The Importance of Getting a Tune Up

Posted on April 28th, 2014

A tune up is a very significant part of a vehicles maintenance schedule. It involves replacing some of the crucial parts of your car, such as the spark plugs and air distributor points. The spark plugs help ignite the gas to start your car, which is why it is so important to have this checked regularly.  The tune up also includes inspecting or replacing the cap, rotor, fuel and air filters.  A tune up should be scheduled at least once a year to help maintain the performance of your car and extend its life.

 At Formula One Collision we provide tune ups in a timely and cost effective manner. Please call us for more information, or to book an appointment.

Il Cavallino: A Good Formula

Posted on April 18th, 2014

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By Melissa Arditti

(WINDSOR, ON) – It’s been too long of a winter so, at the first real sign of Spring, it was time to head out to a restaurant here in Windsor. Il Cavallino, run by General Manager, Frank Gobbato, is a great little bistro located at 9420 Tecumseh Road East, inside the well-known Formula 1 Collision Centre.

Stepping inside we were greeted by the day-time chef, Suzette. She was very bubbly with a huge smile on her face and ready to answer any questions we had about the menu. It was also nice that she told us in detail about the specials of the day. That is the start of good service.

We  also briefly met the Marketing Manager, Cristina Melnik, who was excited to have us in for lunch.

The decor is very modern, with sleek industrial-metallic and red accents. You could also have your choice to sit at a regular dining table, or get a bit higher with bistro tables and, surprisingly, very comfortable swivel chairs.

The restaurant is small but cosy, relying on ambient light from the windows during the daylight hours. Also, the kitchen has a classic diner feel and the chefs are always visible, so you can actually see what is being made and even smell the delicious aromas.

As well, there is a fair bit of car nostalgia, so while your meal is being prepared, you can take a stroll around and see some of the displays, including an adorably cute Jetta.

Now onto our meals.

We both started out with a tall glass of fresh orange juice, while perusing the large and assorted menu.

I decided to go with a chicken Caesar wrap and a side of non-dairy broccoli soup. Huh? Non-dairy? Did I hear that correctly? I was kind of taken aback when I was told this.

I will start off by saying that I have never had broccoli soup without dairy or cream. It hasn’t been on a menu from any restaurant that I’ve gone to before, and I’ve been to plenty. So this was a new experience entirely and I knew I’d either love it or regret ordering soup.

Hurray. I was very pleased with the consistency and flavour. I found out that it was so simple to make by pureeing broccoli, adding chicken stock, onions, garlic, and fresh herbs. So goodbye heavy cream soups, hello deliciously light broccoli soup.

Next, my chicken Caesar wrap.

The tortilla was fabulous and probably one of the best I’ve had in a long time. It wasn’t overly starchy and another bonus is that I could substitute for whole-grain. This is one option that I was truly happy to see, as many other restaurants still haven’t caught on to offering customers the option of white vs whole wheat/whole grain. I realize it does come at a cost but I wish more places offered it.

The grilled chicken was cooked well and was very moist. There was enough of it to really satisfy my hunger. The romaine lettuce was crisp, not wilted, and the Caesar dressing was well balanced, so the tortilla wasn’t drowning in a sea of sauce. On the side, you can expect an array of fresh, vibrant fruit which really brightened up the dish.

Bill had one of the specials, spaghetti marinara with garlic bread. The portion-size was great and the noodles were cooked well. The marinara sauce was mild in flavour, not overpowering, and the garlic bread really added a nice touch.

One feature that Il Cavallino is known for is their use of fresh, organically-grown produce that is directly from their on-site garden. If you are searching the city for places that are organic-friendly, this should definitely be your next stop.

Once we were done our main course, Suzette came around with cannoli’s that were purchased on Erie Street; oh my.

They were absolutely phenomenal. Il Cavallino takes the time to pick out the freshest and most delicious varieties of baked goods on a regular basis.

Another cool thing is if you have an electric vehicle, you can plug your car in, grab a bite to eat, and be on your way. I have not seen this very often, so it’s a great addition for customers who do not use gasoline-based vehicles.

Overall, the combination of service, great food and decor is certainly the right formula to keep customers coming back for more.

The Importance of an Aluminum Boby Repair Room

Posted on April 9th, 2014

Why is it necessary for your collision repair shop to have an aluminum body repair room?

To improve fuel economy, many manufactures are producing aluminum bodied vehicles. These vehicles require specific training and an experienced staff to preform repairs according to manufacturer stipulated specifications . When working on aluminum bodied vehicles it is necessary to have a self-contained work environment because airborne steel dust particles can corrupt aluminum welding integrity.  In addition, specialized tools are required because aluminum surfaces can deteriorate through contact corrosion from such materials as steel, chrome, zinc or lead.

We will be seeing more manufacturers producing aluminum bodied vehicles in the near future, so make sure your collision repair shop is properly equipped to work on these vehicles.

Quick Fixes for Small Vehicle Issues

Posted on April 1st, 2014

Sticky Locks – are you sick of fumbling with your keys when they stick in the door. There is a quick fix for that – colour the end of your key with a soft lead pencil, insert it into the lock, and turn it couple times. The sticking should stop. Do not clog it up with oily lubes.

Cloudy Headlights – you can buy kits at the hardware store to clean your headlights or apply window cleaner to an old pair of panty hose and rub vigorously.

Foggy Windows – clean your windows with shaving cream. I know it sounds strange, but it works! Coat a damp sponge with shaving cream and buff your windows. Wipe down with a paper towel afterwards. If you do not find the time to do this keep a chalk brush in your car and wipe them down whenever they fog up.

Insects stuck to your windshield – use a plastic netted bag to buff them off. You can use the bag that your onions come in.

Dirty Windows – clean the outside of your windshield and car windows by rubbing them with baby wipes stored in your glove compartment.