Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

Are car wash tokens universal?

Friday, October 11th, 2019
A car smushes through a car wash as a yellow bar sprays down on top of it.

Token Cross Acceptance: Where it works and where it doesn’t

Many car washes these days take tokens instead of actual quarters. While these little trinkets can be kind of fun to have, sometimes you end up with extras for a car wash that you’re not going to be returning to. At times like these, you might be wondering if you can use those same tokens elsewhere. Are car wash tokens universal? (more…)

What are the 2019 Requirements to Drive for Uber or Lyft in Austin, Texas?

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
A view of the Austin, TX skyline with a blue size behind.

Can I drive my car for Uber or Lyft in Austin, Texas?

At this point, most of us have used Uber or Lyft, or at the very least heard of them. It seems like a pretty sweet gig, just driving your car around in your free time and getting paid for it. You get to learn more about the neat places all around Austin and meet some cool people. Plus, both Uber and Lyft have good protection plans for their drivers.

The question, then, is what 2019 requirements does my car have to meet to drive for Uber or Lyft in Austin? (more…)

What should I do if my car dies while driving?

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
A man in a yellow shirt pushes a green car up a countryside road.

It can be a pretty frightening moment when your car starts having trouble out on the street. But in general, any serious incidents can be avoided if you stay calm (which can be easier said than done) and follow clear steps like the ones below. Read on to find out what to do if your car dies while you’re out on the road. (more…)

What can cause a warped cylinder head?

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Having a misshapen cylinder head can lead to some pretty big problems in your vehicle. Like, really big- it could damage your engine so much that the whole mechanism needs to be replaced. Instead of dealing with that, the best path to take is to prevent your cylinder head from ever getting harmed in the first place.

In order to prevent a cylinder head from warping, you need to know: what causes a warped cylinder head, and what should I do to prevent it? (more…)

Why is my steering wheel hard to turn?

Monday, September 16th, 2019
A bummed-out looking woman holds up a cardboard sign with the word, "Help!" written on it.

Steering is a pretty important part of the driving experience. Unless you’re simply going in a straight line from one spot to the next, it’s pretty safe to say you’re going to be using your steering wheel. So when that steering wheel starts being difficult to move, it can be pretty inconvenient, not to mention frightening.

What are the reasons for this? Why does a steering wheel get stiff? (more…)

Where can I find used cars under $10k in Austin, TX?

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019
A child taps on a calculator and counts out the amount of coins he has. Soon he hopes to have enough for a used car.

Budget-Priced Used Vehicles at Third Coast Auto Group

Having a car can be a necessity in American life, but that doesn’t mean it has to break the bank. A good way to get able wheels for the less materialistic among us is by buying a budget-priced used vehicle. Where can you get good pre-owned cars under $10,000 in the Austin, TX area? (more…)

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…)