Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

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

Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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? (more…)

How do you break in a new car engine?

Monday, May 7th, 2018
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. (more…)

Have a keyfob or push button start? Check out these videos

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
person unlocking their vehicle with a keyfob

More and more modern vehicles are coming with cool locking, unlocking, and starting technology. While almost all new models come with keyfobs you can use to lock or unlock your car from across the parking lot, some designs now come with features like push button start, and keyfobs that will automatically unlock your vehicle when you get close to it. But what happens when human error meets advanced auto technology? We found three cool videos that address some common questions. (more…)

What’s the difference between a moonroof and a sunroof?

Friday, February 23rd, 2018
external and internal view of a Jeep sunroof, different models

Different automakers have different terms for a variety of features, and the industry and consumers don’t always have a consistent name for things. Which brings us to the classic sunroof. Or does your vehicle have a moonroof? And how big is a panoramic sunroof? We are going to explore “What’s the difference between a moonroof and a sunroof?” below as well as a few more of these questions. (more…)

Learn All About: Cylinder Deactivation and Fuel Economy

Friday, January 26th, 2018
the words Explore the Advantages of Cylinder Deactivation with a V-6 EcoTec3 engine from Chevrolet in 2014

If you are looking for a new or used truck, or are exploring some of the latest new engine options in vehicles ranging from heavy-duty pickups to midsize sedans, you may be seeing the term “cylinder deactivation” bandied about. But what is cylinder deactivation? And how does it help drivers get better gas mileage? Explore the advantages and disadvantages of cylinder deactivation in this blog! (more…)

Why are there so many speeds on an automatic transmission?

Monday, January 22nd, 2018
person changing gears in a car, seen from the level of the gear shifter

In the past we’ve talked about the differences between a manual and an automatic transmission. For the manual, you get that visceral feeling of changing gears, and the effort to find the perfect one for every driving situation. Automatic transmissions take that challenge away. But that begs the question why we have more than drive, park, reverse and neutral on an automatic transmission. When do you use gear two or three when driving an automatic? We’re going to look at a few of the answers to these questions below. (more…)

What’s the Difference Between Manual and Automatic Transmissions?

Thursday, November 30th, 2017
What is the difference between manual and automatic transmission

Differences between manual and automatic transmission

When you are looking for a new car, there are a lot of different things you look at. From the vehicle’s size, to its power levels, design, upkeep (if it’s used), and even its drivetrain. You may have noticed that the sportier models tend to be equipped with manual transmission, while typical family sedans and SUVs generally have automatic. But what’s the difference between these transmissions? What are the benefits of each? Let’s take a closer look! (more…)

Should I put premium or regular gas in my car?

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, the engine is a key component. While the wheels and tires may have the most contact with the road, the engine literally keeps everything moving. Whether it’s a four-cylinder or a V-6, it’s important to keep everything in top condition, which can sometimes depend on the fuel that you use. We are going to explore the difference between premium and regular fuel below to answer the question: “Should I put premium or regular gas in my car?” (more…)

What’s the Difference Between Automatic Transmission and CVT?

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
old mercedes car front exterior driving down road

Automatic Transmission vs Continuously Variable Transmission

The general understanding of most drivers is that you have two choices when it comes to the transmission in your vehicle. The differences between those two are obvious, in that one of them requires the driver to personally switch gears themselves. However, in recent years, many car models have begun adopting a continuously variable transmission system. While it is also a variation on automatic transmission, what it is the difference between them? Read more for an automatic transmission vs continuously variable transmission comparison.  (more…)

What is the difference between all-wheel and 4×4 drive?

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee among rocks with the words What is the difference between all-wheel and 4x4 drive?

While we’ve already tackled the differences and advantages of rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive, today we want to look at something a little different. While most cars on the road (and the majority of vehicles in our used vehicle inventory here at Third Coast Auto Group) are two-wheel drive models, drivetrains that send power to more than two wheels have plenty of positives, especially in bad weather or rough terrain. What is the difference between all-wheel and 4×4 drive? Keep reading for a few highlights. (more…)