Archive for the ‘FAQs’ Category

Transmission trouble? A fluid flush could be what you need

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
The gear-shifter used by an a manual transmission.

Do I need to change my transmission fluid? 

A person need not be a master mechanic to understand thimportance of a vehicle’s transmission. However, the average vehicle owner might not know that a transmission is filled with fluid to provide lubrication and to dissipate heat. Learning this, you might also be wondering, ‘Do I need to change my transmission fluid?’ Well, the answer is a resounding, maybe. There are many factors that can make such a determination such as the number of miles on the vehicle, the environment in which the vehicle operates, and, most importantly, the manufacturer’s recommendations. Let’s take a look at a few things that might be helpful in taking care of your vehicle.  (more…)

Don’t skimp on flowers for Mom this year

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
A stock photo of a bouquet of flowers.

Best Florists for Mother’s Day in Austin, TX 

Regardless of what else you might have planned for Mother’s Day, everything really rides on the flowers you give her. A few members of our team have dropped the ball in this area, and they want you to learn from their mistakes. We’ve included a map that is filled with the best florists for Mother’s Day in Austin, TX. Each of these local businesses will almost certainly have what you’re looking for – as long as you act quickly. Waiting until the day before will ensure you end up getting flowers from a gas station, which might not even live for the entire weekend. If you really want to do something special for mom, consider upgrading her current vehicle. Give us a call today.  (more…)

Owning a good car with bad credit is not impossible

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
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Easiest Way to Buy a Car with Bad Credit in Austin, TX 

For any of several reasons, people who need to finance the purchase of a vehicle run into obstacles when applying for a loan. The easiest way to buy a car with bad credit in Austin, TX is to work with the financial experts at Third Coast Auto Group. We understand that bad things happen to good people and that our customers are more than just a series of numbers on a credit report. Third Coast Auto Group functions as what is known in the pre-owned automotive industry as a ‘buy here, pay here’ dealership. Our goal is to help everyone who comes to us to find a car, truck or SUV that will best fit their family’s needs and their budget. Let’s take a look a few things that you might want to know.  (more…)

Are you ready for some new adventures this summer?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021
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Public Lakes for Swimming in Austin, TX 

It might just barely be spring in Texas, but temperatures are already starting to hit summer levels. That means people will be looking for a place to cool off or just plain relax. Everyone at Third Coast Auto Group understands this desire to get outside to hang out with family and friends. If you are looking to explore some of the public lakes for swimming in Austin, TX, a few Third Coast Auto Group product experts found this map that will be helpful. You have likely been staying close to home for the last year and this summer could present the opportunity to see some different parts of our beautiful area. If a new-to-you vehicle would make trips to the lake more fun, make an appointment with a Third Coast Auto Group product expert today.  (more…)

Does one automaker have better used cars than another?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
Visit a Third Coast Auto Group location to find the best used car to meet your needs and budget.

Which brands make the best used cars? 

There are a lot of decisions a person needs to make when they buy an automobile. The top two categories people use to start their search for a vehicle are the purpose (who is using the vehicle and what are they using it for) and price. Once they figure out those elements, the next question they ask a Third Coast Auto Group product expert is, ‘Which brands make the best used cars?’ Certainly, some original equipment manufacturers have better reputations than others in terms of reliability and cost of ownership. However, the badge or logo on the front of the vehicle might tell the whole story. Let’s take a look at a few things you might need to know before you visit any of our dealerships.  (more…)

Get a look at some of the trucks that might come to Third Coast Auto Group

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
Take a look at what the latest pickup trucks have to offer before they arrive.

How good are newer pickup trucks? 

Third Coast Auto Group is quite famously a pre-owned vehicle family of dealerships. However, our team has found that it’s helpful for our customers to be aware of what the latest vehicles have to offer. Sure, it might be a little time before these vehicles going through a new owner and finding their way to us. According to our research, Ford, Ram and GMC are really locked into a three-way arms race for supremacy in the full-size pickup truck segment of the automotive community. While answering some questions from prospective clients, one of our product experts came across these videos that will really pull the curtain back on what these incredible platforms will bring to their owners. Give these videos a watch and let us know what you think. If you want to learn about what is available at any Third Coast Auto Group location, make an appointment with any of our product experts today.  (more…)

Are vehicle service contracts worth it for used vehicle owners?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
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Should I buy an extended warranty for my used car? 

Everyone who owns a car, truck or SUV fears an unexpected mechanical breakdown. Nobody needs the inconvenience of having a car in the shop nor the unexpected repair bill. New vehicles offer the protection of a factory warranty, but what about those of us who choose something pre-owned. If you’re wondering, ‘Should I buy an extended warranty for my used car,’ the financing experts at Third Coast Auto Group have some advice. Like anything else in life, there are pros and cons to buying an extended warranty. Our team wants you to have the best possible information before you make any decision regarding your financial or automotive future.   (more…)

Understand how buy here, pay here financing works today

Friday, March 12th, 2021
A stock photo of people finishing the paperwork to buy a car.

How does buy here, pay here financing work? 

It is almost impossible to comfortably live one’s life without access to some kind of automobile. Combine that idea with the fact that buying a car, truck or SUV is likely to be of the one most expensive and consequential purchases of a person’s life. It’s very important that everything goes as smoothly as possible. However, paying for a safe and reliable car can be a very steep hill to climb, doubly so if the buyer has less-than-ideal credit. That’s where Third Coast Auto Group is ready to help. Our dealership specializes in helping people in a not great credit situation get a car that will get them where they need to go without being harmfully expensive. So, how does buy here, pay here financing work? Let’s take a look.  (more…)

Let Third Coast Auto Group answer a few more hard questions before you start the buying process

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
Let Third Coast Auto Group answer a few questions before you visit us.

Should I worry about how many miles are on a used car? 

A person buying a used car, truck or SUV has to have a lot of knowledge going into a transaction. One of the most common stumbling blocks people encounter is getting too focused on how many miles are on an odometer. If any given vehicle is well-cared-for, the number on the odometer is largely irrelevant. Sure, there are some consumable items to pay attention to, like tires or filters, but a properly maintained vehicle that hasn’t been driven to hard will last a very long time and go on to serve multiple owners. The other issue we see some confusion with concerns buying an extended warranty for a pre-owned vehicle. There might be some peace of mind to be had, but the pitfalls generally outweigh the benefits. Take a look at these two videos our team came across if you have some outstanding questions that needed to be answered.   (more…)

A low credit score can make just about everything more expensive, including insurance

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
A stock photo showing a $100-dollar bill and toy car sitting on an insurance form.

Can bad credit affect how much car insurance will cost? 

One of the unfortunate realities of life is that a less-than-perfect credit score can make things more difficult and expensive. This is especially true when it comes to buying a car. However, that isn’t the only area where a low credit rating can raise the cost of things. Can bad credit affect how much car insurance will cost? In the state of Texas, unfortunately, the answer is yes. According to the financial website, TheZebra.com, people on the lowest end of the credit scale can up to more than $3,700 per year in insurance premiums versus people with better credit scores. Let’s take a look at some information you might find helpful.  (more…)