Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

How do I attach new windshield wipers?

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Hands pick a windshield wiper up off the windshield, presumably for the purpose of replacing it.

Windshield Wiper Attachment Instructions

Like headlights, brakes, tires, and many other parts of the automobile, windshield wipers are a necessity that often go taken for granted until they break down. When this sad state of affairs occurs, it’s time to replace your windshield wipers and attach new ones. A service shop can certainly do this for you, but a fair amount of labor costs can be saved by doing it yourself.

How does one replace and attach new windshield wipers on their vehicle?

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Are the left and right windshield wipers the same?

Friday, January 10th, 2020
Two windshield wipers wipe a windshield.

If your driver-side windshield wiper brakes, one temporary solution could be to put your passenger-side wiper over onto the driver side. Is this possible? Are left and right windshield wipers the same, or are there differences between them?

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What’s the Difference Between Soft Touch and Touch-Free Car Washes?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Rear view of vehicle going through car wash

Soft Touch vs Touch-Free Car Washes

Have you ever heard horror stories about local car washes leaving scratches on vehicles and decided then and there to avoid ever going near it? Or maybe you prefer to wash your vehicle at home but would like a more convenient wash option as well. This guide is going to breakdown the pros and cons of both soft touch and touch-free car washes to help you find the wash that is right for you and your vehicle. Check out the info below before letting a friend’s horror story keep you out of your local car wash.  (more…)

How fast can you drive in Texas?

Monday, December 30th, 2019
generic car driving through a city at night

What is the fastest legal speed limit in Texas

If you’re a big fan of driving fast, you’re in the right place. The federal speed limit cap of 55 mph was repealed back in 1995, and since then, most states have chosen to set their own standards for what is an acceptable speed. Texas was one of those that upped their speed limit by quite a bit. Find out what the fastest speed limit is here in Texas and where you can go to ride it out! (more…)

How to change your oil fast

Friday, December 27th, 2019
person pouring oil into a vehicle engine

One of the most common maintenance needs is an oil change. Oil changes are recommended every six months or every 5,000 – 7,500 miles, whichever happens first. Those costs can add up over time, so if you’re looking to save a little extra money, it may be in your best interest to try changing the oil yourself. Take a look at the short video here on our blog to learn how to change the oil in your car fast and efficiently! (more…)

Understand what you’re paying for

Friday, December 27th, 2019
Two repairmen dressed in blue put a new bumper on the front of a car in the service shop.

What is an administration fee when buying a car?

If you’ve ever purchased a new car, you’ve probably seen an administration fee on your final bill (if you haven’t yet purchased a car, you can expect to see that). While some parts of the final bill, such as sales tax, are pretty self-explanatory, the administration fee may not be. Find out what this fee is and what it covers below! (more…)

Simple ways to save money while driving

Thursday, December 19th, 2019
man and woman looking at the tread on a tire in a store

Money-saving driving tips

If you’re a money-saving fanatic, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Third Coast Auto Group, we only offer used vehicles. That affords drivers like you the opportunity to get some big discounts on vehicles simply because they’ve had another person sitting in them. While buying a used car is a great first step to save money, there are some other money-saving driving tips you can adhere to to save a few bucks. Check them out below! (more…)

Step-by-Step Instruction for Detailing the Outside of Your Car

Monday, November 25th, 2019
Back window of vehicle with dust and wash me! written on it

How to Detail the Exterior of a Vehicle

A car detail is basically a deep clean to the interior and exterior of a vehicle and is intended to return it to its original condition. Detailing the exterior of a vehicle is not the same as car washing, instead, it includes cleaning, using detailing clay, polish, and wax. Interior detailing involves cleaning the interior of a vehicle using steam-cleaning and vacuuming techniques. There are plenty of benefits to detailing your vehicle, not only does it look extremely clean after, but it can help increase the resale value of your vehicle.   (more…)

How to Change Headlights

Friday, November 15th, 2019
Cars on road with head and tail lights shining with how to change a headlight in text box

Step-by-Step Instructions for Replacing Headlights

Having working headlights on your vehicle is a necessity for driving at night and in inclement weather. If you don’t use your headlights from sunset to sunrise, you are endangering the safety of others as well as your own. Additionally, you may receive a ticket for failure to use headlights that can cost up to $200 and you may also be required to attend driving classes. These are only a few reasons why it is important to have two working headlights and maintain optimal visibility. Luckily, if your headlights burn out, you can replace them at home! Check out the step-by-step instructions for replacing headlights below. (more…)

How to Clean Coffee Spilled in Your Car

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
Male driver holding coffee cup with text to the right that says how to clean a coffee spill in your car

Step-by-Step Instructions for Removing Coffee Stains

You’re driving to work, grab your coffee to take a drink and hit a pothole, the coffee mug slips out of your hand, resulting in coffee spilling all over your seat. If this or something similar has occurred in your vehicle and your precious upholstery is threatened with a stain, you have to act fast to save the day and maintain the value of your car. Let’s go through step-by-step instructions for removing coffee stains. (more…)