There is nothing scarier than being stranded on the side of the road with a broken down car and no one to turn to. Or stuck with a steaming engine in the middle of a super busy intersection, smack dab in the middle of town. Or realizing as you are heading to an important event that your car no longer wants to start for you. Sadly, these things happen every day to good car loving people.
We at Cassels Garage understand the worry that comes along with this sort of situation, and we want to be able to help. We know that you, the customer, want to avoid any and all potential car troubles in the future. So, we thought it might help to put together a list of ways to successfully avoid any stuck on the side of the road scenarios that may occur. Here is a list of signs that your car may be in need of a checkup and/or tune-up. Look out for these bad boys.
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 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.
Here’s a week in the life of Cassel’s Automotive. As you read this story, try to imagine getting this level of attention from any dealer that sells and services cars.
A customer came home from a trip and brought his truck into the shop because it had bucked and jerked intermittently while pulling his “fifth wheel” camper trailer. During a scheduled appointment, the technicians at Cassels Garage checked the fuel and computer systems and test drove the truck about forty miles, but found nothing.
Whether you do some of your own repairs or have it all done at a garage, misdiagnosis can be costly in several ways. Doing the wrong repair can affect the performance and safety of your vehicle. There are few things that are more frustrating than spending time on money on repairs that are not necessary. Not only have you wasted time or money on the unnecessary work, the original problem remains and still needs to be fixed.
Last week’s column highlighted recommendations for preparing your car for summer and focused on the obvious, like air conditioning, brakes, coolant, wipers and tires. This week’s post will consider some more subtle potential problems. Space Coast drivers face some unique challenges because of the year-round heat, but you should consider the usage of your particular car.
One of the advantages of moving to Florida is that it’s no longer necessary to winterize your vehicle. However, it is a good idea to take some steps to prepare for summer. It is hot everywhere along the Eastern Seaboard in the summer months, but our frequent severe thunderstorms add an extra element of drama to driving in Brevard County.