It’s Time For Some Automotive Spring Cleaning!

When was the last time you treated your vehicle to a thorough Spring Cleaning? Now, when we say Spring Cleaning, we mean the following:

  • Complete interior and exterior detailing
  • Factory-recommended maintenance service and repair
  • Dent repair, scratch removal, windshield repair, and paint touch ups

Oftentimes, we overlook the deeper aesthetics of our vehicles. Beyond a car wash, most people don’t have their vehicles fully detailed and restored to a level that make the car look like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Admittedly, detailing costs more than a gas station car wash by a longshot, but the results are night and day! If you go with the Ultimate Facial for Exterior Paint package for $250, plus the Complete Carpet and Seat Shampoo for $85.00, your vehicle is going to be ready to compete in a car show!

If you would like more information about our detailing services, contact us at 831-373-1535. We will be happy to schedule an appointment and take a look at how much Spring Cleaning your vehicle requires. Once we come to an agreement about the services we will perform on your vehicle, we will do the work and get you back out on the road within a day.

Give us a call today at 831-373-1535 and let’s get your vehicle looking its best. Robert’s Collision & Repair is conveniently located near Highway 1 at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey, CA. See you soon!

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What Are The Auto Trends for 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 the esteemed journalists who work for the world’s top auto magazines!

Though we could not attend the event — we don’t belong to that industry and we weren’t invited, as much as we would like to — there are several auto trends happening in 2015 that are changing the way we drive, slowly but surely.

Small but Flexible Crossovers:

In 2015, we see a growing number of compact car-based sport utility vehicles. Auto brands like Jeep, Honda, Mazda, and Mini are rolling out these vehicles and targeting young, urban explorers.

More Trucks and Fast Cars:

Because gasoline prices are lower, we are starting to see more trucks and fast cars coming into the 2015 market. Toyota and Nissan are heavily competing against each other in the truck market, while Acura and Cadillac are making a splash in the fast car market. This should be a fun year for road trips!

High Tech Cars:

From USB ports for your thumb drive, to touch screen navigation systems, to driverless cars, there is a whole lotta high tech going on in the 2015 automobiles. We all know that driving while holding your cell phone is illegal, and so is texting and driving. With this new technology, we have an easier time staying connected to the outside world, but we are safer with our hands on the wheel. As for the driverless cars that Google is testing, we can’t wait to see how those vehicles are going to revolutionize the driving experience.

Green Vehicles:

Tesla, Honda, and Toyota are all doing a great job of promoting their green machines. Teslas are sporty, sleek, electric vehicles, and we are seeing a growing number of them here in Monterey. Honda and Toyota have been building environmentally friendly automobiles for a long while, but they are taking it to the next level in 2015.

What do all these trends mean for us here at Robert’s Collision & Repair? Well, our commitment is to stay up to date with all the auto trends and provide premier service when they come into us for auto body, mechanical, detailing, and/or tire service.

If your pre-2015 vehicle requires service, we invite you to come in and see us here at Robert’s Collision & Repair. Known to be the premier auto repair shop on the Monterey Peninsula, we are located at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. Call to schedule an appointment at (831) 645-4712. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Engine Fluids: What You Need and When To Replace Them

Cars need a lot of maintenance to keep them up and running. From windshield wiper blades to tires, our cars require tons of TLC. One of the most vital aspects of our vehicle’s engine is its fluids. Luckily, it is quite simple to monitor these fluids. Most of the time, all you need to do is lift up your hood and have a look. Checking your vehicle’s fluids on a regular basis is guaranteed to save you time and money down the road.

Which fluids should I check? Here are five of your engine’s fluids you should make a habit of checking:

Engine Oil

  • Check your oil once a month.
  • Check out your owner’s manual to know when to have the oil replaced. Timeframes depend on the car.

Transmission Fluid

  • Transmission fluid should be checked monthly.
  • It should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles.

Coolant

  • Coolant should be checked twice yearly, before summer and before winter.
  • It needs to be replaced every 2 to 3 years.

Brake Fluid

  • You should check this once a month.
  • Brake fluid needs to be replaced every 2 years.

Power Steering Fluid

  • This fluid should be checked once a month.
  • Check your owner’s manual for information of replacing power steering fluid. It greatly depends on the car.

The team at Robert’s Collision & Repair is always happy to answer any of your questions. We can also check your engine’s fluids and replace any necessary fluids. A well-maintained car is synonymous with safe car. To schedule an appointment for a check-up, repair, detailing work, tire work, and/or bodywork, please call us at 831-373–1534.

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Top 5 Road Trips Around Monterey County

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  1. Big Sur / Highway 1
  2. Carmel By-The-Sea
  3. 17 Mile Drive
  4. Carmel Valley Wine Tasting
  5. River Road Wine Tasting

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? What about a road trip around Monterey? Monterey has such beautiful scenery. Why not enjoy it? Here are the top 5 road trips:

  1. Big Sur / Highway 1: Highway 1 is an estimated 85 miles of lush, beautiful, and unique scenery. To many, Big Sur right next to New York Times Squares in a list of must-sees in America. Luckily for us, Big Sur is basically in our backyard.
  2. Carmel-By-The-Sea: Carmel-By-The-Sea is a beautiful, quaint town. Take a drive by Carmel Beach, or even visit the historic Carmel Mission.
  3. 17 Mile Drive: Pebble Beach is world-famous for it’s breathtaking 17 Mile Drive. The drive hugs the beautiful Pacific coastline. You and your family will be able to take a look at the famous Lone Cypress tree or Bird Rock.
  4. Carmel Valley Wine Tasting: Carmel Valley is full of delectable wine tasting spots. From the elegant Chateau Julien Winery to Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley Road is sprinkled with distinct wine tasting rooms.
  5. River Road Wine Tasting: Otherwise known as the The River Road Wine Trail, this route is conveniently located east of Monterey and Carmel. This road boasts several winery tasting rooms for you to visit.

Don’t let a mechanical issue spoil your road trip. Before heading out, make sure your vehicle is running in tip-top shape. Robert’s Collision & Repair is located at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. To schedule an appointment, call us at 831-373-1534.

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Got Into An Auto Accident? Here’s How Robert’s Collision & Repair Can Help

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To say the least, getting into an auto accident can be stressful. There is a lot to think about it, and there can be a lot to take care of. At Robert’s Collision & Repair, we are here to help. From the moment you step inside our doors, we will evaluate, diagnose, and repair your vehicle. You will be informed every step of the way. Our team will work side-by-side with your insurance company to make sure everything runs smoothly. Actually, many insurance companies, including Farmer’s and Geico, have us on their preferred vendor list.

Check out this review from one of our clients, Danielle J. Unfortunately, she was involved in auto accident, but our team was able to help get her back on the road. Here is her 5-star review from yelp.com:

“I was referred to Robert’s by an insurance company. I was driving on the freeway and I was rear-ended by a Geico policy holder. I was fortunate enough to have a very painless process while dealing with Roberts’s. They took care of everything. From the moment I walked in, I felt very welcomed and secure. Michelle, the adjuster, was amazing. She gave me accurate time lines of when my car would be fixed and made sure my rental situation was taken care of. I really appreciate the staff at Robert’s because they were able to take a really bad situation for me and make it OK. Michelle even cut me a check for a new car seat while I was sitting there. Very nice, thorough, and helpful. I highly recommend.”

Auto accidents are upsetting and worrisome. Next time you are involved in one, leave it to us to handle the situation. The team, at Robert’s Collision & Repair, we are here to alleviate your worries. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 831-373-1534, or visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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How To Avoid Texting While Driving

A text message flashes on our phone. We think to ourselves “oh, it will only take me seconds to respond to that message. What can happen in that short time? “ The reality is a lot can happen in those mere seconds. If you are driving at 55mph, you can travel the length of a football field in no more than five seconds. Imagine what can happen in that distance.

It is quite difficult to stay off your phone while driving. It is a lot easier said than done. If you are having problems with this, try one of these tips:

  • Put your cell phone out of reach, such as in your glove box or trunk.

  • It can be as easy turning your phone or putting it on silence. We recommend doing this before even turning your car on.

  • Designate a texter. If you are driving with friends or family, assign someone the task of replying to any important texts you receive. This texter should hold your phone, read any message when it arrives, and reply according to your instructions.

  • Get an app. Many apps have been developed that keep you from texting while driving. For example, the Android app, DriveOff, immediately locks your phone when you are driving at speeds faster than 10mph. The technology in this app is able to sense when you reach a speed faster than 10mph. This app is also great for teenagers. If you are worried your teen may be texting while driving, download an app to stop them from doing so.

Safety is a top priority at Robert’s Collision & Repair. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 831-373-1534, or visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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What Makes A Good Mechanic?

A good mechanic can be your car’s best friend, but a bad mechanic can be an absolute horror. When our car has a problem, we turn to our mechanic. Our mechanics should be able to quickly diagnose the problem, and in turn, tell us how they are able to fix it. Next, mechanics should fix the problem safely and efficiently and have us back on the road in no time. Basically, we think a good mechanic should have these qualities:

  • Excellent customer service skills: Mechanics should be able to communicate effectively to clients what the problem, along with soothing any worries and answering any questions that arise along the way.

  • Strong communication skills: A car’s engine is definitely a complex piece of machinery. A good mechanic should be able to translate into plain English what the problem is, why it happened, and how they are going to fix it.

  • Superb work ethic: A good mechanic should have an excellent work ethic. They should be devoted to solving the problem as soon as possible.

  • Skilled in technology: We believe mechanics should be able to work with and understand the most advanced technology in the field. Technology is used extensively in mechanics.

  • Certified: A good mechanic should be certified. A certified mechanic is someone who knows their stuff.

The qualities, listed above, are qualities we hold dear to heart. At Robert’s Collision & Repair, we boast a team of absolutely great mechanics. From auto painting to tires, our team can do it all. To schedule an appointment at Robert’s Collision & Repair, please call us at 831-373-1534, or visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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Air Filters & When To Replace Them

Made out of heavy plastic paper, air filters are an impressive piece of technology. Air is allowed to pass through into your engine, but not pesky dust and debris. Think of an air filter as a shield. Air filters are considered an essential part of your car’s fuel supply system. A properly working air filter equates with an excellent fuel economy, and a damaged air filter equates with dirty gas.

How often should I replace my air filter? This depends on your climate and driving conditions. If you spend a lot of time driving on dirty, dusty roads, you will need to replace your air filter more often. If you drive more often on paved roads, you can replace it less. However, here are a few guidelines to follow:

  • Replace your air filter every other oil change.

  • Replace your air filter once a year.

  • Replace your air filter every 30,000 miles.

By the way, air filters are not the only things that need to be changed or replaced periodically. Robert’s Collision & Repair is offering a Spring Special of $10 off of an oil change service; valid through March 31, 2015. When you bring your vehicle into us for regular vehicle maintenance, we will recommend that the transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, etc. be changed periodically, too. All these steps will keep your vehicle operating to its utmost potential, keeping you and your family safe from breakdown worries.

The team at Robert’s Collision & Repair can easily check your car’s air filter for you. We will make sure your air filter, along with the entire engine, is running optimally. To schedule an appointment, call us at 831-373-1534, or visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. We look forward to serving you!

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Cool Things Inside Your Owners’ Manual

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 owners’ manual.

  • You may be able to lock or unlock your vehicle from the outside.

  • Have you ever looked a symbol in your car and wondered what it exactly meant? The owners’ manual has this information.

  • You can learn how to store a favorite radio station.

  • Most owner manuals even have tips on how to achieve a better fuel economy, and what type of gas works best for your vehicle.

  • Learn how to enable safety locks in the passenger and back seats of your car.

  • Did you know that some vehicles have valet keys hidden in the owners’ manual or somewhere in the car? Valet keys can usually unlock the driver’s side door and start car. These keys cannot unlock the glove box or trunk.

Robert’s Collision & Repair will be happy to answer any questions about your vehicle. Please call us at 831-373-1534, or visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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Roadside Emergency Kit: Are You Prepared?

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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 presence.

When putting your emergency kit together, go over this checklist:

  • Jumper cables

  • Flashlight

  • First-aid kit

  • Tire gauge

  • GPS navigation system

  • Roadside flares

  • Duct tape

  • Screwdrivers, wrench, and pliers

  • Pocketknife

  • An ice scraper

  • Roadside emergency car

  • Blanket

  • Granola or energy bars

Safety always comes first. If you are planning on going on a long-distance trip, make sure you check and even double-check your emergency kit. We also recommend bringing your car into Robert’s Collision & Repair for a check-up. Like the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry! To schedule an appointment, call us at 831-373-1534. Robert’s Collision & Repair is located at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.

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