At Cassels Garage we are proud to have customers come to us with all of their vehicle servicing needs. We offer our amazing customers the friendly, trustworthy, and efficient work they should expect from a garage. We service cars of all makes and models while also providing our customers with a welcoming environment. We are fully staffed with specialists to help with any stage of your vehicle maintenance.
Many people may not know this, but Cassels Garage also services many of Brevard County’s fleets. We are proud to offer these companies an opportunity to outsource their fleets to someone they know and trust. We are proud to serve the people of Melbourne, FL and are ecstatic that we can offer more for these entities.
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.
School is out for summer, and now it is time for the family road trip, one of our favorite American pastimes. Here at Cassels Garage, we have seen an upswing in Brevard County residents prepping their vehicles for the road ahead. Are you one of the many folks getting ready to hit the road? If so, here are a few simple but often overlooked tips from a veteran road tripper.
First, remember that competition is good for the customer.
Try to avoid stopping for gas at an exit that has only one gas station. You and your family are likely to much prefer your experience if you choose a gas station that has several neighbors and plenty of competition. The prices will be better, the bathrooms will be cleaner, and the overall experience will be much more enjoyable.
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.
A recent study showed that the current generation of teenagers and young adults are less attached to their cars than their parents used to be. Especially in the major cities, where car ownership is not as common, independence is achieved through cell phone ownership. With their phones, today’s young adults can gain access to ride sharing, Uber, or mass transit schedules and still remain incredibly mobile.
However, the generation of their parents and grandparents has not completely faded away. We remember America’s love affair with the automobile. Car ownership was a privilege of the wealthy at first, but it became common in the 1920’s when Henry Ford’s model T became an affordable option for many families. When soldiers came home after World War II there was a perfect intersection of money in their accounts and manufacturers resuming automobile production. The Interstate Highway Act passed during the Eisenhower administration also helped promote our national affection for the road trip.
If you are responsible for a fleet of automobiles or trucks, there are many variables to consider as you discharge your duties. What kind of vehicles? Are they sedans or heavy duty trucks? How many vehicles? Some fleet maintenance providers are very attentive if you have a large fleet, but not so much if your fleet is smaller. One of the most important decisions you have to make is who will take care of your vehicles?
Fleet maintenance requires a proactive consideration of preventative maintenance. Everyone knows that prevention is less costly than repair, and it’s also much less inconvenient. The rewards and benefits of prevention versus repair are multiplied if you are responsible for more than a few vehicles. Proper fleet maintenance can save your company thousands of dollars every year.
Consider the hassle that results from surprise breakdowns. Not only is your driver thwarted in his profitable endeavors, but other valuable employees are diverted from more profitable pursuits to addressing the vehicle crisis at hand. Many hours and much money is wasted by vehicle breakdowns.
Regularly scheduled fleet maintenance offers many benefits to your company. From a risk management perspective, well maintained vehicles are less likely to increase your company’s liability from costly accidents. Any breakdown diverts members of your team from more profitable pursuits, so prevention is much wiser than repair. A regular maintenance schedule helps with cash flow because you can budget the costs of vehicle upkeep over the course of the year rather than enduring big fluctuations in repair expenses. Repairs and upkeep are streamlined and simplified if you address them systematically across your fleet according to a regular schedule. Finally, peace of mind for your drivers is dramatically increased if they are confident that the vehicles they are driving are in good shape because of regular, routine maintenance.
In West Melbourne, Florida, Cassels Garage is a family-owned shop that has been serving Brevard County since 1966. Cassels offers an unmatched level of customer care and personal attention. We are ready to help with maintaining your fleet of any size or any style vehicle. Let us help you keep your vehicle upkeep expenses manageable and predictable.
Managers of vehicle fleets have to adopt efficient strategies in order to properly care for the resources that have been entrusted to them. The advantages of proactive maintenance and the cost of neglect are all magnified if you are responsible for many vehicles. Fleet managers adopt best practices because they are indeed better than the alternatives. Would it make sense for the manager of a family’s fleet of two or three cars to adopt some of the same practices?