Do-It-Yourself Misadventure

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A few years ago I saw a funny sign at the garage where my father-in-law had his vehicles serviced. The sign offered a sliding scale of labor rates. There was a significant upcharge if you wanted to stay and watch the mechanic work, a higher charge if you talked to him while he worked, and the highest rate if you tried to fix it yourself before bringing it in. Last week I heard a story from a friend who lived through a true story that illustrates the wisdom of that funny sign.

A friend noticed that his tail light was out, and told his wife that it should be no problem for him to replace the bulb himself. His wife replied, “You don’t know my husband very well.” My friend isn’t a handy guy but assumed that replacing a tail light might be easy for a guy who worked at an auto parts store. So rather than taking his car to the mechanic, he went to the auto parts store and asked the clerk to sell him a bulb and change it for him. He paid less than $5.00 for the replacement bulb, and silently congratulated himself for his cleverness. It was easy enough for the clerk to replace the bulb, but the tail light still did not work.

The clerk had all manner of guesses as to why the tail light still was not working. He was, however, reluctant to handle the job for my friend and what should have taken only a few minutes if handled by a professional turned into a pricey fix at in the end. Moral of the story: leave the job to those who are trained and equipped to handle the challenge. My friend caused more damage and created additional expense because he was stubborn and did not want to take his vehicle to a professional.

Here at Cassles, we see stories like this all the time. Many fancy themselves do-it-yourselfers but end up causing extensive damage because they simply don’t know how to make a handle the fix. When in doubt, give us a call. We won’t scoff at what you perceive as a “small job” because we know how important every part of your vehicle is.
At Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, we are ready to help keep your cars in good working condition. We are a family-owned shop well equipped to provide routine maintenance or do major repairs on your car. We have been serving Brevard County since 1966.

How To Care For A Classic Car

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Caring For Classic Cars

When you see an older classic car on the road, do you wonder about the story that goes with it? If the driver seems elderly, maybe he is the original owner. If the driver is young, did he buy it on the market or inherit it from his grandfather? Whoever owns it now, classic cars that are still on the road must have had an early owner who was committed to proper maintenance.

The most satisfied owners of classic cars must surely be the ones who have a connection to the human story that goes with it. If Grandpa babied his favorite car with decades of TLC then passed the car along to his favorite grandson, the resulting treasure is more than a well-maintained car. One constant factor that must recur in all of these stories is that the car owner must decide early in the relationship that this vehicle is worthy of excellent maintenance.

You may imagine that all classic car owners are do-it-yourselfers who lovingly maintain their own vehicles, and that stereotype is based on reality. However, it is possible for contemporary “autophiles” to uphold a high standard of maintenance for their vehicles without spending a lot of time under the hood themselves.

Do you have a car that merits preservation, one that you would like to pass on to your children and grandchildren? If so, you will need to decide early to give it the best care. Even if you enjoy tinkering with your own vehicle, busy people with the wherewithal to buy and maintain impressive cars are often blessed or burdened with busy schedules that do not leave an excess of leisure time. Also, some jobs are just too big for the shade tree mechanic to tackle, and for those you will need a reliable professional.

At Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, we are ready to help keep your future classic car in top condition. We are a family-owned shop well equipped to provide routine vehicle maintenance or do major repairs on your car.

Easy Road Trips from Brevard County

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One exciting but often unheralded feature of living on the Space Coast is the proximity to many other delightful destinations just a short ride away. Melbourne, Palm Bay, and our beachside communities have much to offer, but weekend adventurers can enjoy a variety of interesting locales that appeal to nearby tourists as well as those visiting from out of state. In coming weeks, this column will highlight some appealing destinations for easy weekend road trips from Brevard County. Because theme parks dominate the landscape, many Central Floridians overlook Orlando’s many other appealing features. Because the beach is so much of an attraction for those of us who live along the coast, it is easy to forget some of Central Florida’s inland beauty. This week, let’s take a look at the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” and see what there is to enjoy in and around Daytona Beach.

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Falling Gas Prices Promote Road Trips

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Falling Gas Prices Promote Road Trips

In basic economics class, students learn different meanings for words they already know, like “demand” and “elasticity.” As an economic term, elasticity is the degree to which demand for a product is affected by a change in price. For example, the demand for luxury items is often elastic. If the price of a Caribbean cruise doubled, fewer people would opt for that vacation. On the other hand, the demand for salt is inelastic.

If the price of salt doubled, or even tripled, consumers would likely buy the same amount. Part of the reason for that is that the price is so low to start with, and the other reason is that most people consider it to be a necessity.

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