Top 10 Things That Will Occupy The Kids During Your Thanksgiving Travels

There is no doubt that holiday travel with your family can be taxing. We want to make sure the time spent in your car is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Try these tips:

  1. Don’t forget the pillows. Traveling is exhausting. Make sure your kids are comfortable enough to take a nap.

  2. A car charger is a must. DVD players and phones help pass the time, but forgetting their chargers can be a disaster. Chargers need to be on your packing list.

  3. Stretch your legs at a pit stop: playgrounds, public libraries, coffee shops, aquariums etc. The list of possible pit stops are endless. Try incorporating one into your travel plan. It, most likely, will turn into a mini-adventure!

  4. Be prepared for cold weather. Bring emergency blankets, coats, and sweaters for your entire family.

  5. Dry erase boards are the best. They come in all different sizes and are a great way for your kids to pass the time.

  6. Use your GPS, iPhone, or even a plain old map to plan your trip before you start driving. It will cut down the time spent in the car.

  7. Books, books, and more books. Even try listening to an audiobook during your road trip. For non-readers, stock up on coloring books, crayons, and markers.

  8. Kids love post-it notes. Post-it notes are a fun to draw on, and even more fun, for your kids to stick around in your car.

  9. Bring a camera. It is a great way to document your trip and to give your children something fun and creative to do!

  10. An engine malfunction on your road trip is probably one of your worst nightmares, so bring your car in for a check-up before you begin.

If you need to prepare your vehicle for your upcoming road trip, Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to take great care of your oil changes, tire service, full service car repair, and vehicle maintenance. Call for an appointment at 831-373-1534, and visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

 

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Does My Vehicle Require Antifreeze If I Live On the Monterey Bay?

Antifreeze does not just protect against cold weather. The bright green liquid keeps our cars running soundly in warm temperatures too. Typically, antifreeze is used to protect your vehicle’s coolant system from freezing. Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that in Monterey, but the uses of antifreeze do not stop there. Antifreeze is an invaluable tool. Consider these facts:

  • Antifreeze is known to reduce galvanic corrosion in your engine. Galvanic corrosion causes parts of your engine to breakdown in your coolant system. In your coolant system, this type of corrosion causes the anode metal to disintegrate. In this situation, antifreeze is your savior. It guards against galvanic corrosion and is much more effective than traditional water.

  • Antifreeze’s color alone can save your car. Green equals go. The bright green color of antifreeze lets you know your coolant system is leaking and is in need of repair. If this is the case, a green pool of antifreeze will appear underneath your vehicle. There is no mistaking that vibrant color, and you will immediately know that your vehicle needs some TLC from Robert’s Auto.

  • Antifreeze will raise and lower your coolant system’s freezing and boiling point. Imagine the consequences if your coolant system starts boiling. That is exactly what can happen if you use traditional water instead of antifreeze. Our technicians can add a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze to your car’s engine. This will raise your vehicle’s boiling point and prevent against costly repairs down the road.

If your vehicles require antifreeze, or you want to take advantage of our other auto maintenance services, Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to take great care of you. Call for an appointment at 831-373-1534, and visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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Are Your Tires Ready for the Holidays?

Most people think of major road trips when they plan for tire service and maintenance. However, it’s the daily wear and tear on your vehicle, like your commute to work, trips to the mall, driving the kids to their activities, etc., that create the need for new tires. Be safe as we enter the holiday season and come to Robert’s Auto for tire service and maintenance.

What kind of tire services do we provide? Here is a list of what we do, and why these maintenance services are so important:

Flat tire repair: Fully-functioning tires are an imperative part of driving safely. If your tire continually loses air or has a puncture, we emphasize bringing it into our shop for flat-tire repair as soon as possible. We will repair punctures, maintain tire pressure, and prevent any further damage.

New tire installation: One of the most important aspects of your vehicle’s up keep is installing new tires. Driving on old, worn tires is hazardous and can definitely be a damper on your holiday plans.

Tire rotation: After your vehicle’s tires are rotated, your vehicle will drive much smoother and safer. Even though your tires rotate in a circle when you drive, they need to be rotated from wheel to wheel so they can wear evenly. Regular tire rotation is key to getting the most out of your tires.

Wheel balancing: When your wheel is properly balanced, it means your tires and wheels will spin with no vibration. If your car’s tires and wheels are unbalanced, your car’s suspension and steering elements will wear down much quicker. Regular maintenance will save you time and money down the road.

Front end alignment: Sometimes all we think that can happen to our tires is a puncture, but that is far from true. We must make sure our tires are perpendicular and parallel. When your front end tires are not properly aligned, you car is facing uneven pressure and resistance. Most likely, your vehicle is burning gas much faster than normal.

Two wheel and Four wheel alignment: One of the most severe consequences of improper two wheel and four wheel alignment is unsafe steering. Regular maintenance of wheel alignment ensures your steering will always be precise.

If your vehicles require new tires or want to take advantage of our other tire services, Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to take great care of you. Call for an appointment at 831-373-1534, and visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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Safety Tips for Halloween Driving

Though Halloween is one of the most popular secular holidays in the United States, it can also be one of the most dangerous nights for pedestrians.

As children and their families walk from house to house for trick-or-treating, the excitement often overrides their street smarts as pedestrians. Similarly, drivers can become easily distracted and harm pedestrians unintentionally. To make sure that everyone stays safe, here are reminders of common traffic laws in the State of California:

Right-of-Way at Crosswalks -The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.

Vehicles Stopped for Pedestrians – When a vehicle is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway, vehicles approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle. Unmarked crosswalks are also known as unprotected intersections. Sometimes people will appear to be jaywalking as they walk across the road, but pay attention. If they are at an intersection that has no crosswalk, no stop signs, or no traffic light, they still have the right of way at an unprotected intersection.

Pedestrians Outside Crosswalk – Every pedestrian upon a roadway, except those traveling within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles in the roadway that are near enough to constitute an immediate hazard.

Starting Parked Vehicles or Backing – No person shall start a vehicle that is stopped, standing, or parked on a highway, nor shall any person back a vehicle on a highway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.

Right Turn on Red Light – A driver, after stopping for a steady circular red signal, may turn right. However, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to traffic using the cross street.

Walk, Wait, or Don’t Walk – (a) A pedestrian facing a “WALK” signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal, but shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that signal is first shown. (b) No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal while the “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” symbol is showing.

Crossing Between Controlled Intersections – Pedestrians shall not cross the roadway at any place between adjacent intersections controlled by traffic control signal devices or police officers, except within a crosswalk.

Parents and Trick-or-Treaters can make things easier on themselves if they follow these safety tips:

When Trick-or-Treating
A Parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
Remind Trick-or Treaters:
By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
Always walk. Never run across a street.
Only cross the street at corners or at established crosswalks.
Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street.
Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble-seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
Only go to homes with a porch light on.
Never cut across yards or use alleys.
Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
Never consume food items or drinks that may be offered.
No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
The police should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Many thanks to the Los Angeles Police Department for their helpful information about common traffic laws and Halloween safety tips.

If you are unlucky enough to have an auto accident during Halloween, Robert’s Collision & Repair is here to restore your vehicle with expert auto body repair. To make certain you, your passengers, and the people sharing the road with you stay safe, come in for a safety inspection. Contact us at 831-373-1534, and visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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Windshield Wiper Special Offer

Make sure your wiper blades can help you see clearly through your windshield. If your vehicle needs new windshield wiper blades, we have a deal for YOU!

To show our appreciation to you for being a valued customer, we are offering you a limited time wiper installation promotion. Receive free installation of wiper blades with the purchase of wiper blades while your vehicle is being serviced at Robert’s Collision & Repair.

The rainy season nearly here… we hope! Make sure your wipers can wipe away everything from morning fog to heavy downpours. To get started, call us at 831-373-1534 to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle. Please mention our windshield wiper special if you are interested in new wiper blades.

This offer not valid with any other special offers. Offer expires 11/30/2014. Robert’s Collision & Repair is located at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. We look forward to serving you!

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Preparing Your Car For Winter

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 for each vehicle you own:
Have the radiator system serviced, or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add antifreeze, as needed.
Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
Replace any worn tires, and check the air pressure in the tires.

Once your car is ready for Winter, you won’t need to worry about it. During winter, especially if you drive to the mountains for ski season, keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice forming in the tank and fuel lines.

If you have any questions about preparing your car for Winter, just ask. The service team at Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to assist you by answering your concerns, schedule a maintenance service, set you up with a rental car as needed, detailing service, tire service, auto body service, and more. Call for an appointment at 831-373-1534, and visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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Safety During The First Rains Of The Season

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 need to be extra safe while driving during the season’s first rains. As you may recall, the first rains of Autumn are the most dangerous, thanks to the months-long buildup of oil on the roadways. Once the first rains hit the ground, the roads become extra slick and drivers have a tough time avoiding hazardous conditions.

If you happen to be driving during the first rains of the season, keep these important safety tips in mind:

Slow down. Wet pavement causes tires to lose traction and vehicles become more difficult to handle.

Avoid standing water on roadways. Not only can you hydroplane and lose control, but you can impair your vision and other drivers’ visibility by splashing through puddles.

Don’t use cruise control. It can cause your car to accelerate when hydroplaning and reduces driver attentiveness.

Increase your following distance. Give other vehicles plenty of room and brake early with reduced force.

If your car begins to hydroplane, do not brake or turn the wheel abruptly as this may cause your vehicle to go into a skid or spin. Take your foot off the gas and keep the wheel straight until your car reclaims traction. Brake gently if needed.

If you do happen to get into an accident while driving on slick, wet roads, you can take solace in the fact that Robert’s Collision & Repair is here to assist you. We know it is never fun to get into an auto accident, and we will help you with the entire process — from coordinating with your insurance company, to setting you up with a rental car, to providing top-notch auto body repair on your vehicle.

In addition to auto body repair, you can expect fast & dependable oil changes, tire service, auto detailing, and car maintenance services at Robert’s Collision & Repair in Monterey, backed up by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call our auto body facility at 831-373-1535 to schedule your appointment at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey, CA.

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Eco-Friendly Waterborne Auto Paint

Robert’s Collision & Repair uses the latest technology in our auto body and repair shop. High-tech paint that dries super fast is among the many high-tech tools we utilize to restore your vehicle after an accident.

Akzo Nobel is the world’s largest paint and coating manufacturer. We choose to use some of their products because they are a paint company that believes in producing technologically innovative products that are environmentally responsible.

You’ve probably heard us mention that we use “waterborne” paint at Robert’s Collision & Repair, but what does “waterborne” paint mean?

Simply put, solvent-based coatings use chemical compounds as the main solvent for thinning pigment solids. Although effective, this method releases Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) into the atmosphere. Waterborne coatings use water as the primary solvent, which greatly reduces VOC emissions.

Not only is our waterborne paint friendly to the environment and our paint shop staff, but it also dries very quickly under infrared heating elements. The unique properties of the Akzo Nobel paint we use on your vehicles allows us to return your fully repaired vehicle to you in a much shorter time than most other auto collision repair facilities.

When you come to Robert’s Collision & Repair for auto body work, you can feel proud that we are using a waterborne paint system that is fully compliant with the strictest legislative and environmental regulations. Thanks for choosing Robert’s Collision & Repair, located at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey, CA. Call our auto body facility at 831-373-1535 to schedule your appointment.

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The Importance of Buying Good Tires

Most drivers take their tires for granted until there is a problem, like a flat or worn tread. However, ignoring your tires can become a major safety issue because tires are your vehicle’s only contact to the road.

Not only should you pay attention to your tires, but you should also learn the difference between good tires and bad tires, cheap tires and expensive tires, sizes of tires, and the best tires for the conditions you drive in.

But first, let’s discuss the importance of buying good tires:

Good tires last longer.
Good tires may not be the least expensive, but they offer better value.
Good tires come with a warranty.
Good tires play a big role in your safety, so don’t be “penny-wise and pound foolish”.

Some vehicles, like Hondas, have plenty of good tire options, while others, like the Mini Cooper Countryman, requires special sized run-flat tires. If you are unsure what kind of tires to put on your vehicle, the Robert’s Collision & Repair team will be happy to steer you toward good, safe tires that are affordable and appropriate for your car. If we don’t have the tires you need in-stock, we’ll be happy to order them for you and they should arrive within a few days.

Here is a helpful video that explains what you should look for when buying new tires:

If your vehicles require new tires, Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to take great care of you. Call for an appointment at 831-373-1534, and visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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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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