Your car is one of the biggest purchases that you are ever going to make in your life. Think about that for just a moment…that means that besides your home, your vehicle is something that you need to make certain you take care of and maintain. Finding a great mechanic and trusting them is important, and no one understands and respects that more than the automotive specialists at Cassels Garage. So, here are five reasons why you need to trust your mechanic.
May is here and soon students will be hitting the roads of Brevard County for the first time. It can be a fun, scary, exhilarating and a nerve-racking time for both new drivers and their parents. Here are some tips to help new Brevard County drivers feel confident behind the wheel and hopefully something to give some nervous parents peace of mind.
Before DVR’s and streaming television and DVD box sets of an entire series, we used to watch television programs when they were broadcast. Viewers of a certain age can recall “appointment” television programs of the 1980’s, so called because loyal viewers would avoid scheduling conflicting events on the nights their favorite shows aired. One of the first of these iconic programs was Hill Street Blues, airing at 10:00 PM on Thursday nights. Hill Street Blues used an ensemble cast to track several different story lines all centered around one police station, and loyal viewers drew comfort from the familiar opening every week. Each show began with a morning briefing of officers led by gruff but lovable Sgt. Esterhaus, who finished every meeting the same way: “Remember, let’s be careful out there.”
Many Americans have become accustomed to the same routine every summer. As the holidays approach, we begin to imagine all of the projects that need our attention and we naively dream that we will get to do most of them. Like Charlie Brown trying to kick that football, we forget how quickly last summer passed. Then Labor Day arrives, and we wonder what happened to all of those weeks that seemed like a long span of time back in the spring.
When you wake up in the morning, you never know what the day will bring. An unexpected call from Howard changed a lot of things that day. He had a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, with only 14,000 miles, single owner and it was equipped with an electric wheelchair ramp and lowered floors. Considering we had a 2000 full size Chevy van, extended roof, 98,000 miles and a hydraulic lift, we were thrilled. Upon further investigation, the van was being sold by a son whose father had recently passed away.
That son had been the youth counselor to my disabled daughter as she was growing up, so the idea that she could get and make good use of his father’s van made the sale more tolerable in his sadness. The deal was made and after new tires, a major detailing and paint job, my daughter’s new vehicle was road worthy.
Howard has serviced both families’ cars for many years and his insight and advise on this sale/purchase was invaluable. The subsequent picture says it all because, “that’s how she rolls!”
What was our world like just fifty years ago in 1966? The Cold War was still very scary. The Vietnam War was escalating. NASA was busy, but we had not yet put a man on the moon. Although pop history tends to emphasize the fringiest elements of the counter-culture, most Americans were hard-working and patriotic, committed to traditional values and alarmed by the news.
Barriers were broken in 1966. Robert Weaver became the first African-American cabinet member when President Lyndon Johnson appointed him to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Neil Armstrong and David Scott completed the first docking in space aboard the Gemini 8 spacecraft. Texas Western won the NCAA basketball championship with the help of five African-American student-athletes.
The Baltimore Orioles won the World Series in baseball. The champions of the National Football League were the Green Bay Packers. The Boston Celtics were the National Basketball Association champions, and the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in hockey.
1966 was also the end of an era. Walt Disney died in December while producing The Jungle Book, making that the last animated feature he personally supervised.
“A Man for All Seasons” won the Academy Award for Best Picture. “Bonanza” was the most popular television program. The year opened with Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” at number one on the Billboard pop chart, and it ended with “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees at the top. Popular Christmas and birthday gifts included new toys and games like Twister, Spirograph and Barrel of Monkeys.
United Airlines invited us to “Fly the Friendly Skies.” Burger King urged its customers to “Have it Your Way.” Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise said, “Beam me up, Scotty,” and John Lennon said that the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.”
1966 was also a banner year for drivers in Brevard County, Florida because that is the year that Cassels Garage opened in West Melbourne. 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.
It is sad and surprising how many people drift into a routine of doing the same thing over and over, failing to appreciate the blessings of their environment. How many people live close to the beach but seem to never find time to go? Do you know people who express affection for art and music, but cannot remember the last time they went to a play or a movie or concert or museum?
One helpful technique for creating more joy in your life is to approach your home city as a tourist would. Why not determine to enjoy the gifts your home has to offer rather than waiting until you are out of town on vacation to indulge in a good time. If you set aside one Saturday each month as “tourist day,” then by the end of the year you will have enjoyed the equivalent of a two-week vacation without having to spend any extra on lodging.
If you live on the Space Coast of Florida, the options are many. Of course the beach and many beachside parks are a major attraction, but too many people overlook the natural beauty available on the mainland. Erna Nixon Park in Melbourne and Turkey Creek Sanctuary in Palm Bay are just two of many parks that offer elevated boardwalks and nature trails. Palm Bay has an extensive system of trails for jogging, walking, and biking. The Brevard Zoo in North Melbourne is small but still relatively new and very well designed.
Both Melbourne and Eau Gallie have resurgent downtown areas with inviting shops, restaurants and bars. Foosaner Art Museum in Eau Gallie and Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne are just two of the highlights.
Next time, you are tempted to pick up the remote control to find out what is on television, why not Google “Things to Do in Melbourne, FL” and aim for some more adventure. Of course, you will want to make sure your vehicle is in top shape, even if you are only traversing Brevard County. Contact Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, Florida today for a tune-up. We are a family-owned shop, and we are well equipped to perform major repairs or provide routine maintenance on your car. We have been serving Brevard County since 1966. We can help you prepare for road trips of any length.
Here’s an innovative charitable idea right on time for Christmas, or any other time of the year. Next time you upgrade vehicles, why not look for an opportunity to give away the weakest member of your vehicle fleet rather than trade it in? In many families, especially those with teenage or young adult drivers, a vehicle upgrade has a ripple effect of upgrades down the line.
By the time you get down to the vehicle that you no longer want or need, there might not be much left in terms of trade-in value. On the other hand, if there is someone in your church or neighborhood who needs a vehicle, a working set of wheels would represent a major lifestyle improvement.
This is a win-win opportunity without serious loss to the giver. Chances are the vehicle that you are discarding would not produce a big trade-in allowance, so you might reap only slightly lower payments as a result. On the other hand, donating your vehicle to a tax-exempt organization can yield income tax benefits next spring.
In Brevard County, Florida the seasons change without as much drama as the rest of the country. We do not have to brace ourselves for winter weather, and there are seldom major changes in temperature. However, the end of Daylight Savings Time brings one significant change that could expose costly neglect: You are more likely to drive home from work in the dark.
Most people know when their headlights and taillights need replacing, but many drivers learn about the need to replace a bulb from others who notice from outside your vehicle. If the first one to notice is a law enforcement officer, that can be a costly mistake. Even more importantly, your headlights and taillights are vital to the safety of your vehicle and its occupants.
If in doubt, this is a great time to check your lights or to have them checked. There are a number of issues which might arise. Your headlight or taillight bulbs might need to be replaced. Your headlight covers might benefit from a good cleaning. Sometimes an issue with the electrical system can affect your bright lights or turn signals. Having these checked routinely can save you the hassle and expense of an unnecessary traffic ticket. Also, ensuring that your lights are working well is an easy way to help protect the occupants of your vehicle and others who share the road with you. Of course your lights help you see better, but they also make your vehicle more visible to other drivers.
Bulb replacement is the kind of easy job that appeals to some do-it-yourselfers, but if that is not you, then help is available. If your schedule is preventing you from attending to simple upkeep, it would be better to pay a professional to do it rather to procrastinate with important safety features like your headlights and taillights.
Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, Florida is a family-owned shop that is well equipped to diagnose and repair your car. You can count on a fair price, and you can depend on them to perform the repairs that your vehicle actually needs.
In the 80’s television series “Cheers”, the setting was a bar where “everybody knows your name.” People who actually went to bars rather than just watching them on television noticed that this bar was improbably bright and upbeat, but the theme song resonated with viewers because it touched a nerve.
Since the Industrial Revolution, the modern world has had a love/hate relationship with machines. Charlie Chaplin tapped into our fears in his film “Modern Times,” and Lucille Ball’s iconic assembly line scene in “I Love Lucy” made us laugh because it echoed reality.
Our culture has a number of challenges that leave consumers feeling smaller. A traffic jam, an encounter with your health insurance provider, a call to the technical support department or a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can all leave you feeling less than grateful for the blessings of modern technology.
The frustrated American is a common Hollywood theme, portrayed by Michael Douglas in “Falling Down,” or Denzel Washington in “John Q.” Consumer backlash has taken a variety of forms, but one common theme is a preference for smaller, local, independent shops rather than national chains.
Can you imagine a consumer experience that allows you to drive home feeling stronger rather than weaker? Offering attentive customer service from a smaller local shop is not a trendy new idea for Cassels Garage. We have been a family-owned business serving West Melbourne, Florida for decades.
Our technicians are highly trained and use the best diagnostic equipment, but we also offer an extra personal touch. It might be going the extra mile to diagnose that hard to discover problem. Although we specialize in cars and trucks, we have been known to tackle a faulty starter on a riding lawn mower or even a stubborn cap on a new can of hair spray. Where else can you find service like that?
Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, Florida is a family-owned shop that is well equipped to perform major repairs or provide routine maintenance on your car. The team at Cassels has been serving Brevard County since 1966.