When Should You Change Your Oil?

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 changing your oil every 1,000 to 3,000 miles.

2.  Ultimately, the basic rule is to change your oil every 5,000 miles or six months, whichever one comes first. If you own a newer vehicle, it is important to follow this regime.

Dirty oil just does not compare to fresh oil. Sludge in your oil can ruin your engine. Oil changes at routine intervals will prolong the life of your engine, and you may even be able to get twice the mileage out of your car. Start the New Year off right, and treat your car to an oil change at Robert’s Auto Repair. We are located at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey, California, 93940. Call us at 831-373-1534 to schedule an appointment.

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Your Vehicle’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

Editorial Note: We can’t help but run this note from your vehicle every year. It’s one of our annual traditions. Happy New Year from the entire Robert’s Auto Repair team!

I, my human’s vehicle, do solemnly swear to make the following New Year’s Resolutions for 2015.

I resolve to carry my humans and their precious cargo safely wherever they drive me.
I resolve to stop as quickly as possible when faced with an emergency situation.
I resolve to respond quickly when my gas pedal is pushed, my steering wheel is turned, my brakes are applied, and when my human is running late.
I resolve to provide warmth when it’s cold, air conditioning when it’s hot, and shelter from the rain, wind, sleet, snow, and hail.
I resolve to never hydroplane, slide, or lose control of myself on the road.
I resolve to use gasoline efficiently, helping my human’s money stretch as far as possible.
I resolve to avoid all accidents, scratches, pot holes, and any damage that would harm me or make my insurance go up.
I resolve to always serve my humans reliably, safely, comfortably, and be ready to go anytime they need me.
I resolve to do everything I can to prevent my humans from locking their keys inside me.

I, my human’s vehicle, will be fully equipped to meet all of my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions if my humans remember that I am part of the family and that I need regular maintenance if I am able to keep my promises.

I, my human’s vehicle, will be delighted to uphold my promises if they take me in for a check-up, repair, some detailing work, some tire work, and/or some body work at Robert’s Auto Repair, located at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey, California 93940.

Signed,
Your Beloved Vehicle

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New Year’s Eve Driving Safety Tips

With New Year’s Eve approaching, many of us will be out and about celebrating with friends and family. To keep yourself and your passengers safe, here are some important driving tips that will keep you safe as the clock turns to 2015:

  • Make certain your vehicle is in good repair so you won’t have to worry about pulling off, late at night, on the side of the road. Be sure to have a full tank of gas, too.
  • While at a party, don’t leave your drink unattended, because someone may spike it and that is dangerous.
  • Don’t drink and drive! Period.
  • Be sure to have a designated driver who is not going to drive with a “buzz”. Sober is the only option for your designated driver.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, both on the road and while walking around.
  • Don’t play with fireworks or guns. You’ll just be inviting trouble with the law, at best; or injury, at worst.
  • Don’t go out alone. Stay with your group of friends, even while driving or walking.
  • Make sure your pets are safe and secure inside your home, surrounded by comforting music to drown out scary noises. You don’t want them to escape in a panic and get hit by a car.
  • If you need to get your vehicle in good repair before you head out for New Year’s Eve, we are happy to assist you. To schedule an appointment with our auto body or detailing shop, please call today at 831-373-1535. To schedule an appointment with our mechanical repair or tire shop, call 831-373–1534. Robert’s Auto Repair is conveniently located at 234 Ramona, Monterey, CA 93940, right off of Del Monte Blvd. at Highway 1. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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    Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas

    2014 has been a year of growth and expansion at Robert’s Collision & Repair. Our auto body, mechanical, detail, and tire service teams all work tirelessly to be the premier auto repair facility in Monterey County. We are grateful for our loyal auto body and repair customers, and we wish you many blessings during the Christmas season and beyond.

    From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day, but will be open to serve you on the days in between.

    Again, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your patronage.

    If you need to get your vehicle in good repair before you head out for your holiday road trip, we are happy to assist you. To schedule an appointment with our auto body or detailing shop, please call today at 831-373-1535. To schedule an appointment with our mechanical repair or tire shop, call 831-373–1534. Robert’s Auto Repair is conveniently located at 234 Ramona, Monterey, CA 93940, right off of Del Monte Blvd. at Highway 1.

    May you all be safe and healthy over the holidays. We look forward to serving you the next time your vehicle needs any type of auto repair.

    With love and appreciation,
    The Robert’s Collision & Repair Team

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    How To Decorate Your Vehicle with Christmas Lights

    Here’s a fun how-to article for those of you who just can’t get enough Christmas decorations and MUST add Christmas lights to your vehicle:

    Things You’ll Need:

  • Car with rack
  • Inverter of 150W that will plug into your cigarette lighter
  • Light cords (2) 8’ cords
  • 100 LED C-7 lights
  • 7” Zip ties
  • Power strip with 3 outlets
  • Extension cord
  • Ladder or stool
  • In a nutshell, you will need to splice the cords and connect everything together in order to set up your car’s light system. Next, you’ll need to secure the light system to your roof rack with zip ties. Here’s a very helpful video that will walk you through the step-by-step process:

    Once you get the hang of adding Christmas lights to your car, maybe you’ll go a little crazy and do this with your car:

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    It’s That Time of Year: Holiday Light Displays

    For those of you who are new to the Monterey Peninsula, we have several terrific holiday light displays you can drive to, just for fun. Here is our list of three local favorite holiday light displays:

    Candy Cane Lane in Pacific Grove

    Annual Boat Parade of Lights. When they aren’t sailing, you can see the boats all lit up near Fisherman’s Wharf.

    508 Dennett St. in Pacific Grove, at the corner of 17 mile drive and Pine St. IT IS WORTH FINDING!!!!

    In the meantime, let us know how Robert’s Collision & Repair can serve you and your vehicle before you begin your holiday travels. Call for an appointment at 831-373-1534, and drive on over to our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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    Treat Your Vehicle To a Holiday Makeover

    During the holidays, we often buy gifts for ourselves and for our loved ones…but what about your car? Doesn’t your trusty, reliable vehicle that carries you safely to and from work, school, and play every day deserve a gift, too?

    We have a solution if you’re looking for that perfect gift for your vehicle…. Treat your vehicle to a holiday makeover!

    What exactly is a holiday makeover? Well, that all depends on what your vehicle needs, right? Here are some ideas that could make your vehicle look great, operate to its full potential, and keep you safe as you drive hither and yon:

    1. Auto body work, to remove small or large dents, scratches, and dings.

    2. A full detailing service that will clean your vehicle’s interior, protect the outside with carnuba wax, and remove fine scratches in the paint finish.

    3. Wheel alignment and tire rotation, or a new set of tires.

    4. A complete oil change, filter, and fluid replacement.

    5. Minor or major service, depending on how much mileage you currently have on your vehicle.

    6. Mechanical repair that will make everything on your vehicle work properly and safely.

    7. Vehicle restoration, for those car aficionados who have always wanted to bring back the luster and shine to their beloved vehicle.

    8. Windshield wiper replacement so you can see, unhindered, during the season’s storms.

    If you want to give your vehicle a holiday makeover of any sort, Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to take great care of you. As you can see, we offer many services that will make your vehicle happy, and you will reward yourself through the process by adding valuable points to your Robert’s Collision & Repair Customer Rewards Card. It’s a win-win for you and your vehicle.

    Call for an appointment at 831-373-1534, and drive on over to our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. We look forward to serving you soon.

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    Take Advantage of Robert’s Customer Rewards Card

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…

    Our Customer Rewards Card Program helps you save money, and that’s an awesome thing to take advantage of during the holiday shopping season.

    For full details about our Customer Rewards Card program, read more here…

    If your vehicle needs auto body repair or mechanical repair of any kind, Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to take great care of you. We offer many services that will apply to your customer rewards card, including oil changes, tire service, full service car repair, vehicle maintenance, safety inspections, detailing services, 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. We look forward to serving you.

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    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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