Does Texas have trade-in tax benefits on used vehicles?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Texas, Used Cars on Sunday, May 31st, 2020 at 7:50 PM
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Trade-In Tax Policy in the Lone Star State

Trading in your old vehicle when you buy a new ride at a dealership not only cuts money off the purchase price; it can also save you more by lowering taxes. Whether or not car buyers get incentives on used vehicles depends on state tax laws. What is the policy on trade-in tax discounts in Texas?

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What are the best car-related LEGO® models?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun on Monday, May 25th, 2020 at 6:34 PM
Two lego drivers discuss their lego cars which are parked behind them

Top LEGO® Car Kits

Any LEGO® fan knows that the variety of detailed, collectible kits sold by the company are not just toys, but also double as difficult puzzles and exquisite models. LEGO® products span many different genres, one of which is automotive. Whether you’re celebrating your own vehicular passion or kickstarting it in the mind of a child, LEGO® car models are an excellent amenity.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite LEGO® car kits below. Many are in-depth and extensive products, lovingly detailed with working components and small touches found on the full-sized cars they imitate. They also vary in price, with some running over $100 and others less than $20.

Happy building, and don’t forget to hit us up if you happen to be in the market for a real-life automobile in the Austin area!

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What are the best used cars for driving in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Texas, Tips and Tricks, Used Cars on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 at 8:58 PM
A blue 2019 Ford F-150 pulls a big camper through a ranch.

When choosing a vehicle for use in the Lone Star state, it’s important to take into account the climate as well as the sheer size of the place. That size results in a variety of terrain throughout, much of which is untamed desert. What vehicles are best suited for taking on such an environ?

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Where can I find used Toyota vehicles in Austin, TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Toyota, Used Cars on Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at 8:54 PM
A green 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser drives along rugged earth with a Toyota logo in the upper lefthand corner.

Toyota vehicles are some of the most sought-after used models around. This reputation can be chalked up to their well-known reliability and enduring quality. It doesn’t hurt that Toyota simply tends to produce excellent rides.

Where can one find a generous selection of pre-owned Toyota models in Austin?

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Where can I order flowers for Mother’s Day 2020 in Austin, TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at 6:02 PM
Close-up image of a multitude of colorful flowers. Mom would probably love them.

Austin Florists Offering Home Delivery of Bouquets and Arrangements

As with everything, Mother’s Day 2020 is going to be little different than usual. Going out is still restricted here in Austin, with the pandemic keeping everyone hunkered inside. A Mother’s Day outing is simply not in the cards.

But luckily, florists are still working hard to provide moms across the city with floral joy. There are a great selection of florists here in Austin offering home-delivery. Read on below for some choices on how to show your mom that you care in a tried-and-true manner.

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Can I switch to synthetic oil?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 at 9:44 PM
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Safely Changing Your Vehicle from Mineral to Synthetic Oil

“Oh no! I put synthetic oil in my engine and now my car exploded,” are words the average driver does not want to be in a position to utter. As a result, many drivers staunchly swear by using standard mineral oil in their rides, believing that a switch to synthetic could have some detrimental effect (though perhaps not one so dramatic as an explosion). Some have heard that switching from mineral to synthetic oil could cause an unpleasant shock to their vehicle’s system.

Are the fears of these drivers justified? Is it safe to start using synthetic oil in your vehicle if you haven’t done so before?

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Where can I find long playlists of relaxing music for driving?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun on Thursday, April 30th, 2020 at 6:56 PM
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Soothing Driving Music YouTube Compilation

With stress in the air these days, it’s important to take some time to relax. One way to do that is to just get out and take a drive. Besides the fact that it’s good for your car (a vehicle shouldn’t be left sitting for an extended period of time), it can also be good for your mental state. Head out and see the world, safely isolated inside your wheeled metal box.

A recreational drive is sorely incomplete without music. And the right music can completely change the vibe of the ride. We’ve compiled the selections below for those in search of a truly tranquil driving experience. While most are lengthy atmospheric/instrumental mixes of one kind or another, we did include a playlist at the bottom of more popular songs. So sort through, see what you think, and get driving!

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What positive changes have occurred due to the coronavirus?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, News, Texas on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at 9:24 PM
A variety of positive things take place in the Austin area as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Positive Benefits for Austin, TX

Though there’s certainly been a fair amount of suffering as a result of COVID-19, some positive elements have arisen as well. We’ve compiled some videos below that demonstrate the brighter side of the whole coronavirus/quarantine experience. People have certainly been given a chance to rethink their perspectives on life, how they spend their time, and the possibilities for how our society can function.

So turn your gaze below for some of the silver linings around the pandemic that we’ve noticed right here in Austin!

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How can I support local businesses in Austin during the COVID-19 quarantine period?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Texas, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 8:28 PM
A being made of money but wearing a face mask wonders how to support local business during a trying time

Local Business Support Tactics During the Coronavirus in Austin, TX

Local businesses in Austin have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s not too hard to understand why. Not only is everyone encouraged to stay home, but non-essential businesses and services have been suspended by law. The entire world economy has taken a heavy hit from nearly every angle.

But it’s no use denying the current reality. Instead, we must ask: what are our options? How can one still support local Austin businesses when stay-at-home orders are in effect?

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What qualifies as an essential service or activity in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs, Texas on Monday, April 6th, 2020 at 7:54 PM
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Essential Businesses, Services and Activities Allowed During COVID-19 Quarantine in Texas

With Governor Abbott recently extending and expanding his stay-at-home order, it’s been reinforced to Texas residents that they must suspend all but essential activities, while all but non-essential services are put on hold and non-essential businesses are forced to close. This still-recent but now omnipresent terminology has many Texans wondering: what constitutes an essential service, business or activity in the Lone Star state?

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