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Brake Safety and The Thanksgiving Holiday

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 also be the deadliest holiday period of the year. Speeding is the major reason for traffic crashes. Higher speeds reduce the time you have to react to an emergency situation and increase the crash forces in a collision. Tired drivers who worked all day Wednesday are now facing the frustration of being stuck in slow traffic for such a long distance. These tired drivers may be tempted to take chances they might not otherwise take. Drivers leaving late on Sunday who waited until the end of footbal ... read more

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Time To Prepare Your Vehicle For The Holidays

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 make sure your vehicle is ready for the holidays, we encourage you to get your vehicle inspected early, before you get caught up in the holiday shopping and preparation chaos. Call today to schedule a service at our 26,000 square foot facility, located at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. Mechanical -- 831-373-1534
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The Top 4 Reasons Why People Come to Robert’s Auto Repair

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 in the car is as important for your safety. Keeping your brake system in tip-top shape should be your top priority. Reason #3: Noises From The Car Noises from the car are certainly something to check out, especially if these noises from the car are new or harsh on the ears. At Robert’s Auto Repair, we have a neat-o tool called, Chassis Ears, which we use to diagnose the noises. It’s helped us pinpoint the problems much faster, making the noises from the car go away and keeping ... read more

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Early Birds and Other Ways To Get Around Town

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 already have a ride, but you need to know the moment your car’s ready to roll? Robert’s Auto Repair can text you, call you, or email you to let you know your vehicle is ready for pick up. Do you need a rental car for several days? Robert’s Auto Repair has Enterprise on-site and we’ll be happy to assist you with borrowing a vehicle for as long as you need it. Just ask about our rental car options so you can drive where you like, when you’d like... Call today! Mechanical -- 831-373-1534
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5 Reasons You Want To Do Business With Robert’s Auto Repair

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 quotes. For towing, we are associated with AAA authorized Monterey Garage. Your car can come under our care at the very first step. Major, or minor, all mechanical work is performed right here in our building. Your car’s body and paint will be given the look it had when brand new. Washing and detailing is an important last step. We gladly accept all insurance work and are preferred by Farmers, Progressive and Geico! Call today! Mechanical -- 831-373-1534
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Welcome to the Premiere Auto Shop of the Future!

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! Factory Quality Paint and Body Work Wheel Alignment Air Conditioning Suspension Brake Repair Air Bag Installation Certified Mechanical Technicians Certified Body and Paint Technicians Written Warranty Come see for yourself why Robert’s Auto Repair is the Premiere Auto Shop of the Future!Mechanical -- 831-373-1534
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Got Spiderwebs On Your Black Car?

Got Spiderwebs On Your Black Car?

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 complete Micro Buff, using Clay Magic and Complete Carnuba Wax, and it includes our Platinum Wash Service. With this “Ultimate Facial”, an appointment is required, but we have rental cars available for your convenience. The price of an “Ultimate Facial” is $250, which is an amazing deal!Call Robert’s Auto Repair today to schedule your vehicle’s “Ultimate Facial” at 831-373-1535.

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

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

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 Robert’s Auto Repair for an oil change, a free safety inspection, or a detailing package that will make your car look extra clean and shiny! Enjoy your day

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

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 deployed, and there were no injuries to the occupants within the vehicle. Many people want to re-use child safety seats after an accident to save some money, but this could put you at risk for being “penny wise and pound foolish”. Most insurance companies will reimburse for carseats involved in a crash, and they are required by law to do so in some states. If you have any questions about your particular child safety seat(s), contact the child seat manufacturer for further details

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Falling Leaves, Tree Sap & Bird Poop

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 unlucky enough to be at the McDonald’s by the corner of Del Monte and 218 while a seagull drops his load on you as you are getting into your convertible, you’ll know how hard it is to get bird poop off of your car seats, shirt, pants, and hair. (Trust us when we say it isn’t pretty.) If these hazards happen to you this September, have no fear....for Robert’s detailing department is here! For full details about our detailing services, click here

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Traffic Safety Tips

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 driving, or eating drive-thru meals while driving, your ability to focus on your primary task of driving is greatly diminished. Do all of this before or after you begin driving. Tip #2: Talk on a hands-free cell phone system. Many new cars, like the Mini Cooper Countryman, have hands-free cell phone system, and this keeps both hands free to command the vehicle. Too many times, we see people driving and talking on their cell phones with one hand holding it flat, nestled in the crook of their neck, o ... read more

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Parking at Local County Fairs

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 your car between new cars. Don’t park your car between 2-door cars. Pull your car through to the front of a 90-degree slot. DON’T pull your car through to the front of an angled slot. Don’t park your car near the cart corral. Park your car in the middle of the space. Never park at the end of an unprotected row. These safety tips for parking your car should work, but when going to County Fairs and other festivals, there’s no guarantee you can find the ideal parking space. If, however, your car ge ... read more

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Wrapping Up: August Auto Shows on the Monterey Peninsula

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

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The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Was Here!

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Was Here!

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 it did when you drove it off the showroom floor. See how we lovingly restore damaged vehicles in our auto body center in this video, and see for yourself why Robert’s Auto Repair is the best in the area! To schedule an appointment with our auto body or detailing shop, please call 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

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The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is Coming!

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: http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/pages/about-events-elegance/index.htm#concours_d'elegance Not everyone has a collectable car, but most of us have a vehicle that is deeply important to us, our families, and our livelihood. To keep your vehicle looking beautiful, Robert’s Auto Repair has a number of auto body, paint, and detailing services to make your vehicle look as new and elegant as pos ... read more

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

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 funny noises begin to emerge from under the hood.If you would like to make sure your car, truck, van, or SUV is operating like it should for the rest of 2012, bring it in for a check up at Robert’s Auto Repair. Call our friendly staff to schedule an appointment and we’ll get you and your vehicle back out on the road again in short order. Call 831-373-1534 today to make an appointment with our mechanical repair department.

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How to Protect Your Vehicle’s Paint From the Sun

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.2. Wax your vehicle to give it a 60 day protection, or add a protective teflon coating that should last 2 years from our Paint Department. This is an ideal service for brand new cars and you’d like to seal the paint before you risk the chance of a scratch.3. If your vehicle’s paint is already looking like it’s been through a lot, consider a new paint job from our Paint Department. Our waterborne paint is environmentally friendly and our infrared drying system will have your new p ... read more

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Summertime Auto Shows and Events on the Monterey Peninsula

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 http://www.seemonterey.com/events/sporting/grand-prix/ Concours d’ Elegance, August 13 - 19, 2012
http://www.seemonterey.com/events/sporting/concours/ Cherry’s Jubilee, September 12 - 16, 2012
http://www.seemonterey.com/events/community/cherrys-jubilee/ You don’t want to miss these events. Book your tickets asap! We’ll be there, too, so we’ll seeing you out in the crowd

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Tips to Save Money at the Gas Pump

Tips to Save Money at the Gas Pump

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. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/energysavings/savegas/flash.html 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, call 831-373-1534 for an appointment, or stop by Robert’s Auto Repair at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA

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Summertime Heat and Monterey Peninsula Gloom

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 conditioning maintenance you can save yourself expensive repair bills and prevent total failure of your system. Extend the Life of Your System – Routine maintenance of your air conditioning system will ensure many more years of reliable service. Prevent Refrigerant Contamination – Your car repair shop will carry out checks for cross-contamination of refrigerant. Contamination can stop your system from working efficiently and can also cause total failure of ai ... read more

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Driving Safely During the Independence Day Holiday

Driving Safely During the Independence Day Holiday

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 is to protect your hearing and close your sunroof, windows, and convertible top while driving through the tunnel. There are no left turns on Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Unfortunately, many visitors disregard the double yellow lines in the road and make left turns into driveways and parking lots anyway. Be on the lookout for visitors making left turns, or you could have a collision! There are several one way streets and inevitably, someone from out of town heads in the wrong direction. The ... read more

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Cut Your Crash Risk with DriveSharp

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%! http://drivesharp.positscience.com/?CJAID=10685832&CJPID=3529639 It’s an easy exam and fun, too! Try the trial and see how well you do. In the meantime, if you have a fender bender or need to bring your car in for service, come to Robert’s Auto Repair at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey. We’ll be happy to maintain or repair all of the important safety features on your vehicle so you can safely avoid crash risks. Call 831-373-1534 today to schedule your appointment

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Monterey County Driver Improvement Courses

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 CourseGo To Traffic SchoolElischer’s Driving SchoolMotorcycle Safety CoursesGraniterock Truck Driver TrainingSkip Ba ... read more

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Mature Drivers Choose “Smart” Vehicles

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. Because many of the changes our bodies experience as we age can affect our ability to safely operate a vehicle, mature drivers are looking for vehicles with features that address their specific needs and health issues. AAA Insurance put together a “Smart” vehicle report that recommends specific vehicles to meet the needs of mature drivers. Some AAA “Smart” recommendations include: Drivers suffering from hip or leg pain, decreased leg strength or limited knee range of motion should look for veh ... read more

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

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 fortunate to have many senior citizens that add a legacy of experience, history, and good fortune to our community. However, many of these same senior citizens get into accidents when they run stop signs, open their car doors into oncoming Lighthouse Avenue traffic, clip another vehicle in a parking lot, or accidentally drive through a store’s plate glass window. Avoid these accidents by having “the talk”. Talk Before Driving Becomes a Problem Driving safety for older adults is an emotionally ch ... read more

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Don’t Text and Drive

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. Distractions that typically take drivers' focus off of the road - from phone calls and text messages to sipping lattes - are especially perilous for teenage drivers, she said at a news conference at Clayton Valley Friday morning. "Every single driver at some point has been distracted by a call, a text, a passenger, a pet inside the vehicle, or just adjusting the radio," California Highway Patrol Capt. Jonni Fenner said. "These activities become hazardous when done behind the wheel of an automobil ... read more

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Saving Money During Summer Road Trips

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

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When School’s Out For Summer

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 and keep full. -- Regular oil changes will keep your engine running perfectly during summertime heat and extensive road trips. Check the gas cap. -- The gas cap is an important component of your car’s emission control system, so we will make sure the gasket is properly in place. Check your lighting and visibility. -- Robert’s Auto Repair will double check all your safety lights and make certain your windows are free of cracks and dings. Use a pro for long trips. -- Many wise travelers bring their ... read more

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What Happens During My Auto Body Repair?

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 for further damage. Then we update the estimate and notify the insurance company. When your vehicle is in the body shop, we will prepare the vehicle by grinding the panel that needs to be straightened, metal finish pin weld the sheet metal back to its original shape, and finish it off with a thin coat of Bondo; sanding it down with 180 grit. When the car comes out of the body shop and moves into the paint shop, it’s like moving into a surgery room. The state-of-the-art equipment will kick into gea ... read more

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Customer Rewards

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

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April Showers Bring May Flowers....And Accidents

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 of this condition is a loss of steering to the affected tires. If all the tires are affected, the loss of steering will be complete. Evidence that partial hydroplaning is occurring and complete hydroplaning is imminent is a loosening of the steering response as well as a pulling of the vehicle toward the body of water. Generally, hydroplaning is avoidable as it is caused by "driver error" and tire problems, which could potentially lead to a catastrophic accident. The major causes of hydroplaning ... read more

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What You Should Know About Your Vehicle’s Electrical System

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 -- http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/ignition.php Alternator -- http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/alternator.php Batteries -- http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/batteries.php Granted, most of you who come to Robert’s Auto Repair are not the DIY auto mechanics. However, if you wish to tackle these repair projects yourself, the information provided above can be quite helpful. Whether or not you decide to try and fix your vehicle’s electrical system yourself, or bring it into Robert’s Auto ... read more

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Why Tires Are So Important

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 you should learn the difference between good tires and bad tires, cheap tires and expensive tires, sizes of tires , and the seasons and conditions your tires are made for. Here’s a quick list of things to look out for when choosing tires: 1. Make sure you’re choosing the proper size of tires. A wrong size of tires can mean everything from a slight discomfort to a serious safety issue. Tire sizes are usually indicated in your car’s manual. If you lost yours or you got a bargain car from somewhere ... read more

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

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 certified pre-owned version of the same model. To illustrate this point, Edmunds.com compared the vehicles' True Market Value® transaction prices and the interest payments typically made for each vehicle. Because used/certified pre-owned cars are generally financed at a higher rate than new cars, a shopper can actually save money by purchasing a new vehicle instead of a used version in some cases. When considering financing, maintenance, taxes and other costs, buying a used vehicle may not always ... read more

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Why Won't My Car Start?

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 intervals, they may clog up and not allow fuel to get where it needs to go. Another cause for premature fuel pump failure is allowing the fuel level to get to below ¼ tank and below for extended periods or running completely out of fuel running out of fuel allows the electric fuel pump to run “dry” which nearly immediately ruins the pump. Timing Belt Failure / Timing Belt Tensioner failure Timing belts are designed to last approx. 40,000-60,000 miles under normal use. Not changing ... read more

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How Well Do You Know Your Automobile?

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 Manual is a handy reference book tailored to your specific make, model, and year of car. But, what if you purchased a used vehicle and you cannot locate the Owners Manual? There are several ideas that will allow you to get to know your vehicle thru and thru: 1. Look up your vehicle’s Owners Manual online.
If you don’t have the original Owners Manual, you can check to see if it’s available online. Most automakers have electronic versions of at least some model year's manuals available for fre
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Frequently Asked Questions

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 many cars can result in major engine damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement. Q. What does it mean if my "check engine" or "service engine soon" light comes on?
There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle's engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the "check engine" light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue


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What’s new at Robert’s Auto Repair?

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 reduces hazardous waste. Robert’s Auto Repair was the first Green shop in the Monterey Peninsula using waterborne paint, and we are very proud of our Green certification from the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program. To expand our capacity within our Paint Shop, we have added a second paint booth. We are the only Monterey Peninsula auto body shop that has dual spray booths. This renovation is not easily seen from the front of our facility, but the results are evident when you get your vehicle ... read more

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Why Should I Remove Cosmetic Scratches and Small Dents?

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 demonstrating how our team repairs those cosmetic scratches and small dents

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Air & Fuel Filters

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 damaged. Recommended replacement intervals for air filters are now ranging between 15,000 and 75,000 miles. Fuel filter replacement intervals vary from ­between 20,000 miles to 150,000 miles, to “lifetime” in some applications. Modern fuel quality is so good that many import manufacturers leave the replacement interval to the technicians’ discretion. When you visit Robert’s Auto Repair for a regularly scheduled fuel filter or air filter replacement, we’ll let you know our recommendations for your ... read more

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Lube, Oil, Filter Replacement

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 recommended every 3000 miles. Air filters are replaced at varying intervals, along with wiper blade replacement. When you visit Robert’s Auto Repair for a regularly scheduled lube, oil, and filter replacement, we’ll let you know our recommendations for your vehicle and consult with you before we complete the service. Need a lube, oil and filter replacement? Whatever the need, our staff at Robert’s Auto Repair will be happy to take care of your vehicle so that it may safely take care of you. We proudl ... read more

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Complete Tune-Ups

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 do you know when you need a tune-up service? If you keep track of your gas mileage and it worsens by 10% or more, it's time for a tune-up. Many drivers also seek a tune-up when experiencing any type of sluggish response from their vehicle. Need service, repair, and a complete tune-up? Whatever the need, our staff at Robert’s Auto Repair will be happy to take care of your vehicle so that it may safely take care of you. We proudly serve the engine, mechanical and auto body needs of people who live ... read more

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Hoses at Robert’s Auto Repair

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 when it’s time to flush the cooling system and install new coolant. Need service, repair, or maintenance on your automobile’s hoses? Whatever the need, our staff at Robert’s Auto Repair will be happy to take care of your vehicle so that it may safely take care of you. We proudly serve the engine, mechanical and auto body needs of people who live and work in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, Sand City, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Salinas, Corral De Tierra, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Prunedale ... read more

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Drive Belts at Robert’s Auto Repair

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 belts are overlooked until they fail. Regular inspection and maintenance of your drive belts can prevent roadside breakdowns from happening to your vehicle. Need service, repair, or maintenance on your drive belts? Whatever the need, our staff at Robert’s Auto Repair will be happy to take care of your vehicle so that it may safely take care of you. We proudly serve the engine, mechanical and auto body needs of people who live and work in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, Sand City, Del Rey Oaks, Mar ... read more

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Automotive Electrical Systems at Robert’s Auto Repair

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 30% of all batteries actually reach the 48-month mark. Whenever a car’s electrical system exhibits symptoms of a charging or starting system failure, the most basic test that should be performed first is a visual and voltage test of the battery. Once the exact condition of the battery is known, then it is easier to discover which system components may or may not be working properly, such as the fuses, starter, or alternator. Need service, repair, or maintenance on your electrical system? Whatever t ... read more

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Timing Belts at Robert’s Auto Repair

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 engine. In an interference engine, the valves and piston share the same air space. They never touch, unless your timing belt breaks or skips, and this is a catastrophic failure that requires removing the head and replacing bent valves. Non-interference engines do not risk this contact if the timing belt goes. Nonetheless, either can leave you stranded, so regular timing belt replacement is very important. Need service, repair, or maintenance on your timing belt? Whatever the need, our staff at Robert ... read more

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Your Vehicle's New Year's Resolutions for 2012

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 shelter from the rain, wind, sleet, snow, and hail. I resolve to never hydroplane, slide, or lose control of myself on the road. I resolve to use gasoline efficiently, helping my human's money stretch as far as possible. I resolve to avoid all accidents, scratches, pot holes, and any damage that would harm me or make my insurance go up. I resolve to always serve my humans reliably, safely, comfortably, and be ready to go anytime they need me. I resolve to do everything I can to prevent my ... read more

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Clutches at Robert's Auto Repair

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's wheels do not. In order for­ a car to stop without killing the engine, the wheels need to be disconnected from the engine somehow. The clutch allows us to smoothly engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the slippage between them. A clutch works because of friction between a clutch plate and a flywheel. Clutches are prone to routine beatings and need to be checked and maintained on a regular basis. Clutch parts wear at different rates depending on the rider’s st ... read more

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Manual Transmissions

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 transmission, it is natural for parts to get worn down and need replacement. Sometimes, manual transmissions do not work properly because the transmission is misaligned, the clutch is worn out, or the transmission fluid needs to be replaced. Fortunately, a little maintenance on a manual transmission can extend its lifetime, and we will be happy to service your vehicle to help it “go” smoothly and easily. Need service, repair, or maintenance on your manual transmission? Whatever the need, our staff ... read more

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Engine Service at Robert’s Auto Repair

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 car. A constant cycle of these little explosions inside the engine runs your automobile. Literally hundreds of things can keep an automobile engine from running properly--the main ones being a bad fuel/air mix, lack of compression, or lack of spark. The engine is the heart of your vehicle’s life, so let our trained staff at Robert’s Auto Repair maintain it throughout your vehicle’s lifetime. Need service, repair, or maintenance on your engine? Whatever the need, our staff at Robert’s Auto Repair ... read more

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