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Aluminum is the New Steel

Aluminum is the New Steel

If you don’t already own a vehicle made out of aluminum, there’s a really good chance you will at some point during your lifetime. Most folks don’t know that aluminum was first used in the production of automobiles over 100 years ago, back in 1899. It was not the go-to for many reasons, but that has changed. In 2015 Ford introduced its all-aluminum-body F150 and that was a game-changer! That immediately shed 700 pounds from the truck body, but it also increased gas mileage. When we start talking aluminum, it’s not just about weight, per se. There are many other benefits of using aluminum vs. steel. The main push toward using aluminum has mostly to do with outcries from the Populus to increase gas mileage at every possible turn. Their engines are smaller, yet can produce the same if not greater power, all the while decreasing fuel consumption. Here are a few of the main benefits of using aluminum in the -industry: Safer: they are at least as strong, if not strong ... read more

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What Does it Mean to be a Preferred Body Shop Vendor?

What Does it Mean to be a Preferred Body Shop Vendor?

When you get into an accident and your car is in desperate need of quality auto body repair, you’ll want the right team of auto body repair professionals on your side. You’ll also want that team to know how to partner with your insurance company to make certain that all goes well and that it happens as quickly as possible to get you back to your regular life.  When you bring your car into the professionals at Robert’s Collision & Repair in Monterey, you can breathe easy. Not only do you have the best auto body repair team on your side, but also a top-notch repair shop that knows how to best work with your insurance company to get it done right, quickly, and in the first go around.  Robert’s Collision & Repair is currently a preferred vendor for State Farm, Geico, USAA, Progressive, and Esurance. What this means to you is that we have already earned a solid reputation for being a trusted auto body repair facility in the Monterey area. The good ... read more

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

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

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, repainting of the vehicle, and glass replacement, Robert’s Collision & Repair has the team of experienced and educated specialists to handle your car’s every need. We can handle it all.   Most of our customers choose to make an insurance claim to cover all the costs associated with all the necessary repairs. On occasion, a customer will decide to cover it out of pocket if their deductible is too high or the don’t want to influence their premium. When you invest in th ... read more

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Why Should I have my Car Detailed?

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 residue: hard to believe the damage a little bug can do to our paint, but if left to do its dirty work, bug residue can actually leave small holes in your paint that look like they came from small rocks. A carwash can’t get all the bugs out like a good detail can.  Oxidation: over time, the sun takes its toll on our vehicle’s paint job, especially on cars parked outside most of the day. A good clay waxing can help to restore the pigmentation and extend the life of your paint job ... read more

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The Micro Bus is Coming Back…

The Micro Bus is Coming Back…

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 demand. Despite the fact that they’re slow and not particularly comfortable, they have attained cult status.   And Volkswagen has noticed. During last year’s Car Week the manufacturer unveiled a prototype for an all-new electric version it calls the ID Buzz.     The new design, slated to hit the market in 2022, bears a resemblance to its ancestor--but with a twist. It kind of looks as if it could be a car driven by Marty McFly in “Back to the Future.&rdquo ... read more

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

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, like door dings and scratches, to major repairs that involve replacement of multiple car parts, new paint in the affected areas, and glass replacement. Whatever the size of the job -- small or large -- Robert’s Collision & Repair can handle it all. Most of the time, our customers will make an insurance claim in order to cover the costs of auto body work. But other times, customers will opt to pay for the auto body repairs directly when they don’t want to involve the insurance c ... read more

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Don’t Ignore It When You Hit a Curb

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 curb can damage your tires and wheels. When you hit a curb, you are jolting the connection between your steering system and wheels. The damage to this system can inhibit your ability to steer, especially during winter. Hitting a curb can shock your car’s knuckles, spindles, and axles. This can upset your car’s control system and suspensions. The steering knuckle has two parts: the wheel hub and the spindle. When you hit a curb, you can damage this important component of your veh ... 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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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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Go Green with Waterborne Paint

We are very proud of our Green certification from the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program. Robert’s Auto Repair was the first and only Green shop in the area using waterborne paint, which is friendly to our planet and your vehicle. Waterborne Paint is better for the environment and your vehicle for several reasons: Going Green does not mean we sacrifice quality. We are proud to have installed environmentally friendly waterborne paint technology which creates a safer working environment for our employees and reduces hazardous waste. The move toward waterborne paint is an effective solution for lowering volatile organic compound emissions, thus improving air quality and our environment. Our certified technicians are trained using state-of-the-art equipment. Since 70% of vehicle manufacturers have already made the transition to waterborne paint, our collision center is able to ensure greater color matching accuracy. The equipment used with waterborne pain is similar to that of conve ... read more

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Customer Testimonial for Body Work and Customer Rewards Card

The other week, I did something dumb. I backed up into a pole without realizing it was there. My brand new 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman (aptly named Pepe Le Bleu since he’s peppy, he’s true blue, and has white bonnet stripes) not only had its first scratch, but I completely broke the rear passenger tail light. Major bummer! My poor car! Being the gal who does marketing projects for Robert’s Auto Repair, I knew exactly where to take my Mini for auto body repair....Robert’s Auto Repair, of course. Even though I knew this was going to cost me plenty (since Mini is made by BMW, and BMW parts aren’t cheap), I decided to look at the bright side of it all. Finally, here was a great opportunity to experience the full service that Robert’s Auto Repair provides its customers. Now, when people ask me how is the customer service and quality of work at Robert’s Auto Repair, I can happily report that yes, I’ve pleasantly experienced oil changes, new tires and alignment, detailing the t ... read more

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Our New Spot Welder

Our New Spot Welder

Exciting things are happening around Robert's Auto Repair. We have installed our state-of-the-art Spot Welder equipment system that will drastically improve the turnaround time on most of our auto body repairs. Yay! We're all giddy with excitement, and we can get lost in all the techie terms that come with this system, but here's what this system means to you in layman's terms. Its special rack and all of its corresponding tools will allow us to precisely weld your vehicle back together in such a way that we 1) meet your automobile's factory specifications and 2) reduce the number of steps to complete the overall repair process. Call us silly, but here's a photo of our new baby--our fully automatic spot welding machine! We're so proud to have this system, because you're no longer going to have to drive out of the area or rely on your automobile's dealership to repair your vehicle "just right". Woo-hoo! If you don't mind, we'd like to gush about this system, what it can do, and show ... read more

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We're Getting A Facelift!

We're Getting A Facelift!

Robert's Auto Repair is known for being a "spa for your car". With our "facials" (detailing and waterborne painting services), our "pedicures" (tire service), and "re-hydration" (coolant and radiator services) offerings, its only natural that we would get a "facelift". Drumroll, please... After 14 months of planning, we will soon break ground on the new facade of Robert's Auto Repair. Isn't it pretty? If you've never given a "facelift" to your business before, here's a snippet of our 14-month-long path that's taken us this far: From concept --> to the Architect's blueprints --> to the City approvals and permits --> we expect to break ground in January and hope to have it all finished up by Spring of 2011. Yay! This lovely design will include heavy timber accents, a Spanish-tile roof, a stone entryway, and large picture windows. Inside, our lobby and waiting area will shelter our clients from the cold weather and the loud sounds of busy equipment from our repa ... read more

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Autumn Leaves

Ahhh, Fall. Autumn leaves begin to fall past the window... The air is fresh and the weather lovely... And the lucky car parked under a tree catches the birdie poop falling from above. Err....okay, so bird poop happens! Anyway, if you're looking to bring your car into Robert's Auto Repair "car spa" and get it detailed, we'd love to do it for you. Everyone likes it when they are clean and pretty, bright and shiny...including your vehicle. Bring your car, truck, or motorcycle in to Robert's Auto Repair during October so you can "Fall" in love with your car again! See our Detail Center video for a good look at what our detailing center can do for your ride, then make an appointment for your car's "spa treatment" at 831

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What Is Waterborne Paint?

Robert's Auto Repair is very proud to be the only green-certified auto body shop in the Monterey Peninsula. What makes us so green? Mostly, its our environmentally-friendly paint that we use on the vehicles. Here is a definition of waterborne paint: "Waterborne paints have been evaluated as alternatives to solvent-based paints. The volatile organic compound (VOC) content of waterborne paints is significantly lower than conventional solvent-based paints, thereby reducing VOC emissions. Waterborne (or latex) paints are composed of synthetic resins and pigments that are kept dispersed in water by surfactants. They also contain small amounts of coalescing solvents. Waterborne paints dry by evaporation of the water. The coalescing solvents allow the resin particles to fuse together (coalesce) as the water evaporates to form a continuous coating. Waterborne paints must be protected from freezing and applied at a minimum temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.' 'Waterborne paints reduce VOC ... read more

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