nobody wants to be stuck with a lemon. If you’re in this situation and you’re wondering, ‘How do I get started buying a used car,’ the team at Third Coast Auto Group is here to help. The first thing you’ll want to do is examine your current financial status and put some thought into where you’ll get a loan or other means of financing as well as your specific vehicle needs. Let us be clear, that is quite a bit of work and skipping a step could have negative consequences later in the process. These videos will help you get started on the right foot. If you need help along the way, make an appointment with a Third Coast Auto Group representative today.  Read the rest of this entry »