What is in synthetic oil?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Just for Fun on Friday, August 16th, 2019 at 8:40 PM
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The Ingredients That Make Up Synthetic Oil

You’ve probably heard a lot about synthetic oil; these days, more and more vehicles are recommending it. Synthetic oil is a more effective form of engine lubricant that boasts improved viscosity performance under extreme temperatures, resists oxidization and thermal breakdown, and avoids the occasional sludge issue. But what is actually in synthetic oil? Read the rest of this entry »

Which car ads are the weirdest?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun on Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 3:32 PM
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Strangest Car Commercials

Car companies are always working hard to stand out from one another. One way to do this is to make a unique ad. Sure, showing a crossover cruising through a striking landscape with a soothing voice-over conveying the upgrades in an endearingly concise manner is all well and good, but it’s not likely to be remembered.

The drive to make an impression is likely what motivated the following collection of “unique” commercials. And we’re grateful- whatever else one may say about them, they are indeed entertaining. We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether the oddness comes across in an ultimately successful or unsuccessful manner. Read the rest of this entry »

What are the best summer activities in Austin, TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs, Just for Fun on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at 8:52 PM
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Top Summer Activities in Austin, TX

At the time of this writing, back to school sales and similar propaganda are attempting to ram home the notion that summer is coming to an end soon. Come on, guys: there’s still a month left!  A full third of the season remains, so don’t throw in the towel (and swimsuit) just yet; there’s plenty more summer to enjoy.

And what better way to enjoy it by trying out some of the many activities found around Austin? Studies have shown that humans perceive time to move slower if they experience it in a variety of ways rather than settling into a repetitive routine. So pack some variety into the remainder of your summer with the help of our following suggestions, and make it last longer! Read the rest of this entry »

Are electric cars really more energy efficient?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Technology on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at 8:10 PM
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Electric Cars: Environmentally Friendly or Unfriendly?

You may have heard conflicting statements tossed around about whether electric cars are more fuel-efficient than conventional cars or not. Adherents like to tout the obvious marketed qualities of these machines: the fact that they don’t burn limited, expensive fossil fuel and emit lung-clenching smog into the atmosphere, burning out the ozone and frying our poor planet.

Critics like to hold the contrarian card and point out that manufacturing demands and the fossil fuels used to produce electricity itself both contribute a fair amount of carbon pollutants of their own to the skies, perhaps even more than that pushed out by a traditional piston-powered car.

So which is it- are electric cars more energy-efficient and better for the environment or not? Read the rest of this entry »

What should I do to prevent heat stroke?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Safety, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 at 7:49 PM
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Staying Cool in the Hot Sun

We’re going to go out on a limb here and say something crazy: it can get hot here in Austin. Yeah, we know- pretty groundbreaking statement, right? Well, thanks to our toasty climate, it’s important to know how to keep cool. After all, temperature-related issues like heat stroke can be deadly.

But that doesn’t mean you should spend all summer cooped up indoors with the AC blasted (although that strategy certainly has its place). Let’s look at some tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe when the temperatures climb up to sidewalk (or in-car) egg-frying levels. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the water pressure at a car wash?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at 3:35 PM
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Automatic Car Wash Pressure

Getting blasted by water from all sides is one unique aspect of being in an automatic car wash. Sometimes it’s tempting to get out of the car and just run through it yourself. If you did so, what would it feel like? What is the water pressure of your average automated car wash? Read the rest of this entry »

Does Buy Here, Pay Here go on your credit?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Finance on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 8:05 PM
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BHPH Loan Impact on Credit Score

If you have poor credit or no credit, it can be tough to secure financing for a vehicle. But the problem is, getting a vehicle is often essential to improve or maintain one’s financial situation. In these instances, Buy Here, Pay Here dealerships can help in that they will work with customers to find a financing solution that works. These dealerships are unique in that they’re willing to work with buyers of all credit levels.

However, customers often wonder if working with Buy Here, Pay Here financing will impact their credit score, whether positively or negatively. So, does Buy Here, Pay Here go on your credit? Read the rest of this entry »

What documents do I need to buy a used car in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Used Cars on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 8:50 PM
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Required Paperwork for a Used Vehicle Purchase

If you’re buying a used car in Texas, you might be wondering what documents you should bring to the dealership in order to make your purchase. Well, we’re here to help, and hopefully guide you on the right path for maximum convenience. Read on to find out what documents are needed when buying a used car in Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

Do I qualify for vehicle credit approval in Austin, TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Finance, Texas on Monday, July 8th, 2019 at 8:55 PM
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Credit Approval and Financing Assistance in Austin

Regardless of whatever has happened in your past, owning a vehicle is near-essential to living daily life in the USA. There’s not too many other ways to navigate these wide stretches of American land in the way that modern life demands. However, some people have had credit or financial issues that prevent them from qualifying to finance a vehicle purchase.

If you think you might have this issue, don’t despair – we have a special tool to allow you to easily find out if your qualify, and it can all be done online. So read on and find out if you qualify for vehicle credit approval in Austin! Read the rest of this entry »

Can parents give teens their Texas driving test?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs, Texas on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 8:34 PM
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Driver’s License Testing Regulations in Texas

With license-test facilities in Texas becoming more-and-more overloaded with traffic (both vehicular and pedestrian), some parents are looking for alternative options. One movement that’s started gaining some traction is the possibility of parents teaching and testing their own teens for their driver’s license. This practice, after all, was legal in Texas until 2009.

What is the status right now? Can parents give teens their Texas driving test? Read the rest of this entry »