Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category

A clean car is a happy car, check out these businesses

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
A person washing their vehicle with a microfiber cloth.

Best Car Detailing Services near Austin, TX 

There is a lot of pride to be had when someone buys a vehicle. Even if it isn’t the latest model year, or it might have a few extra miles on the odometer, that car, truck or SUV is yours and you likely want the best for it. A major part of taking care of a vehicle is keeping it clean. You certainly can wash your vehicle yourself in the driveway, in fact, we’ll have some tips on that later, but if you’re short on time, you might be looking for businesses that offer the best car detailing services near Austin, TX. The product experts at Third Coast Auto Group came up with a list of a few of their favorite places to take their vehicles. Let’s take a closer look at what they came up with.  (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…)

Would a set of snow tires be helpful next winter? Probably, but read this first

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
A stock photo of people looking at some tires to buy.

Is it a good idea to get snow tires in Texas? 

After the last week of very un-Texas-like weather, there are probably a lot of people out there wondering, ‘Is it a good idea to get snow tires in Texas?’ Believe it or not, that has actually also been a very popular topic of conversation in and around all of the Third Coast Auto Group locations. Since our team believes in being as helpful as possible, we had a few of our teammates do a little research to come up with the best answers we could find. The bottom line is, snow tires might be a little overkill, but those aren’t the only options available. Most vehicles come with all-season tires and those might be the best possible solution. Let’s take a closer look at a few things you might want to know before the next major snowfall – which is hopefully a long way away.  (more…)

All the wheels move, but not everything works the same way

Friday, January 15th, 2021
A stock photo of a four-wheel-drive vehicle going through a mud puddle.

What is the difference between AWD vs. 4×4? 

Modern automobiles are more reliable and higher performing than ever before. That also means modern cars, trucks and SUVs are also more complex than ever before. There is a lot to know and one of the most confusing concepts facing buyers is understanding all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. So, what is the difference between AWD vs. 4×4? On the surface, these systems perform similar functions, but each one is designed for different purposes. It is pretty easy to get in the weeds of engineering terms when explaining how these things work. Our team found a couple of videos that do a good job making the information as accessible as possible. If you have any questions about the capabilities of any vehicle available at any vehicle at any of our locations, please make an appointment with your nearest Third Coast Auto Group product expert today.  (more…)

Where can I get a car loan for bad or no credit around Texas?

Friday, July 31st, 2020
Loan approved on computer screen

Bad/No Credit Car Loans at Third Coast Auto

A car is a major purchase that puts a significant dent in the budget for most customers. This typically requires you to finance a car, with loan payments spread out over multiple years. Unfortunately, car buyers with bad or no credit may struggle to find a dealership or lending institution that will offer a car loan.

Here at Third Coast Autos, we take the opposite approach. We take great pride in enabling car buyers throughout Texas to get behind the wheel of one of our high-quality used cars.

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Find the value of your trade in vehicle online

Friday, July 31st, 2020
Calculator sitting by coin stacks and jar of money

What is the value of your trade in vehicle?

If you plan on buying a vehicle, you may want to consider trading in your current vehicle for some extra cash. This is not required, but many drivers opt to do so rather than going through the process of selling the vehicle themselves, because that is a lot more involved. Selling your vehicle to a used car dealership will take less than one day, whereas selling it yourself may take weeks or months. Of course, how much money you can make on your used vehicle should be a factor in your decision. That’s why we let you check the value of your trade in vehicle right here on our website.

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

Sunday, May 31st, 2020
A woman writes out her taxes with many calculations

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 used cars for driving in Texas?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
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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What positive changes have occurred due to the coronavirus?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
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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