Archive for the ‘FAQs’ Category

What is in synthetic oil?

Friday, August 16th, 2019
Synthetic oil pours from a grey bottle onto some machinery.

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? (more…)

What are the best summer activities in Austin, TX?

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
A field with a dandelion is suffused with sunlight. Overlayed purple and blue text reads, "Summer in Austin."

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! (more…)

Are electric cars really more energy efficient?

Thursday, August 1st, 2019
The planet Earth is held in the hands of a faceless man wearing a suit.

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? (more…)

What is the water pressure at a car wash?

Thursday, July 25th, 2019
Water sprays upon a blue car at a high pressure for the purpose of washing.

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? (more…)

Does Buy Here, Pay Here go on your credit?

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Man looks at a computer screen and ponders his financial situation.

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? (more…)

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

Saturday, July 13th, 2019
A salesman shakes the hand of a customer who sits with a woman, presumably his wife.

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. (more…)

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

Monday, July 8th, 2019
A man gazes placidly at an iMac monitor that reads "No Credit Score."

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! (more…)

Can parents give teens their Texas driving test?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019
A woman learns to drive with an instructor who may or not be her father.

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? (more…)

Why is being in the right gear in a car important?

Sunday, June 30th, 2019
A hand grips a gear shift knob as sunlight beams through the windshield.

Why Shifting Gears is a Thing

Many of those among us who are not naturally mechanically inclined have likely thought at some time or another, “why does a car have to have gears, anyway? Why can’t it just run without that weird little addition?”

Although in our modern age of automatic transmissions, the “inconvenience” of gear-shifting is not anything like it used to be (though you may be confused by the extra speeds on an automatic), it can still be a curiosity as to why multiple gears are necessary for a vehicle. Why is it important to be in the right gear when driving? (more…)

When should I use stage 2 car seats?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
A baby is strapped into a car seat by his parent. Though it grmiaces, the baby has a decent attitude.

Car Seats: When to Move to the Next Stage

Car Seats for children are generally categorized into four different stages, with the fifth and final stage being the movement to a full-fledged adult vehicle seat. Most of us probably have a vague memory of the pride we felt as a kid when we finally got to sit without a car seat, and even moreso when we were allowed to sit up front next to the driver.

But long before that stage arrives, kids go through the car seat phases. When is the right time to move onto a stage two car seat? (more…)