How do I attach new windshield wipers?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 at 9:26 PM
Hands pick a windshield wiper up off the windshield, presumably for the purpose of replacing it.

Windshield Wiper Attachment Instructions

Like headlights, brakes, tires, and many other parts of the automobile, windshield wipers are a necessity that often go taken for granted until they break down. When this sad state of affairs occurs, it’s time to replace your windshield wipers and attach new ones. A service shop can certainly do this for you, but a fair amount of labor costs can be saved by doing it yourself.

How does one replace and attach new windshield wipers on their vehicle?

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Are the left and right windshield wipers the same?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 9:47 PM
Two windshield wipers wipe a windshield.

If your driver-side windshield wiper brakes, one temporary solution could be to put your passenger-side wiper over onto the driver side. Is this possible? Are left and right windshield wipers the same, or are there differences between them?

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Why is there a lot of oil in the Middle East?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Monday, January 6th, 2020 at 8:08 PM
An oil pump pumps oil in a desert at sunset.

Middle Eastern Oil: Where It All Comes From

Most Americans tend to use a lot of oil in their daily lives. The most obvious use, of course, is in our automobiles, for which oil provides the basis for both fuel and lubricant. For this reason, we here at Third Coast Auto Group spend a lot of time thinking about oil.

The main sources of oil in our modern world are located in the region commonly referred to as the “Middle East” (although this nomenclature may admittedly be problematic). Why does the Middle East have so much oil?

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What’s the Difference Between Soft Touch and Touch-Free Car Washes?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 at 3:30 PM
Rear view of vehicle going through car wash

Soft Touch vs Touch-Free Car Washes

Have you ever heard horror stories about local car washes leaving scratches on vehicles and decided then and there to avoid ever going near it? Or maybe you prefer to wash your vehicle at home but would like a more convenient wash option as well. This guide is going to breakdown the pros and cons of both soft touch and touch-free car washes to help you find the wash that is right for you and your vehicle. Check out the info below before letting a friend’s horror story keep you out of your local car wash.  Read the rest of this entry »

How fast can you drive in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun, Tips and Tricks on Monday, December 30th, 2019 at 8:10 PM
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What is the fastest legal speed limit in Texas

If you’re a big fan of driving fast, you’re in the right place. The federal speed limit cap of 55 mph was repealed back in 1995, and since then, most states have chosen to set their own standards for what is an acceptable speed. Texas was one of those that upped their speed limit by quite a bit. Find out what the fastest speed limit is here in Texas and where you can go to ride it out! Read the rest of this entry »

How to change your oil fast

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 7:31 PM
person pouring oil into a vehicle engine

One of the most common maintenance needs is an oil change. Oil changes are recommended every six months or every 5,000 – 7,500 miles, whichever happens first. Those costs can add up over time, so if you’re looking to save a little extra money, it may be in your best interest to try changing the oil yourself. Take a look at the short video here on our blog to learn how to change the oil in your car fast and efficiently! Read the rest of this entry »

Understand what you’re paying for

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 7:16 PM
Two repairmen dressed in blue put a new bumper on the front of a car in the service shop.

What is an administration fee when buying a car?

If you’ve ever purchased a new car, you’ve probably seen an administration fee on your final bill (if you haven’t yet purchased a car, you can expect to see that). While some parts of the final bill, such as sales tax, are pretty self-explanatory, the administration fee may not be. Find out what this fee is and what it covers below! Read the rest of this entry »

Simple ways to save money while driving

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 at 8:59 PM
man and woman looking at the tread on a tire in a store

Money-saving driving tips

If you’re a money-saving fanatic, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Third Coast Auto Group, we only offer used vehicles. That affords drivers like you the opportunity to get some big discounts on vehicles simply because they’ve had another person sitting in them. While buying a used car is a great first step to save money, there are some other money-saving driving tips you can adhere to to save a few bucks. Check them out below! Read the rest of this entry »

How to change a flat tire

By Product Expert | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 at 7:19 PM
flat tire on a generic vehicle

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that flat tires will occur. Tires aren’t indestructible at all, so any sharp object can puncture them and render them useless. While some people may opt for calling AAA or some kind of roadside assistance service when their tire goes flat, there is a certain level of pride to be had in changing the tire yourself. Most of the time it’s a pretty quick and pain-free process, and while it may be inconvenient, it will be much quicker than the hassle of trying to find and pay someone to come change it for you. Check out our blog to learn how to change a flat tire by yourself! Read the rest of this entry »

Ways to Give Back to Austin Community in the 2019 Holiday Season

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Just for Fun on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Volunteers standing around donations box with food items in it

Places to Donate Food, Clothes and Toys in Austin, TX

The holiday season is a great time to give back to the community. While many people focus on buying and giving gifts, others struggle to provide food, clothes and shelter. Luckily, there are plenty of methods to give back to the community in Austin, TX! Check out the list of places to volunteer, donate food, clothes and toys in the Austin area below.

Volunteer Opportunities

Giving your time to serve others is a fantastic way to give back and help the community. There are plenty of places to volunteer in Austin, TX. A few options are listed below!

  • At Austin Pets Alive!, volunteers can choose between a wide range of tasks to help animals in the Austin, TX area. There are separate cat and dog programs that need volunteers to interact with the animals, but there are also ways to volunteer at home, at events and more. Check out their website to learn more.
  • Volunteers are always needed at the Trinity Center in Austin. Volunteers help answer phones, prepare food and assist with shopping and showering programs, help with administrative work and more. Learn more at their website.

Read more: Are car dealerships closed on Sundays in Texas?

Food Pantries

  • The Central Texas Food Bank provides holiday meals for those who can’t afford one. They accept volunteers, as well as food and monetary donations. To learn more, visit their website.
  • H-E-B Feast of Sharing is a holiday dinner for families around Texas, which consists of more than 250,000 meals and 33 dinners in Texas and Mexico. They accept volunteers to help make the holiday dinners go smoothly. Learn more at their website.

Clothing Drives

  • Coats for Kids distributes more the 30,000 winter jackets to children in need in central Texas. You can help the cause by volunteering and making a monetary donation.

Toy DrivesBrown box with label that says donation toys with toys in front of it

  • Blue Santa is a program put on by the Austin Police Department that provides Christmas presents for low-income families in the Austin area. They accept volunteers, toys and have many other ways to get involved. Learn more here.
  • Brown Santa is a program run by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and aids underprivileged children and their families in Travis County. They accept volunteers and donations.

Thank you for reading! Hopefully, we’ve helped you find a place to give back to the community this holiday season! Comment below where you volunteer.