Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category

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

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Two repairmen dressed in blue put a new bumper on the front of a car in the service shop.

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? (more…)

What are the best Easter 2019 events in Austin TX?

Monday, April 1st, 2019
Four colored and patterend eggs sit on vibrant green grass with a blue sky behind.

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. (more…)

What are the different types of license plates in Texas?

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
Several license plates are displayed together, with a Texas one featured prominently.

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 However, you may also see designs representing hobbies, organizations, or nature, or might come across an outdated colorful plate.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. (more…)

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

Friday, March 22nd, 2019
Red 2016 Ford Expedition drives down a desert highway.

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. (more…)

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

Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Salesman shakes the hand of a man who sits beside a woman, with a car in the background. A green question mark floats in front of the man's face, indicating something in unresolved in his mind.

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? (more…)

What are the most common causes of car accidents in Texas?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Side view of two cars that collided with one another and their crumpled front ends.

Common Reasons for Car Accidents in Texas

An accident doesn’t just happen without a cause. Ideally, if every person follows the rules, there won’t be an incident, thanks to the way our traffic laws and systems are set up (although it’s also important to keep your vehicle in top condition to avoid mechanical failure). To avoid being in an accident, you should know the dangers- the common reasons that accidents occur. Additionally, always practice defensive driving as other people might not follow the rules as well as you do. Let’s take a look at the most common reason one car smashes into something it’s not supposed to in Texas.  (more…)

Cut-your-own Christmas tree farms near Austin TX

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
Christmas trees at a farm

Winter has arrived, and it is a great time of the year to start up on the Christmas decorations and enjoy activities like ice skating. While you can get a Christmas tree at many pop-up lots and store parking lots in our area, there is another option: going out to a farm to cut your own tree. This can net you not only a great tree, but can also be a fun experience for the whole family. We’ve found a few cut-your-own Christmas tree farms near Austin TX and have little write-ups for each of them below. (more…)

Window tinting on vehicles in Texas

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
man putting tint on side window of car

Window tinting can serve many purposes. For some drivers it’s a way to reduce sun glare for driving comfort during the hot Texas summer, or to minimize a medical condition like migraines. For others, it looks cool and helps maintain more privacy. But is it legal to have tinted windows in Texas? (more…)

Do I need to make a police report in Austin TX?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
SUV and car in an accident

We’ve talked before about what to do if you see a car accident, but what about if you are in one? While you will probably want to call the police after a major car accident so that traffic can be stopped and people can be helped safely, what about after a tiny fender bender? When should you file a police report for a car accident? (more…)

Do you need two license plates in Texas? Learn more about licenses here

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
old Texas license plate on a wall

In our blog about vehicle problems that are illegal to drive with in Texas, we mentioned that an unreadable license plate is something that can get you pulled over, but do you know the rest of the Texas license plate laws? Make sure you are driving legally, and with up-to-date registration by following these rules. (more…)