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.

Posted in Auto Body, Auto Maintenance, auto repair, Car Repair | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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.

Posted in Auto Body | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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.

Posted in auto repair, Car Repair, Tire Service | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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.

Posted in Auto Maintenance | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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.

Posted in Auto Body, Auto Maintenance, auto repair, Car Repair, Events, Tire Service | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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.

Posted in Auto Body, Auto Maintenance, auto repair, Car Repair, Events, Tire Service | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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.

Posted in Auto Body, Auto Maintenance, auto repair, Car Repair | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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!

Posted in Auto Body, Auto Maintenance, auto repair, Car Repair | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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.

Posted in Auto Body, Auto Maintenance, auto repair, Car Repair, Events, Tire Service | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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:

Posted in Auto Body, Auto Maintenance, auto repair, Car Repair, Tire Service | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off