Archive for the ‘Just for Fun’ Category

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

Monday, April 19th, 2021
A desert landscape with criss-crossing tire tracks.

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.  (more…)

All the wheels move, but not everything works the same way

Friday, January 15th, 2021
A stock photo of a four-wheel-drive vehicle going through a mud puddle.

What is the difference between AWD vs. 4×4? 

Modern automobiles are more reliable and higher performing than ever before. That also means modern cars, trucks and SUVs are also more complex than ever before. There is a lot to know and one of the most confusing concepts facing buyers is understanding all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. So, what is the difference between AWD vs. 4×4? On the surface, these systems perform similar functions, but each one is designed for different purposes. It is pretty easy to get in the weeds of engineering terms when explaining how these things work. Our team found a couple of videos that do a good job making the information as accessible as possible. If you have any questions about the capabilities of any vehicle available at any vehicle at any of our locations, please make an appointment with your nearest Third Coast Auto Group product expert today.  (more…)

Are you basing your car-buying decisions on outdated information

Monday, November 16th, 2020
A stock photo of a gear lever in a vehicle with a manual transmission.

Are cars with a manual transmission more fuel-efficient? 

In the 100-plus years automobiles have been in production, the platform has come such a long way. Even the changes made in the 10 to 15 years can make a car buyer’s head spin. One question that gets asked quite a bit at Third Coast Auto Group showroom is, ‘Are cars with a manual transmission more fuel-efficient?’ Like so many other things in the automotive world, this is one of those things that started off true but has since changed. In fact, modern automatic transmissions can offer so much more than just strong fuel economy scores and manual transmissions are becoming rarer. Let’s take a look at a few things you might need to know for your search for a new (to you) vehicle.  (more…)

Your old car can use some new technology

Monday, October 26th, 2020
A stock photo of a smartphone and a Bluetooth ear piece.

Options for Aftermarket Infotainment Systems 

Modern automobiles are truly incredible. We (obviously) know that Third Coast Auto Group deals in pre-owned vehicles. However, the later model cars, trucks and SUV we’ve received at our various locations have some of the most advanced technology we’ve ever seen in the automotive space. The thought occurred to some of our product experts that our customers might want to know about some options for aftermarket infotainment systems. Just because the vehicle you take home from one of our dealership locations is a few years old, does it mean you can’t have the latest technology at your fingertips. Here are a few features you might want to consider adding to your car or truck today.  (more…)

What Are Some Fun Road Trip Games for My Kids to Play?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
close to highway road on yellow lines trees one side of road

Road trips are a great way to have fun with the family at all times during the year. However, if it’s a long trip you might be hearing the dreaded question: “Are we there yet?” While we may enjoy long trips, our kids will get bored easily if not given the proper entertainment.  A lot of people will play movies or provide books for their kids. Today, we will be listing some of our favorite road trip games for kids to play to keep them entertained.  


Where Can I Find Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes near Austin, TX?

Friday, September 18th, 2020
girl in black dress holding a pumpkin

Autumn is just a few days away. Although the weather was already starting to get cooler and some leaves are starting to change, many places are opening or starting their fall events. Some of the most popular fall activities include pumpkin carving, corn mazes, haunted houses, apple picking, and hayrides. To help you truly enjoy Autumn, here are some pumpkin patches and corn mazes located near Austin, TX. Read on to figure out where to go with friends and family!


What Are the Best Audiobooks to Listen to While on a Road Trip?

Friday, September 11th, 2020
beautiful autumn drive

While many people like to take their road trips during the summer, there are some people who prefer to take them during the fall. From the cooler weather to the changing colors of the leaves, the journey can be better than the destination during an autumn road trip. However, long trips mean you something to keep you entertained. We suggest listening to an audiobook or two. You can catch up on your must-read list and have entertainment. Read on for our list of the best audiobooks to listen to whine on a road trip.


Where Can I Go Hiking in Austin, Texas?

Thursday, August 13th, 2020
hikers only sign in field with trees

The Best Hiking Trails to Visit in Austin, TX

While the coronavirus has led to many unfortunate changes, it has also led to many positive changes. People have been spending more time with their families due to stay at home orders. Stay at home orders have also led to more people enjoying the outdoors. One of the most common activities was hiking. If you’ve found a new love for hiking, we are here to provide you with some of the best hiking trails to visit in Austin, TX.


What are the best podcasts to listen to while on a road trip?

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
silver car driving on a curvy mountain road

Best Podcasts to Listen to While Taking a Road Trip

As COVID-19 continues to affect our lives, summer trips have changed. While most of them had to be canceled due to location or flights being canceled, road trips are still a popular option for this summer. Whether you’re going to a campground or just making stops at COVID safe locations, you need good entertainment while you’re on the road. In this post, we will be sharing some of the best podcasts to listen to while taking a road trip. Keep reading to check out our selections!


What are the best car-related LEGO® models?

Monday, May 25th, 2020
Two lego drivers discuss their lego cars which are parked behind them

Top LEGO® Car Kits

Any LEGO® fan knows that the variety of detailed, collectible kits sold by the company are not just toys, but also double as difficult puzzles and exquisite models. LEGO® products span many different genres, one of which is automotive. Whether you’re celebrating your own vehicular passion or kickstarting it in the mind of a child, LEGO® car models are an excellent amenity.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite LEGO® car kits below. Many are in-depth and extensive products, lovingly detailed with working components and small touches found on the full-sized cars they imitate. They also vary in price, with some running over $100 and others less than $20.

Happy building, and don’t forget to hit us up if you happen to be in the market for a real-life automobile in the Austin area!