Archive for the ‘FAQs’ Category

Does Texas have trade-in tax benefits on used vehicles?

Sunday, May 31st, 2020
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Trade-In Tax Policy in the Lone Star State

Trading in your old vehicle when you buy a new ride at a dealership not only cuts money off the purchase price; it can also save you more by lowering taxes. Whether or not car buyers get incentives on used vehicles depends on state tax laws. What is the policy on trade-in tax discounts in Texas?

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Can I switch to synthetic oil?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
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Safely Changing Your Vehicle from Mineral to Synthetic Oil

“Oh no! I put synthetic oil in my engine and now my car exploded,” are words the average driver does not want to be in a position to utter. As a result, many drivers staunchly swear by using standard mineral oil in their rides, believing that a switch to synthetic could have some detrimental effect (though perhaps not one so dramatic as an explosion). Some have heard that switching from mineral to synthetic oil could cause an unpleasant shock to their vehicle’s system.

Are the fears of these drivers justified? Is it safe to start using synthetic oil in your vehicle if you haven’t done so before?

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What qualifies as an essential service or activity in Texas?

Monday, April 6th, 2020
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Essential Businesses, Services and Activities Allowed During COVID-19 Quarantine in Texas

With Governor Abbott recently extending and expanding his stay-at-home order, it’s been reinforced to Texas residents that they must suspend all but essential activities, while all but non-essential services are put on hold and non-essential businesses are forced to close. This still-recent but now omnipresent terminology has many Texans wondering: what constitutes an essential service, business or activity in the Lone Star state?

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What is Texas doing to combat the coronavirus?

Saturday, April 4th, 2020
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Government Orders in Texas to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

By now, nearly everyone has been made aware of COVID-19; it’s pretty much impossible to ignore. The novel coronavirus has impacted the daily lives of the majority of people not only in America, but in the world as a whole.

As citizens and governments alike have finally come to realize the virus is not going away any time soon, they have implemented various measures to slow its spread. What is Texas doing to combat the coronavirus?

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What are the weirdest places in Austin, TX?

Friday, March 27th, 2020
A variety of elements symbolize the weirdness of Austin, TX

Weirdest Places in Austin, TX

As a city known for its weirdness, many come to Austin eager to find some truly weird locales to check out. Whether you’re one of those curious visitors, or a longtime resident looking to get a new dose of the bizarre, we hope you’ll find some assistance with our list here compiled. Read on below to check out some of the strangest spots in our city of oddness.

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What does the drivetrain do?

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
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Frequently-Asked Drivetrain Questions

If you’ve been exposed to car talk lately, you’ve likely heard the phrase “drivetrain” batted about. “But I’m driving a car,” you may have been thinking, “and not a train!” After you mistakenly uttered this sentence aloud and were subsequently berated by your car-savvy companions, you may have been left wondering: what is the drivetrain, and what does it do?

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Is remote start bad?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
A being savors the activation of remote start in a wintry clime while a concerned bird flies overhead.

Ramifications of Remote Start on the Engine and Environment

Remote start is a trendy amenity among modern drivers. Many individuals get great pleasure from the convenience of the feature, finding it can make a big difference in time and comfort, especially on cold, icy days. Getting into a chilly vehicle is, after all, a grating pain of the sort not often found elsewhere in the modern developed world.

However, some voices of dissent have come to ruin the remote start party by arguing that the feature hurts the vehicle engine and/or the environment. Is there truth to these arguments? Is remote start bad?

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Is Zipcar a good deal?

Thursday, March 12th, 2020
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Zipcar Value and Practicality

With the modern technological age, numerous unconventional methods of transportation are arising. Along with Uber, Lyft, and more, one of these newfangled options is called Zipcar. Zipcar advertises that, in addition to a monthly membership fee, users can pay only to use cars when they need it. Zipcar is only available in certain locations, and Austin is one of them.

So is Zipcar a good, practical value? Read on below to see whether this service can outweigh traditional car ownership.

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Is flat-towing illegal in Texas?

Saturday, March 7th, 2020
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Texas Flat-Towing Laws and Requirements

Flat-towing, also known as dinghy towing, is a popular way to take an extra vehicle along on a journey. The method is often performed with an RV by individuals who want to bring their own ride along on their camping journey.

However, each state has different regulations regarding flat-towing, and they should all be followed when one drives through that state. What are the flat-towing laws in Texas? Is the practice even legal?

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What is a competitive lessee?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
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Definition of a Well-Qualified Buyer

If you’re looking to buy a vehicle, perusing pages and pages of loan and lease offers, you’ve likely come across the terms “competitive lessee” and “well-qualified buyer.” Many offers from OEM dealers are only applicable to such individuals.

Unfortunately, the designation is often left frustratingly vague. So what exactly does it mean to be a well-qualified lessee?

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