ICYMI: Longtime Georgetown auto store proprietor retires

Hassell Automotive lately closed its doorways right after 40 yrs serving the community

This short article very first appeared on HaltonHillsToday Dec. 15.

The sign has been removed from the front of the Mountainview Road North building, pictures have been taken off the walls and containers are piled on the front desk. 

The shop has been closed for a few days when Dave Hassell requires a seat on the couch to converse about his 40 decades servicing cars in Georgetown. But the door stays open up and not extended into the conversation a man comes in. He’s there to decide on up a pair of smaller tires. 

“We genuinely take pleasure in everything you have carried out for us,” he suggests.

Right after he leaves, Hassell describes that he’s from the Shriners. A long time previously, he created the business a clown auto for parades, which he has now donated to them. Fitted with foam arms and mittens on the wiper blades that waved to the group as it passed by, it was always a big strike.

Next a parade in Streetsville, then-Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion tracked down Hassell as he was loading the automobile on to a trailer.

“Son, your auto was the spotlight of the parade,” she explained to him.

When the praise from the mayor was nice, Hassell by now experienced his reward.

“You see the smiles on the kids’ faces and the appear in their eye,” he stated. “That produced every single minute of developing that car worthwhile.”

In excess of the next hour, former staff members and consumers wander by way of the front door wishing Hassell very well.

It is been 40 many years considering the fact that Hassell set out on his individual. He was doing work in a Brampton store, building pretty fantastic dollars, but did not concur with organization procedures he felt ended up not in the customer’s greatest curiosity.

Hassell was doing so perfectly diagnosing troubles that the company was heading to fly him overseas to aid troubleshoot its newest model. That was the day he broke the information that he was opening his very own store. He was fired on the spot.

At 28, he sublet a couple of bays at a Guelph Avenue store and begun Hassell Automotive. He had a really obvious eyesight of what he desired and Georgetown’s little-city really feel match it properly.

“The full thought driving seeking to resolve cars was that I beloved that I could repair one thing that a person else couldn’t,” he explained. “I could clear up anything and make individuals content.”

Hassell has surely accomplished a great deal of that, irrespective of whether it is something as straightforward as patching a tire for no cost or providing a made use of motor vehicle to a customer likely by a rough time.

“I was explained to to stay absent from the entrance,” Hassell mentioned, “because I’d finish up giving everything away.”

No matter whether it was participating in hockey as a kid, racing automobiles or his small business, Hassell poured himself into it.

Dave Hassell (correct) in his racing times. Supplied picture

“Anything I’ve required to do, I have pushed to the limit,” he stated. “Whatever I consider on, I go 110 for each cent.”

He purchased the setting up for Hassell Automotive on Mountainview Street North 27 yrs back. Though he hardly ever supposed to provide utilized vehicles, more than enough clients have been asking for aid in obtaining 1, that he expanded the organization to consist of it.

And if there was a issue, Hassell went to fantastic lengths to take care of it. When a newly-obtained motor vehicle broke down on a couple’s honeymoon in the Maritimes, he experienced a substitution shipped to them.

“I felt embarrassed. That must have never ever took place.” he stated. “Any time there was a trouble, that was the absolute precedence, without any concern.”

He appeared for like-minded employees as perfectly. 6 of his personnel have been with him for a lot more than 20 several years. Five previous personnel opened their possess shops, “and I’m very pleased of them,” he stated. On the flip aspect, Hassell had small tolerance for employees who didn’t share his vision for the business.

Though sometimes another person would get gain of his generosity, Hassell never ever thought of shifting his methods.

“There are thousands of individuals who pay their expenses,” he stated. “I’m not heading to modify for that 1 man or woman.”

Dave Hassell and his spouse, Tracey. Equipped picture

Hassell had usually meant to retire at the time he attained his 40th yr in business enterprise, although it has not long gone specifically to system. He experienced a heart attack in January. After his double-bypass operation he retained dealing with soreness. Medical practitioners checked his abdomen and discovered most cancers. He’s because gone through two operations and chemotherapy.

Hassell only told a compact quantity of people today. Most folks thought he was just retiring, devoid of recognizing what he was heading through. Whether they understood or not, he explained the assist has been outstanding.

“I’ve been overwhelmed with the warmth I have felt in excess of the previous couple of months. I desired to get to know (my buyers),” he mentioned. “The automobile was just the catalyst to provide us with each other.”

“The enterprise represented my soul. Anything about it is me,” he said. “You cannot do it with out the men and women. If not, it’s just a constructing. But I love what it developed, what it gave me.”