Common Spare Tire Problems

You never know when you’ll need to use your spare tire! A little preventive maintenance can play dividends when they’re needed.


If a compact spare tire has been tucked into a cargo floor for several years, there is a good chance it is severely underinflated. It may be unable to handle the load and stress of emergency road duty. Compact spares should be inflated to 60 pounds per square inch- anything less could damage the wheel. A “doughnut” spare is designed for only temporary use, though, typically up to 100 miles max. A vehicle owner should check the spare tire at least twice a year. If your spare is mounted to your liftgate or under the cargo area, dirt, salt, water, and snow can cause corrosion to your mounting hardware. Periodic inspection, and cleaning, can make it easier to remove the spare when needed.

If your vehicle has a tire inflator kit instead of a spare tire, you could run into different issues. The sealant may not be able to seal all punctures. Also the sealant that gets injected into the tire probably has an expiration date. The sealant might not work as well after that date, so it should be replaced.

Finally, keep a large plastic trash bag in your vehicle. This will allow you to transport a flat tire without dirtying the trunk, or potentially, the cabin.

We hope you’ve found this helpful! Texas Auto encourages you to drive safely. If you have questions about our used car inventory or our service center contact us!

Common Spare Tire Problems

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Texas Auto


We are five days away from the most romantic day of the year- Valentine’s Day! Is your vehicle equipped for this special day? Here are a few features that will ensure your vehicle plays part of your Valentine’s plans with your special someone.

Locking Center Console

Nothing says romance like a locking center console. Stick the jewelry for your special someone in the console, lock it up, and don’t worry about it before pulling it out when the time is right.

Bluetooth Audio

Set the right mood with a playlist of romantic songs. Sync your phone or music player to your car and you can hear exactly what you want, when you want, without major hassle. Bluetooth Audio is offered in many Texas Auto vehicles- 2015 BMW 328i Sedan2015 Ram 1500 SLT Truck Quad Cab,  2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk SUV, and more…


Heated Seats

In most climates, February is accompanied by cold temperatures, snow, or freezing rain! Heated seats can’t quite match up to cuddling in front of a fire, but they’ll keep you warm until you can get there. You and your date will be nice and cozy enjoying the heated leather seats in this 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Sedan.

Convertible Top

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Houston area, there’s no better feature for Valentine’s Day than a convertible top!  No cold weather or snow in Houston so put the top down and enjoy the moonlight. This Moonlight White 2014 Infiniti Sport Convertible is perfect for the occasion!

Feel the love this Valentine’s Day at Texas Auto. If you have questions about our used car inventory or our service center contact us!


Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Texas Auto










  1. Texas Auto Contest (“Contest”) is open only to individuals who are eighteen (18) years old or older and are legal residents of the United States. The following individuals are not eligible to enter or win a prize: employees, contractors, directors, and officers of Texas Auto (“Sponsor”), their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, legal or financial advisors, distributors, web design, advertising, fulfillment, judging and promotion agencies involved in the administration, development, fulfillment and execution of this Contest (collectively, “Contest Parties”), and the immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, and spouse or “step”) of each and those living in the same household of each such person (those persons whether related or not who live in the same residence for at least three months during the twelve-­‐month period preceding the start date of the Contest).


  1. CONTEST PERIOD. Contest begins on Wednesday February 1, 2017 at 1:30pm CST and ends on Saturday February 4, 2017 at 6:00pm CST (the “Entry Period”). Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Contest.


  1. HOW TO ENTER. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY AND NO ENTRY FEE, PAYMENT OR PROOF OF PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE. To enter, entrants must comply with the following entry requirements (“Entry Requirements”): (1) Complete entry form at any Texas Auto location. Entrants who comply with the Entry Requirements will receive one (1) entry. Compliance with the Entry Requirements will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. One (1) entry per person during the Entry Period. Multiple Entries from the same person will be disqualified at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Submissions that violate, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, these Entry Requirements or do not meet the submission deadlines will be disqualified from the Contest.


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Keeping Car Mileage Tax Records


It’s possible to get a tax deduction for car mileage if the vehicle is used for business purposes, charitable services, medical purposes and moving or relocating.  If the vehicle is only used for business purposes, the complete cost of operating the vehicle can be deducted but if the vehicle is used for both personal and business purposes, only costs incurred for business use of the vehicle may be deducted.

  • It’s essential that you maintain records of car mileage and the expenses incurred in order to get the tax deduction.
  • Start noting the odometer reading from the date you start using your car for business purposes. Note the date, number of miles driven and the purpose for which the car was driven.
  • Also note the expenses incurred for each trip, be it expenses for driving the car or maintaining it. Note the date, the amount and the type of expense incurred. Also keep the receipts of all such expenses filed properly.
  • The expenses can include gasoline, oil change, parking fees, repairs, car insurance, toll fees and car registration fees.
  • You have to maintain records of any reimbursements related to car expenses you receive from your employer.
  • At the end of the year, calculate the business miles travelled in the year and the expenses incurred for business related purposes for the same duration. Also calculate your reimbursements received.
  • Use this information when you prepare your income tax returns and be careful to keep your records for at least three years before discarding them.
  • The IRS also allows small engine tax credit and this can be used to your advantage if you have a hybrid car, electric car or any other vehicle with a small engine.

We hope you’ve found this helpful. We want to see you get the most for your tax refund, so stop by Texas Auto to browse our used cars this tax season.



Keeping Car Mileage Tax Records

What is distracted driving?


Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.


According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55-mph for the length of an entire football field.


  • Don’t write, send or read a text message while driving, even when stopped at a red light or in traffic. These actions put you, and those around you, in danger.
  • Turn off your cell phone and put it in your pocket. Wait to use the device once you are safely and legally parked.
  • Don’t text while running, cycling or participating in other recreational sports. is your resource for learning more about distracted driving. Get the facts, get involved, and help us keep America’s roadways safe. Texas Auto encourages you to drive safely. If you have questions about our used car inventory or our service center contact us!


What is distracted driving?

4 Reasons to Buy a Used Car


When your buying a car there are a lot of things to consider: how much do you want to pay, what car do you want, what technology features are important to you. Below are four benefits of buying a used car over a brand new one.

  1. Affordability! One of the best reasons to buy used is the lower cost. On average, the price gap between new and used vehicles is around $20,000.
  2. Wider Vehicle Selection! When looking at used cars at Texas Auto, you’ll have a much wider vehicle selection from which to choose- spanning many years, models, color choices, and trims.
  3. More Info and Improved Technology! The Internet has changed the way people shop for used cars. Finding what you want is easier than ever. Texas Auto has a user-friendly website and supportive staff to provide you with detailed information before you buy. Plus, with sites like Kelly Blue Book, it’s easy to stay informed about what you’re getting.
  4. Less Worry and More Fun! Buying used often means less stress. Many drivers find it easier to simply kick back and enjoy their new ride when it’s used.

New cars smell great, but how much is that scent really worth? From the initial price to the long-term costs, you’ll thank yourself for buying a used car that’s in good condition. Come by Texas Auto and talk to our knowledgeable and friendly sales team.


4 Reasons to Buy a Used Car