How to Find An Efficient Full-Service Mechanic

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Did you know that one of the biggest complaints that auto service consumers have is that they don’t feel that they are valued when they take their car to an auto repair shop? And honestly, we’ve probably all felt that way a time or two. If you’re wondering how you can find a full-service automotive shop in Melbourne, FL that offers great speed, affordability, and a team of friendly, reliable mechanics, look no further than Cassels Garage!

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Tips to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

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While many people tend to prepare their car for winter, there are certain things you need to do to prepare your car for spring as well. Luckily, these tips are easy to do and don’t take a ton of time! With spring weather right around the corner, it’s a great time to get prepared and make certain that your car is ready to hit the open road.

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What is “Kicking the Trade”?

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Cassels Garage has had the privilege of serving the people of Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Indialantic since 1966 with our auto repair and maintenance services. Over the 50+ years that we’ve been in business, we have seen certain trends and changes in the automotive industry. Some changes have been great, while others have been concerning.

One such trend in the auto buying industry called “kicking the trade” has come under scrutiny lately. A recent Wall Street Journal article titled “Dealerships Give Car Buyers Some Advice: Just Stop Paying Your Loan” explains what this underhanded practice is all about. Long story short, “kicking the trade” is when car dealers advise buyers (usually people looking to trade in their current vehicles) to let their auto loan lenders repossess their vehicles. Then the car dealers turn around and sell that buyer a new car.

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What does a full-service automotive shop really do?

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Have you heard the words “full-service automotive shop” and wondered what that truly meant? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. People often overlook the fact that they have a choice to take their car to one place and have everything worked on and fixed. Cassels Garage is a prime example of what a full-service automotive shop is, but here is a little bit of a better breakdown.

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Keeping Your Windshield Clean and Clear

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Do you know the importance of keeping your windshield clean and clear of debris? As auto repair specialists will tell you, having a dirty or cracked windshield can cause a wide array of issues.

How many times have you been driving down the road, only to discover you need to use your wipers and windshield cleaner to be able to see out a dirty windshield? Or, what about those times when you are driving in the rain and your windshield wipers just aren’t able to keep up with the downpour?

Every time you’re driving when you can’t see clearly, you’re putting yourself and others in danger. If you’re wondering about the importance of a clean and clear windshield, here some compelling reasons to take proper care of it.

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A Positive Spin on New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year everyone! Another year has gone and we just can’t believe how quickly it went. The year 2020 is here, and at Cassels Garage we are so excited to see what this year has in store for us. In our last blog, we discussed some New Year’s resolutions that you might actually be able to keep. This week we thought it would be fun to give you some resolutions that might be a bit harder to keep but would benefit you in the years to come.  We are so excited to see what 2020 will bring and we hope we can help give you ideas for ways to better yourself this year. Here is a positive spin on some common New Year’s resolutions you may consider this year.

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3 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Keep

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We recently said goodbye to 2019. The New Year is here, and many people reflect on the year before and look forward to the year that is soon to come. Last year has been what one might call “interesting”. There has been plenty of tragedy and destruction going on in the world, but there have also been changes, growth, and happy memories. As many people look back on the past year, they will also start planning for 2020. Many of us have made resolutions, some of which we probably won’t be able to keep come February. Here at Cassels Garage, we thought it might be beneficial to provide the people of Brevard County with some resolutions they can keep and live by in the upcoming year.

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The Alarming Truth About Income Fraud and Auto Loans

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A recent Wall Street Journal article delved into a subject that we at Cassels Garage hear about all too often – car dealers engaging in income fraud. Some car dealers simply do not put the customer’s best interests first, instead opting to approve them for car loans that they cannot realistically afford.

$809/mo Car Payment on a $660/mo Income?

The article uses the example of a woman named Mirna Lopez, who bought a pre-owned 2018 Pathfinder and found herself with a car payment of $809 a month. The problem was, she only earned about $660 per month. How did she get approved for a loan that she wasn’t even close to being able to make the monthly payments on? The sad truth is that the dealer gave inaccurate information about her earnings to get her approved for a car that would drown her in debt. This is called income fraud, and it happens more often than you might think. In fact, about 1 in 5 auto loans contain income fraud. “The consequence for a lot of people is to ruin them financially for five to 10 years,” lawyer Richard Feferman points out.

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3 Simple Ways to Winterize Your Car

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Depending on where you live, you may be dealing with snow and ice on a daily basis. Here in Florida, we don’t see much ice or snow, but if you’re planning a trip up north you’ll certainly want to get your vehicle ready. There are some very good and compelling reasons to winterize your car. Mother Nature isn’t always the kindest when it comes to the weather, so acting on a few of these tips can help your car or vehicle fare better in this winter weather.

Don’t worry – you don’t have to do these winterizing tips alone! The automotive experts at Cassels Garage can help get your car safe and ready for the winter weather. Call your local auto maintenance garage in Melbourne, FL for an appointment so your car can be ready to tackle the salt, the ice, and the snow with ease. Here are some things you can do to ready your car for the winter weather.

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Quick and Easy Holiday Car Preparations

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December! How did you get here so fast? The automotive team at Cassels Garage is so excited that it is finally time to break out the holly, send in our lists to good old St. Nick, and cross our fingers we are all on the nice list this year. Along with the beautiful busy season comes some crazy hectic travel plans. Whether you are going “over the mountain and through the woods” to visit your grandmother or you are just driving a street over to your sister’s home for the holiday, you want your vehicle to be fully prepared for anything this holiday season has to throw at it. So, here are a couple of quick tips to prepare your vehicle for the season. Don’t be stuck wishing you had taken the time to get ready, read on!

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