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Partner Spotlight -- Progressive Insurance

This month, CARSTAR Robert’s Collision wants to highlight and celebrate one of our partners: Progressive Insurance.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you probably know Flo, the spokeswoman for Progressive Insurance. She’s quite a character, as you can see from this commercial compilation: Together, we do our part to provide easy, convenient service and communication to our mutual clients. Our combined goal is to make your auto body repairs seamless and hassle-free, with high-quality customer service. Here are some videos showing the entire customer service experience and repair process when you work with CARSTAR Robert’s Collision: For additional information about Progressive Insurance and how to place a claim after you suffer an auto accident, you’ll find a wealth of material here: https://www.progressive.com/cla ... read more

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5 Ways Better Visibility Reduces Accident Risks

One of the biggest reasons why people get into car accidents is because of poor visibility.  “I didn’t see it/him/her/them coming!” is a common statement uttered by the wayward driver who caused the accident.  To lower your risk of an unwanted collision, the auto body repair team at CARSTAR Robert’s Collision has 5 helpful tips to improve your visibility so you can have an easier time avoiding accidents.   Keep your windows clean, inside and out. Change your windshield wipers when they get worn out. Adjust your mirrors to reduce blindspots. Wear the appropriate eyewear. Put on your sunglasses and lower your visors when facing direct sunlight. Wear anti-glare corrective lenses while driving at night. Prevent your passengers and cargo from blocking your view. Of course, weather can greatly contribute to poor visibility. To reduce your chances of not seeing what is in front of your while driving in fog, rain, snow, fleet, and more, check out ... read more

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Our Favorite Road Trip Playlists For Spring

When it’s time for Spring Break, we like to go and explore. Of course, we’re not out of the woods with the COVID pandemic, so California is not completely open yet. However, it’s still possible for us to hop in the car and take a day trip or a camping trip for a week. When traveling in the car for a few hours each day, we like to play songs that make us reflect, get into the road trip groove, and create new memories. To help you with your own Spring Break road trip planning, here are a few of our favorite road trip music playlists for Spring. If you like Indie, Pop, Folk, and Rock, try this YouTube playlist from alexrainbirdMusic: If you prefer a relaxing, downtempo, deep house, chill music, check out this YouTube playlist from ChillYourMind: If you have a Spotify account, here is a popular Spring Break road trip playlist:  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4LdOTo2Wrw9a ... read more

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Wheel Alignments: Why Are They Important?

Have you ever been to a chiropractor? If you have, you'll soon understand why wheel alignments are so important. If a chiropractor has not treated you to remove kinks or subluxations from your spine, you may not know how good it feels to get that sense of release. By eliminating the misalignments from your spine, the nerves are no longer pinched, causing dis-ease. When you ignore your spine's alignment, other problems in your body start to develop, like achy shoulders, a bad knee, and other things that cause pain in the body. Believe it or not, wheel alignments are as important to your vehicle as an aligned spine. If you don't align your wheels, your car can develop systemic issues that wear out your tires. Poor alignment will also affect your ability to turn quickly, possibly create odd noises & funky vibrations (that aren't coming from your radio), and eventually reduce your vehicle's driveability. That is why, at CARSTAR Robert's Collision in Monterey ... read more

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How to Spring Clean Both the Exterior and Interior of Your Vehicle

As we March into Spring, dirt, and pollen tends to dust our cars, inside and out. At CARSTAR Robert's Collision in Monterey, we have a detailing center that can help you Spring Clean the interior and exterior of your vehicle. Our goal is to make every vehicle sparkle and shine like they did before an accident scuffed them up at our auto body shop. That is why the CARSTAR Robert's Collision team are experts in cleaning a vehicle inside and out so we can prepare it for a fresh coat of paint. After the paint dries, our detailing team uses their tools and equipment to make your vehicle appear as good as new. But we realize that not everyone on the Monterey Peninsula is currently in need of auto body repair and complete auto detailing, inside and out. That is why we are sharing some videos teaching you how to Spring Clean both your vehicle's interior and exterior. If you want your engine compartment to be car-show ready, watch this video:   If you want to deep clean the ... read more

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Partner Spotlight -- USAA Insurance

This month, CARSTAR Robert’s Collision wants to highlight and celebrate one of our partners:  USAA Insurance.  USAA Insurance has been a longtime partner of our auto body shop. USAA Insurance is known to cover the property of military personnel. However, you can still qualify to get auto insurance from USAA Insurance if you are a retired veteran, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military. This program also covers Officer candidates in commissioning programs (Academy, ROTC, OCS/OTS) and the adult children (18+) of USAA members who have or had a USAA auto or property insurance policy.   Together, we do our part to provide easy, convenient service and communication to our mutual clients. Our combined goal is to make your auto body repairs seamless and hassle-free, with high-quality customer service. Here are some videos showing the entire customer service experience and ... read more

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What Does Your TPMS Do And What Is It Trying To Tell You?

Have you ever noticed on a colder-than-average morning here in Monterey County, your vehicle notifies you that your tires are under-inflated?  If you have experienced that, it is a function of your car’s TPMS, which is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Cool, huh? Modern vehicles are pretty darned smart. There are numerous computer modules and sensors throughout your car, and the TPMS is one of them. But what exactly does your TPMS do, and what is it trying to tell you? To break it down to its essence, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System senses if your tires are under-inflated, over-inflated, or just right. Before the TPMS became a standard dashboard light feature in modern vehicles, drivers were taught to inspect their tires each time before they got in the car. That is why you hear colloquialisms like “tire kicking” and “kicking tires”. A visual inspection before each trip would give the driver an idea if the tires had a flat or if they were sa ... read more

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What Does Your Car’s Suspension Have To Do With Safety?

Did you know that when your vehicle's suspension is not in tip-top shape, you increase your risk of getting into an accident? It's true, and that is the main reason why your car's suspension has to do with the safety of you and your passengers. To be clear, CARSTAR Robert's Collision is not claiming that keeping your suspension well maintained is going to prevent an accident or improve your safety. That is a claim anyone would be foolish to make because accidents can be caused by various multipliers, including distracted driving, a blown tire, road hazards, and the like. But in this week's blog article, we will point out five reasons why your vehicle's suspension has a lot to do with the ability to drive safely. Turns. Have you ever had to make a quick, hard turn? Sharp and fast turns are not something we recommend often doing. However, these kinds of turns are sometimes necessary when avoiding an object in the road or when we almost miss a turn. If your car ... read more

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Romantic Drives In The COVID Era

Have you noticed there are fewer airline flights and less desire to fly in recent months? It’s no fault of the airline industry, of course, but the Coronavirus has opened up other travel opportunities. In today’s current events, road trips exploring your local region are what’s hot among those looking to get out of the house for a few days. Because road trips are trending, we have some suggestions for romantic drives in the COVID Era.  Now that we’re in February, many of us start to think about Valentine’s Day. Lucky for us, the Monterey Peninsula offers a host of romantic drives that we can choose from and enjoy in a day or two. But before you set off for romance on the road, here are some things to consider. Plan ahead for your romantic drive. Romantic drives don’t have to be lengthy, but in the COVID Era, there are various reasons to plan ahead. Bathrooms may not be open along the route you’re planning, for example. Hotels and cute ... read more

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Partner Spotlight -- Geico Insurance

This month, CARSTAR Robert’s Collision wants to highlight and celebrate one of our partners:  Geico Insurance.  Geico Insurance has been a longtime partner of our auto body shop. Even before the time of COVID-19, we had an on-site Geico representative who would assess the collision damage of their clients’ vehicles. Together, we do our part to provide easy, convenient service and communication to our mutual clients. Our combined goal is to make your auto body repairs seamless and hassle-free, with high-quality customer service.  Here are some videos showing the entire customer service experience and repair process when you work with CARSTAR Robert’s Collision:   For additional information about Geico and how to make a claim after you suffer an auto accident, you’ll find a wealth of material here: https://www.geico.com/claims/  I ... read more

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Preparing For Disaster -- What You And Your Family Should Do To Prepare

Lucky for us, not too many crazy things happen here on the Monterey Peninsula. However, that doesn’t mean we should blow off preparing for disaster. Monterey County has seen numerous wildfires, evacuations, car accidents, and other disasters. Why not prepare yourself, your family, and your car in case you need to leave your home on short notice? If you take the time to be prepared, the painful sting of unexpected accidents or emergencies can be reduced. Of course, one can never be fully prepared to a life-altering event, but advance preparation can remove some of the chaos that comes with it.  Earlier this month, we shared some helpful advice that can help you and your family prepare. Here’s a recap: Check your tires. Just a couple extra minutes in the morning, make sure your tires aren’t going flat on you. You can even use the penny trick! When your tires are properly inflated, not only will your tires last longer, but you will reduce your chances of a blowo ... read more

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Will You Resolve To Drive Better and Safer This Year?

Every year, many of us promise to do better in the new year. A lot of us resolve to lose weight, change an old bad habit, or quit the things that no longer serve us. In 2021, we’re curious. What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Among them, will you resolve to drive better and safer this year? With the Coronavirus still affecting our local communities, our state, and our nation, many of our driving habits have changed. Some drivers report feeling that their driving skills have become rusty. Other drivers have confessed that since they’re more glued to their phones, the temptation to text and drive can be overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions for better driving and safer travels in 2021. Pack a personal health kit that includes two spare face masks, hand sanitizer, bottled water, and some Kleenex. Not only will this help you reduce your risk of exposure, but it may also come in handy for anyone who accidentally leaves th ... read more

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New Year’s Resolutions From Your Car

In the past years, we have posted our annual letter titled “New Year’s Resolutions From Your Car”. Now that CARSTAR Robert’s Collision is no longer doing mechanical repair and exclusively handling auto body repair, we have updated the annual letter written from the perspective of your vehicle. Enjoy!   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 fall to the side after a while. Keeping your car washed and clean can help maintain visibility and extend the life of your paint coat! When you wash your car, not only are you helping it look clean, but you are also rinsing away the salt and grime that could affect your brakes’ ability to ... read more

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Home For The Holidays In 2020

If you are staying home for the holidays on the Monterey Peninsula, that’s terrific! 2020 has been quite a year, and we are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place on California’s Central Coast. If you are looking for places to hang out on the Monterey Peninsula during the 2020 Winter holidays, we have some ideas for you and your family to enjoy.   Enjoy the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. If you like to walk, bike, skateboard, jog, or take a surrey ride along our rocky shore, our recreational trail is one of the best in the world. The majority of visitors stick to the portion of trail between Lovers Point in Pacific Grove to the Tides Hotel at the border of Monterey and Seaside. However, this trail continues further South to Asilomar State Beach and further North to Castroville. The entire trail is beautiful, so enjoy the view and be sure to wear your facemasks.   Go Golfing. We have world-class golf courses here on the Monterey Peninsula. The Monterey ... read more

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Origins of National Pumpkin Day

Origins of National Pumpkin Day

While Halloween falls on October 31st, National Pumpkin Day is October 26! Pumpkins are often seen as a fun fall holiday decoration and ingredient in festive recipes, but they’re so much more than that. Not only are they full of antioxidants, but they’re also loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and they make fantastic desserts!  The history of National Pumpkin Day begins with the pumpkin itself. The pumpkin is indigenous to the Western Hemisphere, with some of the oldest domesticated pumpkin seeds discovered by archaeologists in the Oaxaca highlands of Mexico. Believed to have originated in Central American over 7,500 years ago, pumpkins are thought to be among the first crops grown by humans in North America. Back then, pumpkins didn’t look much like they do now -- they were originally small, wizened little gourds, with tough exteriors and a bitter flavor. They were ideal to keep throughout the winter, as their thick flesh was easy to store throughout th ... read more

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5 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

5 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

While COVID-19 has continued to ravage the world, it’s a difficult time for people in our community to come together and support causes near and dear to our hearts without fear of becoming ill. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s now more important than ever to support these causes, especially when supporting them does so much good. Read on to learn five ways you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, despite COVID-19! Join a virtual 5K run/walk There may not be many 5K run/walks to physically go to this year due to the COVID-19 epidemic, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t sign up virtually! Not only are they easy and cheaper than in-person events, but you can participate according to your own schedule and fitness level. Host a fundraising event online Though fundraising in person may not be in the cards right now, there’s so many ways to help fundraise online! Set up a GoFundMe or other similar fu ... read more

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Get Your Car In the Halloween Spirit!

 Get Your Car In the Halloween Spirit!

While trick-or-treating may not be an option this year, there’s no reason you can’t still show off your Halloween spirit! From dressing up throughout the month of October, decorating your house and front yard, and even getting a costume for your car, there’s no end to the fun you can have this Halloween season. Keep reading to see some great Halloween ideas to dress up your car! Halloween Window Paint For those who like to keep things low key but still enjoy showing off their festive spirit in a more artistic fashion, Halloween window paint is a great option. Paint on spooky ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, bats, or even a whole Halloween-themed masterpiece! There’s no end to the fun designs you could come up with, and it’s a great way to get the kids involved with a fun, creative, and simple Halloween activity.  Halloween Decals and Magnets If you aren’t the artsy type, but are still into the easy Halloween decor, th ... read more

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Keeping Your Car Safe From Ash and Dust During Fire Season

 Keeping Your Car Safe From Ash and Dust During Fire Season

California has been struck by fire after fire in the last few years, and 2020 is up there with the worst fire season our state has ever seen. Along with smoky orange and grey skies and poor to dangerous air quality, California residents have had days and days of ash falling from the sky. With no end to the fires in sight, it’s important to make sure that you keep your car from accumulating long-term damage as a result of the fire season. Keep reading to find out how to keep the air pollution from ruining your car’s paint job, and how to keep the air in your car as clean as possible.  After driving, you’ll likely arrive home with some ash residue. This can be removed quickly and easily by gently wiping down your vehicle with a long-handled car duster to remove any soot and ash that have accumulated. Make sure to pay particular attention to your headlights and taillights to ensure you have maximum visibility. If you have access to a garage where you can park your ... read more

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Celebrating National Native American Day in Monterey, CA

Celebrating National Native American Day in Monterey, CA

While Columbus Day is observed annually on the second Monday of October, not all states follow this traditional holiday. Instead, they choose to celebrate other events that same day. Enter: National Native American Day! Also known as Native American Day and Indigenous People’s Day, observers of this holiday choose to celebrate the heritage of Native Americans and to share knowledge of the native peoples who have been here since before the start of the American story. Celebrated in South Dakota and Berkeley, California, instead of Columbus Day and statewide in California as a day of observance on the fourth Friday of September, this holiday is meant to uplift and highlight the cultures of our country’s first nations. Many people who celebrate Native Americans’ Day do so through teaching and learning about the traditions, culture, and heritage of Native American peoples. This is frequently paired with awareness-raising activities about their history that aren’t al ... read more

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5 Locations for an Impromptu Car Photo Shoot in Monterey, CA

5 Locations for an Impromptu Car Photo Shoot in Monterey, CA

Monterey County is known for its gorgeous scenic views, so what could be better than an impromptu photo shoot surrounded by the Bay Area coast? There’s no better backdrop to photograph the sleek lines of your car than the natural beauty of these locations, so keep reading to find out more! The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail This trail spans 29 glistening miles along the waterfront of Monterey. Passing iconic locations like Old Fisherman’s Wharf, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Asilomar State Beach, there are tons of great photo opportunities to be had along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. River Road Wine Trail in Salinas Valley Not only does this wine trail wind through some of the best wine country in California, but the views of the vineyards and surrounding agriculture create a stunning foil for the sharp angles and stark contrast of your car. Posed next to rolling lush vineyards and the clear blue sky, your car will lo ... read more

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History of the California Admission Day

History of the California Admission Day

A frequently ignored holiday, California Admission Day is the legal holiday in our great state of California that is celebrated as a way to commemorate the anniversary of the 1850 admission of California into the United States Union as the 31st state. Leading up to this day, in 1848, Mexico and the United States had signed a treaty that ended the Mexican War and gave over a significant portion of the Pacific Southwest to the United States. This included California. Just days before the signing of this treaty, gold was discovered along the American River near Sacramento, which pushed forward our state’s admittance into the Union. With the ensuing increase in population from the goldrush, California was in dire need of a civil government presence. In 1849, California sought out statehood as a part of the United States Union. After heated debate among our Congress due to the discussion of slavery, California was entered into the Union. It was soon entered proudly in as the 31st stat ... read more

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History of Labor Day

History of Labor Day

Everyone loves Labor Day for the three-day weekend it gives us, but when was the last time you sat down and thought about what it represents? At CARSTAR Robert’s Collision & Repair, we like Labor Day just as much as the rest, so why not learn a bit more about it? Keep reading for the origins of Labor Day, and some great ways to celebrate it near and around Monterey! Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September, and was originally created by the labor movement. The holiday is dedicated to the social and economic achievements that were only made possible by the masses of American workers. In the true community spirit, it is celebrated yearly as a national tribute all that American workers have contributed to the United States. The first Labor Day was celebrated September 5, 1882, in New York City. Planned by the Central Labor Union, the first Labor Day celebration was originally in the form of a parade. Determined to showcase the strength and spirit of the trade and labor o ... read more

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Scenic Drives Near Monterey, CA To Beat the Summer Heat

Scenic Drives Near Monterey, CA To Beat the Summer Heat

For those who prefer their creature comforts but still appreciate the beauty of the world around them, the scenic drives around Monterey, CA, are the best of both worlds. Without ever leaving your vehicle's comfort, you can drive all around the Monterey Bay coast and soak in the sights. Keep reading to learn about four scenic drives to try out.  Highway 1 Highway 1 is the most well-known scenic drive Monterey County has to offer, and one of the best scenic drives in the world. Showing off a wide range of local geography, you'll find wetlands and fishing ports, as well as artichoke fields and rolling sand dunes. Framed by cypress forests and the rocky coastline, you'll find your way through Monterey and up through Big Sur's ancient redwood forest. 17-Mile Drive Also known as a highly prized cycling route, 17-Mile Drive is also one of California's best scenic routes. Beginning as a carriage road for guests at the Hotel del Mont ... read more

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Best Cycling Destinations Near Monterey, CA

Best Cycling Destinations Near Monterey, CA

Social distancing guidelines have made many summer pastimes challenging to partake in, to say the least. Thankfully, cycling isn't one of them! No matter if you're new to Monterey or a local through and through, this list of the best cycling destinations near Monterey will be sure to please.  Fisherman's Wharf to Lovers Point: Perfect for beginners, this route will let you soak in the best sights that the Monterey coastline has to offer. This simple bike path along Fisherman's Wharf through to Lover's Point is especially popular among beginner cyclists due to its separation from traffic. This makes it a safe and secure path for families to take with their kids. Who wouldn't love this route?  Cachagua Loop: An advanced ride, the Cachagua Loop is for those cyclists who like a challenge. Promising lovely valley views, riders can take the 30-mile loop from Carmel Valley Village through some of Cachagua's finest viney ... read more

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Supporting Your Local Small Businesses With Takeout

Supporting Your Local Small Businesses With Takeout

With another round of shutdowns for California on the horizon, our food industry has taken a major hit. Why not get out of the house for a bit while you drive down to pick up some takeout? It will be a pleasant evening drive, and you'll be supporting your local restaurants in the process! You can turn your ride into a picnic and take in some of the beautiful scenery the Monterey bay area has to offer. Keep reading for some of the top-rated takeouts in the Monterey Bay area to try.    Red House Café: Home to the historic "Little Red House," the Red House Café has become a local landmark befitting the Little Red House's history. Initially built in 1895, the Little Red House opened up the Red House Café in 1996 along with a garden shop. Both are still here today and serve up only the best New American cuisine with a European influence. With an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients, and a location to die for, you can take ... read more

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Common Summer Road Hazards and How To Avoid Them

Common Summer Road Hazards and How To Avoid Them

Many drivers may think that winter is the most dangerous time of year to be on the road. However, it's been shown that a higher number of car crashes and automobile-related injuries and fatalities actually occur from July to August. Not to mention, that the summer months are also when teen accidents and deaths are at an exceptionally high point with so many young people home for the summer. Keep reading to learn more about common summer road hazards and how to avoid them.  Tire Blowouts: It's pure science; hot temperatures cause air to expand, which causes the air in your tires to expand. This can lead to nothing, but it can also lead to a tire blowout during a heatwave. And while a parked car with a blown-out tire may not sound like too much of a problem, what happens when that tire is on the highway?   To keep this from happening to your tires, make sure to frequently check your tire pressure – leaving a small electric pressure gauge in your ... read more

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Keeping the Kids Entertained While on a Road Trip

Keeping the Kids Entertained While on a Road Trip

Photo by Frank Zhang on Unsplash Summer is in full swing, and unfortunately, big vacations might not be a possibility with continued shelter-in-place orders on the horizon. Luckily, there’s nothing like a family road trip to brighten everyone’s spirits and get out of the house. But because road trips involve extended time in the car, it can be tough to keep the kids occupied. Keep reading for some ideas to keep the kids entertained the next time you head out on a road trip! First up on the list is the ever-popular backseat-turned-movie theater. This tip is especially easy for those cars with built-in DVD players for the backseat. If you don’t have this nifty little feature, portable DVD players built for the vehicle ... read more

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How to Disinfect Your Car Without Ruining It!

How to Disinfect Your Car Without Ruining It!

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash With COVID-19 causing record numbers of disinfectant and cleaning supply sales (and shortages) around the world, it’s natural to worry about getting your car’s interior clean as a whistle. The team at CARSTAR Robert’s Collision & Repair knows your family’s safety is your number one priority. Still, we don’t want you to ruin your car in the process! Read on to find out the best practices to use when disinfecting your vehicle.  First, a little bit of information about how COVID-19 reacts to certain surfaces: the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is passed from person to person when they cough or sneeze. Tiny droplets are released, carrying the virus, which a healthy person ... read more

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