• Monaco Grand Prix: Formula One's Most Prestigious Race

    Monday 20 May 2019

    May is the month for the Monaco Grand Prix. This is one of three races around the world that constitutes the Triple Crown of Motorsports. The other two are the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Monaco Grand Prix is a spectacular event that is unique in so many ways. It began in 1929 and is comprised of roadways in Monte Carlo and La Condamine. Many spectators view the race from yachts on the harbor and the racing scene extends well into the night with glamorous all night partyi... read more

  • Robert's Collision & Repair: Check Out Our Collision Side

    Monday 13 May 2019

    Robert’s Collision & Repair is well-known countywide and beyond for our auto detailing, auto body, and auto repair services. We have an awesome staff that is well trained in all of these areas. We truly specialize in the entire health and well-being of your vehicle.   If your vehicle has been involved in a minor or major accident, we are here to service you. Whether it’s a minor door ding or scratch to major repairs that include the need for replacing multiple car parts... read more

  • Looking to Buy a New Car? Some Tips for You!

    Monday 06 May 2019

    As we head into summer, a lot of people start thinking about buying new cars. The sun is shining and the open road calls and it’s perfectly normal that we get this itch for something new. Take time to consider if this is really the right thing for you right now or if you can wait out the itch in order to get more out of your current vehicle, maybe even invest in a nice detail to make it new-to-you again! Here are some tips to consider before signing on the dotted line: Be flexible: maybe... read more

  • Wondering How to Change a Tire? Start Here!

    Monday 29 April 2019

    According to AAA, 20% of Americans don’t know how to change a flat tire and 81% of the correspondents have experienced a flat tire so, unfortunately this is something most drivers will face. Even if you know how to change a flat tire, it’s not as habitual as pumping gas or washing your car. So, whether you’ve never changed a tire or need a refresher, it’s time to get up to speed on fixing a flat. You never know when you’ll end up stranded on the side of the road wit... read more

  • Road Trips!

    Monday 22 April 2019

    While Monterey is definitely one of the most amazing cities in the country, it's still nice to get away once in a while and enjoy other beautiful spots not too far away. Spring is upon us and it's a great time for a road trip.   Before embarking on your journey, we would love to see you at Robert's Collision & Repair to help you best prepare your car for a trip. This can help keep you from finding yourself stranded on the side of the road and putting a damper on your vacat... read more

  • The Future of Electric Cars is Here

    Wednesday 17 April 2019

    When we look around at all of the Prius’ on the roads around Monterey, they are nothing to get too excited about. The good news is that the auto manufacturing industry recognizes that the move away from gasoline-powered vehicles is imminent. What that means for us, the consumer, is that the further the industry dives into electric the more choices we have. Hybrids and fully electric vehicles are competing on every level even in the supercar arena.  Whether you want to go really, real... read more

  • National Car Care Month!

    Monday 08 April 2019

    Woo-hoo! Winter is finally over, and Spring is here with Summer just around the corner. April is your vehicles favorite month because it’s all about getting pampered for upcoming adventures and trips.  National Car Car Month is to remind and encourage you to bring your vehicle in and fix any issues that you have been putting off since winter. Yes, that means it’s time to take care of that rattle sound when accelerating or that screeching noise you’re hearing when you brea... read more

  • Why Should Women Become Auto Mechanics?

    Monday 01 April 2019

    Women should become auto mechanics if that is what their heart’s desire. There is no better time than right now to make this happen. There is a considerable shortage of qualified technicians and service advisors. That leaves the doors wide open for women to step in and take their place in this industry. With only 2% of the auto repair workforce checking the female box, it’s just a matter of time before that number significantly increases. Women mechanics work just as hard as the me... read more

  • National Car Care Month: Time to Love Your Car!

    Monday 25 March 2019

    Spring is here, and that means it’s time for some good old fashioned spring cleaning. That’s why April is perfect for National Car Care Month and if you can create the habit of regular maintenance for your car, you’ll help extend its life as well as maximize performance. We should all have cars that look as good as this classic Mercedes-Benz! Keeping your clean will also help to get the most out of your paint job and your interior. Extending the life of all parts of your vehic... read more

  • Wanna increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency?

    Monday 18 March 2019

    Life might be a highway, but when you’re speeding along, you’re probably not getting the most out of your fuel consumption. Do you want to know some great ways to increase fuel efficiency? Everyone wants to save money, but oftentimes we throw it away because we are careless or just don’t know how best to do it. When it comes to fuel efficiency, here are some solid suggestions that has the power to improve yours 5-25%: 1.       Don’t road rage. When yo... read more

  • Flying WHAT? Cars???

    Monday 11 March 2019

    Flying cars aren’t just for Harry Potter and his friends. When it comes to the future, we don’t always know what it holds, but we do know that flying automobiles will become something real instead of something that’s been relegated to the imagination. From flying delivery trucks to airbuses… okay, so it won’t exactly look like Fed-Ex and UPS trucks with wings, but you will have to look to the skies to see them coming. A lot of the technology being developed focus... read more

  • Ahhh… Spring is in the Air - Time for Spring Cleaning

    Monday 04 March 2019

    We may not be completely into spring, but groundhog Punxsutawney Phil said spring should be in full force about now. What that means for us here in beautiful Monterey is that it’s time for some spring cleaning!   It’s time to change your car’s air filter for one. Your owner’s manual probably says every 12,000 to 15,000, but if you have problems with dust and pollen you might want to do that sooner. Keep the cabin of your car free from bad smells as well as thi... read more

  • Monterey: Where Spring is the Secret Summer

    Monday 25 February 2019

      To say that Monterey is such a beautiful place to visit seems redundant. If you are fortunate enough to LIVE here, then you should be steeped in gratitude. It would be kinda hard not to be, really. Think about this time of year and how many parts of the country aren’t necessarily steeped in gratitude but in snow, sleet, and downright terrible weather! Makes me shiver simply to think about it. We often refer to our spring as being a “secret summer” for a reason: The temp... read more

  • Oil change, shmoil change. Who needs it?!

    Monday 18 February 2019

    If you’re like me, you don’t pay as much attention to the needs of your car as often as you should. For most of us, we know what we like in the way of auto aesthetics and we want to get to where we need to go with as little challenge as possible. Well, that’s all fine and dandy, but if we refuse to provide our vehicle with some much-needed love, then it might simply refuse to love us in return and leave us stranded on the roadside. It’s not just about a pretty face and ju... read more

  • Why Drive a Mercedes-Benz?

    Monday 11 February 2019

    Those loyal to the brand would ask the question, why NOT drive a Mercedes-Benz? The automobile marque first appeared in 1926 although the history goes back to the first petrol-powered car receiving its patent in 1886. Karl Benz created it and Bertha Benz finance the venture. The slogan for the brand is “the best or nothing” and it really does show in every effort they make in design, technology, and drivability. So why else would one want to own and drive a Mercedes-Benz? To start w... read more

  • Love Your Car

    Monday 04 February 2019

      The Valentine season is upon us and it is not reserved for humans alone. Sometimes we love our cars more than most humans we know and they give us love that simply cannot be offered from a guy or a gal. Who knows what I’m talking about? The feel of the steering wheel under our grip, the way we mold into the seats as she hugs a tight curve, the power we experience as we navigate our way through 17 Mile Drive… these are the gifts our car gives us every day. How can we reciproc... read more

  • Why Perform Regular Maintenance

    Monday 28 January 2019

    My oh my! What a great question. Robert’s Collision & Repair loves to partner with our clients to help you get the most out of your vehicle. Newer cars are designed to get to 300,000 miles or more, but you can’t possibly get there unless you take good care of your car. There’s a lot you can do yourself, but regular maintenance is key to the overall health and wellbeing of the vessel that carries to and from all the places you want to go. The biggest return on the investmen... read more

  • Here is How to Change a Tire

    Monday 21 January 2019

    As much as we may not want to ever have to change a tire, it’s a really important life skill, much like learning how to swim or even ride a bike. Imagine getting a flat tire on a secluded strand of highway with no other motorists in sight and no way to get a signal on your phone. Yikes! No good.  Make sure you have: A spare tire and check its viability on occasion A jack Gloves Lug wrench Flashlight with extra batteries Okay…. Now you’re ready to get started: Expos... read more

  • Tips for Travelling with Your Best Friend!

    Monday 14 January 2019

    While the American culture isn’t as dog-friendly as some other parts of the world, the Americans who love dogs know just how special they are and that they are just as much a part of our family as any other member. In fact, research was just released that when we lose one of our furry family members, it can be just as devastating as losing a human member of our tribe. That’s why it’s important to keep our pals safe and well-cared for whether we are at home or in our cars. Here... read more

  • Why Drive a Mercedes?

    Monday 07 January 2019

    Those loyal to the brand would ask the question, why NOT drive a Mercedes-Benz? The automobile marque first appeared in 1926 although the history goes back to the first petrol-powered car receiving its patent in 1886. Karl Benz created it and Bertha Benz finance the venture. The slogan for the brand is “the best or nothing” and it really does show in every effort they make in design, technology, and drivability. So why else would one want to own and drive a Mercedes-Benz?   To... read more

  • Preserving Your Vehicle’s Paint Job

    Monday 07 January 2019

    So, whaddya think of 2019 so far? We’re off to a roaring start here at Robert’s Collision & Repair and are looking forward to working with you whether it’s under the hood or for body work. Oh, and don’t forget we absolutely LOVE to detail your vehicle and do a great job helping you keep your paint job looking brand new! We’ve gone over this before, but since we love seeing all the beautifully well-maintained vehicles driving the streets of Monterey, we thought i... read more

  • 4 of the Coolest Cars Hitting the Roadways in 2019

    Monday 31 December 2018

      As we launch into the new year, it sure is fun to check out the latest and greatest zipping around our local roadways and this one sure demands our attention. The Chevy Corvette ZR1 hits hard as a true Ferrari contender. WHAT you say? Yup! Hop in and lets go for a ride. The reason it is able to hang with the big boys is that it has a dual fuel-injected supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine. 755 or raw horsepower under the hood doesn’t hurt either. Considering that the 2019 Subaru Forest... read more

  • Mercedes-Benz vs. BMW

    Monday 24 December 2018

    Juggernauts… Mercedes-Benz and BMW are two of the biggest in the automotive industry and to say that each has loyal followings is an understatement. To say they have a cult-like following is more on track. Each one wields its magic that has the power to draw you in for life. Throughout automotive history, BMW has focused on delivering the ultimate driving experience while Mercedes-Benz espoused ultimate comfort. Both offer high on the luxury scale, and not many people on the planet would... read more

  • What is on the Horizon for Automotive Technology

    Monday 17 December 2018

    Elon Musk may be responsible for leading us into the electric revolution, but that doesn’t mean that he’s going to get the biggest slice of the pie and nor does it mean that the US is leading the pack. Time will tell for Tesla, but in the meantime, even the US is starting to see the impact of the electric car surge. I dare you to Google your favorite car and add a hybrid to the search. What did you find? Most likely, if it’s not already being produced, you were given time in th... read more

  • Celebrate Christmas in Monterey

    Monday 10 December 2018

    Monterey is such an incredibly beautiful part of the country. We are spoiled and that’s for certain. Spoiled by the unparalleled beauty that surrounds us, the weather that is beyond compare, and our local community that offers endless entertainment and delicious foods. Isn’t it nice to not have to shovel snow or put on a parka just to go outside and get the mail? “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” has a whole different meaning to the residents of Monterey... read more

  • Wildfire Preparation

    Monday 03 December 2018

    In the wake of what seems like an endless California fire season, the team at Robert’s Collision & Repair would like to take a moment to stand in gratitude for everything we often take for granted. While we are grateful, we also grieve for all those who have lost so much in the devastation that continues throughout our Golden State. Below are some suggestions to help you be prepared in case of a wildfire heads into your neighborhood. What you can do before a wildfire is heading y... read more

  • Let’s Get your Vehicle Ready for Winter!

    Monday 26 November 2018

    As we move into the winter season, even though we live in a weather-wonderful location, it’s still important to have our vehicle ready for winter. Whether we stay on the roads of Monterey or head up into the snowy mountains to ski, snowshoe, or spend time with friends and family, it’s essential that we are well prepared, and the team at Robert’s Collision & Repair want to help keep you safe this holiday season. Check all fluids and make sure they are appropriate for the we... read more

  • For all the BMW Owners and Lovers Out There…

    Monday 19 November 2018

    Okay...if you’re going to drive a BMW or even TALK about them, then you’d better get this straight right away, or you’re just going to look silly. If you are talking about a BMW motorcycle, then yes, go ahead and refer to them as Beemers or Beamers. HOWEVER, if you are talking about your BMW automobile, please for the love of the brand, call it a BIMMER. Yes, that’s right. B. I. M. M. E. R. Bimmer it is! Whew. Now that we have that out of the way let’s dive into a b... read more

  • Driving with Your Trusty Co-pilot, AKA Your Pet

    Monday 12 November 2018

    For most of us, our pets aren’t just our pets; they are a beloved part of our family that we want to protect just as much as any other family member. We also want them happy and healthy. We love having them with us as we head out on our many life adventures and there is much we can do to keep our loyal travel buddies’ tails-a-wagging’. Unless of course you’re traveling with cats, and then the tail wag isn’t so good. Just like we need our stuff, so do they. And sinc... read more

  • How to Deal with Traffic During the Holiday Season

    Monday 05 November 2018

    Did you know that during the holiday season, road traffic can increase up to 25%? That’s more than any other time of the year and can mean longer travel times and more stress. At Robert’s Collision & Repair, we know how stressful this kind of travel can be, but we also know there are ways to make it better.  Start by scheduling your vehicle’s regular maintenance. This way you’ll know that all of your fluids, belts, tires, battery and other important car parts ar... read more

  • Breaking News: The Hybrid Mustang

    Monday 29 October 2018

    It’s a little hard to believe that we’ve already started the slide into 2019. Even crazier to think about the electric slide the auto industry is making. While automakers aren’t making much money on their hybrids quite yet, the auto manufacturing industry is investing a lot into this technology because they know it’s the wave of the future. Ford is investing $700 million into it’s Flat Rock, Michigan plant and canceling the plans on the $1.6 billion new plant in Mex... read more

  • Halloween safety tips for drivers and trick-or-treaters

    Monday 22 October 2018

    We all know that Halloween is a night full of ghosts and goblins and, of course, candy. We also all know that Halloween is a night we should use extra caution while driving through our neighborhoods, but let’s take a moment to refresh. First of all, if you and/or your child/children are walking the streets Halloween night, be on the defensive. You may have the cutest most awesome costume in the world, but especially if it’s a dark color, take a few precautions to ensure you are seen... read more

  • Ways to Save on Auto Insurance

    Monday 15 October 2018

    Some of these are obvious but are still worth mentioning. At Robert’s Auto Collision & Repair we want to help you in any way we can, and if we can save you some money, then that’s what we want to do!  All insurance companies offer discounts. Take the time, no matter how much you don’t want to, to talk to your agent. It has the potential to be time well spent. Shop around. Again… you’re not going to want to, but you’ll be surprised just how differen... read more

  • What Noises are NOT Good Noises

    Monday 08 October 2018

    Just like a human, sometimes your car gives you signs that things aren’t going so well and it’s time to bring your vehicle into Robert’s Collision & Repair before it gets worse. Sometimes, also like a human, they keep it to themselves and just keep moving along. The later situation is exactly why regular maintenance is so important as it gives our auto mechanics a chance to see what might be creeping up before it turns into a real problem. The following, however, is a short... read more

  • Fun Car Facts

    Monday 01 October 2018

    We all love fun facts, don't we? Today, we thought it would be cool to share some fun facts about cars. Fact #1  Did you know that the very first car to hit the road was a Benz? No, really. It was. German Inventor Karl Benz bought that vision to fruition in 1886 (well, the first time it hit the road was New Year’s Eve 1879). It was the first stationary gasoline engine and was a one-cylinder two-stroke unit. One of the first cars designed and built for the masses was our very own... read more

  • The 6 Most Likely Things To Go Wrong With Your Car!

    Monday 24 September 2018

    You know you’re having a bad day when… Anyone of these items on the list below is cause for at least a partially challenging day, but it could ALWAYS be worse, right? The good news is that you have an awesome auto repair shop just around the corner at Robert’s Collision & Repair in Monterey and while we are very adept at repairing collision damage, we’d much rather see you for easy to fix problems like the top auto repair problems we do see on a regular basis: Dead... read more

  • Who in the world would pay more than $1,000,000 for a sports car: McLaren in the spotlight.

    Monday 17 September 2018

    Apparently, there are PLENTY of people around the globe who will pay that and more! For more than 99% of the world’s population, however, that’s an event that is difficult to even begin to conceive. Bugatti, Lamborghini, Aston Martin… those are just a few in the million-dollar club. McLaren stands among (in not above) them and brings its own uniqueness to the lineup.   In 1953, at the age of 15, Bruce McLaren retrofitted an Austin 7 Ulster (all on his own!) into a racing... read more

  • Safe cars: what makes them safe and what are the top-rated safe cars on the road?

    Monday 10 September 2018

      What do you think about when buying a car? Money is usually the number one consideration, but safety falls right in behind. The average American will be in 4 automobile accidents in their lifetime. Knowing that makes a person want to find a car that is not only cost-effective, reliable, but SAFE!  So, what makes a car safe? A lot more goes into answering that question than most people think: Seat belts: adjustable upper belts to adjust for a person’s size; seat belt pretensio... read more

  • What to ask when you’re trying to choose the right automotive shop for you and your vehicle.

    Monday 03 September 2018

    There’s so much that goes into choosing the right mechanic and the right automotive repair shop. Don’t be afraid to get in there and ask questions. This is a big decision that will impact you (your wallet!) and the health and longevity of your vehicle. Protect yourself and your auto as much as possible by digging into some tough questions. And if the shop is uncomfortable answering your questions or doesn’t have the time to talk to you, that should be your answer right there... read more

  • Why Should I have my Car Detailed?

    Monday 27 August 2018

    Americans have a love affair with our vehicles. We cherish their beauty, styling, as well as the overall driving experience. They provide freedom, both real and perceived. Some people don’t see the value in paying to have their car detailed. Those who do truly understand the benefits of doing so as well as thoroughly enjoying the end results.  Just in case you’re curious, we’ve compiled a list of a few of the top reasons why it’s a worthy investment: Chemical bug r... read more

  • Road Trip Preparations

    Monday 20 August 2018

    August is a favorite month for road trips, and since there are so many beautiful and scenic destinations here on the west coast, it’s no wonder, so many of us hit the road over the summer months. There are some tips to keep in mind while road-tripping that should help you stay safe and stay on the way. First of all, cars that are 10 years old or older tend to break down twice as often as younger cars and are 4 times more likely to need a tow. That doesn’t mean you can’t success... read more

  • Keeping Our Vehicles’ Interior Cool this August

    Monday 13 August 2018

    While we are incredibly fortunate to live in a place where the sea breezes help to keep us more relaxed than most of other California cities, it’s still all relative, and on a late August afternoon, our vehicles can get roasting. After only one hour in the sun, the average auto interior is 43 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. Youch!  Your car’s color contributes to the interior temperature. The darker colors absorb more heat while a white or silver vehicle can be abo... read more

  • Back to School Driving Safety Tips

    Monday 06 August 2018

      Hard to believe that summer is over and it’s time for school to start yet again. Whether we have children of our own in the local school system, we are all affected by the change in driving in and around schools. Not only is it a hefty fine if we get caught speeding in a school zone, but it’s also dangerous. A child is most likely to be hit by a car close to their school… much more so than any other location. There are a few ways we can avoid a steep fine and keep the c... read more

  • The Emerging Ride Industry

    Monday 30 July 2018

    There is so much going on in the emerging ride industry. From mobile apps to self-driving cars to bigger carpooling platforms, the automotive industry is certainly changing. As our big cities get bigger and parking spaces can come at a premium, we tend to look for more alternative options. The green movement also compels us forward in making better choices when it comes to getting where we need to be. Both to cut down on energy consumption as well as simply using fewer overall resources required... read more

  • Ways to Keep Your Auto Safe from Thieves

    Monday 23 July 2018

    Did you know that the most likely months to have your car stolen are July & August? In the U.S., nearly every 44 seconds someone falls prey to an auto thief. Close to 50% of those thefts could be prevented by us, the auto owner, by following a few simple rules. A lot of these seem obvious, but since we never think that it could happen to us, it’s good to be reminded!   Don’t leave your keys in the ignition or cup holder. Even if you have a keypad entry, a car thief won&rsqu... read more

  • How Much do you LOVE Car Shows? We’ve compiled a short list of some of the top car shows in the United States.

    Monday 16 July 2018

    Americans love cars. To us, they are a symbol of freedom, independence and even if the make is foreign, part of the American dream. Also, there’s nothing better than spending an afternoon, or sometimes even a week, checking out the cars that are part of our history and heritage, or getting a glimpse at what the future holds. If you are a car-show enthusiast, these 10 should be on your bucket list. Some you can even squeeze in this summer and then put the rest on your calendar for next year... read more

  • The Corvette: A look at the original model and what we can expect in the next generation.

    Monday 09 July 2018

      What American does not LOVE a Corvette?? Okay… there may be a couple, but they are few and far between. This car represents the American dream, baby. Sleek in design and fast on the road, able to hug the tightest curves and, damn, do you look good in the driver’s seat! Let’s go back to 1953 when Chevrolet drove its first Corvette off the assembly line. $3,490 would have put you in one of the 300 Corvette’s produced that first year. They were all white convertible... read more

  • What To Do In Monterey This 4th Of July

    Monday 02 July 2018

    Wondering what to do this 4th of July? Well, let us help you figure that out! You can start celebrating as early as 7:00 A.M. and continue on well into the night. From pancakes for breakfast to the fireworks at night, we’ve compiled plenty to keep you well fed and entertained this Wednesday as we celebrate our 242nd year of independence.  Pancake breakfast 7:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Monterey Firefighters Charity event held at Fire Station #1, 600 Pacific Street. Fun for the whole family... read more

  • Safety on the Road This Summer

    Monday 25 June 2018

    Typically when we think of unsafe driving conditions, we think of winter driving. Yet the statics show that there are far more fatal accidents over the summer months, most likely due to people getting out on the road for vacations and an increase in road work. There’s a lot you can do, however, to minimize your risk of getting in an accident. A little bit of prevention can go a long way!   More teens on the road: Not only does this add to the sheer number of vehicles on the road, b... read more

  • 8 Tips for Buying a Car

    Monday 18 June 2018

    Buying a new car, even if it’s just new to you, is a huge deal. So many choices these days and it can be difficult to narrow down the field as well as the decision of who to trust. The better prepared you are before walking onto a lot or someone’s driveway, the more power you have to negotiate and the more confidence you will exude. Take your time and do your research. It will serve you well! Here’s a list of the top 8 things to do to prepare for your next automobile purchase... read more

  • Top 5 Obscure (yet really cool) Monterey Spots to Check Out This Summer

    Monday 11 June 2018

    If you live in the Monterey area, you know what a fantastic place it is and how many beautiful things there are to see and do. This time of year is lovely and calls us out to explore. Are you ready to get your adventure on but you want to stay local? Are you tired of the same old, yet fantastic, attractions? Here are 5 of the more obscure, yet relaxed, places you may not have already checked out. Who doesn't love a good pastry or taste of chocolate? The artisans at... read more

  • The Joys of Waterborne Paint

    Monday 04 June 2018

    At Robert’s Collision & Repair we’ve held a long-existing standard of excellence and environmental consciousness, and when it comes to protecting our local environment, we go the extra mile. That’s why we use waterborne paint for all of our automotive painting services. Regular automotive paint is very high in solvents (75%) which is a leading cause of environmental damage. These solvents are made up of Volatile Organic Compounds… while ‘organic’ is often... read more

  • Honoring The Fallen on Memorial Day

    Monday 28 May 2018

    Memorial Day is a time to remember those military personnel who served and gave their lives to protect our country. There is a special concert from the Monterey County Pops called “To Remember and Honor” on the lawn of Colton Hall in downtown Monterey at 570 Pacific Street. Join us at this free event that kicks off at 2:00 PM.  

  • Do German Car Designers Have A Sense Of Humor? We Think Yes.

    Monday 21 May 2018

    Proving that even a serious German automobile giant like Porsche has a sense of humor, just take a look at a news release the company issued on April 1, 2018:   Porsche announces Mission E Tractor Plugging into the future of all-electric agriculture.   Porsche AG is delighted to announce the latest addition to the Mission E model line. Following the successful debut of the Mission E Cross Turismo at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, Porsche is heading even further off road... read more

  • Leggo My Legos

    Monday 14 May 2018

    Did you play with Legos as a kid? Millions of children around the world did, and some never outgrew their obsession with the building block toys. Originally introduced by the Lego Group, a Danish company founded by carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen, the design was repeatedly tweaked until it became the familiar system we know today in 1958. They are made from ABS... read more

  • A Musical Solution to Speeders

    Monday 07 May 2018

    For those drivers possessed of a lead foot, the speeding ticket is an annoying—and expensive—fact of motoring life. And they’ve been around for a long time. Englishman Walter Arnold has the distinction of the being the first motorist to receive a ticket. On January 28, 1896, he was cited for driving at the breakneck pace of eight mph in a two-mph zone. That set him back one shilling. The first American was Jacob German, a New York cabbie. He got nailed for zooming along at 12 m... read more

  • Ferrari Challenge at Laguna Seca in May 2018

    Monday 07 May 2018

    Lovers of all things Ferrari will rejoice this week when the Ferrari Challenge returns to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. For three days, May 4, 5 and 6, 2018, scores of Prancing Ponies of all types and their drivers will be challenged by Laguna’s iconic 2.238-mile road track. The Monterey County event is part of a series put on by the Ferrari company. For a fairly hefty entry fee (that includes the purchase of a new Ferrari), drivers are trained to compete in this international series. R... read more

  • Uh-Oh. The Low Fuel Light is on…How Far Can You Go?

    Monday 23 April 2018

    Some cars have a light that comes on. Some emit an attention-grabbing tone. Other, older models just quietly sneak into the red zone. All have a needle pointing ominously to “E.” We’re talking about the “Low Fuel” warning. We’ve all been there. During a busy day, it’s easy to neglect that stop for a fill-up. Many times, we think it can wait: “Oh, I can go another 50 miles, easy,” we think. Maybe yes, maybe no. The fact is that some mechanic... read more

  • Interesting Facts About Car Paint

    Monday 16 April 2018

    In a 1909 meeting, Henry Ford said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” In the century-plus since he said that, manufacturers—including Ford—have relaxed that requirement somewhat, offering vehicles painted in a rainbow of colors, up to and including actual rainbows. When you look around while driving, though, it seems like there are just a few colors in everyday use. That begs the question: “just what are the most... read more

  • Good Old Days Comes to Pacific Grove, April 14 & 15, 2018

    Monday 09 April 2018

      Every April, the Monterey Peninsula comes alive when the City of Pacific Grove shuts down Lighthouse Avenue for two days to accommodate Good Old Days, a truly locals-friendly community event that incorporates food, arts and crafts, live music, a classic car show and--best of all--a good old-fashioned parade complete with marching bands, fire engines, and kids. Locals flock to this event, as it marks the first big event of the season. People see friends they haven’t run into since t... read more

  • Elon Musk’s Space Roadster

    Sunday 01 April 2018

      By now, just about everyone on Earth knows that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk chose to launch his red Tesla Roadster into space on February 2, 2018, atop the maiden flight of that company’s Falcon Heavy rocket. It carried a mannequin named “Starman” dressed in a space suit and the car’s dashboard screen displayed the message “Don’t Panic” while David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” played on the car’s sound system. Hmm. Some might... read more

  • Back to the Future Again

    Monday 26 March 2018

      Doc Brown would be proud. Nooka was an American company that designed and produced lifestyle merchandise from, 2004 to 2016. Initially, they were known for avant-garde watches. Founded in New York, NY by artist Matthew Waldman, the company’s products explored the intersection of design and technology. In 2012, Nooka decided to repurpose a few Delorean sports cars as New York City taxicabs. The stunt was intended as promotion for the company. the automobiles have ‘come to s... read more

  • Barn Finds

    Monday 19 March 2018

      We’ve all heard the stories about someone going into their grandparents’ barn to discover a rare classic car buried under a coating of dust and junk. One would think that by now, all those lucky finds would have been found, but they’re still cropping up. For instance, last year a one-of-a-kind 1969 Ferrari Daytona was found in a garage in Japan. The GTB/4, originally sold to a close friend of Enzo Ferrari himself, is the only remaining aluminum bodied example in existen... read more

  • Fun Facts About Police Cars

    Monday 12 March 2018

    Once upon a time, police departments were content to equip their officers with patrol cars derived from family sedans. The Ford Crown Victoria was the top seller for many years. The first police patrol car was an electric wagon that protected the streets of Akron, Ohio in the late 1800s. Interesting how things come full circle: many 21st-century police departments-including Denver and Los Angeles--are now using modified Tesla S electric vehicles to patrol their streets and highways. Some fun f... read more

  • Enjoy the Monterey Peninsula With a Road Trip

    Monday 05 March 2018

    We didn’t really experience much of a winter this year--there were weeks that felt more like spring in San Diego than winter in Monterey. And because the snowpack in the Sierra was below average, many Bay Area residents forsook the mountains chose to visit us instead. If you needed proof, just drive down and see the lines of cars parked along Highway 1 outside of Point Lobos on any given weekend day.   Now that the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has folded up its tent for another year... read more

  • The Highway 68 Roundabout

    Monday 26 February 2018

      When the now-completed roundabout project was first announced, it was met with skepticism. But since its completion, the newly-designed intersection has significantly reduced the bottleneck of traffic that was a daily nuisance on the Holman Highway/Highway 1 merge.   Experienced drivers are having no trouble navigating the feature, and even first-time drivers seem to get the hang of the technique quickly. For those who have not driven t... read more

  • The Micro Bus is Coming Back…

    Monday 19 February 2018

    In his 1967 song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” Arlo Guthrie mentioned what is probably the quintessential hippy vehicle. To help out restaurant owner Alice, Arlo and his friend decided to take out the restaurant’s garbage:   We took the half a ton of garbage, Put it in the back of a red VW Microbus took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed On toward the city dump   Those iconic 60s buses command high prices today and are in high... read more

  • Winter Car Care Tips

    Monday 12 February 2018

    Thankfully, on the central California coast, we enjoy a temperate climate. While we do experience some heavy wind and rain events that cause localized trauma--like the devastating  Big Sur storms of 2017 that led to that area being effectively isolated for months to the rains and resulting mudslides in the Santa Barbara area last month--we don’t get the kind of deep freeze that regularly occurs in the midwest and east coast of the US. But you still need to winterize your vehicles. Wet... read more

  • The Clambake is Coming…

    Thursday 01 February 2018

      Before there was Car Week, there was the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. For many years the golf tournament founded by crooner Bing Crosby was one of the biggest visitor draws of the year. The Monterey Peninsula’s typically sleepy winter streets burst into life as golf enthusiasts and celebrity watchers came to town. And that was the idea.   Bing had started his tournament in Rancho Santa Fe in 1937. It was a relaxed affair, a way for the singer to hang out with his celebrity... read more

  • 5 Steps to Buying a New Car

    Monday 29 January 2018

      Getting a new car is a big step and one of the biggest purchases we make in our lifetime. There are many components that need to be considered before purchasing that vehicle that suits your needs and lifestyle.   Here are some important steps to takes that could make the car buying process faster, safer, and cheaper.   1. Research the car and features   There are a vast array of websites that have pictures and descriptions of available automobiles currently on the ma... read more

  • How to Make Long Drives More Comfortable

    Monday 22 January 2018

      Some drivers get antsy during long drives. Boredom and low energy play a big role in this. Luckily there are ways to keep us comfortable when we’re on the road for miles.   1. Cruise control   When your speed is consistent you save money on fuel. Fewer stops to the gas station might give you some peace of mind. However, don’t forget to stop every few hours to stretch your legs.   2. Keep healthy snacks in the car   Staying away from sugar and fast... read more

  • Cheap and Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Smelling Wonderful

    Monday 15 January 2018

      For the amount of time Americans spend in their automobiles, it’s not a surprise that sometimes our cars get a stench that is less than desirable. Some of the common culprits responsible for stinking up our cars can include:   Trash Mold Dirty Cabin/HVAC Air Filter Coffee Stains Old Food Dirty Clothes   The good news is that there are several simple inexpensive remedies for this issue. Below are some ways to keep your vehicle delightful smelling great:  ... read more

  • The Safest Automobiles in 2018

    Monday 08 January 2018

    Automobiles in 2018 are safer than they've ever been. Technological advancements have made cars able to protect the people who drive them. Seatbelts, traction control, airbags, as well as more modern-day developments have also protected vehicle owners since they were implemented years ago. Automobile manufacturers have been adding even more features that offer safety. This includes semi-autonomous lane departure warnings, active emergency braking, and rear-view cameras. Automakers have even... read more

  • How Your Doing Business With Roberts Collision and Repair Helps the Community

    Sunday 07 January 2018

    Happy New Year from our family at Robert’s Collision and Repair to yours. This year, we’re especially grateful for your loyalty and ongoing business. Every day we do our best to deliver exceptional auto repair with fantastic customer service. Still, we know you have a choice when it comes to auto repair and we appreciate your ongoing business because it enables us to make contributions to you and our community in different ways. Here are a few examples:     By delivering... read more

  • Seasons Greetings from Robert’s Collision & Repair

    Monday 18 December 2017

    Merry Christmas from everyone at Robert’s Collision and Repair. We recently ran across this story and thought you might like to see what happens when a man who loves cars trades in his BMW to surprise his wife with a Ford F-150 for Christmas. Just tap this video link.   Nothing says “I love you” quite like a new car parked in the driveway on Christmas morning. If y... read more

  • Holiday Traffic. Should You Go or Should You Stay?

    Monday 11 December 2017

      Christmas is just around the corner and we want to be sure you arrive safely wherever you’re headed. Make sure your vehicle is safe for holiday travel at Robert”s Collision and Repair in Monterey. But how do you know when to avoid the traffic? Good news! AAA and Waze, the consumer-controlled traffic app offer this holiday traffic forecast.   According to AAA, in 2017, more than 100 million Americans will travel between December 23 and January 3. That’s the larges... read more

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus to Spread Some Christmas Cheer!

    Monday 04 December 2017

    You won’t want to miss the excitement this Saturday, December 9, at 10:30 a.m. when Santa and Mrs.Claus fly-in by helicopter direct from the North Pole to Carmel Valley Village Airfield! There they'll board their sleigh and lead a parade through Carmel Valley Village. The parade is filled with horses, the Carmel Valley Kiwanis Club train, unique autos a... read more

  • December 2017 Special: $50 Off for repairs totaling $300 or more in Labor Expenses

    Friday 01 December 2017

    $50 Off for repairs totaling $300 or more in Labor Expenses. Offer valid through December 21, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   During the holidays, we appreciate that a big chunk of your budget is spent on those you love. If the safety of your loved ones is important to you, we encourage you to take advantage of our big December savings offer: $50 Off for Repairs Totaling $300 or more in Labor Expenses.   You see, we understand that you work h... read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thursday 23 November 2017

    Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. Everyone at Robert’s Collision Repair wishes you the happiest of holidays.     At Robert’s Collision and Repair, we don’t fix TVs, but we do fix automobiles. If you’re looking for professional technicians to repair your vehicle, visit our skilled mechanics at 234 Ramona Ave, Monterey, CA. 93940, or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to takin... read more

  • What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

    Monday 20 November 2017

    A lit up check engine light could mean a lot of things. Perhaps it’s a small issue or it could indicate the problem is more serious. If your car is not surging smoke, chances are that you are not in immediate danger. The check engine light is there to keep car drivers aware of engine irregularities and sensory malfunctions. The vehicle’s onboard computer, or engine control unit (ECU), can adjust to make sure that the engine is running efficiently. What do you do when the sensor is ge... read more

  • The Best Songs for Road Trips

    Monday 13 November 2017

    Going on road trips is all a matter of perspective. You can look at it as boring or as an adventure! Music makes everything better! Having the right tunes for a road trip is essential to make the hours go faster. Perhaps you’ve always had dreams of being a rock star. This is your chance! A road trip paired with inspiring melodies and lyrics is a great way to bond with your passengers or belt it out at the top of your lungs with your family and friends in the car. The team at  Robert&r... read more

  • The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

    Monday 06 November 2017

    No matter what type of car you own, the significance of preventative maintenance is absolutely essential. The team at Robert’s Collision & Repair feels that all responsible car owners need to be very mindful of preventive maintenance. Our highly skilled auto mechanics are happy to inspect your vehicle to see if any repairs should be done to prevent malfunctions, dangerous situations on the road, and hefty costs down the line.   Safety Preventative maintenance lets drivers have... read more

  • November 2017 Special: 10% Off Transmission Service

    Wednesday 01 November 2017

    10% Off Transmission Service. Offer valid through November 30, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   For many car owners, transmissions are one of the most overlooked and often forgotten components of a vehicle. Why? We’ve been trained to change your oil, change our spark plugs, change our windshield wipers, etc., but we often forget to notice the transmission until the car won’t go.   To prepare your vehicle for the upcoming holiday sh... read more

  • Safe Driving Tips for Halloween

    Monday 30 October 2017

    Halloween is here and with it come the added dangers of excited goblins running in the streets in their dark costumes. Robert’s Collision & Repair reminds you that trick-or-treaters can be indecisive and impulsive, and their costumes may hinder their peripheral vision. Please be careful and follow these Halloween safe driving tips:      Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra reacti... read more

  • How to Decorate Your Car for Halloween

    Monday 23 October 2017

    It’s Halloween costume time. This year, give your car some Halloween spirit with a costume of its own. Take a look at some of the creative ideas below.       You can find more Halloween vehicle costume ideas here: read more

  • Halloween Pumpkin Carving Tips

    Monday 16 October 2017

    Halloween is just a few weeks away. Time make your pumpkin a Jack-o-Lantern. Here are some pumpkin carving tips:   Be sure your pumpkin has a thick green stem. The greener the stem, the fresher the pumpkin. The thicker the stem, the thinker the pumpkin and the better for carving. Plan your design. If you’re an artist, freehand may work for you. The rest of us work better with a plan. Use a pen to draw you design before you get out you blade. Think outside the carving tool kit. Th... read more

  • Oh Say, Can You See? - Are Your Headlamps in Good Shape?

    Monday 09 October 2017

    Autumn is here and with it come shorter days and longer nights. Daylight savings ends in a couple of weeks and that means more driving in the dark and at dusk. Your vehicle’s headlamps are like eyeglasses. Dirt and grime accumulate so gradually we don’t notice and before we know it, our vision is hindered. Headlamp restoration is important in prolonging the life of your vehicle’s exterior lighting system. Poor upkeep could result in replacement and, depending on your vehicle, t... read more

  • October 2017 Special: 10% Off Labor for Car Battery Replacement

    Sunday 01 October 2017

    10% Off Labor for Car Battery Replacement. Offer valid through October 31, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   October is Car Care Month and that is why Robert’s Collision & Repair is offering the following special:  10% Off Labor for Car Battery Replacement.   With all the electronics and systems pulling power from the car battery, it’s no wonder that batteries die more quickly. Today’s automobile electrical systems ar... read more

  • How To Keep Your Cool In Monterey's September Weather

    Monday 25 September 2017

    As you know, the Monterey Peninsula is known for its cool weather. Our cool weather is what attracts people from all over so they can give their sweat glands a rest. But September is our warmest month, and when it’s Autumn everywhere else, it’s like Summer here. That’s why we’ve come up with a few reminders about how to keep cool in your car while you’re commuting around Monterey, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Marina, Salinas, Big Sur, and Moss Landing.   H... read more

  • Aftermarket Parts vs. Factory Parts

    Monday 18 September 2017

    Here at Robert’s Collision & Repair in Monterey, CA, several of our customers ask us about our use of aftermarket parts vs. factory parts. Each auto repair we do brings unique opportunities to use parts that are straight from the factory or parts that are made by other vendors. Here’s an overview of our philosophy on aftermarket parts versus factory parts. When it comes to auto body repair, we strive to always restore your vehicle back to factory standards. That is why we have a... read more

  • How Does Robert’s Collision & Repair Handle Dent Repair & Auto Detailing?

    Sunday 10 September 2017

    At Robert’s Collision & Repair, we are known as the premier auto body shop on the Monterey Peninsula. Ninety percent of our business handles auto body repair from minor dents and scratches to major automotive restoration, while the remaining ten percent of our business handles mechanical repair. We see a lot of auto body repairs in our shop after vehicles have been involved in some form of accident. The accidents can be minor... read more

  • Local September Events and Festivals on the Monterey Peninsula

    Tuesday 05 September 2017

    September is a fabulous month for outdoor festivals on the Monterey Peninsula.  September is one of our favorite months because we have summertime temperatures, lots of sunshine, and plenty of festival food and drinks we can indulge in. Here are our top three local September events and festivals around the Monterey Peninsula:  ... read more

  • September 2017 Special: 10% discount on labor up to $100 for any mechanical repair or service.

    Friday 01 September 2017

    September 2017 Special: 10% discount on labor up to $100 for any mechanical repair or service. Offer valid through September 9, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   In honor of Labor Day, we want to celebrate by offering our clients a 10% discount up to $100 for any mechanical repair or service. Call it a labor of love, but we want our customers to know how much they mean to us, and that is why we are discounting 10% off labor up to $100 for any mechanic... read more

  • What Does It Mean to be ASE-Certified?

    Monday 28 August 2017

    At Robert’s Collisions & Repair, we’re proud to be ASE Certified. There are a lot of certifications and organizations out there in the automotive industry, serving to raise auto care across the nation up to a higher standard. ASE, or the National Institute for Automotive Excellence, is one of them. ASE has been up and running since 1972 as an independent, non-profit organization that certifies individual technicians and service advisors, not the auto shop as a whole. They grant... read more

  • Most Common Electrical Problems for New Cars

    Monday 21 August 2017

    When a brand new car gets purchased, expectations can be extremely high. Although electrical systems have been a huge compliment to the classic mechanics in cars, they come with their own batch of drawbacks too. Sometimes, poor electrical systems can indicate a flaw in the manufacturing process or could be a clue that your new car might not be as new as you were led to believe. It can be difficult to discern which one of these possible explanations is the case. Let’s take a look at the mos... read more

  • Welcome to Car Week, August 11 - 20, 2017

    Monday 14 August 2017

    Car week in Monterey takes place August 11 - 20, and it just so happens to be one of our favorite events here on the Monterey Peninsula! This year’s events will be scattered across Seaside, Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach. Monterey Car Week has become one of the most popular car shows in the world. Considering the week-long festivities and famous cars and car designs, it’s no wonder why! The show starts off on Alvarado Street in downtown Monterey with a car show th... read more

  • August 2017 Special: 10% Off Labor for Tire Rotation Service.

    Monday 07 August 2017

    10% Off Labor for Tire Rotation Service. Offer valid through August 31, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers. Did you know that tire rotation can extend the life of your tires up to 20 percent? That means if you have tires that are rated for 50,000 miles, you may be able to squeeze an extra 10,000 miles out of them if you rotate those tires at the factory’s recommended rate. To extend the life of your tires, take advantage of our monthly special in August... read more

  • Road Trip Ideas for Scuba Divers

    Monday 31 July 2017

    Living in scenic Monterey, California, means that we don’t need to travel far to find a stunning ocean sunset view. But have you ever checked out what’s under the water? If not, you are missing out! Scuba diving is popular in Monterey, and through many areas in about a 2-hour radius from Seaside. It’s worth the exploration if you have the time and can rent the gear to explore!   For those who have never “taken the plunge” and explored scuba diving before, Ca... read more

  • Fuel Economy Tips for Summer Driving

    Monday 24 July 2017

      We’re pretty lucky that traveling to the beach from Monterey is close and easy to access, but many other summer destinations take a much longer drive. If you’re planning on taking a drive inland for camping or theme parks, or have family members to visit who live a couple of hours away, you’ll want to make the most of your fuel this summer. At Robert’s Collision and Repair, we just so happen to know a thing or two about cars and fuel economy. Here are a few tips f... read more

  • Best Beach Hack Car Accessories

    Monday 17 July 2017

    In Monterey, we are so lucky to have such beautiful beaches and deep waters right in our backyard. Whether you’re headed to any beach along the coast of Marina, Seaside, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-By-the-Sea, and Big Sur, you know you’re in for a beautiful view. At Robert’s Collision and Repair, we’ve got a few things figured out about what to bring to those beach trips to make the most of them! Of course, there are the beach trip standards, which include: towels... read more

  • July 2017 Special Offer -- 10% Off Coolant Flush

    Monday 10 July 2017

    July 2017 Special Offer 10% Off Coolant Flush.  Offer valid through July 31, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   If you’re planning to drive to warmer climates this summer, prepare your vehicle for the sizzling heat with our July special:  10% Off Coolant Flush.   Summertime temperatures in the Central Valley can literally bake cookies in a vehicle that’s parked out in the sun. Imagine what those soaring temperatures do to... read more

  • 4th of July Celebration & Traffic Safety

    Monday 03 July 2017

    The 4th of July is one of the most highly anticipated celebrations of the summer, from the cookouts on the beach to the sparklers to the 4th of July parade that marches down Alvarado Street in Monterey each year. However, it can become extremely dangerous pretty quickly.   Given the road closures, drinks, and fireworks that we enjoy each year, the potential for harm is pretty high. According to the United States Department of Transportation, in 2015 over 200 people were killed in car and... read more

  • 5 Things Every Car Owner Should Know (And How To Find Out!)

    Monday 26 June 2017

    Owning a car is a big responsibility for both new and seasoned drivers. In order to reduce stress further down the line, there are a few key things every driver should know. Luckily, these necessary basics are pretty easy to find out!   Learn the basics of maintenance. That means checking things the oil brake fluid, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid. Even better, learn to jump your car in case the battery dies and replace a tire. Everything you learn becomes a tool in case of emerge... read more

  • Most Common Car Repairs During the Summer

    Monday 19 June 2017

    For many families, the car gets a lot more mileage during the summer than during the fall, winter, and spring. As many field trips and daily commutes as there may be, the road trips to visit family and four-wheeling up to the very best camping site are far more rigorous for most vehicles. That’s why we recommend scheduling a trip to see us at Robert's Collision and Repair as soon as possible so that we can check out your car from top to bottom. We want to make sure you don’t get... read more

  • How to Make Sure Your Vehicle’s A/C is Summer-Ready

    Monday 12 June 2017

    The summer is finally here! Let’s hope that the Monterey weather will grace us with more sunny days than overcast ones this year. With the beautiful weather, comes that summer heat! And there’s nothing worse than being packed like sardines into a car that has a broken A/C when you’re trying to enjoy the summer months. Before you hit the road take some advice from your friendly local collision and repair shop; make sure your car’s air conditioner is ready for the trip! The... read more

  • June 2017 Monthly Offer -- Free Brake Inspection

    Thursday 01 June 2017

    June 2017 Monthly Offer -- Free Brake Inspection. Offer valid through June 30, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   Do your brakes stop on a dime? If yes, you’re in good shape. However, if your brakes are acting sluggish, or creep along when you push down on the pedal, we encourage you to take advantage of our Free Brake Inspection during the month of June.   A free brake inspection can mean a big difference in your vehicle’s safety. W... read more

  • How To Jump your Car

    Monday 29 May 2017

      One of the most important things to know as a driver is how to jump your car safely. At Robert’s Collision and Auto Repair, we consider it a very basic skill but important to do properly. It is inconvenient to be unable to jump your car on your own, but even worse to attempt to do so and misfire. So perhaps this seems like a silly reminder, but we consider safety to be more important than anything else. Here are some quick directions on how exactly to jump your car.   If yo... read more

  • Paint is Discolored and Wearing Away: What Does it Mean?

    Monday 22 May 2017

        As cars age, you often begin to see discoloration, staining, peeling… all sorts of problems appearing with paint. Although these can be staved off with regular washing and waxing, many have specific, sometimes preventable causes. At Robert’s Collision and Repair, we’ve seen it all when it comes to paint job problems, and we have all the tools and talent to sand down, repaint, repair, and wax your car’s paint job until it is seamless and shiny again. But ju... read more

  • Buying a New Car: Steps to get you Started

    Monday 15 May 2017

    Purchasing a new car is a huge endeavor, but don’t let the overwhelm of the task deter you from finding a new vehicle if you really need one. Here are a few suggestions from everyone at Robert’s Collision about getting started on the car search.   Do your research. The first step is simply going online and searching for the features you need in a car and a price range you can manage. Do you need a 4-door or can you manage with a 2? Do you go off-roading or work in any vocatio... read more

  • Best Roadside Produce Stands In Monterey County

    Monday 08 May 2017

    Monterey has some of the best produce around to offer, but the key is knowing where to find them! Most Farmer’s markets in the area are a safe bet, but finding the best roadside stands can be a bit trickier. Here are a few suggestions for produce stands and farmer’s markets from a few Monterey locals here at Robert’s Collision and Repair.   The Farm in Salinas Valley. This produce location even has it’s own web page... read more

  • May 2017 Monthly Offer -- $25 Off repairs totaling $150 or more in labor expenses.

    Monday 01 May 2017

    May 2017 Monthly Offer -- $25 Off repairs totaling $150 or more in labor expenses. Offer valid through May 30, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   If you need help saving money during the month of May, take advantage of our monthly offer: $25 off repairs totaling $150 or more in labor expenses.   This offer includes important things your car needs, like:   Shocks & strut replacement Axle (CV) boot replacement Brake replacement Spark... read more

  • The Interesting History of Windshield Wipers

    Monday 24 April 2017

    It’s raining, it’s pouring... and before you know it, you’ll need new wiper blades! As little as we think about windshield wipers up until we need them, we virtually never question their origin.   When you think about it, windshield wipers are actually an incredible invention, and critical to driver safety. They were first invented and patented in 1903 by Mary Anderson, who observed an issue with visibility after a trolley ride one year prior. Anderson was born in Alabam... read more

  • It’s All In The Detailing… The Ultimate Facial for Exterior Paint

    Monday 17 April 2017

    If you just made your final car payment and want to celebrate this milestone, why not treat your vehicle to an Ultimate Facial? Robert’s Collision & Repair offers an Ultimate Facial for Exterior Paint that will help bring back the showroom floor luster your vehicle had when it was brand new.   This Ultimate Facial for Exterior Paint is only $250.00, and is available by appointment. Rental cars are available as needed. Here’s what the Ultimate Facial for Exterior Paint incl... read more

  • What You Should Know Before Making a Road Trip to Big Sur This Spring

    Monday 10 April 2017

    Big Sur is a popular travel destination for adventurous road trippers and vacationers alike. For those who’ve never been, Big Sur is simply the coast south of Carmel-By-the-Sea, and north of San Simeon, and sequestered by the Santa Lucia Mountains. The area is best known for hiking, camping, beaches, and all sorts of opportunities for adventure. Tourism in this area is essential for the modest community of families and small businesses who call Big Sur their home. But, even with blue skies... read more

  • April 2017 Monthly Offer -- $10 Off Service

    Saturday 01 April 2017

    April 2017 Monthly Offer -- $10 Off Service. Offer valid through April 30, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   It’s Tax Time, and in an effort to help our customers save money, we are offering a flat $10 off service. Which service? Any service.   It doesn’t matter if it’s an oil change or a major 60,000-mile service. We are willing to knock $10 off any service you need. Yep, that’s how we help you stretch your dollars so y... read more

  • The Latest in Driver Safety Technology

    Monday 27 March 2017

    With all the information out there about technology that inhibits driver safety, it’s worth taking a look at the other side of things: technology that makes our driving safer. Consider something as accepted as seatbelts! In the history of cars, seat belts are still a relatively new adaptation to cars, keeping driver and passengers that much safer in case of an accident. Let’s take a look at some of the latest tech when it comes to our daily commutes.   GPS Whether it’s... read more

  • My Car is Not Accelerating: What Does it Mean?

    Monday 20 March 2017

    At Robert’s Collision & Repair, we hear about this particular issue very frequently. So from the experts, here are a couple reasons why your car might not be accelerating.   Emergency Brake First things first, check if your emergency brake is on. This prevents you from moving at all, and it’s a pretty common mistake.   Neutral Similarly, if your car is set in neutral, it may stay at a stand still just as with an emergency brake... read more

  • 5 Steps to Declutter Your Vehicle

    Monday 13 March 2017

    There are many ways to clean and organize your car, but all of them start with some good, old-fashioned spring cleaning. Here are our 5 steps to de-cluttering your car!   Cleaning. Yes, it’s the top of the list. Vacuuming the seats and floors, wiping down the dash and console, vacuuming the floor mats, washing your vehicle, and protecting it with wax or a sealant. All these regular cleaning tasks may be chores, but it’s the best place to start when tidying and sorting out the... read more

  • March 2017 Special: Free Check Engine Light Scan

    Wednesday 01 March 2017

    March 2017 Special:  Free Check Engine Light Scan Does not include diagnosis or repair. Offer valid through March 31, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   Does your “Check Engine” light turn on when you start your vehicle and stay on? If yes, your vehicle is trying to tell you something’s up. It may be as simple as your gas cap isn’t sealed properly, or something more serious. Either way, it is important to get to the bottom... read more

  • My Car is Not Starting: What Does it Mean?

    Monday 27 February 2017

    The deafening grinding and desperate sputtering failure of a car that has just about had it. We know the dread setting feeling well at Robert’s Collision & Repair, and we also know just how to alleviate the dread so you can get moving again. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk you through it!   But what exactly is going on when that engine just won’t start? Well, as you may have guessed, there are many answers to this question. We’ll address a few of the... read more

  • 10 Most Common Car Repair Problems

    Monday 13 February 2017

    At Robert’s Collision & Repair, we’ve seen the whole range of car troubles! Here’s a handful of the most common problems that auto repair shops like us see. Our list here happens to also be backed by several studies done on auto repair too. If you’re having any trouble with any of these parts of your car, come see us!   10. Driver-Installed Add-Ons Often, when drivers install extras like alarm systems, radios, or wireless devices in their car, it will divert... read more

  • Valentine Day Gifts for the Car Enthusiast

    Monday 13 February 2017

    Valentine’s Day is coming up fast for those of you with sweethearts out there! Luckily enough, you can infuse cars into just about anything! Here are a few ways to incorporate cars into gift ideas this Valentine’s Day.   Home Decor Decorate their living space or garage with automobile inspired memorabilia. It’s easy to find clever signs to put up around the workshop or decorative pillows with your favorite convertible on the cover.   Outd... read more

  • February 2017 Special: $50 Off Timing Belt Replacement.

    Monday 06 February 2017

    $50 Off Timing Belt Replacement. Offer valid through February 28, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   How’s your timing belt? Is it time to be replaced? If yes, Robert’s Collision & Repair has a deal for you that’s perfectly timed… $50 off timing belt replacement, good through the month of February.   Regardless of how many puns we can make about time, your vehicle’s timing belt is a highly critical component th... read more

  • 4 Tips for Driving With Your Dog

    Monday 30 January 2017

    A road trip with your best friend! Your best furry friend, that is. Nothing can top the utter, childlike joy of a dog’s smiling face out the window as you drive along. As much as driving your beloved pet around with you can be fun for them and sometimes necessary (visiting the vet, the groomer, moving, etc.) it can become very dangerous, very easily. We’re going to let you in on a few safety tips for your canine companion, for puppies and for full grown dogs alike.   1. Bring... read more

  • All-Season vs. Winter Tires: Which One is Right for You?

    Monday 23 January 2017

    This a question we get so often from our customers, we thought we might lay out the pros and cons for you so you can make the best decision for your car and budget. All Season Tires The two words we would use to describe All-Season tires are convenience and compromise. Living where the weather isn’t very harsh on either end of the spectrum, not a lot of snow, no blistering summers, is an ideal location to drive on All Season tires. Most locations meet this specification. These tires are... read more

  • January 2017 Special: 10% Off Antifreeze Service

    Monday 09 January 2017

    10% Off Antifreeze Service.  Offer valid through January 31, 2017. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers. Is your vehicle’s radiator ready for the winter weather El Nino is expected to bring? If you’re not sure, consider bringing your vehicle in for an antifreeze flush and replacement. During the month of January, we are offering 10% off antifreeze service so you can better prepare your vehicle for the long winter ahead. Antifreeze flush and replacemen... read more

  • 2017 New Year Resolutions for You and Your Car

    Monday 02 January 2017

    For us, it’s become a tradition to share a few New Year’s Resolutions with you. Sometimes resolutions are tough to stick to, but these 5 simple car care routines are quick and easy to maintain. Little reminders to do the simple things to keep your car running until next year! 1) Get your car washed regularly This is one of those little things that falls to the side after a while. Keeping your car washed and clean can help maintain visibility and extend the life of your paint coat... read more

  • Survival Tips While Stuck In Your Car

    Monday 26 December 2016

    Being stranded with your car is undoubtedly a scary experience. Being stuck in your car is particularly scary if you are caught in a blizzard, stuck in a flash flood, riding through a major earthquake, or drive over a cliff. Believe it or not, if you are prepared, the situation can seem a lot less scary and much more manageable.   Robert’s Collision and Repair has compiled a list of survival tips if you and your family are ever stuck in your car:   Don’t abandon your c... read more

  • Don’t Ignore It When You Hit a Curb

    Monday 19 December 2016

    We have witnessed many of our customer's cars suffer damage from hitting the curb. When the winter roads are slick, you are more likely to, unfortunately, hit the curb. It may seem as if this is a small mistake, but it can, in fact, inflict lasting damage on your vehicle. If you have hit the curb recently, we recommend contacting Robert’s Collision and Repair, so we can have a look at  your vehicle:     Even if you are going as slow as 5-10 mph, the impact from the c... read more

  • How to Make Your Tires Last Longer

    Monday 12 December 2016

    We think our tires only last up to 2 years maximum, but we are completely wrong. Tires can, in fact, with proper care and storage, can last up to an incredible ten years. The team at Robert’s Collision and Repair has put together a list of the best-kept secrets of tire maintenance:   Exposure to UV rays shortens the lifespan of your tires. Keep them inside as much as possible. Inspect your tires and rims every month. Make sure to look out for cracks in the sidewall, along with co... read more

  • $50 Off for repairs totaling $300 or more in Labor Expenses

    Monday 05 December 2016

    $50 Off for repairs totaling $300 or more in Labor Expenses. Offer valid through December 21, 2016. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   During the holidays, we appreciate that a big chunk of your budget is spent on the ones you love. If the safety of your loved ones is important to you, we encourage you to take advantage of our big December savings offer:  $50 Off for Repairs Totaling $300 or More in Labor Expenses.   You see, we understand that y... read more

  • What Happens When The Alternator Dies?

    Monday 28 November 2016

    How is the health of your vehicle’s alternator?  Do you know what happens to your car, truck, or SUV when the alternator dies? Here are six signs that your alternator may be having challenges:   You need to jumpstart your vehicle on a frequent basis. The lights on your vehicle are dim and not as bright as they should be. The battery light on your dashboard is on. The smell of burning rubber may indicate that a belt is not working properly. You hear odd grinding or whining n... read more

  • Playlist Suggestions for Your Thanksgiving Road Trip

    Monday 21 November 2016

    As we prepare for Thanksgiving, don’t forget the essentials…   Full tank of gas?  Check!   Tires properly inflated with the right amount of air?  Check!   Spare tire and battery cables in place?  Check!   Was the oil changed recently?  Check!   Road trip music?  Hmmm….   If you don’t already have a playlist prepared, here are a few suggestions for an epic Thanksgiving road trip:   The Travel Song... read more

  • Top 5 Reasons Robert’s Collision & Repair Is The Premiere Auto Repair Center on the Monterey Peninsula

    Monday 14 November 2016

    Robert’s Collision & Repair has earned the reputation as the leading auto repair center on the Monterey Peninsula, but what exactly separates us from our competitors? We have a compiled a list of reasons:   Estimators located on site at our facility make the process of auto repair much easier. They can quickly estimate the cost and extent of the damage, so we begin repairing your vehicle that much faster. We’re a preferred vendor for several insurance companies, includi... read more

  • November Special: 10% Off Transmission Service

    Tuesday 01 November 2016

    10% Off Transmission Service Offer valid through November 30, 2016. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   For many car owners, transmissions are one of the most overlooked and oft forgotten elements of a vehicle. Why? We’ve been trained to change our oil, change our spark plugs, change our windshield wipers, etc., but we often forget to notice the transmission until the car won’t go.   To prepare your vehicle for the upcoming holiday shopping... read more

  • 5 Driver Safety Tips for Halloween

    Saturday 29 October 2016

    Halloween is supposed to be scary. From the creepy witches to the spooky ghosts, there are plenty of things out there to get our heart racing. Let’s make sure our driving stays safe, so we can focus on this festive and fun holiday.   Robert’s Collision & Repair wants you and your family to stay safe. Unfortunately, during Halloween, the number of car accidents rise, especially during the hours of 6:00 - 9:00 PM. This could be due to the influx of trick or treaters walking... read more

  • How To Protect Yourself When Selling Your Car

    Sunday 23 October 2016

    It can be quite the challenge to sell your vehicle.  We have to worry about so many things, from finding the right price to writing the appropriate ads, that sometimes we overlook our safety. Robert’s Collision & Repair can help. We have compiled a list of tips to help you protect yourself when you are selling your car:   Be friendly: It helps to maintain a positive and friendly attitude during meetings with potential buyers. Try not to meet at y... read more

  • What Could Cause Engine Misfire?

    Monday 17 October 2016

    What exactly is engine misfire? When your vehicle’s check engine appears on your dashboard, essentially, your engine is misfiring. There are a number of reasons why your engine could be misfiring. However, at Robert’s Collision & Repair, many of our customers face a similar problem.   If this scenario sounds at all familiar, we encourage you to bring your vehicle into our shop as soon as possible:   You are driving home in a heavy rainstorm one night, and you acci... read more

  • What’s Wrong With the Wipers?

    Monday 10 October 2016

    The rainy season is around the corner. This means we need to make sure our wipers are in tip-top shape. It is easy to forget about our windshield wipers, compared to our car’s brakes or transmission. For clear visibility, you must stay vigilant and take care to replace your windshield wipers as needed.   It is important to keep an eye on our windshield wipers. When you notice these signs, we recommend contacting Robert’s Collision & Repair to schedule a windshield wiper r... read more

  • October = 10% Off Labor for Car Battery Replacement

    Tuesday 04 October 2016

    10% Off Labor for Car Battery Replacement. Offer valid through October 31, 2016. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   October is Car Care Month and that is why Robert’s Collision & Repair is offering the following special:  10% Off Labor for Car Battery Replacement.   With all the electronics and systems pulling power from the car battery, it’s no wonder that batteries die more quickly. Today’s automobile electrical systems ar... read more

  • Top Autumn Road Trips on the Central Coast

    Monday 26 September 2016

    With fall upon us, it is time to start taking advantage of the beautiful foliage scattered around the central coast. How can you go about doing this? Autumn road trips are the answer. We are all about appreciating the beautiful community we call home. Robert’s Collision & Repair has put together a list of the top autumn road trips on the central coast:   Monterey’s Wine Trail: This road trip is nestled in the Salinas Hills on River Road. This route is full... read more

  • Five Tips to Improve Your Gas Mileage

    Monday 19 September 2016

    Gas prices are on the rise. It is important to get the most out of our gas mileage. There are several tips and tricks that will help drive more effectively, along with saving you money at the gas pump. If you believe your vehicle is running out of gas too quickly, we can help. Robert’s Collision & Repair is always available to answer any questions you may have. For now, we have five tips to improve your gas mileage:   Avoid driving aggressively: Speed and rapid acceleration or d... read more

  • How to Protect Your Vehicle’s Paint

    Monday 12 September 2016

    You can think of your vehicle’s paint as its skin. Just like how we have to protect our skin from harm, we have to do the same for our car’s paint. The first step in protecting your car’s paint is to recognize what you should avoid, as a car-owner. The team at Robert’s Collision & Repair has compiled a list of what you should be wary of:   Sun: Just like our skin, the sun’s UV rays can cause severe damage to your vehicle’s paint. In... read more

  • Labor Day Special Offer

    Friday 02 September 2016

    10% discount on labor up to $100 for any mechanical repair or service. Offer valid through September 9, 2016. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   In honor of Labor Day, we want to celebrate by offering our clients a 10% discount up to $100 for any mechanical repair or service. Call it a labor of love, but we want our customers to know how much they mean to us, and that is why we are discounting 10% off labor up to $100 for any mechanical repair or service... read more

  • Preparing Your Vehicle for Back-To-School Safety

    Sunday 28 August 2016

    The kids are all back in school by now. Is your vehicle prepared for back-to-school safety? According to the National Safety Council, there are several things you can do to help your kids stay safe as they travel to and from school.   Obey all traffic signs. This may seem pretty basic, but there are plenty of people who assume that traffic signs don’t apply to them. They disobey the traffic signs by not s... read more

  • Popular Summertime Songs For Your Next Road Trip

    Sunday 21 August 2016

    Going on a road trip with your family is quite the adventure. It takes quite a bit of preparation but creates a bunch of wonderful memories to share with your family.  No road trip is complete without a customized playlist. To help you prepare for your road trip, we have compiled a list of our favorite summertime songs:   Boys of Summer by Don Henley In the Summer by Crystal Fighters Summertime by Janis Joplin Who Loves the Sun by the Velvet Underground Sun Hits the Sky by Superg... read more

  • How to Prepare For Auto Week: Tips for Auto Show Participants and Spectators

    Sunday 14 August 2016

    Auto Week is action-packed with a variety of activities for participants and spectators, alike. No matter the event or activity, we are all brought together over one singular passion: cars. Auto Week is an excellent way for us to share our enthusiasm for cars. With such a fun and exciting week ahead, we think it is important to be prepared. Robert’s Collision & Repair has compiled a helpful list of auto week preparation tips:   We recommend dressing for comfort, instead of for... read more

  • How to Make Your Vehicle Auto Show Ready

    Monday 08 August 2016

    Auto Week is almost here. It is time to start getting your car looking fabulous for the upcoming shows on the Monterey Peninsula. It doesn’t matter if you are entering a car show or just going to watch, but you should have your car look its best. Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your vehicle is show ready:   Don’t forget to clean the engine compartment and undercarriage of your engine. After a wash, we recommend drying it with a chamois or a microfiber towel. On... read more

  • August Specials: 10% Off Labor for Tire Rotation Service

    Sunday 31 July 2016

    10% Off Labor for Tire Rotation Service. Offer valid through August 31, 2016. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   Did you know that tire rotation can extend the life of your tires up to 20 percent? That means if you have tires that are rated for 50,000 miles, you may be able to squeeze an extra 10,000 miles out of them if you rotate those tires at the factory’s recommended rate.   To extend the life of your tires, take advantage of our monthly sp... read more

  • How Aftermarket Parts Can Save Big Money

    Monday 25 July 2016

    What exactly are aftermarket parts? Aftermarket parts are any part for your vehicle that is not sourced from the car’s manufacturer. Often, aftermarket parts cost less than factory parts. At Robert’s Collision and Repair, we use aftermarket parts for repairing the mechanical aspect of your vehicle. Inversely, we use factory parts for auto body repair.   How exactly can this combination of aftermarket and factory parts save you money? Here are a few ways how:   Overall... read more

  • Detail Your Vehicle After The Salinas Rodeo

    Wednesday 20 July 2016

    If you’re hitting the Salinas Rodeo this weekend, your vehicle is likely to be covered in dust, dirt, grass, and spilled beverages. If you like a clean car, consider getting your vehicle detailed at Robert’s Collision & Repair.   For best results, make an appointment for one of our detailing services.  

  • Need a Rental Car? Robert’s Collision & Repair Works Closely With Enterprise Rent-A-Car

    Monday 18 July 2016

    We understand just how stressful it can be to need to bring your car in for auto repair. That is why we go above and beyond to make your visit to our facility worry and hassle-free. We are proud to be able to work so closely with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. We believe this partnership makes life just a little bit easier for our clients.   When you get into an accident, we understand just how stressful and awful this situation can be. That is why have partnered closely with Enterprise Rent-A-C... read more

  • July Specials: 10% Off Coolant Flush & $100 Off Auto Body Repairs Over $700

    Monday 11 July 2016

    10% Off Coolant Flush.  Offer valid through July 31, 2016. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other specials and offers.   If you’re planning to drive to warmer climates this summer, prepare your vehicle for the sizzling heat with our July special:  10% Off Coolant Flush.   Summertime temperatures in the Central Valley can literally bake cookies in a vehicle that’s parked out in the sun. Imagine what those soaring temperatures do to your engine if you don&rs... read more

  • How to Enjoy Independence Day on the Monterey Peninsula

    Friday 01 July 2016

    If you have come to the Monterey Peninsula to celebrate Independence Day Weekend, welcome! To celebrate the 4th of July, here are some local tips on how to enjoy our nation’s independence while you’re visiting:   There are no firework shows scheduled, and fireworks are not allowed. Call us crazy, but the California drought has put people on the edge when it comes to errant sparks from fireworks setting buildings on fire. If you were planning for a fireworks show, sorry to disa... read more

  • Quick Tips To Keep Your Vehicle Clean

    Monday 27 June 2016

    Your car can sure get messy, can’t it? It seems as if after just one road trip with your family, your car is a whirlwind of trash, dirt, and anything else you can think of. The team at Robert’s Collision & Repair totally understands the struggle. That is why we have compiled a list of quick tips to keep your vehicle clean:   Try to avoid eating in your car: It seems easy enough, but it is quite tempting to have a snack on a long road trip. If possible, re... read more

  • How To Avoid Summertime Overheating

    Monday 20 June 2016

    Summer is unfolding. Temperatures are rising across the country. Many people are traveling to the Monterey Peninsula to enjoy our cool breezes. Regardless if you live here during “June Gloom”, or travel to hotter places like Fresno, Sacramento, Phoenix, or Las Vegas, we must stay vigilant toward servicing our vehicles during the summer months.   If your vehicle is prone to overheating, Robert’s Collision & Repair wants to make sure a breakdown doesn’t happen t... read more

  • How To Keep Cool In Your Car During Summertime

    Monday 13 June 2016

    Summer is here, so it is time we start thinking about ways to stay cool and comfortable in our car. Fortunately, Robert’s Collision and Repair has you covered. We have compiled a helpful list of how to stay cool as a cucumber in the summer heat:   Park in the shade: Not only will you car thank you, but you will also feel much cooler. Use a sunshade: These windshield covers keep the harmful UV rays at bay. Cover up the leather: O... read more

  • Monterey County’s Top Road Trips

    Monday 06 June 2016

    Why not start summer off with a fun road trip through Monterey County? Monterey County is home to beautiful, scenic drives, and June is the perfect time to take advantage of it. We have compiled a list of Monterey County’s top road trips:   Highway One: Known to be the best scenic route in Monterey County, Highway One is a road trip not to miss. In fact, it has been named one of the top scenic drives in the world. This road is literally in our background. Why not en... read more

  • Get Your Vehicle Ready for This Year’s Car Shows & Festivals

    Tuesday 31 May 2016

    This year’s car show and festival season are just around the corner. Is your car in tip-top shape, both exteriorly and interiorly? Our team would be delighted to answer that question. When you bring your vehicle in Robert’s Collision and Repair, our team will:   Detail and wash your car to perfection. At our 26,000 square foot facility, we will thoroughly detail your vehicle. Your car’s paint will sparkle. Your wheels and tires will shine. Your car’s carpet will sm... read more

  • Top Car Add-Ons Folks Can’t Live Without

    Monday 23 May 2016

    Who doesn’t love to daydream about their perfect car? It is a great way to pass the time. The next time you find yourself daydreaming, think about one of these auto add-ons. Here are the top auto add-ons folk simply can’t live without:   Gentle Liftgates: When you have a bag of groceries in one hand and a child in another, it can be a challenge to raise a heavy liftgate. Gentle liftgates are convenient and designed to make your life a bit easier. Dual Audio and Video: Ever b... read more

  • What Happens When You Detail Your Car?

    Monday 16 May 2016

    As the days and miles go by, your car picks up tons of dirt and grime. Detailing wipes away all that filth, and leaves your car glistening. At a car detailing service, a professional will use special tools and technology to detail the car, both inside and out.   During a detailing service, there are several areas of your car that we can focus on, depending on the service you select:   Paint: One of those areas is your vehicle’s paint. Our team of professionals will clean, co... read more

  • Where to Off-Road on the Central Coast

    Monday 09 May 2016

    California is covered in hilly terrain, which is absolutely perfect for off-road fun. If you are looking to off-road your way into summer, we have compiled a list of the best places on the California coast:   King’s Canyon: This canyon boasts tons of off-road trails. In fact, a couple of them are over twenty miles long. Most of these trails require only two-wheel drive. However, it is an excellent site to practice your four-wheel driving skills as well. Johnson Valley: If you are... read more

  • Ten Things to Consider Before Buying a Car

    Monday 02 May 2016

    Buying a car is a big and costly decision. It is important to make sure you have thought everything through. To help with this decision, we have compiled a helpful list of ten things you should consider before driving off the car lot, with a new and expensive responsibility:   Decide what you can afford: Make sure you have established a budget, and make sure you adhere to it. Also, it is important to make sure you can handle the additional costs of the vehicle, besides t... read more

  • Top Automobile Trends

    Sunday 24 April 2016

    Automobiles are constantly improving. Safety features are continually being upgraded. Acceleration is becoming quicker. There are few changes and trends on the horizon that will completely change the way you drive. Here are the five top automobile trends:   Personalization: Because of complex algorithms and software, cars are becoming much more personalized. Basically, cars will adapt and understand their driver’s preference and habits. This will make driving much s... read more

  • Top Must-Have Automotive Apps

    Monday 18 April 2016

    There is an app for literally anything your heart desires. All it takes is a press of your button, and within minutes, your life is made marginally easier. This does not end with cars. In fact, we have compiled a list of the seven most helpful and innovative automotive apps out there:   GasBuddy: Tired of driving around town searching for inexpensive gas? This will show you the ten closest and cheapest gas stations. This app would be great for road trips. My Max Speed 2.0: Worried about... read more

  • How Frequently Should You Change Wiper Blades?

    Monday 11 April 2016

    Ever wonder how often the wiper blades on your windshield should be changed? Although some wiper blade manufacturers recommend 6 months to one year, the truth is that it all depends on the conditions your car faces.   If you spend the majority of your time on the Monterey Peninsula, where it’s cooler throughout the year and there’s not a lot of rain, your windshield wiper blades could last up to two years. If, however, you use your wiper blades frequently, drive and park in a... read more

  • High Praise from Ingenue / Buick Dealers Group Funny Car

    Monday 04 April 2016

    At Robert’s Collision & Repair, we have been assisting with the restoration of the Ingenue Funny Car. Here is what Ingenue / Buick Dealers Group Funny Car has been posting about us on their Facebook page.  :-)   March 9, 2016 Facebook update from Ingenue / Buick Dealers Group Funny Car “Picked up the body and dropped it off...every tech in the place (and it's a BIG place) stopped what they were... read more

  • Is It Time For New Brakes?

    Monday 28 March 2016

    A lot of drivers may be blissfully -- and dangerously -- unaware that their vehicles need new brakes. If you already know a thing or two about brakes, that’s cool. But for the rest of us who don’t, here are 5 signs you need new brakes:   You recently got into a fender bender because your brakes were worn out. You almost got into an auto accident because your brakes were slow to respond. You hear an annoying screeching sound whenever you put on the brakes. The brake warning... read more

  • Why Is Wheel Alignment Important?

    Monday 21 March 2016

    A lot of auto repair customers question the importance of wheel alignment. Is it really necessary?  Yes, it is. Here are three reasons why:   Proper wheel alignment helps keep your vehicle’s suspension system in top working order. Wheel alignment affects fuel efficiency, tire wear, tire performance, vehicle handling and maneuverability. Wheel alignment is a big factor in a vehicle's steering response.     If you don’t believe us, we found a helpful, 4 minu... read more

  • Five Signs Your Vehicle Needs A New Battery

    Monday 14 March 2016

    With all the high-tech functions in today’s newer vehicles, the car battery often loses power faster than expected. Why? Your car battery is already supporting the vehicle’s sophisticated electrical system, but it wears down more quickly after you plug in your phone, your portable music players, your portable video players, etc.   If you’re not sure when your car battery is wearing out, here are five signs it’s time to install a new one:   Your engine is slo... read more

  • Are Oil Changes Really That Important?

    Monday 07 March 2016

    Some people question if regular oil changes are really necessary. Depending on the vehicle, owners can feel that oil changes are pricey and a little inconvenient. Well, in our humble opinion, skimping on your oil changes is “penny wise and pound foolish”.   For those unfamiliar with what goes on in the engine compartment when infrequent oil changes take place, here are a couple of eye-opening videos that will help you better understand the importance of regular oil changes. Th... read more

  • Giving Back To Our Community

    Sunday 28 February 2016

    Robert’s Collision & Repair believes in giving back to our community here on the Monterey Peninsula. Over the years, we have sponsored Little League baseball teams and have been active participants in the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. In recent times, we have been helping to feed Sunday breakfast to the homeless at Del Monte Beach with the guidance of Al Siekert & Friends.     Sunday Breakfast on the Beach is a weekly event spearheaded by Alvin Siekert, of Al... read more

  • Classic Car Love Songs

    Sunday 21 February 2016

    Throughout February, we have been in a romantic mood about our vehicles. To finish this month’s theme, here are some of our five favorite classic car love songs.   Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car   The Clash - Brand New Cadillac   Rascal Flatts - Life is a Highway   Janis... read more

  • Rekindling An Old Love: How To Make Your Vehicle Feel Fresh & New Again

    Monday 15 February 2016

    A lot of us love our cars. For some of us, they are our babies. Our pride and joy.   But over time, our love for our cars may wane, especially if they don’t run like they should, don’t look as great as they used to, and they need a lot of repair. This is when new cars tend to lure us away from our old, beloved vehicles. For those of us who really, really want to keep that love alive with their vehicles, there is a way to rekindle that passion, and Robert’s Collision &a... read more

  • A Valentine’s Gift Your Love Won’t Forget

    Sunday 07 February 2016

    Whether you are single, married, or if “it’s complicated”, we have a Valentine’s Day gift idea your love won’t forget.   Some claim that “they way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, and that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. While some may agree, we feel that giving a Valentine’s Day makeover to your lover’s automobile is a gift that will get a lot of mileage.   What do we mean by a Valentine&r... read more

  • Our Romance With Cars: An American Love Story

    Monday 01 February 2016

    There’s something appealing and sexy about cars. For generations, America has had a passion for automobile, and today, we want to examine our cultural love affair with cars.   Sleek Sex Appeal: Open any Car & Driver magazine, and you’ll see beautiful photographs of sleek, sexy, fast cars. The images of any featured automobile play with light bouncing off the curves, or a blurred background evoking speed. Sex sells, and auto manufacturers know how to make vehicles look sli... read more

  • 5 Great Songs for Stormy Weather

    Sunday 24 January 2016

    We love rain, and goodness knows we certainly need it. Just for fun, we thought we would share our five favorite songs we listen to while it’s raining.   “Stormy Weather” by Lena Horne   “Here Comes The Rain Again” by Eurythmics   “I Love A Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt   “Umbrella” by Rihanna   “It’s Raining Again” by Supertramp   At Robert’s Collision & Repair, we love to help... read more

  • What To Do In An Auto Accident

    Monday 18 January 2016

    We are in the midst of the rainy season and that means a lot of people are out on hazardous roads. Unfortunately, accidents happen frequently during this season. If you are involved in a traffic accident, here are some suggestions on what to do:   Before an Accident -- Be sure to carry your driver’s license, current proof of insurance, pen, paper, and a mobile phone with a camera. These items will help make the post-accident process much easier. Also carry a set of cones, warning... read more

  • As Temperatures Drop, Beware Of The Effects On Your Vehicle

    Sunday 10 January 2016

    Winter is here and that means rain (Yay!) and cold temperatures. When the temperatures drop, here are a few things that car owners should be aware of for safety’s sake.   Tire pressure may drop on cold days and your tire pressure sensors may say you have a flat. Chances are high that the air inside your tire is compressed, so stop by any gas station and make sure you refill to the proper amount of air in your tires. Speaking of tires, how is your tread? If your tires are worn or ba... read more

  • Your Vehicle’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

    Sunday 03 January 2016

    Editorial Note:  We can’t help but publish this love letter from your vehicle each year. It’s one of our annual traditions. Happy New Year from the entire Robert’s Auto Repair team!   I, my human's vehicle, do solemnly swear to make the following New Year's Resolutions for 2016.   I resolve to carry my humans and their precious cargo safely wherever they drive me. I resolve to stop as quickly as possible when faced with an emergency situation. I res... read more

  • Safety and Driving Tips for New Year’s Eve

    Monday 28 December 2015

    2015 has been an exciting year, and we are looking forward to ringing in 2016. The Robert’s Collision & Repair team wishes all of you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. Here are some important things to remember so you will all arrive alive, safe and sound, back at home in the new year.   Have a plan before you go out. If you plan to drink, be sure you have a designated driver. Also, take plenty of cash with you in case something happens to your designated driver... read more

  • Keeping Your Sanity During the Holiday Road Trip

    Monday 21 December 2015

    Holiday travel can be stressful. We know. Especially when you have many places to visit and people to see in the short time span of one or two days. Here are some holiday tips that should help save your sanity.   Pack a scarf. It can keep you warm, serve as a pillow, or add some style to your outfit. Scarves are smart to travel with and they don’t take up too much space.   Stock your safety kit. You’ll be glad you have a safety kit in the event of a breakdown or closed... read more

  • Preparing Your Vehicles for Winter

    Sunday 13 December 2015

    We’ve been saying it all year, but El Nino is here and we all need to be prepared. Is your car equally ready for the havoc El Nino and the winter storms will bring? Here are some ideas about how to prepare your vehicles for winter.   Get your vehicle serviced regularly. Every 15,000 miles, your vehicle requires either minor or major service (odd numbers tend to be for minor service, while even numbers tend to be for major service). If your vehicle requires service... read more

  • How to Pack Your Car for the Holiday Road Trip

    Sunday 06 December 2015

    Are you a packing expert, or are you a packing mess? If you want to pack a bunch of stuff, plus passengers, plus the family pets, and still have some legroom, here are some tips for packing your car for the holiday road trip.     Keep in mind the size of your vehicle. If it’s small, you will be more limited in what you can take with you. Whatever vehicle size you have, see how many non-essentials you can remove from the vehicle, like in the trunk and back seats, before you loa... read more

  • Christmas Tree Transport Tips

    Sunday 29 November 2015

    Now that we are officially in the Christmas holiday season, it’s time to start decorating! If you’re looking to buy the family Christmas tree, here are seven helpful tips on how to transport it from the lot to your living room.   1. Bring gloves to protect your hands from sharp pine needles and tree sap.   2. Wrap a net around your Christmas tree to protect it from the wind.   3. Place a protective barrier, like a blanket or a tarp, on the roof of your automobil... read more

  • Road Trip Tips for the Thanksgiving Holiday

    Sunday 22 November 2015

    On the way to Grandma’s house for the Thanksgiving holiday, road trips can be long and stressful. To make your road trip go more smoothly, with less squabbling from the passengers and less shouting at the other drivers, here are some survival tips for your holiday drive.   Be prepared. -- Like a good Boy Scout or Girl Scout, be sure to have an emergency kit, extra drinks, snacks, blankets, a spare tire and tire changing tools, and plenty of audio entertainment. If you’re prepa... read more

  • What Does Your Car COLOR Say About You?

    Monday 16 November 2015

    What’s your favorite color? Okay, now...what’s your favorite car color? Similar to what car you choose speaks volumes about your personality, the same can be said about your preferred car color. Borrowing from the Today Show, here is what your car color of choice says about you… or how you wish to be perceived.   Black = Serious, classic, elegant, professional White = Fastidious... read more

  • What Your Vehicle Says About You

    Wednesday 11 November 2015

    Have you considered what your car, truck, SUV, or mini-van says about you and your personality? Most people “match” what they drive.   Young “Fast and Furious” fans like super-sporty cars that look as fast as they drive, while older James Bond fans like to drive cars that are sleek and expensive.   Soccer moms want a larger vehicle that can safely transport the team and will protect them in the event of an accident.   Many people who live on the Mon... read more

  • Seven Smartphone Apps that Help Car Owners

    Friday 30 October 2015

    Technology is a wonderful thing, especially when it comes to your car. Here are a few smartphone apps that are designed to help you out with your vehicle.   RepairPal is designed to help you find a trustworthy auto repair shop. Of course, Robert’s Collision & Repair is proud to be listed on RepairPal.   GasBuddy helps you locate the cheapest gas near you. Plus you get the chance to win... read more

  • Halloween Tutorial: How to Dress Up Your Car

    Sunday 25 October 2015

    Ever heard of trunk or treating? It is a new way to celebrate Halloween that involves candy, cars, and costumes! What more could you ask for?   Basically, car owners turn their tailgate or trunk into a front porch, complete with a costume and candy. Car owners meet at a central location, and kids can go from car to car amassing tons of candy. It completely eliminates door-to-door doorbell ringing, and is a safe, fun, and festive way to celebrate Halloween.   The fun part is dress... read more

  • October is Auto Battery Safety Month

    Monday 19 October 2015

      Auto battery Safety Month is in October. To celebrate, Robert’s Collision & Auto Repair is happy to provide information about maintaining a car’s battery and warning signs of a dying battery.   Tips for maintaining a car's battery: If you can, park in a garage. A thoroughly insulated garage will keep your battery warm, which will prolong the life of the battery. Drive your vehicle on a routine basis. Avoid frequent, short drives. Try not to leave vehicle acc... read more

  • Breaking News: Website Revamp at Robert’s Collision & Repair

    Monday 12 October 2015

    We are excited to announce our new and improved website! Kukui built us a brand new website and we are excited! Take a look around Robert’s Collision & Auto Repair’s revamped website and let us know what you think.   Some new features added to the new website, include a specific tab for vehicles. We have several vehi... read more

  • Yes, Do Sweat the Small Stuff

    Monday 12 October 2015

      The golden rule of auto repair: sweat the small stuff. A small maintenance or mechanical issue can result in serious damage to both your vehicle and wallet. We recommend taking care of the problem, no matter how big or small, now, before it becomes too late.   A small oil leak may not be something to worry about. However, the effects of letting this go unchecked are innumerable and will be definitely turn into something to sweat about. The residue, caused by this leaking oil, can... read more

  • Why Auto Insurance Companies Trust Robert’s Collision & Repair

    Sunday 27 September 2015

    To become a preferred vendor for an Auto Insurance Company is a big deal. In order to reach the status of preferred vendor, an auto body repair shop must meet certain criteria, be open to business audits, agree on specific pricing, have a good reputation, and work in close partnership with the Auto Insurance Companies. Because of our hard work and premier service, Robert’s Collision & Repair is delighted to be a preferred vendor for the following automotive insurance companies... read more

  • Prepare To Drive In The Rain -- We Hope for El Nino!

    Friday 18 September 2015

    “There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-2016 and around an 80% chance it will last through early spring 2016.” -- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration With a notable “Godzilla” El Nino season coming, the parched state of California is ready to welcome some serious rainstorms...we hope.  Please, oh please, El Nino, help us end this drought! To prepare for the forecasted Fall and Winter... read more

  • Driving Safety Tips Around Kids and Schools

    Monday 14 September 2015

    Now that school is back in session, we drivers need to remember to be extra careful while driving in the morning before school begins and in the early afternoon when school lets out. Here are some additional back to school safety tips to help keep kids safe. School Safety for Kids -- safety tips provided by the Klass Kids Foundation Ensure that children take the trip to and from school with at least one other perso... read more

  • Celebrating Labor Day with Robert’s Collision & Repair

    Monday 24 August 2015

    We love laboring over the vehicles of our clients. It is both an honor and a privilege to serve our customers with outstanding auto body repair, tire service, mechanical repair, auto detailing, and waterborne paint services. This Labor Day, we are celebrating the near-completion of our renovations to our 26,000 square foot auto repair facility. If you have been a client of ours for a while, you probably have noticed how our look has evolved over time. Sprucing up our shop with new equipment, a n... read more

  • Back To School Car Care

    Monday 24 August 2015

    Uh-oh! Summer’s almost over. While the kids get ready to go back to school, make sure the vehicles they’ll be riding in are also back-to-school ready. Here is a helpful video that shows how to make your vehicle safe for the Fall driving season. Not all our clients are comfortable working on their own vehicles, and that’s where Robert’s Collision & Repair can help. Bring your vehicle into our Monterey facility and we will give it a complete safety inspection while it is in for service. If w... read more

  • Road Trip Idea: Tour Monterey Wine Country

    Saturday 15 August 2015

    Monterey County is home to many wonderful wineries. If you’re looking for a quick Summer road trip, or a romantic weekend, here is an informative video that highlights some of Monterey County’s top wineries. If you need auto body, mechanical repair, tire service, detailing service, or auto paint service before you hit the wineries in Monterey County, we invite you to visit us at Robert’s Collision & Repair, located just off Highway 1 at the Del Monte Blvd. Pacific Grove exit. Our shop addr... read more

  • Get Ready! It’s Auto Week on the Monterey Peninsula!

    Monday 10 August 2015

    If you want to see the full schedule for Monterey Car Week, click here for the official website. However, if you want tips on how to enjoy Auto Week on a budget, watch this helpful video: If you need auto body, mechanical repair, tire service, detailing service, or auto paint service during Monterey Car Week, we invite you to visit us at Robert’s Collision & Repair, located just off Highway 1 at the Del Monte Blvd. Pacific Grove exit. Our shop address is 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey... read more

  • Our 5 Favorite Songs about Cars

    Sunday 02 August 2015

    Summer is here, and nothing adds to a road trip better than awesome music! These are our five favorite songs about cars. Enjoy! :-) #5 -- “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar #4 -- “Panama” by Van Halen #3 -- “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman #2 -- “The Distance” by Cake #1 -- “Drive My Car” by The Beatles If you need auto body, mechanical repair, tire service, detailing service, or auto paint service on your vehicles, we invite you to visit us at Robert’s Collisi... read more

  • How to Save Money on Gasoline

    Monday 27 July 2015

    Want to save money at the gas pump? Aside from shopping around town for the lowest gas prices, we have found a great video that gives some extra money saving tips. Summertime is when we typically see gas prices climb up high, and after all, who doesn’t want to save money at the pump? Here are eight secret gas saving tips that could help your car avoid guzzling precious fuel too fast. Want to make certain your vehicle is running as efficiently as possible? Robert’s Collision & Repair... read more

  • Summertime Tutorial: Boost Your Automobile Knowledge

    Monday 20 July 2015

    Want to know more about how your vehicle works? Here are some helpful videos that will educate you about your car and make you a smarter driver. Enjoy! How Does Your Internal Combustion Engine Work? How To Check Your Oil Level and Other Car Fluids How To Change a Flat Tire How To Tow a Camper Trailer How To Drive a Manual Transmission How To Check Your Tires Would you like to make sure everything on your vehicle is working properly? Robert’s Collision & Repair is here to help. We... read more

  • How to Avoid Summer Accidents

    Monday 13 July 2015

    Throughout Summer, drivers tend to travel more. Whether driving around town or while on vacation, here are some helpful tips to avoid Summer traffic accidents: Do Not Text & Drive -- It’s against the law and very unsafe. Drive Hands Free While Talking on the Phone -- It is against the law to use handheld cellphones while driving. Do Not Drink & Drive -- Assign a designated driver if necessary. Do Not Drive While Sleepy -- When you feel tired, pull over in a safe place and ta... read more

  • Celebrating Our Independence with Patriotic Cars

    Monday 06 July 2015

    To celebrate our nation’s freedom and Independence Day, we thought it would be fun to list the top ten American cars for patriotic drivers. If the weekend’s festivities, apple pie, and fireworks inspired you to buy a new ride, here are some vehicles to consider that are made in the U.S.A. Ford Mustang Coupe Chevrolet Silverado Truck Dodge Challenger Coupe Cadillac XTS Sedan GMC Yukon SUV Ram 1500 Truck Hyundai Sonata Sedan Jeep Patriot SUV Toyota Camry Sedan Acura ILX Sedan Of course... read more

  • Excellent Auto Repair -- It’s All In The Process

    Monday 22 June 2015

    Robert’s Collision & Repair is the premier auto repair center on the Monterey Peninsula for a good reason:  Excellent Auto Repair Processes. To the average customer, what they see at an auto repair facility is how well the staff interacts with them, that they drop off their vehicle in one condition, and that they pick up their vehicle in better condition. However, there is so much more that goes into the auto repair process. From simple mechanical repair to extensive auto body repair... read more

  • How To Prepare Your Vehicle for Summer Heat

    Monday 15 June 2015

    For those of us living on the Monterey Peninsula, it’s sometimes easy to forget how hot it can get during Summer. While we live in the overcast world of “June Gloom”, thousands of visitors from the Central Valley, Texas, and other hot climates are flocking to our cool peninsula. If you are planning a Summer road trip to an area within California or the United States that has temperatures in the 100s, here are four tips to prepare your vehicle for the extreme heat: Park in the shade when pos... read more

  • Breaking News! Robert’s Collision & Repair is a State Farm Preferred Vendor

    Monday 08 June 2015

    Robert’s Collision & Repair is proud to announce that we have been added to State Farm's Select Service Provider list. This is great news for anyone who has State Farm Auto Insurance and needs auto collision repair. What does that mean for our State Farm customers? It means that when your vehicle needs auto body repair, Robert’s Collision & Repair has been vetted by State Farm as a preferred shop. As a State Farm Select Service Provider, you can count on our team to provide a sea... read more

  • It’s Auto Show Season!

    Monday 01 June 2015

    Summertime is always a busy time for auto shows here on the Monterey Peninsula. Mark your calendars! Here are some upcoming car shows you won’t want to miss: Capitola Car Show -- June 6 - 7, 2015 Just to the north of us, but still on the Monterey Bay, Capitola hosts its annual Rod and Custom Classic Car Show. Over 300 hot rods, muscle cars, vintage coupes, roadsters, and classics drive along the coast and shine in the sun along Capitola Beach. http://ww... read more

  • Frequent Misconceptions About Paint

    Monday 01 June 2015

    Do my parts come already painted from the factory? Some do, some don’t.  Some parts, like bumpers and moldings come painted from the dealers, but some are blanks that need to be painted.  However, if the painted part comes already painted, there is no guarantee that it’ll match the paint on your car.  Sometimes it is better to mix the paint from scratch to match the tint and shade of your vehicle as closely as possible, especially if your vehicle has been weathered or faded over time... read more

  • When Do Your Tires Need Replacing?

    Wednesday 27 May 2015

    Not sure when you replace your tires? Here are some tips that will help you determine when your tires should be repaired or replaced. Step 1: Check your tires periodically for wear. We understand that you probably don’t look at your tires very often, but it’s a good habit to get into. If you look at them regularly, you will have an easier time discerning whether the tires are in good shape or if a problem is developing. Step 2: Recognize what’s going on with your tire wear. Do a... read more

  • How To Change A Tire

    Monday 18 May 2015

    Everyone should know how to change a tire, even if they are lucky enough to never have to. Knowing how to change a flat tire is one of those life skills that is right up there with knowing how to administer CPR, and knowing how to swim. Even if you already know how to change a tire and it has been a while since you have had to do it, here is a helpful reminder. Step 1:  Pull over to a safe spot off the road. Try to head for a well lit area that is far enough away from moving traffic. ... read more

  • Visual Inspection vs. Computer Notification: Which Is Better?

    Monday 11 May 2015

    Is a visual inspection better than a notice generated by your vehicle’s computer? Yes, and no. Both are important aspects of auto repair, and both have their advantages. Ideally, you should combine the two for a thorough inspection and assessment of your vehicle’s safety. Computer notifications are great, because they notify you -- assuming you have a newer car with a system display or readout -- when your tires are low, your engine needs service, your air filters need to be replaced, your oil... read more

  • A Healthy Coolant System = Fewer Breakdowns

    Tuesday 05 May 2015

    When engines do their job of producing mechanical power, they produce heat. When the heat builds up too high, it can cause problems for the engine, causing a breakdown. The cooling system in your vehicle is designed to temper the heat that comes from the engine by transferring it to the air. Therefore, it’s the cooling system that allows your vehicle to maintain a moderate temperature while you’re speeding down the freeway. Interestingly enough, your engine needs to run at a moderate heat, for... read more

  • It’s Time For Some Automotive Spring Cleaning!

    Monday 04 May 2015

    When was the last time you treated your vehicle to a thorough Spring Cleaning? Now, when we say Spring Cleaning, we mean the following: Complete interior and exterior detailing Factory-recommended maintenance service and repair Dent repair, scratch removal, windshield repair, and paint touch ups Oftentimes, we overlook the deeper aesthetics of our vehicles. Beyond a car wash, most people don’t have their vehicles fully detailed and restored to a level that make the car look like it just rol... read more

  • What Are The Auto Trends for 2015?

    Thursday 30 April 2015

    At the Hyatt Regency Monterey, there was a gathering that we wish we could have attended. It was the 2015 Western Automotive Journalists Media Days conference, April 6 - 8, and it was a blend of the folks who write about cars and the manufacturers. Those lucky ducks had the opportunity to do an on and off road ride and drive, plus a day at the Laguna Seca racetrack. Suddenly, we all wished we were... read more

  • Engine Fluids: What You Need and When To Replace Them

    Tuesday 28 April 2015

    Cars need a lot of maintenance to keep them up and running. From windshield wiper blades to tires, our cars require tons of TLC. One of the most vital aspects of our vehicle’s engine is its fluids. Luckily, it is quite simple to monitor these fluids. Most of the time, all you need to do is lift up your hood and have a look. Checking your vehicle’s fluids on a regular basis is guaranteed to save you time and money down the road. Which fluids should I check? Here are five of your engine’s fluids... read more

  • Top 5 Road Trips Around Monterey County

    Monday 27 April 2015

    Big Sur / Highway 1 Carmel By-The-Sea 17 Mile Drive Carmel Valley Wine Tasting River Road Wine Tasting Looking for something fun to do this weekend? What about a road trip around Monterey? Monterey has such beautiful scenery. Why not enjoy it? Here are the top 5 road trips: Big Sur / Highway 1: Highway 1 is an estimated 85 miles of lush, beautiful, and unique scenery. To many, Big Sur right next to New York Times Squares in a list of must-sees in America. Luckily for us, Big Sur is basic... read more

  • Got Into An Auto Accident? Here’s How Robert’s Collision & Repair Can Help

    Monday 23 March 2015

    To say the least, getting into an auto accident can be stressful. There is a lot to think about it, and there can be a lot to take care of. At Robert’s Collision & Repair, we are here to help. From the moment you step inside our doors, we will evaluate, diagnose, and repair your vehicle. You will be informed every step of the way. Our team will work side-by-side with your insurance company to make sure everything runs smoothly. Actually, many insurance companies, including Farmer’s and G... read more

  • How To Avoid Texting While Driving

    Sunday 15 March 2015

    A text message flashes on our phone. We think to ourselves “oh, it will only take me seconds to respond to that message. What can happen in that short time? “ The reality is a lot can happen in those mere seconds. If you are driving at 55mph, you can travel the length of a football field in no more than five seconds. Imagine what can happen in that distance. It is quite difficult to stay off your phone while driving. It is a lot easier said than done. If you are having problems with this, try on... read more

  • What Makes A Good Mechanic?

    Monday 09 March 2015

    A good mechanic can be your car’s best friend, but a bad mechanic can be an absolute horror. When our car has a problem, we turn to our mechanic. Our mechanics should be able to quickly diagnose the problem, and in turn, tell us how they are able to fix it. Next, mechanics should fix the problem safely and efficiently and have us back on the road in no time. Basically, we think a good mechanic should have these qualities: Excellent customer service skills: Mechanics should be able to co... read more

  • Air Filters & When To Replace Them

    Monday 02 March 2015

    Made out of heavy plastic paper, air filters are an impressive piece of technology. Air is allowed to pass through into your engine, but not pesky dust and debris. Think of an air filter as a shield. Air filters are considered an essential part of your car’s fuel supply system. A properly working air filter equates with an excellent fuel economy, and a damaged air filter equates with dirty gas. How often should I replace my air filter? This depends on your climate and driving conditions. If you... read more

  • Cool Things Inside Your Owners’ Manual

    Sunday 22 February 2015

    We keep our owners’ manual in our glove box for safekeeping. We may look at it time to time to answer one of our questions. However, most of us do not take advantage of this wealth of knowledge. The owners’ manual is full of beneficial, useful information. What are some cool things inside my owners’ manual? Take a look at this list: Is your vehicle equipped with remote vehicle start? In other words, can your vehicle’s engine be started from the outside? The answer will be found in your... read more

  • Roadside Emergency Kit: Are You Prepared?

    Friday 13 February 2015

    A roadside emergency can happen anytime or anywhere. It doesn’t matter if your car is old or new. A roadside emergency just might happen. With that in mind, it is important to be prepared, which means getting together a roadside emergency kit. What exactly goes in an emergency kit? What do I really need when I am stuck on the side of the road? The answer begins with the purpose of a roadside emergency kit. An emergency kit is supposed to help you get assistance and alert other drivers to your pr... read more

  • Headlights & Taillights: Know When To Replace Them

    Saturday 07 February 2015

    Headlights and taillights are vital to you and your family’s safety. If a tail light or headlight goes out, we don’t lose immediate control of our vehicle. However, our safety is still compromised. The headlights and taillights are just as crucial as your vehicle’s brakes or tires to your overall safety. The million dollar question: when should I have my vehicle’s lighting system replaced? Unfortunately, there is not a specific timeline on when you should have your lights replaced. When you brin... read more

  • Tire Pressure: Know What It Should Be For Your Tire

    Monday 02 February 2015

    Did you know that your tires lose pressure daily? In warmer weather, your tires lose even more pressure. With summer and spring approaching, it is important to know what the correct tire pressure actually is for your car. Basically, correct tire pressure depends on the model of your vehicle. These details should be listed somewhere on vehicle: Check the following spots: Door edge Door post Glove box door Fuel door We also recommend checking your vehicle's tire pressure every time you get g... read more

  • When Should You Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades?

    Monday 26 January 2015

    It is easy to forget about our windshield wiper blades. These blades work very hard, and it is important to remember to replace them. Windshield wiper blades remove snow, ice, dirt, and rain from our car. We are able to arrive at our destination safely because of our wiper blades. Since it doesn’t rain or snow a lot in California, I can wait longer to replace my windshield wiper blades. This is false. Our blades are exposed to dry, hot weather, which is just as damaging as sleet and snow... read more

  • Check Engine Light: What To Do When It Comes On

    Monday 19 January 2015

    You are driving along, and suddenly, your vehicle’s check engine light starts flashing. What does this mean, and exactly what should you do next? Basically, check engine lights monitor your car’s performance. When that light is on, your car has diagnosed an electronic-control system and is unable to repair it. The check engine light means different things for different models of car, so start reading your car’s manual. The problem in your vehicle’s engine may be a small one or something more wor... read more

  • When Should You Change Your Oil?

    Sunday 11 January 2015

    When should you change your oil? The answer is far from simple. For older cars, you should change it every 1,000 to 3,000 miles. For newer models, some say you should change it every 7,500 miles, and others say your oil should be changed every 6 months. Which answer is the right answer? We break it down for you: 1.  It greatly depends on the conditions you drive in. If you drive in pesky stop-and-go traffic, frequently haul heavy loads, or even drive in very hot, dusty weather, we suggest chang... read more

  • Your Vehicle’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

    Sunday 04 January 2015

    Editorial Note: We can’t help but run this note from your vehicle every year. It’s one of our annual traditions. Happy New Year from the entire Robert’s Auto Repair team! I, my human's vehicle, do solemnly swear to make the following New Year's Resolutions for 2015. I resolve to carry my humans and their precious cargo safely wherever they drive me. I resolve to stop as quickly as possible when faced with an emergency situation. I resolve to respond quickly when my gas pedal is pushed, my stee... read more

  • New Year’s Eve Driving Safety Tips

    Monday 29 December 2014

    With New Year’s Eve approaching, many of us will be out and about celebrating with friends and family. To keep yourself and your passengers safe, here are some important driving tips that will keep you safe as the clock turns to 2015: Make certain your vehicle is in good repair so you won’t have to worry about pulling off, late at night, on the side of the road. Be sure to have a full tank of gas, too. While at a party, don’t leave your drink unattended, because someone may spike it and that i... read more

  • Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas

    Sunday 21 December 2014

    2014 has been a year of growth and expansion at Robert’s Collision & Repair. Our auto body, mechanical, detail, and tire service teams all work tirelessly to be the premier auto repair facility in Monterey County. We are grateful for our loyal auto body and repair customers, and we wish you many blessings during the Christmas season and beyond. From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day, but will be open to serve you on... read more

  • How To Decorate Your Vehicle with Christmas Lights

    Monday 15 December 2014

    Here’s a fun how-to article for those of you who just can’t get enough Christmas decorations and MUST add Christmas lights to your vehicle: Things You’ll Need: Car with rack Inverter of 150W that will plug into your cigarette lighter Light cords (2) 8’ cords 100 LED C-7 lights 7” Zip ties Power strip with 3 outlets Extension cord Ladder or stool In a nutshell, you will need to splice the cords and connect everything together in order to set up your car’s light system. Next, you’ll ne... read more

  • It’s That Time of Year: Holiday Light Displays

    Sunday 30 November 2014

    For those of you who are new to the Monterey Peninsula, we have several terrific holiday light displays you can drive to, just for fun. Here is our list of three local favorite holiday light displays: Candy Cane Lane in Pacific Grove Annual Boat Parade of Lights. When they aren’t sailing, you can see the boats all lit up near Fisherman’s Wharf. 508 Dennett St. in Pacific Grove, at the corner of 17 mile drive and Pine St. IT IS WORTH FINDING!!! In the meantime, let us know how Robert’s Colli... read more

  • Treat Your Vehicle To a Holiday Makeover

    Sunday 30 November 2014

    During the holidays, we often buy gifts for ourselves and for our loved ones...but what about your car? Doesn’t your trusty, reliable vehicle that carries you safely to and from work, school, and play every day deserve a gift, too? We have a solution if you’re looking for that perfect gift for your vehicle…. Treat your vehicle to a holiday makeover! What exactly is a holiday makeover? Well, that all depends on what your vehicle needs, right? Here are some ideas that could make your vehicle look... read more

  • Take Advantage of Robert’s Customer Rewards Card

    Sunday 23 November 2014

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… Our Customer Rewards Card Program helps you save money, and that’s an awesome thing to take advantage of during the holiday shopping season. For full details about our Customer Rewards Card program, read more here… If your vehicle needs auto body repair or mechanical repair of any kind, Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to take great care of you. We offer many services th... read more

  • Top 10 Things That Will Occupy The Kids During Your Thanksgiving Travels

    Sunday 16 November 2014

    There is no doubt that holiday travel with your family can be taxing. We want to make sure the time spent in your car is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Try these tips: Don’t forget the pillows. Traveling is exhausting. Make sure your kids are comfortable enough to take a nap. A car charger is a must. DVD players and phones help pass the time, but forgetting their chargers can be a disaster. Chargers need to be on your packing list. Stretch your legs at a pit stop: playgroun... read more

  • Does My Vehicle Require Antifreeze If I Live On the Monterey Bay?

    Monday 10 November 2014

    Antifreeze does not just protect against cold weather. The bright green liquid keeps our cars running soundly in warm temperatures too. Typically, antifreeze is used to protect your vehicle’s coolant system from freezing. Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that in Monterey, but the uses of antifreeze do not stop there. Antifreeze is an invaluable tool. Consider these facts: Antifreeze is known to reduce galvanic corrosion in your engine. Galvanic corrosion causes parts of your en... read more

  • Are Your Tires Ready for the Holidays?

    Monday 03 November 2014

    Most people think of major road trips when they plan for tire service and maintenance. However, it’s the daily wear and tear on your vehicle, like your commute to work, trips to the mall, driving the kids to their activities, etc., that create the need for new tires. Be safe as we enter the holiday season and come to Robert’s Auto for tire service and maintenance. What kind of tire services do we provide? Here is a list of what we do, and why these maintenance services are so important: Flat... read more

  • Safety Tips for Halloween Driving

    Monday 27 October 2014

    Though Halloween is one of the most popular secular holidays in the United States, it can also be one of the most dangerous nights for pedestrians. As children and their families walk from house to house for trick-or-treating, the excitement often overrides their street smarts as pedestrians. Similarly, drivers can become easily distracted and harm pedestrians unintentionally. To make sure that everyone stays safe, here are reminders of common traffic laws in the State of California: Right-of-Wa... read more

  • Windshield Wiper Special Offer

    Sunday 19 October 2014

    Make sure your wiper blades can help you see clearly through your windshield. If your vehicle needs new windshield wiper blades, we have a deal for YOU! To show our appreciation to you for being a valued customer, we are offering you a limited time wiper installation promotion. Receive free installation of wiper blades with the purchase of wiper blades while your vehicle is being serviced at Robert's Collision & Repair. The rainy season nearly here… we hope! Make sure your wipers can wipe a... read more

  • Preparing Your Car For Winter

    Monday 13 October 2014

    We know, we know….we just entered Fall, so why are we bringing up Winter already? Well you can never be too prepared. Plus, if you plan to travel anywhere outside of the Monterey Peninsula as the weather grows cooler, you may enter driving conditions often seen in Winter, like snow, sleet, hail, and rain. You can avoid many dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead. Have maintenance service on your vehicle as often as the manufacturer recommends. Every Fall, you should do the following... read more

  • Safety During The First Rains Of The Season

    Sunday 05 October 2014

    Unless you’ve been on a very long vacation, far away from California, you know we are in the middle of a record-breaking drought. The weather forecast for this Autumn predicts El Nino weather, which means that we should expect heavier-than-normal rainfall. However, while there is still about a two in three chance that El Niño will develop, perhaps in the next two months, it would most likely be weak. Though the drought may not be over, we will, indeed, see rainfall this Autumn, which means we... read more

  • Eco-Friendly Waterborne Auto Paint

    Monday 22 September 2014

    Robert’s Collision & Repair uses the latest technology in our auto body and repair shop. High-tech paint that dries super fast is among the many high-tech tools we utilize to restore your vehicle after an accident. Akzo Nobel is the world’s largest paint and coating manufacturer. We choose to use some of their products because they are a paint company that believes in producing technologically innovative products that are environmentally responsible. You’ve probably heard us mention that... read more

  • The Importance of Buying Good Tires

    Sunday 14 September 2014

    Most drivers take their tires for granted until there is a problem, like a flat or worn tread. However, ignoring your tires can become a major safety issue because tires are your vehicle’s only contact to the road. Not only should you pay attention to your tires, but you should also learn the difference between good tires and bad tires, cheap tires and expensive tires, sizes of tires, and the best tires for the conditions you drive in. But first, let’s discuss the importance of buying good ti... read more

  • September Oil Changes

    Monday 08 September 2014

    It’s September, and it’s time to consider an oil change for your vehicle as we enter into Autumn. One of the best ways to extend the life of your vehicle is to give it regular oil changes. For many vehicles, oil changes are recommended every 3 months / 3,000 miles as part of a regular car maintenance regimen. If your vehicle uses synthetic oil, you may want to change your oil every 6 months / 6,000 miles. To be sure, look up the recommended oil change schedule in the Owners’ Manual of your vehi... read more

  • 6 Auto Tips for College-Bound Kids

    Tuesday 02 September 2014

    Now that school is starting up again, there are some helpful auto tips for your college-bound kids that will keep them and their cars out of harm’s way. Here are six tips that will help your college-age children feel more confident about handling car problems while they’re away from home. 1. Know how to change a flat tire. -- This is a skill every driver should have, both young and old. 2. Know how to check your oil level and other engine fluids. -- If you learn to check your f... read more

  • Driving Tips for Labor Day Weekend

    Monday 25 August 2014

    The Labor Day holiday marks the final days of Summer. For many families, it’s that last chance to go on a road trip before school kicks into high gear. Many people will be hitting the road over the Labor Day weekend, so here are a few safe driving tips to keep in mind. Make sure you have a first aid kit stashed somewhere in your vehicle, just in case someone needs to mend a “boo-boo”. Traffic is going to be heavy, so try to hit the road earlier or later than everyone else. Make sure your... read more

  • Generic Parts: A Good Bet For Your Car

    Monday 25 August 2014

    Many of our clients ask if generic parts are inferior in quality to OEM (original equipment manufacturers) parts. The answer may surprise you. CAPA sets stringent standards for generic or competitive auto repair parts. That means the generic parts are tested for rust resistance, metal composition, welds, screws, and resistance to chipping & scratching before they are allowed to become CAPA-certified parts. Others ask if generic parts are unsafe. Whether parts are generic or OEM, crash parts... read more

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car Provides Rentals for Our Clients

    Monday 25 August 2014

    Need a rental car? Enterprise and Robert’s Collision & Repair have teamed up to make sure you have a set of wheels to get around...even when your vehicle is in for repair. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is located only a few blocks from Robert’s Collision & Repair. If you require a rental car, our partnership can make certain your rental vehicle is delivered to our facility at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey. Or, if you prefer, we can shuttle you to the Enterprise office, located at 1178 Del Monte... read more

  • Are You Ready For Monterey Car Week? August 11 - 17, 2014

    Monday 11 August 2014

    It’s time, and we’re off to a “good start”. Get ready for Auto Week on the Monterey Peninsula! This blog is designed to direct you to the scheduled events throughout the week of August 11th through the 17th. Tuesday, 8/12/14
    * Automobilia Monterey
    Tuesday, August 12, 2014: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Location: The Embassy Suites - 1441 Canyon Del Rey
    Admission: Check website for prices * Concours on the Avenue
    Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    Location: Ocean Avenue, Carmel-By-The... read more

  • GEICO Insurance Is On-Site At Robert’s Collision & Repair

    Monday 04 August 2014

    Robert’s Collision & Repair is a preferred repair vendor of GEICO, and we are proud to have a GEICO representative conveniently located on-site. That means if you are a GEICO insurance customer and you want a quick and easy collision repair process for your vehicle, Robert’s Collision & Repair has taken care of the details for you. GEICO is a trusted auto insurance provider and they can process your auto collision claim for you from start to finish. For more information, call Robert’s C... read more

  • How To Prepare Your Vehicle For Auto Shows

    Monday 28 July 2014

    If you love to enter your vehicle into classic car shows, your ride needs to look spectacular. Many auto collectors on the Monterey Peninsula bring their classic automobiles to Robert’s Collision & Repair to spiff up their vehicles. If you are new to prepping your vehicle for the summertime auto shows, here are some tips to get your vehicle ready: Mechanical maintenance-- If your vehicle is in top operating order, it will not fail you as you drive to and fro the auto sho... read more

  • Top 10 Road Trips In The USA

    Monday 21 July 2014

    Are you and your family thinking about a Summer Road Trip? Here are the top 10 road trips in America, according to Forbes Magazine. Pacific Coast Highway, California -- The winding roads along California's Highway 1 provide unbeatable views of the Pacific Ocean. Lucky for us, we live here and can drive this amazing highway any time we wish. Some of the most scenic parts are right here in Monterey C... read more

  • Have You Noticed Our Small Name Change?

    Sunday 13 July 2014

    To help insurance companies recognize that Robert’s Auto Repair is a leading auto body and mechanical repair shop in Monterey County, we have made a small change to our name: Robert’s Collision & Repair Yes, it’s official!  We are now known as Robert’s Collision & Repair, but our domain name will remain the same at As always, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Yelp, and YouTub... read more

  • 3 Tips For Better Gas Mileage

    Monday 07 July 2014

    With gas prices continually increasing, stretch your summertime fuel economy by following these three tips to improve your gas mileage: Replace your air filter. Keep your tires properly inflated. Use the recommended grade of oil for your vehicle. For most drivers, your vehicle is one of your most valuable personal investments. With routine maintenance, you can extend the safety and life of your vehicle. If you take good care of your vehicle, it will have a better chance to take care of you and y... read more

  • Independence Day Fuel Saver and Oil Change Specials!!

    Monday 30 June 2014

    Robert’s Auto Repair is offering two money saving specials that expire Sunday, July 6, 2014! Take advantage of these special offers by mentioning this blog article when you make your appointment. Fuel Saver Special -- $40 Off Have you taken advantage of the Fuel Saver Special at Robert’s Auto Repair? It is a terrific service that helps stretch the fuel economy of your vehicle. Here is what the Robert’s Auto Repair Fuel S... read more

  • Why Minis Are Fabulous Road Trip Cars!

    Monday 23 June 2014

    “It looks kind of small,” she said. “I think we’ll be cramped.” “No, it’s not”, I replied. “Here, get in and I’ll show you.” As my friend and I embarked on a recent road trip in my Mini Cooper Countryman, I showed her how MINIs are the ideal road trip car. I’m a firm believer that MINIs are the best cars for a road trip, and I have the Mini Cooper history to back me up. Why are MINIs the best road trip cars? Here are seven reasons why, as explained on the MINI USA website: MINIs were first desi... read more

  • How Often Should I Maintain My BMW or Mini?

    Monday 12 May 2014

      Since BMW is the manufacturer of Mini Coopers, this advice is helpful for the owners of both vehicle brands. To help shed some light on how often BMW and Mini drivers should maintain their vehicles, our Master BMW Technician, David Robinson, offers some helpful advice: As a rule of thumb, the following timeline/mileage is used for maintenance on BMWs & MINIs: Engine... read more

  • May Is The Month We’ll Celebrate BMWs

    Thursday 08 May 2014

      Robert’s Auto Repair is proud to announce that we have two Master BMW Technicians on our staff, and to commemorate our good fortune, we will be celebrating the esteemed automaker, Bavarian Motor Works, throughout the month of May. To begin, here are some things you may or may not know about BMWs: BMW stands for “Bayerische Motoren Werke”. However, according to the late, great Bob Marley, he was a longtime BMW fan and owner becau... read more

  • What Auto Body Work Will My Insurance Cover?

    Monday 28 April 2014

    This is a question asked often at Robert’s Auto Repair, and the answer depends on your insurance company and your specific auto insurance policy. When you come to Robert’s Auto Repair, here’s how we interact with your auto insurance company during the course of the auto body repair: Generally when you have a claim, you will contact the insurance company and they will issue you a claim number, and let you know what your deductible is. After you receive your claim number, you have the right to go... read more

  • What You Should Know About Your Windshield

    Monday 21 April 2014

    Your vehicle’s windshield is designed to provide you with a clear view of the road and surrounding elements. A windshield is designed to be very strong, made like a sandwich of two layers of glass with a vinyl layer in between. Sometimes the windshield will get damaged due to small pebbles cracking the glass or major auto collisions that destroy it. When your vehicle’s windshield is damaged, here is what you should know about windshield repair versus windshield replacement. Windshield Repair: If... read more

  • Notable Monterey County Auto Accidents Caused By Texting

    Monday 14 April 2014

    There have been some major automobile crashes that have occurred around the Monterey Bay and Monterey County in recent years. A lot of them are caused by texting. Here is a slideshow we found about some of the worst accidents that sadly, often ended with fatalities: Major Crashes on the Central Coast There is a major campaign to stop texting while driving. There are many statistics that support the fact that texting while driving kills, and... read more

  • How To Maintain Your Vehicle’s Airbag System

    Monday 07 April 2014

    Your vehicle’s airbag system is one of the more important safety components of your automobile. Airbags are deployed upon impact and can protect you and your passengers from fatal blows during an accident. Airbags have saved thousands of lives, but in order to do so, they must be checked and maintained on a regular basis. The most important parts of the success of the airbag system are the crash sensors, and these sensors need to be checked by a certified mechanic. There are two types of airbag... read more

  • How Bluetooth Technology Helps Auto Body Shops Lose Business

    Monday 31 March 2014

    Bluetooth devices offer an additional level of safety to automobile drivers, and this is a wonderful thing! In fact, Robert’s Auto Repair is happy to say that we have seen fewer auto body repairs in our shop thanks to Bluetooth devices, and that is a win-win for everyone. Bluetooth devices help improve safety by allowing drivers to talk on their cell phones and still keep both hands on the steering wheel. Bluetooth wireless technology not only keeps drivers and their passengers safer, but they a... read more

  • What Does a Multi Point Preventative Maintenance Inspection Include?

    Monday 24 March 2014

    Did you know that when you bring your vehicle in for any type of service, including oil changes, we perform a complimentary Multi Point Preventative Maintenance Inspection? This is a courtesy we do every day at Robert’s Auto Repair, and we do it to make sure everything on your vehicle is operating properly. Here is a list of what the Multi Point Preventative Maintenance Inspection includes: Headlights / Taillights / Brake lights / Hazard lights / Turn signals Interior light Windshield washers an... read more

  • To Shampoo Or Not To Shampoo? What Do Your Car Seats Need?

    Monday 17 March 2014

    Many people assume that when they wash their cars, a simple vacuum of the interior and a washing of the exterior is all that is required. While a quick vacuum and exterior wash is easy and fast, it is also important to occasionally deep clean with a seat and flooring shampoo. On average, we spend 20% of our time inside cars and this is the reason why car seats go through constant wear and tear. Deep cleaning of car seats is a must on a regular basis, especially if you spend a lot of time eating... read more

  • What Is The Ultimate Facial For Exterior Paint?

    Monday 10 March 2014

    When people buy a new car, they often bring it to Robert’s Auto Repair right away for an Ultimate Facial. This is our premier detailing service that includes a complete micro buff, Clay Magic, and complete Carnauba Wax for just $250. Many people ask us, “Why would I give my brand new car an Ultimate Facial? The paint is perfect already as it is.” The reason many people choose the Ultimate Facial for Exterior Paint is that it protects your car’s paint for up to two years. It seals the paint and r... read more

  • Conserving Water When Washing Your Car

    Monday 10 March 2014

    Thanks to the low amount of rainfall this Winter, the Monterey Peninsula is now at a “Stage 1” alert of its water conservation and rationing plan. Restrictions in Stage 1 are  minor, but many of us want to cut back on our water consumption as we watch this drought progress. To help save water, here are some tips on conserving water when washing your car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, RV, or van: Water your plants and wash your car at the same time by washing vehicles on grass or gravel, not pavement... read more

  • How To Drive Mountain Roads

    Monday 24 February 2014

    Here on the Monterey Peninsula, we have a few windy roads that go through the hills and peaks. Not everyone is familiar or comfortable driving on mountain roads, so here are a few safety tips from Roadtrip America that can help prevent accidents: Make sure that your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, and exhaust systems are in good condition. Don't go down a mountain road any faster than you can go up it. On steep u... read more

  • Why Do We Get Carsick?

    Tuesday 18 February 2014

    For many of us who get motion sickness, we are dumbfounded as to why we get that way. We recently came across a great video that explains why we get carsick: To avoid getting carsick, here are a few tips: Sit in the front seat when possible. Have ginger candies on hand. Roll down the windows for fresh air. When possible, go to sleep. Avoid reading while riding in a car. Avoid riding backwards. Have plenty of drinking water available. To avoid vomiting, try not to eat too much before or during a... read more

  • Road Trip Games For Kids

    Monday 10 February 2014

    Road trips are big adventures for kids, and they can create unforgettable memories. To make a road trip remain pleasurable for the duration of the trip, here are some road trip games for kids that will keep them entertained and occupied while you travel: “I Spy” is a road trip game that has withstood the test of time. “I spy with my little eye, something red.” This easy-to-learn game is perfect for preschoolers, and can keep them entertained for unbelievably long periods of time. The directions... read more

  • Traveling With Pets In The Car

    Saturday 01 February 2014

    Sometimes it’s tough to leave your furry friends at home while you head out for a road trip. After all, our pets are part of our family and we enjoy their company when we travel. Here are some ideas for safe and comfortable travel with your pets. Dogs: Depending on your dog, it may be best to travel with a crate, especially if they like to run around the car. Crating will keep your dog safe. In addition, the driver will not have as many distractions when a dog is crated. Keep a small bowl of wat... read more

  • How To Drive A Manual Transmission Effectively

    Monday 27 January 2014

    There are many YouTube videos showing beginners how to drive a manual transmission. On the other end, you can take driving courses at the Skip Barber Driving School at Laguna Seca Raceway to drive a manual transmission like a pro. To help you drive a manual transmission in a way that is easy on your vehicle and gets you the best gas mileage, here are some tips for driving a stick. 1.  If you are new to standard transmissions and need to learn how to drive the car, here is a helpful video: &l... read more

  • Driving In Ice? Here’s How To Stay Safe

    Monday 20 January 2014

    For those of us who live year round on the Monterey Peninsula, snow and ice are not driving hazards we have to deal with on a regular basis. Especially this January, where it has been amazingly warm and sunny. However, for those of us who love to visit ski country, driving safely on snow and ice helps us get back safely to our coastal climate. Here are some helpful tips on how to drive safely through ice and snow: 1.  Make sure your car has been serviced and is operating well before your ski tri... read more

  • Top 5 Reasons To Change Your Tires

    Monday 13 January 2014

    Some people forget to change their tires. Others are better about getting regular tire service. Here are the top five reasons to change your tires: Your tread is less than 1/16 inch or 1.6 millimeters thick. Your tires should always have more than a depth of 1/16 inch tread, ideally at a thickness of 1 inch of tread depth. If your tread wear indicator bars are exposed, your tires need to be replaced. Tread wear indicators are parallel bars that run perpendicular to the direction of the tread... read more

  • What Is Our Brake Repair Workflow Process?

    Monday 06 January 2014

    Robert’s Auto Repair has developed a solid reputation along the Monterey Peninsula for premier workmanship and service. We go the extra mile in everything we do to make certain our clients receive 100% satisfaction. To help illustrate why we do what we do and how we do it, we thought it would be educational to show a behind the scenes viewpoint of how we do our workflow process on a simple task such as brake service and repair. The brakes on your vehicle are its most important safety feature, an... read more

  • Your Vehicle’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

    Sunday 05 January 2014

    Editorial Note:  We can’t help but run this note from your vehicle every year. It’s one of our annual traditions. Happy New Year from the entire Robert’s Auto Repair team! I, my human's vehicle, do solemnly swear to make the following New Year's Resolutions for 2014. I resolve to carry my humans and their precious cargo safely wherever they drive me. I resolve to stop as quickly as possible when faced with an emergency situation. I resolve to respond quickly when my gas pedal is pushed, my... read more

  • Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas

    Monday 23 December 2013

    The family of Robert’s Auto Repair wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day, but will otherwise be open to serve you. We want to thank all of you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your patronage of our auto body, mechanical, detail, and tire service facility. May you all be safe and healthy over the holidays. We look forward to serving you the next time your vehicle needs any type of auto repair. With love and respect... read more

  • Decorating Your Vehicle For The Holidays

    Monday 16 December 2013

    Okay, we have to confess that we crack a big smile every time we see vehicles around Monterey all decked out for the holidays. Here are some of our favorite photos: Also seen on Thanksgiving Day, Happy Hanukkah, everyone! “Cardolph” the red-nosed 4-door SUV all decked out in lights Not everyone goes to the extreme of decorating their vehicles, but we wanted to celebrate those that do.  Happy Holidays, everyone

  • 5 Winter Car Care Tips

    Thursday 12 December 2013

    Admittedly, here in Monterey County, we have mild winters. We don’t have snow, we don’t have much more than storms coming in off the Pacific Ocean and the accompanying gusts of wind. However, we DO often travel during the wintertime to colder climates, and that is why you should prepare your vehicle for Winter. Here are 5 basic Winter car care tips that should keep you and your vehicle safe during the worst Winter weather: Take your car in for a tune-up so it is performing optimally and effici... read more

  • In a Fender Bender Recently? Here’s how Robert’s Auto Repair Can Help.

    Monday 02 December 2013

    You got into an accident with your vehicle? Ouch! Automobile accidents are an unpleasant experience for everyone, but we do our best to set things right with your car, truck, or SUV again with our auto body repair service. If your vehicle needs auto body repair work, here is how Robert’s Auto Repair can help your car look like new again: 1.  Robert’s Auto Repair is a preferred vendor or approved vendor with multiple insurance companies, so you can feel confident that we are well respected for ou... read more

  • Are You and Your Car Ready For The Shopping Season?

    Sunday 24 November 2013

    Though we love the holiday season, it a time to heighten your awareness of safety. Here are a few tips we found, courtesy of the LAPD, about keeping yourself and your vehicle safe during the holiday shopping season: Driving Avoid driving alone or at night. Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device. If you... read more

  • Why Are Oil Changes So Important?

    Monday 18 November 2013

    We’ve all heard it multiple times as drivers. “Make sure you change your oil on a regular basis.” But why are oil changes so important? Here are a few reasons: Removing old, dirty oil and replacing it with clean oil at regular intervals extends the life of your vehicle. Adding fresh oil to your vehicle helps it operate at peak performance. Lubricating all those working parts helps improve their function, and thus, your gas mileage. Oil changes maximize the life of your vehicle. Imagine, if... read more

  • What Football Taught Me About Auto Maintenance

    Monday 11 November 2013

    If you love football like we do, you’re probably glued to the television screen, cheering on your favorite team. Over the years, we discovered that football has a lot to do with auto maintenance. Here are a few things football taught us: You cannot accomplish everything yourself. -- It takes a team to handle your auto maintenance. That is why we have all the team members at our facility to handle complete auto maintenance, including the detailing team, tire team, mechanical auto repair team, aut... read more

  • November = Time To Prepare Your Vehicle For Holiday Travel!

    Monday 04 November 2013

    Welcome, November! Now that you’re here, we are officially in a Halloween candied, sugar-overloaded stupor and heading straight into the throes of the holiday season.  Tis the season to be on the roads more often than usual, so here are some helpful reminders to prepare the family vehicle for holiday travel: Oil Changes:  If you look at your vehicle’s odometer, do you notice anything? If it has been over 3000 miles since your last oil change with conventional oil, perhaps it’s t... read more

  • Halloween / Dia De Los Muertos Driving Safety Tips (en espanol) Recomendaciones de seguridad para este Halloween y Día de los Muertos

    Monday 28 October 2013

    Las fechas de fiesta y celebración se están acercando muy rápido! Como lo hacemos de costumbre, en estas fechas salimos a buscar el mejor disfraz para llevar a las fiestas de Halloween y buscamos las mejores flores y decoraciones para los altares de nuestros familiares que han fallecido para el día de muertos. Aquí en Robert’s Auto Repair, ustedes son parte de nuestra familia y queremos que pasen un divertido y seguro Halloween y un tranquilo Día de Muertos. Por eso les pedimos que tomen medidas... read more

  • Driving Safety During The First Rains of the Season

    Sunday 20 October 2013

    Slick roads are only fun on a go-kart track...not on the freeway, right? When the first rains of the season hit the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas, it is important to be very careful while driving. When the first rains of the season come along, the roads are super slick due to the oils deposited from the traffic. Naturally, when water drops hit the well-oiled roadways, there is a higher tendency for cars and trucks to slip and slide. At best case scenario, your vehicle hits a slick spot a... read more

  • The Importance of Brake Service and Brake Repair (en espanol) La importancia del servicio y la reparación de los frenos de tu auto

    Monday 14 October 2013

    Una de las cosas más comunes a las que las personas no le prestan la debida atención e importancia es al servicio y reparación de los frenos de sus autos. El sistema de frenos es el sistema pasivo más importante de un vehículo no solo porque nos ayuda a disminuir la velocidad a la que conducimos y a parar cuando es necesario, pero también porque nos ayuda a prevenir accidentes en una situación de emergencia. Generalmente el sistema de frenos es bastante confiable siempre y cuando se le de el ser... read more

  • Indian Summer and Your Vehicle

    Monday 07 October 2013

    Ah, our Indian Summer is here. Have you noticed how gorgeous our weather is around the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas region? Simply beautiful. In this brief period of warm, sunny weather, there are several things you can do to enjoy your vehicle to the max during Indian Summer. Here are a few ideas to consider: Make your vehicle shine with a full detail service. -- Robert’s Auto Repair has a full menu of detailing services that will make your ride look shiny and clean again. Not only are we ca... read more

  • End of Summer Auto Maintenance: Steering and Suspension

    Monday 30 September 2013

    Different types of debris in the road can create different types of problems in your engine, ranging from tire alignment to steering and suspension issues. If you are driving at a fast speed and you hit a curb or road debris, you can greatly damage your steering and suspension. Cracks and potholes can also hurt your vehicle by throwing off your car’s alignment off balance or even completely ruining your tires. If you have been driving over wide variety of terrains recently, it may be necessa... read more

  • Fall Auto Maintenance (en espanol)

    Tuesday 24 September 2013

    Ahora en el inicio del otoño después de haber usado tu auto para todas tus aventuras este verano, es un muy buen momento para darle a tu carro un buen servicio. Especialmente ahora que el clima va a estar cambiando, es importante asegurarse de que su auto este funcionando correctamente. Muchas veces atendemos a gente que viene debido al mal funcionamiento del motor después de un cambio de semestre o de periodo. Por eso te sugerimos que traigas tu carro a nuestro taller para asegurarnos de que l... read more

  • Auto Detailing at Robert's Auto Repair / Detallado automotriz en Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 16 September 2013

    El lavado y detallado de su automóvil es algo esencial para el cuidado e imagen de su automóvil. Por eso, en Robert’s Auto Repair, nosotros nos hacemos cargo de brindarle el mejor servicio a su carro a un precio que se acomode a su presupuesto. Ofrecemos un servicio completo de lavado, el paquete de "protección pagada" y cuidado de llantas y vistas. Para los que quieren un buen lavado de asientos y aspirado de interior, estos servicios también están a su disposición. Hay muchos que quieren qu... read more

  • Back To School Safety Tips / Recomendaciones De Seguridad Para Este Regreso A Clases

    Monday 09 September 2013

    En este regreso a clases muchos se quedan en la ciudad como otros que salen a otras ciudades donde se encuentra su Universidad. En Robert’s Auto Repair, nosotros queremos que tu o tus hijos tengan un buen regreso a clases y lleguen a salvo a su destino. Por que la seguridad viene primero, que mejor día que este para que traigas tu auto a nuestras manos. Aquí podremos brindarle los servicios y reparaciones necesarias antes de tu partida con el excelente equipo de técnicos y mecánicos que tenemos... read more

  • Labor Day Weekend Safety / Mantente ati y a tu familia seguros este dia del trabajo!

    Tuesday 03 September 2013

    Ahora que se acerca el fin de semana del dia del trabajo, ¡no te esperes a que sea fin de semana para darle servicio a tu carro! La familia y los amigos son una de las cosas mas importantes para nuestras vidas, por lo que hay que tomar las debidas precauciones antes de salir a carretera. Para nuestro taller la salud y bienestar de usted y de sus seres queridos es muy importante. Por esto le sugerimos de la mejor manera no manejar borracho, cansado, en condiciones de clima extremo y asegurarse d... read more

  • Summer Auto Maintenance: Fuel Filter

    Monday 26 August 2013

    Summer is coming to a close, and if you have been driving your vehicle on quite a few summer adventures, it may be time to replace your fuel filter before fall begins. One of the most obvious symptoms of a fuel filter malfunction is if your engine is beginning to hesitate or stall. It is necessary to bring your vehicle into Robert’s Auto Repair if you are having similar symptoms, especially since fuel filters are an essential part in the overall protection of your engine. They prevent debris... read more

  • Back to School Safety

    Monday 19 August 2013

    With school just around the corner, the roads are going to be packed with a plethora of busy drivers, bright yellow school buses, and kids walking eagerly to their classes. Since safety always comes first, it is the perfect time to bring your car into Robert’s Auto Repair for routine maintenance and to brush up on your driving skills. Here a few tips to help make the transition back to school both smoother and safer: 1. Always double check the crosswalks It is always important... read more

  • Auto Week 2013

    Monday 19 August 2013

    Here are some photos of the beautiful cars on show during Auto Week, August 11 -

  • August Car Events

    Sunday 11 August 2013

    In Monterey, August is an exciting month for car lovers. Ranging from the annual Concours d’ Elegance to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports reunion, there will be plenty of events for you to attend. Below are a list of events located throughout the Monterey Peninsula. Car Shows: Carmel Concours on the Avenue Located in Carmel, CA, this event is held Tuesday, August 13th from 10am to 5pm The Little Car Show Vehicles will line up on Lighthouse Ave on Wednesday, August 14, from 12pm to... read more

  • Cash In With Coupons!

    Monday 05 August 2013

    Who doesn’t like saving money? That’s right...very few people pass on opportunities to save a few bucks here and there, and Robert’s Auto Repair totally understands. That’s why we offer the following online specials: One is a Summer Special for Coolant Service for only $115.00. The other is an ongoing Special for 10% off parts and labor for any mechanical work, including major 30K, 60K, and 90K service. These specials can save you qui... read more

  • Get Ready For Monterey Car Week: August 12-18, 2013

    Monday 29 July 2013

    With Monterey Car Week just around the corner, Robert’s Auto Repair wants to help you plan ahead for exciting week. Here are a few events that will be held during the week: Concours on the Avenue Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Location:  Ocean Avenue, Carmel-By-The-Sea Admission:  Free Monterey Car Week's 5th Annual Rally Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Time to Be Announced Location:  To Be Announced Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance Presented by Rolex Thursday... read more

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Vehicle Maintenance

    Monday 22 July 2013

    How often do I need to change my oil? Regular oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles versus synthetic oil, which needs to be changed every 5,000 miles. It is important to be proactive about maintaining your oil. In order to ensure that your vehicle is running properly, check your oil once a month. How often do I need to check the anti-freeze? Does it need to be changed? Especially during summer, it is essential to check your vehicle’s anti-freeze once a month... read more

  • Tips for Purchasing your Next Vehicle

    Monday 24 June 2013

    Summer is known for being car buying season, and if you need to purchase a new vehicle, it is important to be prepared before arriving at the car dealership. Here are a few tips to make sure the process of purchasing your next vehicle runs smoothly. A flexible attitude is vital when it comes to purchasing cars. It is important to consider car brands that you may not initially like, and then arrive at the dealership prepared to compromise on the color, make, or model of a vehicle.  It is also hel... read more

  • Keep Your Parked Car Cool during the Summer

    Monday 17 June 2013

    One of the worst things during the summer is to get into a car that has been parked for hours in the hot summer sun.  Here are a few tips to help you deal with your hot and uncomfortable vehicle. The first step is to look for a parking spot in the shade. However, your fellow drivers will also be looking for parking spots in the shade, so most likely the selection will be scarce. If you are unable to find a parking spot that can shield your vehicle from the sun, lower your windows to let cool air... read more

  • Emergency Car Kit

    Monday 10 June 2013

    It is important to be prepared for any issues that may occur when driving your vehicle and the first step to ensuring safe travels is to put together an emergency kit for your vehicle. Basic tools, such as pliers, jumper cables, and a tire pressure gauge, are key components to your emergency kit, and should be stored in a small storage box. If an emergency strikes, it is important that all your tools are stored with easy access in one container. Flat tires are also a common problem during long r... read more

  • Summer Is The Perfect Time To Show Off Your Vehicle

    Monday 03 June 2013

    Summer is the perfect time to show off your vehicle, and the first step to having your car looking its best is to come to Robert’s Auto Repair for a full detail service. At our 26,000 square foot facility, we can make sure your vehicle is looking brand new again by using clay, wax, and a complete microbuff on your exterior paint.  Your vehicle will once again have a new-car shine perfect for any of your summer plans. Robert’s Auto Repair also provides full service hand washes that can get rid of... read more

  • Summer Auto Maintenance: Battery

    Tuesday 28 May 2013

    Summer heat can have a severe effect on your battery, and with summer just around the corner, it is extremely important to have your vehicle’s battery inspected. Warm weather speeds up the chemical reactions that take place inside a battery and, your vehicle’s battery can become overcharged.  In result, the duration of your battery is radically shortened. It is important to bring your vehicle in for a battery inspection, so that we can ensure that your battery is well-maintained and that your ve... read more

  • Save Gas this Summer!

    Sunday 19 May 2013

    As gas prices continue to startlingly increase in America, summer road trips may seem completely out of the question. However, here are several tricks to help you conserve your fuel so that you can still enjoy an action-packed summer vacation. It is important to avoid excess braking and accelerating. Instead, try to predict when the light will turn red, coast to stop, and then slowly accelerate again.  In general, rapid braking and accelerating will waste more fuel. When on the freeway, use crui... read more

  • Tips for Teen Driving

    Monday 13 May 2013

    With the school year finally coming to a close, many teenagers are already beginning to plan their summer vacation. Either it being driving to a summer job or embarking on a summer road trip, the roads will be packed with busy teenage drivers. Yet, teenagers and their parents should proceed with caution: summer also has the highest percentage of accidents caused by young drivers. Before letting your teenager out on the road, it is essential to inform your son or daughter about the importance of... read more

  • May Means More Driving!

    Monday 06 May 2013

    With summer just around the corner, many parents are anticipating the end of the school year. It means much more time for family vacations, trips to the beach, and road trips across the state. In other words, more time spent driving in the car with your family. It is important that your vehicle is in its best condition before summer begins, and after enduring the harsh weather of winter and spring, it is the perfect time to get your vehicle thoroughly inspected. The weather conditions of winter... read more

  • What Happens When You Neglect Your Oil Changes?

    Monday 29 April 2013

    Many of us take oil changes for granted. When money is tight, sometimes we push off the oil change until later. If you procrastinate with your oil changes, here is what happens to your poor vehicle: Sludge buildup -- When your oil gets dirty, stays dirty, and continues to run through your engine dirty, it leaves a nasty buildup of sludge. Sludge can gunk up your system, which leads to restriction of vital fluids destined for the engine parts they support. Contamination -- Think about it. Whe... read more

  • Happy Earth Day!

    Monday 22 April 2013

    Today is April 22, 2013, and we wish you a Happy Earth Day. What are some of the things you can do with your car, truck, van, or SUV to be friendly to the environment? Here are six tips that you can use to help save fuel, keep our air cleaner, and help out Mother Nature: Reduce your carbon footprint by leaving your car at home twice a week. Leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year. Work from home. You'll reduce air pollution and traffic cong... read more

  • Spring Cleaning For Your Vehicle?

    Monday 15 April 2013

    Have you thought about Spring Cleaning your vehicle? If you do, not only will your car be cleaner, but it could become more fuel efficient, too. Here are some areas where your vehicle could benefit from some deep cleaning and a little bit of extra elbow grease. 1. Take out the trash. Do you really need all those empty water bottles and boxes of junk taking up trunk space and adding weight to the car? Do you really want your vehicle to be a rolling lab experiment with excess amounts of... read more

  • The Car-O-Liner Frame Racks at Robert’s Auto Repair -- BMW and Mercedes Benz Certified

    Monday 04 March 2013

    At Robert’s Auto Repair, we have invested $2 Million in renovations for cutting-edge technology and facility expansion. One of our important pieces of equipment are the Car-O-Liner Frame Rack, which is BMW and Mercedes Benz Certified. For more than 30 years, Car-O-Liner has provided the automotive industry with safe and profitable collision repair systems. Over 45,000 Car-O-Liner Collision Repair Systems are in use worldwide, and two of them are located right here Robert’s Auto Repair. Car... read more

  • The Tire Balancing Machine at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 25 February 2013

    Who knew that a tire balancing machine at Robert’s Auto Repair could be so high-tech with a 3-D laser guided operation? In today’s world with amazing technology, no longer do tire pros have to eyeball a wheel for precise tire balancing precision. Our team has the state-of-the-art equipment to balance even the toughest set of wheels. Here are some of the things our tire balancing machine can do: It has a 1.5 hp direct drive motor running it. It has 8 balancing modes. The laser guided operation e... read more

  • The Tire Changer at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Tuesday 19 February 2013

    We don’t know if you’re aware of this, but there are tire changer machines that some tire professionals would prefer to work with over others. Lucky for us, Robert’s Auto Repair uses state-of-the-art equipment, and we would even go so far to say that our tire changer machine is a “workhorse”. Here are some of the features that make us love our tire changing machine: It handles big wheels and small wheels. It protects expensive wheels. It helps us work more effectively and increases our prod... read more

  • The Wheel Alignment Machine at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 11 February 2013

    Unless you’ve visited the backlot of Robert’s Auto Repair, chances are you have not personally seen our state-of-the-art wheel alignment machine. This wheel alignment machine does some really cool stuff to make your vehicle meet factory standards, including: It features 3D cameras that match the alignment based on the car, and not influenced by the platform The measurement system is equipped with double digital cameras and four target disks, supplying revolutionary measurement mode There is no... read more

  • Winter Auto Maintenance -- Tires

    Monday 04 February 2013

    During the winter, it is very, very important that your tires are in tip-top shape. If your tires are showing excess wear and tear, or are bald in certain spots, your safety on the road is greatly compromised. When in doubt, come to Robert’s Auto Repair for a tire inspection. If your tires are in good shape, but not perfectly balanced, we can keep things rolling smoothly with our tire alignment service. If your tires need to be fixed or replaced, we have the capacity to replace your tires quickl... read more

  • Winter Auto Maintenance -- Wiper Blades

    Monday 28 January 2013

    In wintertime, it’s very important to replace your old and worn out wiper blades. Visibility goes down the tubes when your wiper blades are in poor condition, are too rigid, or are not installed properly. If you make certain your wiper blades are in top condition, not only will you see better, but you’ll avoid a host of mishaps as well. Call today to schedule a wiper blade inspection and replacement at our 26,000 square foot facility, located at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. You and you... read more

  • Winter Auto Maintenance -- Coolant Service

    Tuesday 22 January 2013

    It’s wintertime, so let’s talk about coolant service. Changing the antifreeze fluids in your radiator is especially important. Most of us are aware that antifreeze keeps your engine from freezing and corroding, but did you know that the same fluid can corrode your engine if you leave it in too long? Over a significant period of time, the static charge of the engine makes the fluid acidic and it eats up the aluminum pipes, making your engine vulnerable to major disfunction... and that's not good... read more

  • Robert’s Auto Repair Services and Repairs All Major Vehicle Brands

    Monday 14 January 2013

    When you look at our services, you will see that Robert’s Auto Repair can do all the basic auto body, repair, and service work on all major vehicle brands. Over the years, we have done a handful of vintage cars and home-made kit cars, but for the most part, we stick to the major vehicle brands. Our specialty is to provide state-of-the art auto body repair and mechanical repair. We pride ourselves on our fast service and our abilities to get you back out on the road quickly. Though we are fast w... read more

  • Schedule Your Next Appointment Online

    Monday 07 January 2013

    Did you know that Robert’s Auto Repair has plenty of ways for you to schedule your next auto repair or maintenance service? Our website allows you to schedule your next appointment online, and it’s a fast and simple process. All you have to do is go to Appointments and fill in your name, phone number, email address, the date you want to schedule your appointment, the time you want to come, and tell us a little bit about what’s going on with your vehicle. Many of our... read more

  • Your Vehicle's New Year's Resolutions for 2013

    Monday 31 December 2012

    *Editor’s Note: We have a tradition of posting this personal message from your vehicle every year. Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve! I, my human's vehicle, do solemnly swear to make the following New Year's Resolutions for 2013. I resolve to carry my humans and their precious cargo safely wherever they drive me. I resolve to stop as quickly as possible when faced with an emergency situation. I resolve to respond quickly when my gas pedal is pushed, my steering wheel is turned, my brakes a... read more

  • All I Want For Christmas Is ...

    Sunday 23 December 2012

    A happy life Abundance Lots of love Growth and prosperity Family and friends Safe and reliable vehicles A full belly A happy home From our family to yours, Merry Christmas, everyone

  • Don’t Forget Your Vehicle Safety Inspection!

    Tuesday 18 December 2012

    Make sure your vehicle is road ready and safe for the holidays. Make sure to triple check your vehicle with a safety inspection from Robert’s Auto Repair. When you come in for any service or repair, the Vehicle Safety Inspection is FREE. When we say any, we mean any oil change, brake repair, headlight repair, etc. If you wish to come in for just the Vehicle Safety Inspection however, it will cost $94.23. Make this a safe and memorable holiday season for everyone who travels with you. Call toda... read more

  • The Best Days in December to Purchase a New Car

    Monday 10 December 2012

    If you’re looking to buy a new car, many auto dealerships are trying to make their sales numbers with a year-end push. If you’re ready to buy, here are the best days to purchase a new vehicle in the month of December: 12/24/12 12/27/12 12/28/12 12/29/12 12/30/12 12/31/12 Dealers want to clear their lots of excess inventory so they can earn their end-of-year bonuses and avoid paying taxes on unsold vehicle stock. They do this by offering sizeable cash-back rebates, super financing discounts, a... read more

  • Top 3 Destinations to Drive Your Car on the Monterey Peninsula During December

    Monday 03 December 2012

    Destination #1: Christmas At The Adobes Walking Tour in Downtown Monterey Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8 from 5 - 9 PM each night. Tickets are $20 Adult 18 and over; $2 Youth ages 6-17; Children 5-and-under free. Save $5 on one-night adult pass by purchasing ticket on or before October 31. Take your time and see all the buildings with a two-night Gold Pass for $30. NEW THIS YEAR! Buy tickets on-line and pick up at Pacific House Museum Will Call! - Located on Custom House P... read more

  • Customer Rewards Card

    Sunday 25 November 2012

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again... Our Customer Rewards Card Program helps you save money, and that’s an awesome thing to take advantage of during the holiday shopping season. For full details about our Customer Rewards Card program, read more here...

  • Brake Safety and The Thanksgiving Holiday

    Monday 19 November 2012

    Brakes are often taken for granted, until they don’t work so well.  If you’re planning to travel across town or on the freeway, getting your brakes checked and repaired is the best way to stay safe. We don’t mean to scare you, but look at some of these scary Thanksgiving Holiday driving statistics: Thanksgiving weekend is the most traveled holiday period of the year with almost 90% of those traveling doing so by car and, if previous year statistics hold true, this Thanksgiving weekend will al... read more

  • Time To Prepare Your Vehicle For The Holidays

    Monday 12 November 2012

    Tires in good shape?  ….Check! Oil changed?  ….Check! Brakes all good?  ….Check! Engine been checked?  ….Check! With the holidays approaching, it is wise to come into Robert’s Auto Repair now and get a Vehicle Safety Inspection done. When you come in for any service or repair, the Vehicle Safety Inspection is FREE.  When we say any, we mean any oil change, brake repair, headlight repair, etc.  If you wish to come in for just the Vehicle Safety Inspection, it costs $94.23. However you choose to... read more

  • The Top 4 Reasons Why People Come to Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 05 November 2012

    Reason #1:  Oil Changes Yes, we do plenty of oil changes at Robert’s Auto Repair.  Regular oil changes are necessary to ensure the proper performance of a car or truck's engine. Frequent oil changes provide for a cleaner engine, longer engine life, lower vehicle emissions, better gas mileage, and better engine performance. Reason #2:  Brakes Your car's brake system is a complex grouping of parts which serve a critical role in keeping you safe.  No other system i... read more

  • Early Birds and Other Ways To Get Around Town

    Sunday 28 October 2012

    If you’re the kind of person who likes to get things done first thing in the morning, we have Early Bird Service at Robert’s Auto Repair.  Just drop off your keys and we’ll start work on your car right away! If you’re a little slower to get started in the morning, Robert’s will welcome you personally any Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM.  Need a ride back home or to work?  If it’s close enough, we’ll be happy to drop you off wherever you need to go and pick you up, too. Do you alread... read more

  • 5 Reasons You Want To Do Business With Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 22 October 2012

    5 Reasons You Want To Do Business With Robert’s Auto Repair 2-year Warranty on Mechanical Repair Lifetime Warranty on Body and Paint Green Certification Voted Best Auto Service Only Auto Service with State-of-the-Art Equipment From start to finish, and any step in between, we are focused on getting your car back on the road...FAST!  Here’s why: Our friendly staff is fully trained in the use of the latest estimating programs to give you fast, accurate q... read more

  • Welcome to the Premiere Auto Shop of the Future!

    Sunday 14 October 2012

    At Robert’s Auto Repair, we have upped the ante of our auto body repair technology, and we are very excited! We are the first and only Green shop in the area using waterborne paint. Our paint curing process helps get your car back to you in record time. Our ultra modern equipment assures your car is put back to original factory condition. You can depend on our expert, mechanical repair work -- We Guarantee It! We do it all at Robert’s Auto Repair... read more

  • Got Spiderwebs On Your Black Car?

    Monday 08 October 2012

    Have you seen spiderwebs on your black car?  No, we’re not talking real spiders!  We’re not even talking about Halloween!  We’re talking about those tiny scratches you see when the sun shines brightly on your black paint. If you see spiderwebs in the black paint of your car....or any dark colored paint, for that matter...come in to Robert’s Auto Repair’s Detailing Center, where we have the Ultimate Facial for Exterior Paint. Our “Ultimate Facial” is a c... read more

  • When The Weather Is Fine...It’s Time for a Joy Ride!

    Monday 01 October 2012

    Have you seen how gorgeous it is outside today? It’s hard not to want to soak up the sun all day. Our Indian Summers on the Monterey Peninsula are simply gorgeous, and for those of us who love our cars, the temptation to roll down the windows, open up the sunroof, or take the convertible top down is very high! On beautiful days like these, have fun breathing in the fresh air and feeling the wind in your hair. When you’re done with your beautiful drive by our gorgeous coastline, come see us at... read more

  • Child Safety Seats -- Can they be used after a crash?

    Monday 24 September 2012

    Many people believe that if their vehicle is in an accident, but the child car seat is undamaged, they are still good. However, that is not the case. According to the NHTSA, child safety seats must be replaced following a moderate or severe crash in order to ensure a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers. However, for any child car seat that has endured a minor crash, they may be replaced later if the minor crash did not damage the child safety seat, airbags were not dep... read more

  • Falling Leaves, Tree Sap & Bird Poop

    Monday 17 September 2012

    Now that we’re in September, when leaves start to turn and birds migrate, expect to see more debris on your vehicle: falling leaves, tree sap, and bird poop. Falling leaves are pretty easy to clear off, but sometimes they get stuck in the crevices around the engine compartment and air vents for your A/C system. Tree sap can happen any time, especially if you park your vehicle outside. Sometimes tree sap can mar the car paint. Bird poop is pretty harmless, but it’s a mess. If you’ve ever been u... read more

  • Traffic Safety Tips

    Monday 10 September 2012

    Now that school’s back in session and Indian Summer is here, we’ve all seen our fair share of increased traffic. We all know how important traffic safety is, but here are a few reminders that will keep you and your vehicle safe and sound: Tip #1: Don’t drive distracted. About 80% of all auto related deaths and injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year. For all of you who are putting on makeup while driving, texting while driving, fiddling around with your mapping system while drivin... read more

  • Parking at Local County Fairs

    Tuesday 04 September 2012

    We loved going to the Monterey County Fair this weekend! Now that we’re into County Fair Season, it’s a fun time for everyone...but your car might not like it so much. Here are some ways to protect your vehicle from scratches and dings in the county fair parking lots while you’re snacking on cotton candy: Park your car in a wide enough space. Don't park your car between larger vehicles, for they could block your view or hit you with their wide doors. Park your car between compact cars. Park y... read more

  • Wrapping Up: August Auto Shows on the Monterey Peninsula

    Tuesday 28 August 2012

    August is a fabulous time to see some lovely -- and lovingly cared for -- vehicles on the Monterey Peninsula. Here is a glimpse at some of the beautiful cars we saw at last year's auto show in Pacific Grove: To get your car looking this great, schedule an appointment with our auto body or detailing shop, today at 831-373-1535. Robert’s Auto Repair is conveniently located at 234 Ramona, Monterey, CA 93940, right off of Del Monte Blvd. at Highway

  • The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Was Here!

    Monday 20 August 2012

    Did you see all those gorgeous, expensive, and immaculate automobiles during the Concours d’Elegance over the weekend? Wow! We got a glimpse of a few, and they were outstanding! After seeing all these beautiful autos, many locals turn to Robert’s Auto Repair asking, “How can I make my car look like new again?”. Luckily, Robert’s Auto Repair is the premiere auto repair center of the Monterey Peninsula, and when you bring your vehicle into our “car spa”, your set of wheels will look a lot like... read more

  • The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is Coming!

    Monday 13 August 2012

    We, here, on the Monterey Peninsula are blessed, for we live in a place of cool Summer temperatures, incredible natural beauty, and a warm, tightly-knit community. Though we are fortunate year round, we become even more blessed when all the auto shows come to town...especially the Concours d’Elegance! No doubt, you’ll see some beautiful automobiles all week long as we prepare for Concours d’Elegance, but if you’re not sure what the schedule is, here is a link to their website... read more

  • Get Ready For Back-To-School with a Vehicle Check-Up

    Monday 06 August 2012

    Now that the back-to-school season is approaching, freshen your car back up after beating it into the ground after Summer! Seriously, if your vehicle has taken the family on summertime road trips, visits to the beach, drives around the Bay Area, as well as hither and yond, your vehicle might need an oil change, tune-up, or regularly scheduled service. Your family will thank you for taking the car in early for proper maintenance BEFORE the Check Engine light goes on or fu... read more

  • How to Protect Your Vehicle’s Paint From the Sun

    Monday 30 July 2012

    At Robert’s Auto Repair, we can do several things to protect your vehicle’s paint from the harsh sun: 1.  Complete detail and waxing services from our Detailing Center.  If you'd like to restore your vehicle to that new car finish look, then we can offer you the ultimate facial to your exterior paint. By using clay magic and wax and with the help of a complete microbuff, we can get rid of those microscopic scratches left behind from previous washes. ... read more

  • Summertime Auto Shows and Events on the Monterey Peninsula

    Monday 23 July 2012

    As you know, the Monterey Peninsula is famous for Summertime auto shows and events. Here are 3 of the top events coming up: Red Bull Gran Prix, July 27 - 29, 2012 Concours d’ Elegance, August 13 - 19, 2012 read more

  • Tips to Save Money at the Gas Pump

    Monday 16 July 2012

    Today’s blog is brought to you with the help of the Federal Trade Commission. Click on this link and discover various tips to save money at the gas pump. If you would like to bring your vehicle in to Robert’s Auto Repair for service, repair, an oil change, an engine tune-up, wheel alignment, new tires, or auto body repair, ca... read more

  • Summertime Heat and Monterey Peninsula Gloom

    Monday 09 July 2012

    The Monterey Peninsula is a beautiful place and when it is super hot everywhere else during Summer, we often have a marine layer that can look somewhat gloomy. What should you do to prepare your vehicle for extreme Summertime conditions? Come to Robert’s Auto Repair for an Air Conditioning recharge, service, or repair. There are many benefits to arranging regular car air conditioning maintenance, including the following: Save on Repair Bills – By arranging regular vehicle air... read more

  • Driving Safely During the Independence Day Holiday

    Monday 02 July 2012

    When the 4th of July comes around, that means a lot of people will be hitting the road...both into and out of town. Here on the Monterey Peninsula, we attract many tourists, and we love them. However, they’re not accustomed to the traffic rules in our area, so it’s important to drive extra cautiously around the Monterey Peninsula during the Independence Day Holiday. Things to Remember: Tourists love to honk their horns in the tunnel. It’s a tradition among many. Our advice... read more

  • Cut Your Crash Risk with DriveSharp

    Monday 25 June 2012

    Get the fun, game-like computer program that’s proven to enhance driver safety. Brought to you by PositScience and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, This brain fitness software will reduce your crash risk by up to 50%! It’s an easy exam and fun, too! Try the trial and see how well you do. In the meantime, if you hav... read more

  • Monterey County Driver Improvement Courses

    Monday 18 June 2012

    Have you or someone in your family had a few too many traffic accidents? If so, consider improving your driving skills by enrolling in a driver improvement course. There are several driver improvement courses available in Monterey County. AAA Online Mature Driver Course Go To Traffic School... read more

  • Mature Drivers Choose “Smart” Vehicles

    Monday 11 June 2012

    Here are some interesting facts about mature drivers that will be affecting many of us who live on the Monterey Peninsula: By 2020, there will be more than 40 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older. The 65 and over age group ranks second in traffic fatalities. 40 percent of motorists over the age of 65 suffered from at least one of nine driving related difficulties commonly caused by aging. Nearly one in five motorists over 65 plan to buy or lease a new vehicle in the next two years. B... read more

  • Having “The Talk” About Driving With An Elderly Friend or Relative

    Monday 04 June 2012

    AAA Association has some great tips on how to have “the talk” with our elders about driving and their safety. Remember the day your parents sat you down to have "The Talk?" Your pre-teen palms sweated while you waited awkwardly to hear what they had to say. Now, many years later, it's your turn-and you dread sitting your elderly mother or father down for a different version of "The Talk," to discuss the possibility that it may be time to give up the keys. Here on the Monterey Peninsula, we are... read more

  • Don’t Text and Drive

    Tuesday 29 May 2012

    Texting while driving has become a growing problem. Thanks to Adolfo Nascimento of the Concord Patch, and AAA Association, here are some things to consider before you text while operating a moving vehicle. Distracted Driving in California While California leads the nation in seatbelt compliance, deaths of 16-year-old drivers statewide increased 16 percent in the first half of last year compared to 2010, said Kelly Browning, executive director of the nonprofit group Impact Teen Drivers. D... read more

  • Saving Money During Summer Road Trips

    Monday 21 May 2012

    As a helpful reminder of how to save money during summer road tips, here is some friendly advice from Robert’s Auto Repair: Tune up your car. Stay with friends and relatives. Book in advance. Keep an itinerary. Look for discounts. We may not be able to help you with tips #2 through #5, but we can certainly assist you with tip #1. If you are interested in giving your vehicle a tune-up and having it inspected for safety, schedule an appointment with Robert’s Auto Repair at 831

  • When School’s Out For Summer

    Monday 14 May 2012

    Summer is around the corner, and that usually means Summer road trips. Here are some tips to prepare your vehicle for Summer driving: Check your tires regularly. -- Robert’s Auto Repair has a tire service center, so allow us to take a look at your tires, wheels, and alignment for safety. Check your cooling and air conditioning systems. -- Robert’s Auto Repair will be happy to test your cooling system and your AC system to make sure there are no leaks or problems. Change your oil on schedule an... read more

  • What Happens During My Auto Body Repair?

    Monday 07 May 2012

    Many wonder what the process for auto body repair after an auto accident. At Robert’s Auto Repair, our goal is to take a bunch of lemons and turn them into lemonade for our customers. Here is the general process of what happens after an auto accident takes place, until the automobile is fully restored: When you arrive, you are greeted by our repair estimators. We will estimate your vehicle, then move it into production. Once it goes into production, we disassemble the vehicle and inspect it fo... read more

  • Customer Rewards

    Monday 30 April 2012

    Have you heard of our Customer Rewards program at Robert’s Auto Repair? Our rewards program is designed to save you money on future invoices, every time you come to Robert’s Auto Repair for service. If you are not already familiar with our Customer Rewards program, here’s how it works: rewards card

  • April Showers Bring May Flowers....And Accidents

    Monday 23 April 2012

    Scattered April showers and major Spring storms cause inconvenience and minor accidents on Monterey County's freeways. Given the imminent hazard April showers create, it is a good idea for all drivers, especially teenage or inexperienced ones, to review the causes and solutions to hydroplaning as it may save you or a loved one from getting into an accident. Hydroplaning occurs when the tires of your vehicle cannot displace water fast enough to make proper contact with road surface. The result o... read more

  • What You Should Know About Your Vehicle’s Electrical System

    Monday 16 April 2012

    Robert’s Auto Repair is proud to offer electrical system repair and maintenance on all vehicles, including electric vehicles. With the help of the Department of Motor Vehicles, here are a few things you should know about repairing your vehicle’s electrical system: Ignition -- Alternator -- http://w... read more

  • Why Tires Are So Important

    Monday 09 April 2012

    Have you noticed how often it is that people don’t give enough attention to their tires? It seems very common, but ignoring your tires is can become a major safety issue. Why? Because tires are your car’s only contact to the road. No matter how good an engine your car has, how good a construction it has , what basic speed and acceleration it has, in the end it all comes down to tires and how they can alter your car’s performance on the road. Not only should you pay attention to your tires, but... read more

  • Old Cars vs. New Cars: Which is more affordable?

    Tuesday 03 April 2012

    In tough economic times it makes sense to maximize every dollar. In terms of car buying, that suggests buying a clean used car instead of springing for a shiny new one. But is buying a used car always cheaper than buying a new vehicle? In most typical economic climates, the answer is a resounding "yes." However, the current economic climate is anything but typical. In fact, the deals on some new cars are so generous they actually make a new car less expensive than both a one-year-old used and ce... read more

  • Why Won't My Car Start?

    Monday 26 March 2012

    There are many reasons why a car may not start. To really know, you’ll want to bring your vehicle in to Robert’s Auto Repair for a thorough inspection, but here are some of the top reasons your car may be unable to start: Electric Fuel Pump Failure /Fuel Filter Restriction One of the most common no-start problems we have seen is the failure of in-tank electric fuel pumps, primarily due to lack of proper scheduled maintainance. If the fuel filter is not changed at the proper int... read more

  • How Well Do You Know Your Automobile?

    Monday 19 March 2012

    When was the last time you read your vehicle’s Owners Manual? If it’s been a while, and you’re not sure what that light on the dash board means, or what that beeping noise is, chances are your Owners Manual will explain it all. Your Owners Manual will tell you everything from the curb weight of your car to the type of gas and oil you should use. It includes information about replacing the tires, decoding the dashboard lights, and even changing your headlight bulbs. Needless to say, your Owners M... read more

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Monday 12 March 2012

    If you’ve not seen these before, they bear repeating. Check out our FAQs and if you don’t see the answer to your question, feel free to call us directly at 831-373-1534. We’re here to help! Q. How often should I rotate my tires?
    Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear. Q. Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
    YES. The failure of a timing belt in ma... read more

  • What’s new at Robert’s Auto Repair?

    Monday 05 March 2012

    The construction from our $2 Million renovation is complete, but we’re always doing something new to improve our processes here at Robert’s Auto Repair. Today, we’d like to feature our Paint Shop. Our Paint Shop is made up of certified paint shop employees who take pride in their work. We use Waterborne paint, which is friendly to our planet and your vehicle, and it has an additional benefit of drying very quickly. Waterborne paint also creates a safer working environment for our employees and r... read more

  • Why Should I Remove Cosmetic Scratches and Small Dents?

    Monday 27 February 2012

    If your vehicle is over 1 year old, chances are it has accumulated small scratches and dents along the doors, bumpers, and where tree branches may have rubbed against the paint. If you repair those scratches and dents, you will protect the value of your vehicle and feel that special sense of pride knowing that your ride looks great! In addition to major auto body and painting, Robert’s Auto Repair offers cosmetic repairs for all those unavoidable minor dents and surface marks. Here is a video de... read more

  • Air & Fuel Filters

    Monday 20 February 2012

    Air filter maintenance is extremely important if you want to let your vehicle’s engine work optimally. Many car owners often complain about hard starting of the car and power loss, and this is mainly due to the problem with air filters. What the air filtration system in your vehicle does, is clean the outside air that comes into the vehicle prior to getting burned with the vehicle’s fuel. If the air that comes into the vehicle from the outside is not clean, it will cause your engine to become da... read more

  • Lube, Oil, Filter Replacement

    Monday 13 February 2012

    How frequently should you get your oil changed? What’s the difference between an oil change and a lube job with synthetic oil? When should you become concerned with filter replacement? These are common questions that vary with each vehicle make and model, as well as the driving style of each driver. Fortunately, the staff at Robert’s Auto Repair are knowledgeable about the lube, oil, and filter replacement requirements for each vehicle it services. Typically, an oil change / lube job is recomme... read more

  • Complete Tune-Ups

    Monday 06 February 2012

    A properly tuned car, truck or SUV can improve your gas mileage and performance, and it also helps keep our environment greener. With today's gas prices, having your car inspected annually to determine if your vehicle could benefit from a complete tune-up is a great way to save money on gas, keep your car performing at its best, and have a longer lifespan. A complete tune-up service includes inspecting and adjusting all of the vehicle’s systems that contribute to efficient fuel combustion. How d... read more

  • Hoses at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 23 January 2012

    If not maintained properly, a car engine can overheat just as easily in the winter months as during the summer. Coolant hoses are a very important part of the total cooling system. They are the fluid connectors between the engine, the radiator and heater. Most cars have a handful of hoses. Since hoses are so vital to safe engine operation, most car experts recommend replacing them if they are over four years old, or if they feel soft at the ends. Fortunately, they can be conveniently replaced wh... read more

  • Drive Belts at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 16 January 2012

    The engine drives fan belts / drive belts to power components such as the alternator, AC compressor, power steering pump, and engine cooling fans. Drive belts are made of rubber and wear out over time, especially if they come into contact with oil. Periodic inspection is necessary to determine if drive belts need to be replaced; many manufacturers have set specific replacement intervals. If one drive belt is worn or has failed, the remaining drive belts should also be replaced. Often, drive belt... read more

  • Automotive Electrical Systems at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 09 January 2012

    Today's automobile electrical systems are getting more intricate and are stressing the limits of current technology, but they are generally designed from the same principles used 30-plus years ago. The battery is the vehicle’s power storage device used to start the engine and help operate the electrical accessories installed on your car. Average battery life has become shorter as energy requirements have increased. Lifespan depends on usage, which now averages 6 months to 48 months, yet only... read more

  • Timing Belts at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Wednesday 04 January 2012

    Generally, the timing belt (or timing chain) is the sole component that keeps the camshaft and crankshaft in sync. Replacing the timing belt (a cogged reinforced-rubber belt) at regular intervals -- generally every 60,000 miles unless the automobile manufacturer specifies longer -- is a lot less expensive and aggravating than having it break while the engine is running. A broken timing belt usually means catastrophe for an interference engine, and major inconvenience for a non-interference engin... read more

  • Your Vehicle's New Year's Resolutions for 2012

    Thursday 29 December 2011

    I, my human's vehicle, do solemnly swear to make the following New Year's Resolutions for 2012. I resolve to carry my humans and their precious cargo safely wherever they drive me. I resolve to stop as quickly as possible when faced with an emergency situation. I resolve to respond quickly when my gas pedal is pushed, my steering wheel is turned, my brakes are applied, and when my human is running late. I resolve to provide warmth when it's cold, air conditioning when it's hot, and she... read more

  • Clutches at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 26 December 2011

    A clutch is a mechanical device which provides for the transmission of power (and therefore usually motion) from one component (the driving member) to another (the driven member). The opposite component of the clutch is the brake. If you drive a car with a manual transmission, you may be surprised to find out that it has more than one clutch. Additionally, vehicles with automatic transmission cars have clutches, too. In a car, you need a clutch because the engine spins all the time, but the car... read more

  • Manual Transmissions

    Monday 19 December 2011

    A manual transmission, or the gear box, is the type of transmission used in motor vehicles that uses a clutch to change the torque in the internal combustion engine. Put simply, manual transmissions make your car “go” forward or reverse, and if your transmission fails, so does your car. Getting a manual transmission replaced is very expensive, so it is important that you regularly maintain it to keep it running smoothly. Because there are so many moving parts within a manual trans... read more

  • Engine Service at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 12 December 2011

    Here at Robert’s Auto Repair, we feel that engines are a highly-functional work of art -- for it takes a balance of mechanical integrity and sleek design to build such a powerful masterpiece. Engines do remarkable work, and if properly maintained, can last a very long time. The main function of an engine is to allow a small amount of gasoline and air, contained in a small enclosed space, to ignite and explode, generating energy that sets various mechanisms into motion to turn the wheels of the... read more

  • Get your 60,000K Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 05 December 2011

    The 60,000 mile service is a major service, and likely the second one for your vehicle. For many vehicles, this is the largest and most expensive service you will need. This service may be referred to as a "tune-up". In addition to all that is done at the 30,000 Mile Service, the 60,000 mile service is where you will start seeing the replacement of additional fluids like the Automatic Transmission Fluid (Filter, if equipped), Engine Coolant and Differential Fluids. Some vehicles will require the... read more

  • 30,000K Service

    Monday 28 November 2011

    The 30,000 or 30K mile service is a major service, and likely the first one for your vehicle. Many car experts refer to this level of service as a "tune-up". In addition to all that is performed at the 15,000 Mile Service, the 30,000 mile service is where you will start seeing some of the fluids replaced, such as the brake fluid, engine coolant and transmission fluid, as well as spark plugs, air filters and the fuel filter. A more comprehensive checklist of inspections may also be included, depe... read more

  • 15,000K Service

    Monday 21 November 2011

    The 15,000 or 15K mile service is an intermediate service, and likely the first one for your vehicle. This service generally involves an oil and filter change, tire rotation, and a safety inspection, as well as possible replacement of the engine air filter and cabin air filter. While changing the oil, we will visually inspect the brakes, belts and hoses, inspect for any fluid leaks, listen for any abnormal noises, and pay attention to any irregularities in the operation of the vehicle. Need serv... read more

  • 7,500K Service

    Monday 14 November 2011

    The 7,500 or 7.5K mile service is a minor service, and it is the primary service that all other maintenance services are built on. This service generally involves an oil and filter change, tire rotation, and a safety inspection. While changing the oil, we will visually inspect the brakes, belts and hoses, inspecting for any fluid leaks, listen for any abnormal noises, and pay attention to any irregularities in the operation of the vehicle. Need service, repair, or maintenance on your vehicle for... read more