Is outdated information preventing your vehicle from being at its best?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Technology, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at 2:32 PM
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Does synthetic oil still cause engine leaks? 

The car, truck or SUV that is sitting in someone’s driveway is likely one of the biggest assets a person can own. It only makes sense that people will want to make sure they can wring every mile they can out of that investment, and the best way to do that is to make sure that the vehicle is well-maintained. Regular maintenance is the best way to keep any vehicle of almost any age running in peak condition. One of the biggest challenges to this goal is outdated thinking. If you’re wondering, ‘Does synthetic oil still cause engine leaks,’ this is the kind of outdated information we’re talking about. While Third Coast Auto Group doesn’t have a service department, it is still a question that comes up a few times a month while we’re helping customers. Let’s take a look at a few things.  Read the rest of this entry »

Third Coast Auto Group helps you understand popular features

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at 8:44 PM
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How are a sunroof and moonroof different? 

There is a lot to know about modern automobiles. Even as vehicles get more technologically advanced, one of the most common questions we hear around the various Third Coast Auto Group showrooms is, ‘How are sunroof and moonroof different?’ At the most basic level, there really isn’t much of a difference anymore. However, in automotive circles, there is a distinct difference. Our team thought it would be useful to get into the weeds a bit and explain the differences between these two very popular features. Let’s take a closer look at what our team put together.   Read the rest of this entry »

Best Tips to Follow as A First-Time Car Buyer

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, September 28th, 2020 at 8:27 PM
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Here on the Third Coast Auto Group blog, we have offered tips on what type of car to buy, the benefits of buying used, and service tips. While these tips are great for anyone who has bought a car before, it can be daunting for any first-time buyers. In today’s blog post, we will be sharing some of the best tips to follow as a first-time car buyer.

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How to Check if Your Wheel Bearing Has Been Worn Down

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at 4:02 PM
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When something is wrong with our vehicle, we’ll typically hear a strange noise, and maybe have a warning light turn on. Sometimes, a certain noise can indicate more than one problem. For example, a whirring or humming noise will indicate quite a few different problems. However, we will be focusing on the whirring sound that is caused by a worn wheel bearing. In this post, we have shared a video that shows you how to check if your wheel bearing has been worn down. It also includes an example of what you will hear when driving.

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How to Check Your Tire Tread with a Quarter and a Penny

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 6:33 PM
someone using a penny to check the tread of a tire

Our tires are one of the most important parts of our vehicle. We keep them in good condition by rotating them, balancing them, and changing them when necessary. However, when do you need to get them changed? You should be getting new tires when the tread is too low to provide proper traction. You can check your tire treads with a quarter and a penny to determine if you need new tires. Check out the video we’ve included to see how to do this test.

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What Are Some Fun Road Trip Games for My Kids to Play?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 6:00 PM
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Road trips are a great way to have fun with the family at all times during the year. However, if it’s a long trip you might be hearing the dreaded question: “Are we there yet?” While we may enjoy long trips, our kids will get bored easily if not given the proper entertainment.  A lot of people will play movies or provide books for their kids. Today, we will be listing some of our favorite road trip games for kids to play to keep them entertained.  

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Where Can I Find Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes near Austin, TX?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Just for Fun on Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 5:17 PM
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Autumn is just a few days away. Although the weather was already starting to get cooler and some leaves are starting to change, many places are opening or starting their fall events. Some of the most popular fall activities include pumpkin carving, corn mazes, haunted houses, apple picking, and hayrides. To help you truly enjoy Autumn, here are some pumpkin patches and corn mazes located near Austin, TX. Read on to figure out where to go with friends and family!

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What Are the Best Audiobooks to Listen to While on a Road Trip?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun on Friday, September 11th, 2020 at 2:03 PM
beautiful autumn drive

While many people like to take their road trips during the summer, there are some people who prefer to take them during the fall. From the cooler weather to the changing colors of the leaves, the journey can be better than the destination during an autumn road trip. However, long trips mean you something to keep you entertained. We suggest listening to an audiobook or two. You can catch up on your must-read list and have entertainment. Read on for our list of the best audiobooks to listen to whine on a road trip.

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How to Tell When You Need to Get Your Brakes Replaced

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, August 31st, 2020 at 2:32 PM
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Our vehicles have many parts that help it run smoothly and efficiently. These parts need to be changed, fixed, or flushed regularly to ensure that they work properly. One of the most important parts to get changed regularly is the brakes. If these get worn down or broken, it can lead to more problems and is a safety concern. In this post, we will be teaching you how to tell when you need to get your brakes replaced.

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Why is my car making a knocking sound?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 2:48 AM
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Four common reasons your car is making a knocking sound

When our cars start to have a problem, we usually get warning of some sort. Some parts have a warning light to let you know to get your vehicle serviced soon. While other parts will start to make noise. However, there are many sounds that could indicate more than one problem. One of these sounds is knocking. In this post, we will be sharing a video that discusses the four most common reasons your car is making a knocking sound.

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