Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

Lifesaving Tips About Tires

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Seven tires together in a line on a white background.

Tire Safety Guide – What You Should Know

Here at Third Coast Auto, some people call us “tire-lovers.” And we’re fine with that. Tires are important. Without them, our whole vehicle would be rendered useless and immobile. But we don’t spend nearly as much time thinking about them as we should. To remedy that, here’s some helpful tips about tires- and they just might save your life. (more…)

What should you look for when buying a used car?

Monday, February 18th, 2019
Car salesman assisting couple in buying a car.

Used Vehicle Buying Guide

It can be hard to know where to start when shopping for a used vehicle. With this guide, we give you some tips that will hopefully shed some light on what your process should be to ensure you end up with the perfect ride. (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…)

Why does my car smell weird?

Friday, February 8th, 2019
A man and woman plug their nose due to a bad smell in a vehicle interior.

Bad Car Smells That Mean Trouble

If you smell something unpleasant in your car, don’t ignore it; it usually means there’s a larger issue at hand. Hanging up one of those little trees from the mirror might help you avoid the truth for a while, but eventually you’re going to need to face it. Plus, it could even be a health or safety hazard. Read on to find out our recommended course of action for various unwelcome odors. (more…)

Why Is My “Check Engine” Light On?

Friday, January 11th, 2019
A dirty white gloved hand working on a car engine.

More formally known as Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), the “check engine” light is primarily monitors a car’s emissions system. But according to Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing for Edmunds.com, “the engine and the emission control system are so interlinked that the health of the emission control system is a good indication of the general health of the car’s engine.”

With this in mind, resist that common human urge to ignore the light. If your Check Engine light is illuminated and doesn’t turn off on its own in a short period of time, it’s best to get it looked at promptly; especially if the light is flashing, which indicates a more serious problem. Below we have the five most common causes for an illuminated Check Engine light. (more…)

Tips for Winter Driving in Texas

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
A car tire on a snow covered road driving in the winter. Text says "safe winter driving tips."

The Winter Freeze

Although here in Texas we’re known more for hot temperatures than cold, that doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine and no rain. In the winter the occasional freeze is all the more dangerous due to its rarity, and the lack of knowledge most of us have in how to deal with driving in these unfamiliar conditions.

When the rough weather hits, most Texans either stay at home in fear or drive dangerously. Luckily, there’s a happy medium that can be found if you know how to deal with the patches of ice. Here are some tips recommended by the Texas Department of Insurance for a safe driving experience. (more…)

Video tips for cleaning your interior and exterior car windows

Friday, December 21st, 2018
woman cleaning exterior window of a car, seen from inside the car

We’ve written an entire blog about how often you should wash your car, and even some tips and tricks for keeping the seats in good condition, but today we wanted to share a few really useful videos we found about cleaning car windows. Keeping your windows clean is an important part of staying safe on the road, and whether you are picking up bugs and gunk on the outside, or that oily residue on the inside, it’s important to occasionally give that glass a good scrubbing. So what’s the best way to clean your windows without streaking or unpleasantness? Check it out. (more…)

Does your car give you warning signs that you need to change the oil?

Monday, December 17th, 2018
oil being poured into an engine from a red container

Oil changes are on our list of necessary preventative car maintenance. You should change your oil when you hit certain mileage milestones. That is about 3,000-5,000 miles for your standard gasoline-powered passenger car and up to 10,000 miles or more for some vehicles. But are there signs you should get your oil changed, or can a car keep going indefinitely? Let’s just say if you notice any of the issues below, you should get to the shop! (more…)

Take whole family out this New Year’s Eve in Austin

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
sparkler or light show on a black background

This New Year’s Eve there will be plenty of fun activities for adults, but what about the little ones in your life? We’ve focused in on three family-friendly New Year’s Eve 2018 activities in Austin TX that can offer great fun at a reasonable time. (more…)

Car accessories that can make good Christmas presents

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
woman in a red car with her head out the window

Christmas is right around the corner, which means that the shopping frenzy is in full swing. Do you have the gifts you need for the important people in your life? If the person who has everything also has a car, truck or crossover, then you still have options for a great gift. The best Christmas gifts for people with older cars may not always be the most romantic, but they made be practical and very welcome. Here are some of our ideas below. (more…)