Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

Learn more about your financing options available at Third Coast Auto Group

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
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Does buy here, pay here financing hurt my credit score? 

Finding financing to buy a car, truck or SUV can be a steep hill to climb under the best of circumstances. People who find themselves in a less-than-ideal credit situation may very well have an even more difficult time successfully getting a car loan. There are some things that can be done to rebuild credit, but that process can take a while. Third Coast Auto Group is what is known in the industry as a buy here, pay here dealership – meaning we largely handle financing in-house. If you’re wondering, ‘Does buy here, pay here financing hurt my credit score,’ our team has some answers for you. Let’s take a look at a few common questions our team gets asked each week.  (more…)

Make sure you have enough insurance coverage

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
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Texas Car Insurance FAQs and Information 

In the state of Texas, car insurance isn’t technically required if a driver can prove they can financially cover the cost of an accident. Without putting too fine of a point on this, the amount of money required to demonstrate this kind of financial responsibility is nothing short of astronomicalThis is why car insurance is a thing. If you’re buying your first vehicle, you are hopefully looking for Texas car insurance FAQs and information to find out exactly what you need to have. Our team of product experts has dug up a little information that could prove to be helpful. Basically, car insurance protects more than your car, it protects your assets. Getting caught without it in the wrong situation could be financially devastating. If you have any questions about car insurance, please contact a licensed insurance agent today.  (more…)

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

Friday, January 15th, 2021
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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…)

A small investment today can pay off big time when you trade-in your vehicle

Thursday, January 14th, 2021
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How can I get the most for my trade-in? 

Everyone is looking for the best way to get the best deal on their next vehicle purchase. If you’re reading this blog, you’ve really put yourself in a strong position by considering Third Coast Auto Group. Most of our customers will use their current vehicle to off-set some of the final price of the vehicle they want to take home. If you’re wondering, ‘How can I get the most for my trade-in,’ a few of our product experts came up with a few tips that could cost us a little money by giving you a little more money for your trade-in. The best part of these tips is that these are simple tips that just about anyone can do. Let’s take a look at a few things you might need to know.  (more…)

Some deals aren’t too good to be true, find some today

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
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Which used cars offer the best value? 

Everyone loves a good deal. It doesn’t matter if they are buying a pack of gum or a car. Third Coast Auto Group specializes in helping people find the best deal possible on their next, or first, vehicle purchase. Naturally, some vehicle platforms are going to be inherently less expensive than others. For good reason, some people are leery of taking home a car, truck or SUV that seems like the deal is too good to be true. Our team is always looking for a way to save people some money and give them some additional peace of mind. In the process of that work, they have come across these videos from Car and Driver, a leading authority on automotive buying. Give these videos a look and compare the information shared with what you see at a Third Coast Auto Group location. If you need any additional help, make an appointment with us today.  (more…)

Take advantage of the latest technology with your next vehicle purchase

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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What can I do with a car’s infotainment system? 

Very few industries have been as progressing as quickly from a technology standpoint as the automotive industry. Certainly, performance, safety and fuel economy are better than at any time in history. However, it’s in the area of automotive connectivity where things have really reached a new level. If you’re thinking about upgrading your vehicle to a later model that will be equipped with some of this new technology for the first time, you might be wondering, ‘What can I do with a car’s infotainment system?’ Different manufacturers offer different features, but our team thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the more common functions. Let’s take a look at a few things you might find interesting.  (more…)

Take a look at some new info that could add life to your car, truck or SUV

Thursday, December 17th, 2020
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Is it ok to switch to using synthetic motor oil? 

There is a lot of new information available to people who own modern cars, trucks and SUVs to help them get the most life out of their vehicles as possible. Some of that information might contradict what was once thought of as conventional wisdom. One of the hottest debates in the automotive world is the effectiveness of synthetic motor oil and people asking their mechanics, ‘Is it ok to switch to using synthetic motor oil?’ There aren’t many vehicles built in the last 10 or so years that use conventional motor oil. But if you do have one of these platforms, the mileage is probably piling up and you might need to make some changes. These videos will probably come in handy. If your current vehicle has reached the end of its life, please make an appointment with a Third Coast Auto Group product expert today.  (more…)

You can get more than 100,000 miles from your vehicle with these tips

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
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How do I make my car last more than 100,000 miles? 

When someone buys a vehicle, that purchase will likely represent a large amount of personal capital tied up into a single asset. It only makes sense that vehicle owners will want their cars, trucks and SUVs to perform as intended for as long as possible. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I make my car last more than 100,000 miles,’ a few Third Coast Auto Group product experts got together to do a little research. It may seem like a complex problem to solve, but it doesn’t take an extensive knowledge of automotive engineering to get the most out of almost any vehicle. Take a look at these tips before you give up on your current vehicle.  (more…)

New drivers don’t need several hundred-horsepower

Thursday, December 10th, 2020
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How do I pick out a car for a new driver? 

There are few more exciting milestones for a person to reach than getting their driver’s license. Once those new drivers have their license to drive, they will need something to drive. Third Coast Auto Group product experts get asked, ‘How do I pick out a car for a new driver,’ quite a lot. On any given day there are several pairs of nervous parents and excited teenage drivers looking around our showrooms. Buying a brand new, high-performance vehicle for a new driver is not only not practical, but it’s wholly inadvisable, according to traffic safety experts. Over the years our team has learned what does and does not make a good first vehicle. Let’s take a look at a few things you might need to know.  (more…)

Are you doing something that will destroy your vehicle’s transmission?

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
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Bad Automatic and Manual Transmission Habits 

There might not be a more terrifying thing to hear in a repair shop than, ‘Your transmission is shot.’ Those four words mean a person is either going to be shelling out a few thousand dollars in repair bills or they are going to be walking home. Some of us have probably picked up some bad automatic and manual transmission habits that could lead to hearing those fateful words. The popular YouTube channel, Engineering Explained, produced a couple of easy-to-understand videos that will go over some things you should never do in a vehicle with either type of transmission. If you know your vehicle has a transmission that is starting to go bad, make an appointment with a Third Coast Auto Group product expert to find something more reliable.  (more…)