September Oil Changes

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 vehicle, or give us a call at 831-373-1534.

You can expect fast & dependable oil changes and car maintenance services at Robert’s Collision & Repair in Monterey, backed up by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Why else should you come to us for your next oil change?

We are officially a Green Shop.
We can perform your Scheduled Maintenance and still maintain your Factory Warranty.
We have a new, state-of-the-art paint and auto body shop.
We also offer detailing and tire service.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Robert’s Collision & Repair, located at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. For the best service, call us at 831-373-1534 to schedule an oil change appointment.

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6 Auto Tips for College-Bound Kids

Now that school is starting up again, there are some helpful auto tips for your college-bound kids that will keep them and their cars out of harm’s way. Here are six tips that will help your college-age children feel more confident about handling car problems while they’re away from home.

1. Know how to change a flat tire. — This is a skill every driver should have, both young and old.

2. Know how to check your oil level and other engine fluids. — If you learn to check your fluid levels yourself, you can better monitor your car’s health and need for service.

3. Know what your tire pressure should be. — This video demonstrates how to find this information on your tires.

4. Know how often your vehicle needs an oil change, minor service, and major service. — Every car is different, so it’s best to check your owners’ manual.

5. Know how to drive a manual transmission. — This is a handy skill that will allow you to drive any vehicle.

6. Install hands-free communication technology in your vehicle. — This technology will keep everyone in and around the vehicle a little safer.

We hope you will share these tips and videos with every driver in your home, for these tips are helpful for everyone. If your vehicles require service, Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to take great care of you and your family. Call for an appointment at 831-373-1534, and stop by our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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Driving Tips for Labor Day Weekend

The Labor Day holiday marks the final days of Summer. For many families, it’s that last chance to go on a road trip before school kicks into high gear. Many people will be hitting the road over the Labor Day weekend, so here are a few safe driving tips to keep in mind.

  • Make sure you have a first aid kit stashed somewhere in your vehicle, just in case someone needs to mend a “boo-boo”.
  • Traffic is going to be heavy, so try to hit the road earlier or later than everyone else.
  • Make sure your tires have plenty of tread, are properly inflated, and that your spare tire is ready to be used at a moment’s notice.
  • To get more fuel into your gas tank, try to fill up with gas in the early morning before the day gets hot.
  • Be sure to pack lots of drinking water in the car so you and your passengers stay hydrated. Pack a few healthy snacks, too.
  • For antsy children, bring some games or toys along to keep them occupied.
  • Carry traveling pillows so your passengers can sleep more comfortably during their time in the car.
  • Remember, “slow and steady” is a safer way to “arrive alive” than “fast and hurried”. Be careful while driving!
  • Lastly, do not text and drive. It’s illegal and dangerous. Use your vehicle’s Bluetooth setup to have a hands-free phone conversation while driving.

We hope these tips will help you and your family remain safe during Labor Day Weekend. If your vehicles require service, Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to take great care of you and your family. Call for an appointment at 831-373-1534, and stop by our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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Generic Parts: A Good Bet For Your Car

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 do not affect the safety of the vehicle. With that said, crash tests performed by the critics of generic parts have shown that these parts perform no differently than OEM parts. All generic parts must pass the stringent tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So, any generic part that successfully makes it to market is deemed safe.

Lastly, we are asked if generic parts can invalidate the OEM warranties on other parts, or on the vehicle itself. The answer is no. When a crash part has to be replaced, any original warranty on that part lapses. the warranty on the rest of the vehicle is unaffected. After the replacement part is installed, the new warranty takes over.

Whether or not you choose generic parts or OEM parts for your vehicle, Robert’s Collision & Repair backs it all up with our own Peace of Mind Warranty. When you have qualifying repairs completed on your car or light truck, we’ll guarantee them for 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Let Roberts Collision & Repair be your auto care provider of choice. Our technicians strive to get your vehicle fixed right the first time, and we gladly stand behind our work. As always, your complete satisfaction is our goal! Thank you for choosing Robert’s Collision & Repair.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Provides Rentals for Our Clients

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 Ave.

If you have questions about renting a vehicle from Enterprise, you are welcome to call them directly at (831) 649-6300.

Whether you need a rental car or just a quick ride to your work or home, we’re here to help. Whatever your auto body or mechanical repair needs, Robert’s Collision & Repair is here to make things easier for you.

If your vehicle has been involved in an accident or requires regular maintenance service, schedule an appointment with us online or by calling 831-373-1534. We look forward to serving you soon!

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

It’s time, and we’re off to a “good start”. Get ready for Auto Week on the Monterey Peninsula! This blog is designed to direct you to the scheduled events throughout the week of August 11th through the 17th.

Tuesday, 8/12/14
* Automobilia Monterey
Tuesday, August 12, 2014: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: The Embassy Suites – 1441 Canyon Del Rey
Admission: Check website for prices

* Concours on the Avenue
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Location: Ocean Avenue, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Admission: Free

Wednesday, 8/13/14
* Automobilia Monterey
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: The Embassy Suites – 1441 Canyon Del Rey
Admission: Check website for prices

* Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Monterey Jet Center
Admission: Check website for prices

* Monterey Car Week Rally
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 11:30 am
Location: Shoreline Community Church parking lot
2500 Garden Road, Monterey
Admission: Free for spectators – see car rally page for details.

* The Little Car Show
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: Setup starting at 11:00 am
Showtimes 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Location: On Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove between Fountain and 16th Street.
Admission: Free

* Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel Valley, California
Admission: Check website for prices.

* Carmel Mission Classic
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Carmel Mission Basilica 3080 Rio Road, Carmel
Admission: $30 per person

Thursday, 8/14/14
* Dine in DeVine
Thursday, August 14, 2014
5:30 Cocktail hour
6:30 Dinner
Admission: Check website for prices

* Russo and Steele’s 14th Annual Sports and Muscle Auction
Thursday, August 14, 2014: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Auction starts promptly at 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices

* Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance Presented by Rolex
Thursday, August 14, 2014
7:00 am to 8:00 am – cars line up near Collins Field in Pebble Beach
8:30 am – Tour departs, tracing portions of 17-Mile Drive and nearby scenic roads
11:30 to 12:00 Noon – Tour arrives in Carmel-by-the-Sea
12:00 Noon to 2:00 pm – Cars are displayed on Ocean Avenue
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm – Tour returns to Pebble Beach

* RM Auction
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey , California 93940
Admission: Check website for prices

* Mecum Muscle Cars & More
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Admission: all Buyers, Sellers and Spectators are welcome to attend Mecum’s Monterey Auction. Vehicle preview area may be reserved for registered bidders only.

* Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel Valley, California
Admission: Check website for prices

* Rick Cole Auctions
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: Monterey Merriot 350 Calle Principal, Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices

* Italian Stampede
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Location: Drive from LA to Monterey

* Automotive Film and Arts Festival
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Time: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: Golden State Theatre, Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices

The Automotive Film and Arts Festival is an event showcasing great dramas, documentaries, and works of art, music, and design that reconnect the audience’s emotions to the
automotive world.

Friday, 8/15/14
* Russo and Steele’s 14th Annual Sports and Muscle Auction
Friday, August 15, 2014: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Auction starts promptly at 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices

* RM Auction
Friday, August 15, 2014
Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey , California 93940
Admission: Check website for prices

* Mecum Muscle Cars & More
Friday, August 15, 2014
Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Admission: all Buyers, Sellers and Spectators are welcome to attend Mecum’s Monterey Auction. Vehicle preview area may be reserved for registered bidders only.

* Legends of the Autobahn
Friday, August 15, 2014: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Nicklaus Club Pasadera Dr. Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices

* The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
Friday, August 15, 2014: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel CA 93923
Admission: Check website for prices

* 20th ANNUAL PACIFIC GROVE CONCOURS AUTO RALLY
Friday, August 15, 2014 – Time: To be announced
Lighthouse and Forest Ave.
Pacific Grove

* Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Friday, August 15, 2014
Admission: Check website for prices

* Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
Friday, August 15, 2014
Time: Automobilia @ 9:30 am, Automobiles @ 11:00 am
Location: Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel Valley, California
Admission: Check website for prices

* Rick Cole Auctions
Friday, August 15, 2014 Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: Monterey Marriott 350 Calle Principal, Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices.

* Werks Reunion
Friday, August 15, 2014 Time: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Rancho Canada Golf Club
4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel
Admission: Free to spectators, participants please see website for registration fees

The Porsche Club of America is set to begin a new tradition in 2014 with the inaugural Werks Reunion. The new, premier Porsche event will take place on Friday, August 15, during the world-famous “Car Week” on California’s Monterey Peninsula. In years past, PCA co-hosted Legends of the Autobahn at the Rancho Canada Golf Club. All will be treated to a stunning display of more than 500 Porsches, access vendors, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow car enthusiasts. The 2014 show will feature the latest Porsches, special vehicle presentations, celebrity guests, and a surprise or two.

* Automotive Film and Arts Festival
Thursday, August 15, 2014 Time: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: Golden State Theatre, Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices

The Automotive Film and Arts Festival is an event showcasing great dramas, documentaries, and works of art, music, and design that reconnect the audience’s emotions to the automotive world.

Saturday, 8/16/14
* Concorso Italiano
Saturday, August 16, 2014: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Black Horse Golf Course 1 Golf Club Road Seaside, CA 93955
Admission: Check Website for prices

* Tour d’LeMons
Saturday, August 16, 2014 Time: To be announced
Location: To be announced

* Cars and Coffee
Hosted by Barrett Jackson
Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Del Monte Shopping Center
1410 Del Monte Center
Monterey, CA
This is a free event for participants and spectators.

* Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Pebble Beach, CA
Admission: Check website for prices

* The Barnyard Ferrari Event
Saturday, August 16, 2014 Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: The Barnyard Shopping Village, Carmel, CA
Admission: Check website for prices

* Russo and Steele’s 14th Annual Sports and Muscle
Auction
Saturday, August 16, 2014: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Auction starts promptly at 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices

* RM Auction
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey , California 93940
Admission” Check website for prices

* Mecum Muscle Cars & More
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Admission: all Buyers, Sellers and Spectators are welcome to attend Mecum’s Monterey Auction. Vehicle preview area may be reserved for registered bidders only.

* Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Admission: Check website for prices

* Rick Cole Auctions
Saturday, August 16, 2014 Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: Monterey Marriott 350 Calle Principal, Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices

* Serata Italiana
Saturday, August 16, 2014 Time: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Location: Pasadera Country Club
Admission: Check website for prices

The Lamborghini Club gathering is unmatched by any other Lamborghini event in the world bringing together some of the most affluent and influential admirers and collectors. In the classic tradition of the uncompromising quality and beauty of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s exquisite masterpieces, Serata Italiana hosts this special awards dinner gala during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Auto Week.

* Automotive Film and Arts Festival
Thursday, August 16, 2014 Time: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: Golden State Theatre, Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices

The Automotive Film and Arts Festival is an event showcasing great dramas, documentaries, and works of art, music, and design that reconnect the audience’s emotions to the
automotive world.

Sunday, 8/17/14
* Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Admission: Check website for prices

* Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Pebble Beach, CA
Admission: Check website for prices

* Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Admission: Check website for prices

* Rick Cole Auctions
Sunday, August 17, 2014 Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: Monterey Marriott, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey
Admission: Check website for prices

Don’t miss out on these fabulous events….and remember, if your show vehicle requires service while you’re here, Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to take great care of you. Call for an appointment at 831-373-1534, and stop by our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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

Robert’s Collision & Repair is a preferred repair vendor of GEICO, and we are proud to have a GEICO representative conveniently located on-site. That means if you are a GEICO insurance customer and you want a quick and easy collision repair process for your vehicle, Robert’s Collision & Repair has taken care of the details for you.

GEICO is a trusted auto insurance provider and they can process your auto collision claim for you from start to finish. For more information, call Robert’s Collision & Repair at 831-373-1535 to schedule an appointment, or go online at https://www.geico.com/ to get started.

To better understand what to expect from Robert’s Collision & Repair when you come in for auto body shop service, here is a helpful video that shows an overview of our repair process:

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How To Prepare Your Vehicle For Auto Shows

If you love to enter your vehicle into classic car shows, your ride needs to look spectacular. Many auto collectors on the Monterey Peninsula bring their classic automobiles to Robert’s Collision & Repair to spiff up their vehicles.

If you are new to prepping your vehicle for the summertime auto shows, here are some tips to get your vehicle ready:

Mechanical maintenance–

If your vehicle is in top operating order, it will not fail you as you drive to and fro the auto show. Recently we saw a beautiful classic car stalled on the side of the road, and we felt sorry for the owner. Anything can happen with classic vehicles, so it’s best to make sure everything is in working order before you head to the show. If you come to Robert’s Collision & Repair, we will be happy to offer a free safety inspection with every oil change.

Detail work–

Our detailing team does a terrific job of making the paint job on your vehicle look beautiful. From a basic car wash and vacuum to an ultimate facial for exterior paint, we can make your car gleam. An Ultimate Facial for Exterior Paint service includes a Platinum Wash for only $250.00. An appointment is required for this service, but rental cars are available.

Tire service–

Tires are very important on any vehicle, old or new, so it’s best to make sure your vehicle’s tires are in show-ready shape. Contact Robert’s Collision & Repair to schedule a tire service appointment at 831-373-1535.

Auto body repair–

A show-ready classic vehicle should be free of dings, dents, and scratches if it’s going to win against the competition. Robert’s Collision & Repair is the premiere auto body center on the Monterey Peninsula, and we can have your automobile looking spectacular in very short order. Contact our auto body team at 831-373-1535 to schedule an appointment.

Robert’s Collision & Repair is conveniently located at 234 Ramon Avenue in Monterey, California, off of Highway 1 and Del Monte Blvd. Whether you are a Monterey Peninsula local or an out-of-town visitor, we will be happy to assist you in preparing or servicing your vehicle for the show.

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Top 10 Road Trips In The USA

Are you and your family thinking about a Summer Road Trip? Here are the top 10 road trips in America, according to Forbes Magazine.

  1. Pacific Coast Highway, California — The winding roads along California’s Highway 1 provide unbeatable views of the Pacific Ocean. Lucky for us, we live here and can drive this amazing highway any time we wish. Some of the most scenic parts are right here in Monterey County!

  1. Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana — This 50-mile road in northwest Montana is a National Historic Landmark and cuts Glacier National Park in half.

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina — This road trip is a must for folks who like to view the beauty of Fall foliage.

  1. Olympic Peninsula, Washington — Loop around the Olympic Peninsula to take in the picturesque shorelines and waterfalls of Washington state, as well as the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains, and even the Hoh and Quinault rainforests.

  1. Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania and Delaware — Located between southern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, this 12-mile stretch from Kennett Square, Pa. to Wilmington, Del. may be the shortest of our trips, but it’s no less worthy of a drive.

  1. Cape Cod, Massachusetts — This 40-mile trip that winds through Cape Cod on Route 6A will take you past a variety of quaint East Coast towns—think Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans—so you can explore the historic charm of the area.

  1. Columbia River Highway, Oregon — This highway is a National Historic Landmark and offers drivers spectacular views of the area’s waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, and numerous overlooks along the Columbia River Gorge.

  1. Red Rock Country, Arizona — Hit the road for this 100-mile drive on Interstate 17 north to see the Montezuma Castle National Monument, an impressively preserved ancient cliff dwelling.

  1. Outer Banks, North Carolina — For the 100-mile route, start in the town of Corolla and head south to Kill Devil Hills to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial, the spot where the duo made some of its famous first flights.

  1. Route 66: Chicago to Arizona — There’s probably no more recognizable highway in America than Route 66. It was one of the original roadways that ran all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles.

To prepare your vehicle for the road trip, bring it by Robert’s Collision & Repair for a 20-point safety inspection. To schedule an appointment, call us at (831) 373-1535, or request your appointment online. We look forward to making sure your vehicle is road trip worthy.

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Have You Noticed Our Small Name Change?

To help insurance companies recognize that Robert’s Auto Repair is a leading auto body and mechanical repair shop in Monterey County, we have made a small change to our name:

Robert’s Collision & Repair

Yes, it’s official!  We are now known as Robert’s Collision & Repair, but our domain name will remain the same at www.roberts-autorepair.com. As always, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Yelp, and YouTube, too. Here are the links to our pages:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RobertsAutoRepairCA

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RobertsAuto

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102203228151382883620/+RobertsAutoRepairMonterey/posts

Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/roberts-auto-repair-monterey

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP_sDa16k8A

So, the next time your vehicle requires auto body repair, mechanical repair, auto detailing services, tire service, oil changes, and more, come to Robert’s Collision & Repair, located off Highway 1 at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

To schedule your maintenance appointment, contact Robert’s Collision & Repair at 831-373-1534. We are open from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM every Monday through Friday, except major holidays.  We look forward to serving you soon!

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