Taking a Road Trip? Check These Things Out on Your Car First

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It’s no secret that road trips are fun, but in order to make certain that your road trip is set and ready for success, there are certain things that you need to check on your car before you go!

 

No one wants the risk of a breakdown when on the road, so by simply taking the time to double check these simple items on your car can save you a ton of headaches in the future. An even better idea would be to check with the mechanics at Cassel’s Garage! We can get you set and road ready in no time at all!

 

Items to check on your car before leaving for a road trip:

 

Tire pressure

Before pulling out of your driveway, check that the tire pressure is where it should be for all of your tires! You don’t want to run the risk of getting a flat tire or worse yet, having one blow on you!

 

Oil level

When’s the last time that you changed your oil? Always have your oil changed before your trip and check the levels as well. Many engine troubles can be avoided by simply doing oil changes routinely and auto maintenance.

 

Tail lights

Making certain that your tail lights and blinkers work is key! When traveling down the road, you need to make certain that others can see you and your turn signals as well.

 

Side mirrors

Did you know that your side mirrors are extremely important? Every time you back up, look to change lanes on the highway or simply need to make a turn, you use your side mirrors. Even the smallest chip or crack could change the view that it gives you so double check that they are in tip-top shape before getting on the road.

 

Brakes

Your brakes are one of the most important things, right?! How else do you plan on stopping? Don’t get on the road and then have to worry about your brakes and brake pads. Take your car for a spin and make certain that you feel good when it stops and that you don’t notice any type of shaking or vibrating. If you have any concerns at all, get it to your mechanic before you leave!

 

These are just a few of the items that you need to double check on your vehicle before hitting the road. The good thing about all of them is that they can be repaired quickly and easily making it super simple for you to continue on with your road trip plans with ease! It’s always better to do the maintenance and upkeep before you get on the road with trusted mechanics at Cassel’s Garage in Melbourne, FL.

 

Independent Garage vs Dealer: Where to Repair Your Vehicle (Part 2)

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In our last post on this topic, we addressed the hot topic of deciding whether to use an independent local maintenance garage versus an automobile dealership for routine service maintenance work, warranty work, or emergency repairs. Many people feel compelled to go with the dealership when purchasing a new car or a gently used car still under warranty. Others are conflicted because they want to stay with the tried and true neighborhood garage they have formed a relationship with over the years rather than adopting the service schedule established by the dealership/warranty guarantee. There are pros and cons to consider when making this decision. Hopefully by providing you with information, Cassels Garage can help you can make the decision right for you!

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Independent Garage vs. Dealer: Where to Repair Your Vehicle (Part 1)

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Independent Garage vs. Dealer

Many people are under the misconception that they must go to a car dealership for routine maintenance if their car is under warranty. This is simply not the case; in fact, in almost every situation getting routine maintenance performed on your vehicle by an independent garage will not affect your warranty. This includes tire rotations, oil changes, fluid checks, new brake pads and more. Going to your neighborhood garage also comes with the added benefits of convenience and that personal touch you just won’t get at large dealership. When considering whether to take your vehicle to a local garage or to a dealership for routine maintenance, take the following into consideration.

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New Year’s Resolutions Part 2

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We’re well underway into 2017 and New Year’s resolutions are still fresh and motivating. A clean slate is ahead of us filled with potential and promise. As discussed in our latest blog, New Year’s resolutions can be far reaching and extend well beyond the typical goals of weight loss, exercising and traveling more. In your upcoming goals, a manageable resolution is to strive for a cleaner, safer, and more reliable car. At Cassels Garage, we can assist you in this quest. If you are in the Melbourne area of Florida and need a full-service garage specializing in affordable and quality work performed by staffed specialists, we are the garage for new you in the new year!

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Start 2017 Out Right

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Starting 2017 out right

As the year is coming to an end, it’s a great time to take a minute to reflect over the things that you have accomplished in 2016. Perhaps you landed a new job, maybe you got married, became a parent, started a relationship or ended a relationship; whatever 2016 held for you you’re bound to have both good bad memories. It’s always best to focus on the good and try to use the bad as a learning experience because 2017 is right around the corner, giving you a fresh start.

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The History of Labor Day

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Now that Labor Day has passed, we are unofficially in the fall season, even though it still feels very much summer here in Brevard County. To most of us, Labor Day is a just holiday that gives us a three-day weekend, with a much-needed break from work or school. We take advantage of this free day and usually plan trips or fun activities that we don’t normally have time to do. Despite celebrating it every year, not everyone knows the history and meaning behind Labor Day.

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Safety Equipment Warning Lights

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Safety Equipment Warning Lights

What does it mean when a warning light appears on your car’s dashboard? For too many drivers, it means nothing at all. Some of us have had the experience of taking our cars to the shop to find out that the only problem with the vehicle is with the warning light itself rather than any of the safety features. However, those warning lights are there for reason, and they often warn of a problem with your vehicle’s safety systems.

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Seatbelts Save Lives

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Innovators in the field of public health and safety often struggle to overcome stubbornness when they publish their findings. The Austrian surgeon who first discovered that unwashed surgeons were killing their patients with infection rather than healing them with their surgical skill was mostly ignored when he proposed hand-washing protocols for hospital staff. Likewise, the London researcher who discovered the connection between cholera outbreaks and sewage in the drinking water was also ignored at first.

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What Will You Accomplish This Summer?

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Vehicle Maintenance Melbourne Florida

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.

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Read Our Reviews

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The balance of power between vendors and consumers has shifted steadily since the early 20th century. After centuries of “Buy at your own risk,” it took only a few decades to transition to “The customer is always right.” Everyone knows that the customer is not actually infallible, but it is true that businesses can no longer get away with poor customer service and expect to survive in our culture. For example, in a highly competitive restaurant market, if you have a bad customer service experience at a new restaurant, you can be pretty sure that this new restaurant will not be around next year. Restaurant customers have too many options to put up with bad service.

The Better Business Bureau’s ratings were an important step toward increased transparency and accountability for businesses, but social media has given everyone a voice in the marketplace. Nowadays, if a customer has a bad experience at a place of business, all of his friends will read about it on Facebook later that day. Also, many websites like TripAdvisor and Yelp specialize in customer reviews.

So now customers have the opportunity to know before you go. In many settings, it is possible to visit a place of business virtually before going in person. When was the last time you tried a new restaurant without reading the menu online or checking the reviews? Because of the customer-driven climate of today’s marketplace, it makes sense to be wary of businesses that do not offer ready access to their customers’ feedback.

Cassels Garage is West Melbourne was started fifty years ago, before personal computers and cell phones and social media were invented. For decades, we relied upon word of mouth advertising from our highly satisfied customers, but our satisfied customers did spread the word and our business flourished. Now our customers sing our praises on social media. We invite you to join our family of highly satisfied customers.

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.