Making certain that you’re giving the proper car maintenance to your vehicle is important! Your car is a big investment, so taking good care of it is crucial. If you’re wondering what you should have on your radar, here are some basic car maintenance tips that anyone can do.
If you truly stop and think about how often you’re in your car, you’ll be amazed at just how many hours per week you find yourself behind the wheel (or sitting in the passenger seat). Truth be told, if it wasn’t for your car, there would be so many things in your life that you’d miss out on!
On the surface, it seems easy to do, but sometimes coming up with ways to give back to the community can be hard. But don’t you worry because Cassels Garage is here to help! We want our Melbourne, FL community to continue to thrive so we have put together a list of ways that you can give back this to the Brevard County community this summer.
During vacations season, many families choose to travel by car so they can experience the great open roads here in our nation! At Cassels Garage of Melbourne, FL, we know how important it is to get out and see the world while you have the time so we want to encourage everyone to take this summer time to do that! We also understand that these road trips can be long and boring if you don’t plan ahead.
Cassels Garage is here to help you make it through your family road trip and ace it with flying colors. Whether we are tuning your car up or giving you tips on how to prep your car, we are here for you in any way we can be. This week we thought you might like to hear some tips on how to pack your vehicle like a pro for your up and coming road trip. Read on for some killer tips and tricks!
The month of March is here! At Cassels Garage we are amazed at how fast the first two months of 2018 have zoomed past. March is here and along with it comes the spring break season here in Melbourne, FL. We know that spring break is a fun time for college students and families of all sizes to hit the roads and explore our amazing country. So, we thought it might be fun and helpful to do a “Spring Break Series” where we cover everything from car prep to the ultimate road trip mix tape. For the month of March stay up to date on all of our tips and tricks, to not only make sure you have the best spring break ever but also make sure your car can get you 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 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 is a recommendation for all of you who find yourselves making the same road trip over and over for years: Vary your route, and see more of the world. In 1982, William Least Heat Moon published a travelogue titled Blue Highways in which he encouraged road trippers to get off of the interstate highways and literally take the roads less traveled.
My wife and I moved eight hours away from her parents and her extended family over twenty years ago. Since then we have made over fifty road trips back and forth to visit our family. For way too long, we stuck to the same route, the fastest one we could find. However, several years ago we embraced a dramatic change in our attitudes toward these trips. We decided that the vacation could start once we pulled out of our driveway rather than when we arrived at our destination.
At first, we took small steps toward enjoying the journey on the way to the destination. We started by taking time to enjoy a nice meal at a restaurant with a server rather than just grabbing the fastest food we could find. We found that routine to be a nice break in the trip that did not add too much time to the trip.
About five years ago, we took our explorations a step farther. We determined to “add to our collection” at least one new place every time we made the trip to see family. Usually our destinations are within an hour of the interstate, and we will spend anywhere from one to three hours exploring before we get back on the road to our ultimate destination. Sometimes we will just pick a new town and walk through downtown looking for an interesting restaurant. We have also taken trolley tours and toured forts on these side trips.
One of the grand things about having family so far away has been our ability to create memories along the way. We have discovered incredibly unique places all by taking a chance and getting off the road. One memory none of us ever wants to deal with is a breakdown on the side of a country road. The vehicle you take on your road trips undoubtedly plays a role in the kinds of experiences you will have along the way to your destination. It is always wise to make sure your car is ready to handle the journey.
At Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, we will be glad to give your vehicle a checkup before your next road trip. 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.
Many Floridians scoff at the idea of winterizing their vehicles. Isn’t that why we moved to Florida, so we would no longer have to shovel snow and buy special tires and such? Yes indeed, and many of the more extreme precautions, like snow chains, are most definitely a thing of the past. However, Central Floridians should not completely abandon the notion of paying attention to the change of seasons.
First of all, are you taking any road trips this winter? Nowadays Grandma’s house is usually much farther away than over the river and through the woods. Many of us have to drive up Interstate 95 and cross several state lines heading much further north to visit family. Consider the weather at your road trip destinations when you take seasonal precautions. The coldest place you plan to visit should determine the winterizing necessary for your vehicle.
Moreover, it does not take much of a change in temperature to affect the performance of your antifreeze. It is true that Brevard County drivers do not usually have to worry about the most extreme winter weather, and sub-freezing temperatures are rare, but we still need working antifreeze in our vehicles. A relatively new, longer life, antifreeze is now on the market, but mechanics are not unanimous in their endorsement of this product. If you are using the longer life antifreeze, it is a good idea to have it checked to see that it is still effective. For the Space Coast a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water should be sufficient.
Finally, any rubber part in your engine is also at risk from even moderate temperature fluctuations. So it is a good idea to get your belts and hoses checked at the first sign of cold weather. It is also a good idea to check them again when it heats up because extreme heat (a more common problem in Melbourne and Palm Bay) also puts the belts and hoses under added pressure.
Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, Florida is 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.
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.