Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

What should I do to prevent heat stroke?

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
A tired, hot man in a red shirt leans against the wall. He may be battling heat exhaustion, but we hope he's okay.

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. (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…)

Where is the best place to buy used cars in Austin, TX?

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Rows of vehicles on a used car lot.

Where to Buy Used Cars in Austin, TX

When shopping for a used car, it’s safe to say that most people want a place where they can get fair prices, quality vehicles, and great financing options. It can be hard to find such a dream dealership- does it even exist?

Well, we’ve got good news: the dream used-car dealership does exist, and it’s known as Third Coast Auto Group! Third Coast Auto Group offers an expansive inventory across several convenient locations in Austin and the surrounding area. There are a wide variety of brands and vehicle types, with excessively flexible financing options. (more…)

What size tires will fit my car?

Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Close up on the back left tire and wheel of a sporty looking vehicle.

How to Determine Tire Size for Your Vehicle

It’s not often that we drivers have to change our vehicle’s tires, so when the time comes to get some new ones, it can be a bit intimidating. However, it’s important not to dilly-dally and to get those tires changed promptly, as driving on worn tire can be both dangerous and damaging to your vehicle.

Part of purchasing new tires, if you want to take matters more into your own hands, is finding out what size tires your vehicle needs. We’re going to help you find the answer to that commonly asked question: “what size tires will fit my car?” (more…)

Can a sedan be a convertible?

Monday, June 10th, 2019
A white 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is parked near the ocean

Meaning of Sedan Vs. Convertible

Vehicle classifications can get confusing. It seems like all sorts of names are batted around to describe the latest rides, with new ones coming out all the time. What once seemed like a simple matter of describing a vehicle’s body style has now become more complex and seemingly contradictory.

But through it all, some terms have remained common, such as “sedan” and “convertible.” What do these two descriptors mean, and can a sedan be a convertible? (more…)

What To Do When Your Truck Won’t Start

Monday, May 27th, 2019
A human hand holds up a few chewed wires above a car's (or truck's) open hood and engine.

Common Truck Starting Problems and Solutions

There’s not much worse than that moment when you just can’t get your truck to start. Whether your key isn’t turning in the ignition, the engine won’t crank, or it just keeps revving but never starts, we’ve got some suggestions that can help you figure out what’s wrong and get your vehicle going again. (more…)

Is it legal to sell a car without a title in Texas?

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Selling a Vehicle Without a Title of Ownership

A vehicle title is the most important document in a car sale, as it is the certificate which confirms the car’s ownership status. There are a variety of reasons, however, that you may not have a title for a vehicle in your possession, and you may still want to sell it.

If this is the case, you’re likely wondering: is it legal to sell a car without a title in Texas? (more…)

Can I sell a car that doesn’t have my name on the title?

Monday, May 6th, 2019
A vehicle Title certificate lays underneath a Certificate of Origin for a Vehicle.

How to Sell a Car That’s Not in Your Own Name

For whatever reason, you might find yourself in possession of a car that’s not titled in your own name. Is it possible (and legal) to sell the vehicle in this situation? Let’s take a look. (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…)

What is a vehicle history report?

Sunday, April 21st, 2019
Rows of vehicles on a used car lot.

The Lowdown on Vehicle History Reports

If you’re shopping for a used car, you may have heard mention of a “vehicle history report,” and wondered just what that is. No, it’s not a high school essay on the origin of moving transport. A vehicle history report is a near-essential element of purchasing a used car. (more…)