A small investment today can pay off big time when you trade-in your vehicle

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 at 2:10 PM
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How can I get the most for my trade-in? 

Everyone is looking for the best way to get the best deal on their next vehicle purchase. If you’re reading this blog, you’ve really put yourself in a strong position by considering Third Coast Auto Group. Most of our customers will use their current vehicle to off-set some of the final price of the vehicle they want to take home. If you’re wondering, ‘How can I get the most for my trade-in,’ a few of our product experts came up with a few tips that could cost us a little money by giving you a little more money for your trade-in. The best part of these tips is that these are simple tips that just about anyone can do. Let’s take a look at a few things you might need to know.  Read the rest of this entry »

Do you know what to do after you’ve changed a flat tire?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 at 1:45 AM
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How long can I drive on a spare tire? 

When was the last time you thought about your tires? If things are going well, you probably don’t give them a second thought, much less a first. In fact, most people won’t know something is wrong with their tires until they experience a blowout and need to have a spare put on their vehicle. Naturally, this leads to the question, ‘How long can I drive on a spare tire?’ The roadside assistance experts at AAA say that most vehicles should follow the long-standing standard: 50/50 rule. A vehicle equipped with a donut-style spare tire should travel no more than 50 miles, no faster than 50 miles per hour. As its name implies, a spare tire isn’t a permanent solution. Here are a few things you should know about using a spare tire.  Read the rest of this entry »

Some deals aren’t too good to be true, find some today

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 at 3:34 PM
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Which used cars offer the best value? 

Everyone loves a good deal. It doesn’t matter if they are buying a pack of gum or a car. Third Coast Auto Group specializes in helping people find the best deal possible on their next, or first, vehicle purchase. Naturally, some vehicle platforms are going to be inherently less expensive than others. For good reason, some people are leery of taking home a car, truck or SUV that seems like the deal is too good to be true. Our team is always looking for a way to save people some money and give them some additional peace of mind. In the process of that work, they have come across these videos from Car and Driver, a leading authority on automotive buying. Give these videos a look and compare the information shared with what you see at a Third Coast Auto Group location. If you need any additional help, make an appointment with us today.  Read the rest of this entry »

Take advantage of the latest technology with your next vehicle purchase

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Monday, December 28th, 2020 at 8:41 PM
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What can I do with a car’s infotainment system? 

Very few industries have been as progressing as quickly from a technology standpoint as the automotive industry. Certainly, performance, safety and fuel economy are better than at any time in history. However, it’s in the area of automotive connectivity where things have really reached a new level. If you’re thinking about upgrading your vehicle to a later model that will be equipped with some of this new technology for the first time, you might be wondering, ‘What can I do with a car’s infotainment system?’ Different manufacturers offer different features, but our team thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the more common functions. Let’s take a look at a few things you might find interesting.  Read the rest of this entry »

Take a look at some new info that could add life to your car, truck or SUV

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, December 17th, 2020 at 12:56 PM
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Is it ok to switch to using synthetic motor oil? 

There is a lot of new information available to people who own modern cars, trucks and SUVs to help them get the most life out of their vehicles as possible. Some of that information might contradict what was once thought of as conventional wisdom. One of the hottest debates in the automotive world is the effectiveness of synthetic motor oil and people asking their mechanics, ‘Is it ok to switch to using synthetic motor oil?’ There aren’t many vehicles built in the last 10 or so years that use conventional motor oil. But if you do have one of these platforms, the mileage is probably piling up and you might need to make some changes. These videos will probably come in handy. If your current vehicle has reached the end of its life, please make an appointment with a Third Coast Auto Group product expert today.  Read the rest of this entry »

You can get more than 100,000 miles from your vehicle with these tips

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 at 8:30 AM
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How do I make my car last more than 100,000 miles? 

When someone buys a vehicle, that purchase will likely represent a large amount of personal capital tied up into a single asset. It only makes sense that vehicle owners will want their cars, trucks and SUVs to perform as intended for as long as possible. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I make my car last more than 100,000 miles,’ a few Third Coast Auto Group product experts got together to do a little research. It may seem like a complex problem to solve, but it doesn’t take an extensive knowledge of automotive engineering to get the most out of almost any vehicle. Take a look at these tips before you give up on your current vehicle.  Read the rest of this entry »

New drivers don’t need several hundred-horsepower

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, December 10th, 2020 at 12:37 PM
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How do I pick out a car for a new driver? 

There are few more exciting milestones for a person to reach than getting their driver’s license. Once those new drivers have their license to drive, they will need something to drive. Third Coast Auto Group product experts get asked, ‘How do I pick out a car for a new driver,’ quite a lot. On any given day there are several pairs of nervous parents and excited teenage drivers looking around our showrooms. Buying a brand new, high-performance vehicle for a new driver is not only not practical, but it’s wholly inadvisable, according to traffic safety experts. Over the years our team has learned what does and does not make a good first vehicle. Let’s take a look at a few things you might need to know.  Read the rest of this entry »

Old dogs (cars, trucks, SUVs) can learn new tricks

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Monday, December 7th, 2020 at 3:17 PM
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Should I use synthetic oil in an old car? 

As a people, Americans are notorious around the world for falling in love with their vehicles and holding on to them for a long time. If you fall into this category, you might need to learn how to best take care of a high-mileage car, truck or SUV, and you might be wondering, ‘Should I use synthetic oil in an old car?’ For the most part, you should always follow the maintenance guidelines laid out in the vehicle’s owner’s manual, however, there are circumstances where making a change could be worthwhile. You should speak with a qualified technician before making a change like this. Third Coast Auto Group product experts get a wide array of questions from customers and this one comes up a fair bit. Let’s take a look at some info you might need.  Read the rest of this entry »

Are you doing something that will destroy your vehicle’s transmission?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, November 23rd, 2020 at 12:09 PM
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Bad Automatic and Manual Transmission Habits 

There might not be a more terrifying thing to hear in a repair shop than, ‘Your transmission is shot.’ Those four words mean a person is either going to be shelling out a few thousand dollars in repair bills or they are going to be walking home. Some of us have probably picked up some bad automatic and manual transmission habits that could lead to hearing those fateful words. The popular YouTube channel, Engineering Explained, produced a couple of easy-to-understand videos that will go over some things you should never do in a vehicle with either type of transmission. If you know your vehicle has a transmission that is starting to go bad, make an appointment with a Third Coast Auto Group product expert to find something more reliable.  Read the rest of this entry »

Do you know what to look for when buying a used vehicle?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Friday, November 20th, 2020 at 8:27 AM
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What should I look for when buying a used car? 

If you weren’t already aware, Third Coast Auto Group exclusively deals with pre-owned vehicles and we do our best to make sure that everyone finds a safe, reliable and affordable vehicle. There are a lot of great reasons for choosing to buy a used vehicle versus a new one. However, that will also come with a certain amount of uncertainty – especially when you’re dealing with a private seller. The team of product experts working at Third Coast Auto Group does their very best every day to take that apprehension from the process. Part of the is educating buyers before they visit one of our locations. If you’re wondering, ‘What should I look for when buying a used car,’ our team has some tips. Let’s take a closer look.   Read the rest of this entry »