Archive for the ‘Just for Fun’ 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…)

Which car ads are the weirdest?

Sunday, August 11th, 2019
First-person view of lounging on a bed watching TV while holding the remote up to the television.

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. (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…)

What should I do for Father’s Day 2019 in Austin, TX?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
A man and a child sit on a bench amidst grass and trees, posing happily for the camera. Presumably, they are father and son. Text in the upper left says, "Father's Day 2019 in Austin, Texas."

Best Father’s Day 2019 Activities and Events in Austin, TX

There’s always a lot going on in Austin. Father’s Day is no different. To help you choose among the many events, we picked out a few that seem particularly interesting to us.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to treat dad to a fun and memorable Father’s Day 2019, feel free to peruse the list below! You just might find something that suits your fancy. (more…)

What are the best Mother’s Day 2019 activities in Austin, TX?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
A bright array of breakfast food is fronted by a small note saying, "Happy Mother's Day!"

Mother’s Day 2019 Activities in Austin TX

Like everything in the future, Mother’s Day 2019 is drawing closer with every passing moment. If you’re looking for a good way to show mom how much she means to you this year, we’ve got some suggestions. Read on to see a few of the Mother’s Day events in Austin that we’re most excited for. (more…)

How many Americans own more than one car?

Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Many cars drive both directions down a wide highway in a monochrome blue tinted image.

Depending on where you live and who you know, it might seem that most people these days own no cars, one car, or more than one car. Of course, these statistics vary based on age, socio-economic situation, and location, but some overall trends can be detected. Let’s check out the facts. (more…)

What are the different types of license plates in Texas?

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
Several license plates are displayed together, with a Texas one featured prominently.

Types of Texas License Plates

Driving around Austin and the surrounding cities, you might have glimpsed a variety of different license plates. These days, the most common will be the familiar, beautifully simple faded blue background and bold text design that is the modern official plate of our Lone Star State. However, you may also see designs representing hobbies, organizations, or nature, or might come across an outdated colorful plate.

What exactly are the different types of license plates Texas vehicles can have? Texas license plates fall into three categories: General Issue, Specialty, and Souvenir. Let’s take a moment to look at each. (more…)

Craziest Concept Cars

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
A Hyundai Elevate climbs out of a snowy ditch using its powerful legs.

The Wild, Wacky Creative Underbelly of the Automotive World

Automakers must have a lot of time on their hands, because they come up with some pretty far-out ideas. But hey, that’s how progress is made- ideas that initially seem absurd find their way into common usage in unique ways.

We wanted to let you in on some of the craziest concept cars we’ve heard about over the years. Who knows, you might just find one that slipped through the production cracks and ended up in our Third Coast Auto Group inventory. (more…)