Sorted by Category: Auto Maintenance

  • Road Trips!

    Monday 22 April 2019

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

  • The Future of Electric Cars is Here

    Wednesday 17 April 2019

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

  • National Car Care Month!

    Monday 08 April 2019

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

  • Flying WHAT? Cars???

    Monday 11 March 2019

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

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

    Monday 18 February 2019

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

  • Why Drive a Mercedes-Benz?

    Monday 11 February 2019

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

  • Love Your Car

    Monday 04 February 2019

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

  • Let’s Get your Vehicle Ready for Winter!

    Monday 26 November 2018

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

  • For all the BMW Owners and Lovers Out There…

    Monday 19 November 2018

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

  • Breaking News: The Hybrid Mustang

    Monday 29 October 2018

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

  • Ways to Save on Auto Insurance

    Monday 15 October 2018

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

  • Fun Car Facts

    Monday 01 October 2018

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

  • Road Trip Preparations

    Monday 20 August 2018

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

  • Keeping Our Vehicles’ Interior Cool this August

    Monday 13 August 2018

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

  • Back to School Driving Safety Tips

    Monday 06 August 2018

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

  • The Emerging Ride Industry

    Monday 30 July 2018

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

  • Ways to Keep Your Auto Safe from Thieves

    Monday 23 July 2018

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

  • 8 Tips for Buying a Car

    Monday 18 June 2018

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

  • A Musical Solution to Speeders

    Monday 07 May 2018

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

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

    Monday 23 April 2018

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

  • Winter Car Care Tips

    Monday 12 February 2018

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

  • Cheap and Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Smelling Wonderful

    Monday 15 January 2018

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

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

    Monday 11 December 2017

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

  • What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

    Monday 20 November 2017

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

  • The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

    Monday 06 November 2017

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

  • November 2017 Special: 10% Off Transmission Service

    Wednesday 01 November 2017

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

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

    Monday 09 October 2017

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

  • Most Common Electrical Problems for New Cars

    Monday 21 August 2017

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

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

    Monday 07 August 2017

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

  • Road Trip Ideas for Scuba Divers

    Monday 31 July 2017

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

  • Fuel Economy Tips for Summer Driving

    Monday 24 July 2017

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

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

    Monday 10 July 2017

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

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

    Monday 26 June 2017

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

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

    Monday 12 June 2017

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

  • June 2017 Monthly Offer -- Free Brake Inspection

    Thursday 01 June 2017

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

  • Buying a New Car: Steps to get you Started

    Monday 15 May 2017

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

  • The Interesting History of Windshield Wipers

    Monday 24 April 2017

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

  • April 2017 Monthly Offer -- $10 Off Service

    Saturday 01 April 2017

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

  • 5 Steps to Declutter Your Vehicle

    Monday 13 March 2017

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

  • March 2017 Special: Free Check Engine Light Scan

    Wednesday 01 March 2017

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

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

    Monday 06 February 2017

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

  • 4 Tips for Driving With Your Dog

    Monday 30 January 2017

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

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

    Monday 05 December 2016

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

  • What Happens When The Alternator Dies?

    Monday 28 November 2016

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

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

    Monday 14 November 2016

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

  • What Could Cause Engine Misfire?

    Monday 17 October 2016

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

  • October = 10% Off Labor for Car Battery Replacement

    Tuesday 04 October 2016

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

  • Five Tips to Improve Your Gas Mileage

    Monday 19 September 2016

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

  • Back To School Car Care

    Monday 24 August 2015

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

  • Summertime Tutorial: Boost Your Automobile Knowledge

    Monday 20 July 2015

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

  • How to Avoid Summer Accidents

    Monday 13 July 2015

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

  • How To Prepare Your Vehicle for Summer Heat

    Monday 15 June 2015

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

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

    Monday 11 May 2015

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

  • A Healthy Coolant System = Fewer Breakdowns

    Tuesday 05 May 2015

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

  • What Are The Auto Trends for 2015?

    Thursday 30 April 2015

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

  • Cool Things Inside Your Owners’ Manual

    Sunday 22 February 2015

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

  • Roadside Emergency Kit: Are You Prepared?

    Friday 13 February 2015

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

  • Headlights & Taillights: Know When To Replace Them

    Saturday 07 February 2015

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

  • When Should You Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades?

    Monday 26 January 2015

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

  • When Should You Change Your Oil?

    Sunday 11 January 2015

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

  • Preparing Your Car For Winter

    Monday 13 October 2014

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

  • Safety During The First Rains Of The Season

    Sunday 05 October 2014

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

  • September Oil Changes

    Monday 08 September 2014

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

  • Generic Parts: A Good Bet For Your Car

    Monday 25 August 2014

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

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

    Monday 25 August 2014

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

  • 3 Tips For Better Gas Mileage

    Monday 07 July 2014

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

  • Independence Day Fuel Saver and Oil Change Specials!!

    Monday 30 June 2014

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

  • How Often Should I Maintain My BMW or Mini?

    Monday 12 May 2014

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

  • Notable Monterey County Auto Accidents Caused By Texting

    Monday 14 April 2014

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

  • How To Maintain Your Vehicle’s Airbag System

    Monday 07 April 2014

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

  • What Does a Multi Point Preventative Maintenance Inspection Include?

    Monday 24 March 2014

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

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

    Monday 17 March 2014

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

  • What Is Our Brake Repair Workflow Process?

    Monday 06 January 2014

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

  • 5 Winter Car Care Tips

    Thursday 12 December 2013

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

  • Why Are Oil Changes So Important?

    Monday 18 November 2013

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

  • What Football Taught Me About Auto Maintenance

    Monday 11 November 2013

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

  • End of Summer Auto Maintenance: Steering and Suspension

    Monday 30 September 2013

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

  • Fall Auto Maintenance (en espanol)

    Tuesday 24 September 2013

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

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

    Monday 16 September 2013

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

  • Summer Auto Maintenance: Fuel Filter

    Monday 26 August 2013

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

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Vehicle Maintenance

    Monday 22 July 2013

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

  • Summer Auto Maintenance: Battery

    Tuesday 28 May 2013

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

  • What Happens When You Neglect Your Oil Changes?

    Monday 29 April 2013

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

  • Winter Auto Maintenance -- Wiper Blades

    Monday 28 January 2013

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

  • Winter Auto Maintenance -- Coolant Service

    Tuesday 22 January 2013

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

  • Don’t Forget Your Vehicle Safety Inspection!

    Tuesday 18 December 2012

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

  • Early Birds and Other Ways To Get Around Town

    Sunday 28 October 2012

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

  • Got Spiderwebs On Your Black Car?

    Monday 08 October 2012

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

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

    Monday 06 August 2012

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

  • When School’s Out For Summer

    Monday 14 May 2012

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

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

    Monday 05 December 2011

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

  • 30,000K Service

    Monday 28 November 2011

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

  • 15,000K Service

    Monday 21 November 2011

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

  • 7,500K Service

    Monday 14 November 2011

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

  • Mileage Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Thursday 27 October 2011

    With regular mileage service, not only will your car run better, but it will last longer. People often skip this important step, and think that they can “get away with” missing a regular mileage service. Like many other people on a tight budget, you may think your car doesn’t sound so bad, so there’s no problem. Sound familiar? The problem is your car sometimes won’t reveal what’s wrong until it’s too late. Most problems happen quickly, and before you know it, that little sound means your car wo... read more

  • Are You And Your Vehicle In Suspense?

    Monday 24 October 2011

    Do you live, work, or play in Monterey, Seaside, or Pacific Grove, and you need an auto repair center that can work on your vehicle’s suspension? Robert’s Auto Repair will be delighted to keep you in good suspension...(or is that suspense?)...when you bring your automobile in for suspension service. The most important function of the suspension system is to influence the control and handling characteristics of your vehicle. Without a properly working suspension system, a vehicle would continuall... read more

  • Air Conditioning Service at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 10 October 2011

    An air conditioning system that is operating properly in your car makes driving around the hotter sections of Monterey County a whole lot more enjoyable. Your vehicle’s air conditioning system not only increases your driving comfort, but improves your engine’s running condition. Robert’s Auto Repair will complete an air conditioning system service that includes the following steps: Identify the air conditioning system refrigerant Evacuate the air conditioning cooling system Check the air condi... read more

  • Oil Changes at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 26 September 2011

    Come to Robert’s Auto Repair in Monterey for your vehicle’s oil changes. 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. You should consider Robert’s Auto Repair for your vehicle’s next oil change near Monterey, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Sand City, Del Rey Oaks, Carmel, Marina, Corral de Tier... read more

  • Mazda Repair | Mazda Service at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 15 August 2011

    Mazda began as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd, founded in Japan in 1920. Toyo Cork Kogyo renamed itself to Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. in 1927.  Toyo Kogyo moved from manufacturing machine tools to vehicles, with the introduction of the Mazda-Go in 1931.  Toyo Kogyo produced weapons for the Japanese military throughout the Second World War, most notably the series 30 through 35 Type 99 rifle.  The company formally adopted the Mazda name in 1984, though every automobile sold from the beginning bore that... read more

  • KIA Repair | KIA Service at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 08 August 2011

    According to Kia Motors, the name "Kia" derives from the Sino-Korean words ki ("to come out") and a (which stands for Asia), it is roughly translated as "arise or come up out of Asia" or "rising out of Asia". South Korea's oldest car company, Kia was founded on June 9, 1944 as a manufacturer of steel tubing and bicycle parts by hand — and has operated as one of the country's conglomerates since.  In 1952, Kia changed its name fr... read more

  • Jaguar Repair | Jaguar Service at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 01 August 2011

    Jaguar is a British luxury car manufacturer, headquartered in Whitley, Coventry, England.  It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Indian company Tata Motors Ltd. and is operated as part of the Jaguar Land Rover business. Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company by Sir William Lyons in 1922, originally making motorcycle sidecars before evolving into passenger cars.  The name was changed to Jaguar after World War II due to the unfavourable connotations of the SS initials.  Following a me... read more

  • Daewoo Repair | Daewoo Service at Robert’s Auto Repair

    Monday 25 July 2011

    Daewoo (Korean for "Great Universe") or the Daewoo Group was a major South Korean chaebol (conglomerate).  It was founded on 22 March 1967 as Daewoo Industrial and was dismantled by the Korean government in 1999.  Prior to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1998, Daewoo was the second largest conglomerate in Korea after Hyundai Group, followed by LG Group and Samsung Group.  There were about 20 divisions under the Daewoo Group, some of which survive today as independent companies. Rob... read more

  • Saturn Repair | Saturn Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 18 July 2011

    Saturn Corporation was an automobile manufacturer and marque, established on January 7, 1985 as a subsidiary of General Motors in response to the success of Japanese automobile imports in the United States.  The company marketed itself as a "different kind of car company," and operated somewhat independently from its parent company for a time, with its own assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, unique models, and a separate retailer network. Following the withdrawal of a bid by Penske Automo... read more

  • SAAB Repair | SAAB Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 27 June 2011

    Saab Automobile AB, better known as Saab, or SAAB, an acronym for Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget), is a Swedish car manufacturer owned by Dutch automobile manufacturer Spyker Cars NV. It is the exclusive automobile Royal Warrant holder as appointed by the King of Sweden. Since its inception, Saab has been known for innovation, pioneering significant advancements in ergonomics, green technology, safety and turbocharging. Originally the automobile manufacturing division of Svenska Aeroplan Akt... read more

  • Pontiac Repair | Pontiac Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 20 June 2011

    Pontiac was an automobile brand that was established in 1926 as a companion make for General Motors' Oakland. Quickly overtaking its parent in popularity, it supplanted the Oakland brand entirely by 1933. Pontiac was sold in the United States, Canada, and Mexico by General Motors(GM). Pontiac was marketed as the performance division of General Motors for many years, specializing in mainstream performance vehicles. Pontiac was relatively more popular in Canada, where for much of its history it w... read more

  • Mitsubishi Repair | Mitsubishi Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 13 June 2011

    The Mitsubishi company was first established as a shipping firm by Yatarō Iwasaki (1834–1885) in 1870.  In 1873, its name was changed to Mitsubishi Shokai.  The name Mitsubishi consists of two parts: "mitsu" meaning "three" and "hishi" (which becomes "bishi" under rendaku) meaning "water caltrop" (also called "water chestnut"), and hence "rhombus", which is reflected in the company's famous logo.  It is also translated as "three diamonds". Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is the sixth largest auto... read more

  • Jeep Repair | Jeep Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 06 June 2011

    Jeep is an automobile marque (and registered trademark) of Chrysler.  It is the oldest off-road vehicle (also sport utility vehicle – SUV) brand.  It inspired a number of other military Light Utility Vehicles, such as the Land Rover which is the second oldest 4-wheel-drive brand.  The original Jeep vehicle that first appeared as the prototype Bantam BRC became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and Allies during World War II, as well as the postwar period.  Many J... read more

  • Isuzu Repair | Isuzu Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Tuesday 31 May 2011

    Isuzu Motors Ltd. is a Japanese car, commercial vehicle and heavy truck manufacturing company, headquartered in Tokyo.  In 2005, Isuzu became the world's largest manufacturer of medium to heavy duty trucks.  Isuzu is famous for producing commercial vehicles and diesel engines. By 2009, Isuzu had produced over 21 million diesel engines, which can be found in vehicles all over the world, including Renault, Opel and General Motors. In the late 1990s, Isuzu's small automobile sales drastically plum... read more

  • Hyundai Repair | Hyundai Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 23 May 2011

    Hyundai is a group of companies founded in South Korea.  The first Hyundai company was founded in 1947 as a construction company. Some of the best-known Hyundai divisions are Hyundai Motor Company, the world's fifth largest automobile manufacturer by volume as of 2009 and Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's largest shipbuilder.  Other companies currently or formerly controlled by members of Chung's extended family may be loosely referred to as a part of the Hyundai chaebol (conglomerate). In... read more

  • Lincoln Repair | Lincoln Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 16 May 2011

    Lincoln is the luxury brand of Ford Motor Company.  Founded in 1917 by Henry M. Leland and acquired by Ford in 1922, Lincoln has manufactured vehicles since the 1920s.  Leland named the brand after his longtime hero Abraham Lincoln.   Lincoln quickly became one of America's top selling luxury brands alongside Cadillac and Packard. The well-known models of the Lincoln brand are the Lincoln Zephyr, the Lincoln Continental, the Lincoln Continental Mark II, the Lincoln Town Car, and the Lincoln Navi... read more

  • Chrysler Repair | Chrysler Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Sunday 08 May 2011

    Chrysler Group LLC is an American multinational automaker headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, Michigan.  Chrysler was first organized as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925.   The Chrysler was a 6-cylinder automobile, designed to provide customers with an advanced, well-engineered car, but at a more affordable price than they might expect.  The original 1924 Chrysler included a carburetor air filter, high compression engine, full pressure lubrication, and an oil filter, at a time w... read more

  • Buick Repair | Buick Service

    Wednesday 04 May 2011

    Buick is a division of General Motors which sells vehicles in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Taiwan, and Israel by General Motors Company (GM). It is GM's North American-based entry-level luxury brand. Buick holds the distinction as the oldest American make. As of 2010, Buick is one of the fasted growing auto manufacturers! Go Buick! Robert's Auto Repair is a Buick maintenance and repair destination. Look, we talk an awful lot about how we are like a Car Spa, but we don't just servi... read more

  • Robert’s Auto Repair: Cadillac Repair | Cadillac Service

    Monday 25 April 2011

    Cadillac, one of General Motors Corporation's early luxury brands, has maintained it's high status among American motor enthusiasts.  Cadillac pioneered many accessories in automobiles, including full electrical systems, the clashless manual transmission and the steel roof.  The brand developed three engines, one of which (the V8 engine) set the standard for the American automotive industry.  As a result, Cadillac is the first American car to win the prestigious Dewar Trophy from the Royal Auto... read more

  • Robert’s Auto Repair: Volkswagen Repair | Volkswagen Service

    Monday 18 April 2011

    Volkswagen (abbreviated VW), which means "people's car" in German, is one of the world's largest automobile manufacturers, and shares common ties and stock ownership with Porsche. Volkswagen manufactures the following brand lines: Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and other lines not offered in the American auto market. Our mechanics love to work on all the older and newer models manufactured by the Volkswagen Group, including the following Volkswagen models: Beetle Passat Jet... read more

  • Robert’s Auto Repair: Mercedes Repair | Mercedes Service

    Monday 11 April 2011

    Not many automobiles can compare to a Mercedes.  Stylish.  Classy.  Dignified.  Innovative.  Unmatched.  All of the autos we service at Robert's Auto Repair are near and dear to our hearts, and we are very fond of the Mercedes brand. Robert's Auto Repair has been servicing and repairing all models of Mercedes.  We are certified Mercedes mechanics and keep abreast of all the technical advances of this innovative automobile manufacturer. Whether your Mercedes requires major or minor auto repair... read more

  • April Showers and Tire Safety

    Monday 04 April 2011

    April Showers Bring May Flowers!  But, April showers also remind everyone to check their tires. Enter, Robert’s Auto Repair Tire Service Center! Robert’s Auto Repair, conveniently located at 234 Ramona Avenue, just off Del Monte Blvd. by Hwy. 1 in Monterey, has its very own Tire Service Center.  Our tire specialists will be happy to check your tires and give you recommendations based on your tire tread, wear, balance and alignment. Don’t let worn tires and the rain compromise your safety.  Call... read more

  • Robert's Auto Repair: MINI Repair | Mini Service

    Monday 04 April 2011

    MINIs are great little cars and since the brand has been taken over by BMW, they have stolen our hearts here at Robert's Auto Repair. MINIs are cute. MINIs are quick. MINIs are fun. But best of all, MINIs are manufactured to the same high standards as all other BMWs. From the older MINIs to the newest models, our mechanics stay on top of their MINI certifications. In 2011, MINI will add 2 new models to their existing family of 4 automobiles, and you can rest assured that Robert's Auto Repai... read more

  • Robert’s Auto Repair: Infiniti Repair | Infiniti Service

    Sunday 27 March 2011

    Infiniti was established in 1989 as the luxury brand of Nissan. Infiniti is a well-regarded brand that competes directly with Toyota's and Honda's luxury brands, Lexus and Acura. Infiniti's debut model was the full-sized luxury sedan, the Q45, which was discontinued in 2006. Since then, Infiniti has broadened its model lines and expanded into the SUV, Sports Car, Mid-Sized and Crossover markets with its respective series: QX is the SUV line, G is the Sedan and Coupe line, M is for their Mid-s... read more

  • Robert’s Auto Repair: Lexus Repair | Lexus Service

    Monday 21 March 2011

    Lexus was established as the luxury brand of Toyota in 1989. Their first vehicle was the LS 400 and their lines in following years have since included sedans, coupes, convertibles, SUVs and hybrids. The Lexus brand has built a reputation for high reliability and customer service. Through 2008, Consumer Reports named Lexus among the top five most reliable brands in its Annual Car Reliability Surveys. With that said, their customer service extends beyond the Lexus dealerships, and that same hig... read more

  • Robert’s Auto Repair: GMC Repair | GMC Service

    Monday 14 March 2011

    The General Motor Company, also known as GMC, began as a truck manufacturer around 1912, and grown to become the largest automobile manufacturer in the United States and second largest automobile manufacturer in the world by 2008. GMC's four core North American brands are: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. Due to GMC's bankruptcy in 2009, it sold off it's Saab line and has closed its doors to the Hummer, Pontiac, and Saturn brands. With so much fluctuation going on in the world economy and... read more

  • Robert's Auto Repair--Volvo Repair | Volvo Service

    Sunday 06 March 2011

    Volvo Car Corporation, a Swedish automobile manufacturer, was founded in 1927, in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo produces models including SUVs, station wagons, sedans and coupes. The United States is Volvo's largest market, followed by Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, and China. Known for its innovation in safety, Volvo is a very popular brand--even among its other manufacturing lines of commercial trucks and buses, airplanes, construction equipment, and powered boats. Robert's Auto Repa... read more

  • Robert's Auto Repair - Ford Repair | Ford Service

    Monday 21 February 2011

    Under the vision and efficient assembly processes of Henry Ford, the Ford Motor Company began making automobiles in 1902. For over 100 years, Ford vehicles have been known for their dependability, and they make Cars, Trucks, Vans, SUVs, Hybrids, Crossovers, Service Vehicles, Buses, and even Tractors. Ford Motor Company also manufactures the Lincoln and Mercury brands, but will discontinue Mercury after 2010. Robert's Auto Repair is a Ford maintenance and repair destination. Look, we t... read more

  • Robert's Auto Repair - Dodge Repair | Dodge Service

    Monday 14 February 2011

    Founded by the Dodge Brothers in 1900, Dodge was created to supply parts and assemblies for automobile manufacturers in Detroit, Michigan. Later, in 1914, Dodge began making its own complete vehicles. The Dodge brand is now a division of the Chrysler Group, LLC. Famed for its heavy-duty V-8 engine, Dodge Trucks gained notoriety in 1953, and to this day, consumers associate the Dodge brand with this engine design and rugged truck models. Robert's Auto Repair's mechanics are highly-famil... read more

  • Robert's Auto Repair - Chevrolet Repair | Chevrolet Service

    Monday 07 February 2011

    Chevrolet, also known as Chevy, began as a brand of automobiles produced by General Motors Company.  Founded by Louis Chevrolet in 1911 and acquired by GMC in 1917, Chevys were entered into the market to compete with Ford's Model T. Since then, Chevy's have been known for their muscle cars and trucks, built with fast, powerful engines.  Chevrolet continues to be the largest selling brand of GMC and oftentimes, consumers confuse Chevy and GMC to be one in the same.  The Chevrolet lines include... read more

  • Audi Repair | Audi Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Sunday 23 January 2011

    Audi, a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkwagen AG since 1964, is headquartered in Ingolstadt, Germany. Audi was named after the surname of its founder, August Horch, which means "listen", then, when translated into Latin, means "audi". Robert's Auto Repair's mechanics are very familiar with Audis and are certified to work on the older as well as the newer Audi models, including the Audi Quattro, the Q7, Q7, R8, TT, A3, A4, A5, A6, A8, and the S models. For an appointment, contact Robert's... read more

  • BMW Repair | BMW Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 17 January 2011

    BMW, also known as Bavarian Motor Works, was founded in Germany in 1916. A world-renowned automobile, motorcycle, and engine manufacturing company, BMW also produces the MINI brand, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. When BMW first started, its specialty was aircraft engines, thus the reason their logo represents the movement of a white airplane propeller cutting through the blue sky, which also match the colors of the state of Bavaria. After World War I and the sign... read more

  • Acura Repair | Acura Service at Robert's Auto Repair

    Monday 10 January 2011

    Launched in 1986 as the luxury brand of Honda, Acura was the first luxury Japanese export that focused on economical design.  The purpose of Acura was to compete against the brands in its luxury class:  Lexus and Infiniti.  In 1990, Acura launched the Acura Legend and Acura Integra, and later developed the NSX, which competed directly with cars made by both Porsche and Ferrari.  Acura has expanded its line to offer SUVs, sedans, a crossover luxury line, and a line of race cars... read more

  • Lighting Systems and Safety

    Monday 06 December 2010

    During the holiday season, it's all about the lights! Christmas lights. Lighting the menorah. Luminaries along the sidewalk. Candy Cane Lane and Christmas In The Adobes. The Holiday Boat Parade. But for now, let's talk about the lights on your car, truck, van, or motorcycle. Headlights, tail lights, blinker and hazard lights, parking lights, dome lights and dashboard lights all have very important roles in your vehicle's lighting and safety system. Particularly during twilight cond... read more

  • Things You Should Know About Antifreeze

    Monday 15 November 2010

    Do you remember that fairy tale where a lion insults a mouse only to get caught in a trap? The mouse returns to chew the ropes and help the lion become free again? That story taught us the important lesson that even small things can be very useful in the long run. The same is the case with maintenance of the family vehicle as well. We spend so much time focusing on the engine, transmission and other important and expensive components in the truck that we forget the role of antifreeze in t... read more

  • Windshield Wiper Blades

    Monday 08 November 2010

    When we see things clearly, it makes a world of difference.  Sometimes we think we see things fine, but when we make the effort to clean our windshield, we go “Ahhhhh!” Are you as conscientious about your windshield wipers as you are about your car's engine?  Car safety is a critical concern for everyone. Worn wiper blades are dangerous.  Because 90% of your driving decisions are based on a clear, unobstructed view of the road, it's a critical safety concern that your car's wipers provide... read more

  • Precious Cargo and Brakes

    Monday 13 September 2010

    Creep....creep....creep.... Ever notice how your brakes might slip a little and creep forward when you're at a stop? Yep, that's when you know you need to come to Robert's Auto Repair for a FREE brake safety inspection. Don't let soft and sloppy brakes put you or your precious cargo in harm's way...especially as you start off the school year. If you have any of these things happening with your vehicle, it's time to come in for a FREE brake safety inspection: Your brake pedal shifts levels aft... read more

  • Back To School Safety Inspection

    Friday 03 September 2010

    Pencils?   ...Check! Pens?   ...Check! Paper?   ...Check! Books?   ...Check! FREE Vehicle Inspection for Back to School Safety?    ...Call Robert's Auto Repair! Make sure you include a FREE Vehicle Safety Inspection on your To-Do List when gearing up for the school season. If you contact Robert's Auto Repair for a FREE Vehicle Safety Inspection, we will provide you a Multi-Point Inspection Report Card as recommended... read more

  • Regular Maintenance Can Save You Money

    Thursday 25 March 2010

    Investing in a proper maintenance program for your vehicle is benificial to your wallet.  With regular maintenance performed on your automobile, you can expect 10 or more years and 200,000 or more miles from your car.  In fact, once you have paid off your vehicle's loan, you should begin to save money!  We have ten more reasons to 'invest' in a regular, comprehensive maintenance program. You will cut down on the repair costs.  Maintaining vehicle's parts and systems is much more inexpensi... read more

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