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Sun's Out, Fun's Out!

Sun's Out, Fun's Out!

Photo by Leio McLaren on Unsplash Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out! The California heat is here, and with it comes the summertime fun! Families love to hit Yosemite National Park for a day-hike, Monterey's beaches for a tan, and our famed wineries to chill out. Whatever your favorite summertime activity, you can make it even better by ensuring your vehicle is ready for the road. How can I get my vehicle ready for summer? The best way to get your vehicle ready for summer is to have it examined by your trusted auto repair center. However, if you want to start the process yourself, we suggest examining your vehicle's fan belt (if it has a dedicated fan belt) and ensuring that it's tight. Check the freon levels in your air condition ... read more

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Summertime Checklist For Your Vehicle

Summertime Checklist For Your Vehicle

Photo by anja. on Unsplash Is hot weather bad for my vehicle? The summer months are here, and if you live anywhere within the California Central Valley, you know what this means! Consecutive days where you can expect temperatures to reach and exceed 100+ degrees. That heat exposure can spell disaster for your vehicle, but it also makes driving a nightmare, especially if something goes wrong with your air conditioning system. All that heat can lead to electrical and mechanical failure in your vehicle. Your coolant system plays an integral role in regulating the operating temperature of your vehicle. Excessive heat can make it harder for it to do its job, and if temperatures get too high, you might experience complete vehicle failure. How c ... read more

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The Beauty Of Monterey, CA

The Beauty Of Monterey, CA

Photo by Venti Views on Unsplash Monterey is a day trip paradise! Tolkien-esque rolling hills, dramatic cliffsides dropping sharply into the pacific ocean, shaded forests towering above silent paths, and white sand beaches as far as the eye can see; Monterey, California, is a day trip paradise! No matter what your idea of a perfect trip is, Monterey, California, is sure to have it.  You want world-class food? We got you covered.  You want a romantic winery tour with your loved one? No problem.  Wanna' spend your days lost in nature's beauty or drifting through the ocean alongside whales? Yea, we do that too! When should I visit Monterey for a day trip? Lucky for you, Monterey, Ca, experiences world-class weathe ... read more

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Is My Battery Going Out, Or Is It Something Else?

Is My Battery Going Out, Or Is It Something Else?

Photo by Daniel @ bestjumpstarterreview.com on Unsplash My car won't start; is it my battery? We all know this feeling. You are supposed to be at work in fifteen minutes, and you walk out to your vehicle, turn the key, and nothing happens! Or, maybe you are met with a struggling start, a loud clicking sound, or a start followed by the vehicle dying. All of these scenarios mean one thing, there is something up with your vehicle's power system! What could be the cause of my vehicle not starting? Your vehicle's power system is a complicated network of physical machinery and electrical components, and they get more complex as time goes on! Starters, alternators, brake switches, belts, batteries, and more; all play a part i ... read more

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Partner Spotlight: Progressive Insurance

Partner Spotlight: Progressive Insurance

Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash Why we partner with amazing companies, like Progressive Insurance! Each month, we like to feature one of our partners at CARSTAR Robert’s Collision. This month, we would like to spotlight Progressive insurance and its incredible legacy of providing high-quality turnkey insurance options to their clients! Progressive Insurance has been around since 1937, which means you get to draw on nearly a century of trust and community credit; built over generations. They really live their name, in that they are a very progressive company when it comes to living their values.  Progressive Insurance makes insurance easier ... read more

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3 Day Trips In Monterey, CA

3 Day Trips In Monterey, CA

Photo by Thor Alvis on Unsplash What are some great day trips from Monterey, CA? Monterey, CA, may be one of the most beautiful locations on the planet, but as luck would have it, it is surrounded by all sorts of beauty as well! This area is so diverse in its geography, scenery, food, and local cultures. Between some of the planet’s best produce, fruit, and wine, you’ll also find stunning views you won’t see anywhere else.    So we put together three amazing spots you can easily do in a day trip from Monterey, CA. Here are three awesome day trips out of Monterey, CA:   Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park - Like a faery wonderland out of a J.R.R. Tolki ... read more

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What To Do In A Hit & Run Situation

What To Do In A Hit & Run Situation

Photo by Michael Jin on Unsplash What do I do in a hit & run situation? Collisions are a worst-case scenario for everyone. The beloved vehicle that you worked so hard for, your baby, is facing a situation you just didn’t see coming. Whether it’s a simple scratch or major bodywork, moving forward can be emotionally stressful and financially worrying. What makes that situation worse is when you can’t reach out to the person who did it! A hit & run!   We try as hard as we can to plan and prepare for the un-plannable, but we still get blindsided when it happens. If you are in a hit & run scenario, we suggest a couple of things.   What to do in a hit & run situation:   Stay calm   ... read more

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My Vehicle Has How Many Filters?

My Vehicle Has How Many Filters?

Photo by Wassim Chouak on Unsplash Are there filters other than my oil filter? You might be surprised to find out how many people believe that your vehicle only has one main filter, your oil filter! Or, maybe this is the first time you have even thought about it. Worry not; whatever your scenario, this month’s blog serves as a primer on the subject and should help give you a better picture of just how complex your vehicle really is. Which vehicle filters are the most important? To begin with, your vehicle has four main filters. All of which serve to protect your vehicle from dirt, dust, particulate matter, rust breakdown, metal shavings, and more! Our vehicle is a complex piece of machinery that really needs to be protected ... read more

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Partner Spotlight - GEICO Insurance

Partner Spotlight - GEICO Insurance

Photo by Sebastian Herrmann on Unsplash Why We Partner With GEICO Insurance. We like to feature one of our partners in our "Partner Spotlight" blog each month. This month, we have the pleasure of introducing one of our longtime partners GEICO Insurance. We partner with many different insurance providers to bring you the greatest value we can in Monterey County, and GEICO is one of the best. Why We Love GEICO First of all, it comes down to legacy and consumer trust. GEICO has been in the insurance business since 1936, making them a time-tested American-born insurance provider. With almost a century in business helping people navigate some of life's mo ... read more

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Collision Calamity: How To Move Forward After An Accident

Collision Calamity: How To Move Forward After An Accident

Photo by Clark Van Der Beken on Unsplash What Can I Do To Fix My Car After A Collision? It’s an unfortunate fact that driving is one of the most dangerous things we engage in daily. A lot of us overlook just how common collisions are. While we pray and hope that we never have to deal with one, it’s good to prepare and have a plan for if we do.    Every year, new drivers enter the road space. Young people with little to no experience on the roads carry a good amount of anxiety with the beginning experience. It’s good to take some time to educate them about road safety and good practices; before you let them fly on their own. Beyond that, let’s discuss some of the details of how you can come back from a co ... read more

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Terrible Treads

Terrible Treads

Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash Why Does Your Tire Tread Matter? “Get a grip,” they say. “Hold on tight,” well, that’s exactly what our tire tread does for us! Tires come in many shapes and sizes, and some of them are built for a specific purpose. You have all-terrain tires, off-road tires, snow tires, and more. What they all have in common is their tread. While they each have a different tread composition, they all require attention and care to keep them performing stronger for longer.    Tire tread is the peaks, valleys, and divots on the outside of your tire that help grip the road. Depending on the road surface, you will find different tire tread shapes, sizes, and textures. When that trea ... read more

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The Importance of Fluid Exchange

The Importance of Fluid Exchange

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash The Importance of Fluid Exchange It isn’t just our oil that we need to worry about, our vehicles run several types of fluid, and all of them play an important role in keeping us on the road. Our vehicles contain brake fluid, engine coolant, engine oil, transmission fluid, differential fluid, and more.   The loss of fluid from month-to-month use of a car is more than most people might think. Monterey Country sees its share of variables that affect our fluids between the salty coastal air, dusty agricultural roads, and moist driving conditions.    Our vehicles have filters that help sift out some of the airborne particulates and other things that might enter our fluid systems ... read more

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Partner Spotlight - Farmers Insurance

Partner Spotlight - Farmers Insurance

Photo by Juliane Liebermann on Unsplash Considering February’s theme of love and affection, what better time to highlight one of our amazing partners at CARSTAR Robert’s Collision in Monterey, CA. We are proud to feature Farmers Insurance as the star of this month’s Partner Spotlight. Driving without protection can leave our families open to dangerous situations; you want that protection in the case that you need it. Farmers Insurance is an American legacy company that has been around for nearly 100 years! Providing people with the safety and peace of mind that they need to live their lives fully. When it comes time to consider an insurance company ... read more

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Sharing The Love

Sharing The Love

Photo by Clément M. on Unsplash Continuing our February appreciation theme, let's expand on sharing the love! With the month coming to a close, did we show our affection in all the places that we intended? It's not too late to act in the spirit of Valentine's Day and shower our friends, family, and vehicles with the love and care they deserve. Nothing brings an old vehicle to life like some interior and exterior attention. It is all too easy to find ourselves wrapped in the day-to-day chaos, but don't forget, our vehicles share that burden with us. We compiled a few things you might want to do to share the love with your vehicle. Here are three awesome ideas: Exterior Detailing - The sting of the summer rays has lo ... read more

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Falling in Love With Your Vehicle

Falling in Love With Your Vehicle

Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash Happy Valentine’s Day, Monterey! In the spirit of the loving season, we thought it would be a great time to pay a little extra attention to our vehicles, to remember the good and the bad. Like any relationship, it’s good to step back and remember what got us here; in this case, our vehicles literally drove us here, haha! Vehicles aren’t just expensive purchases we feel tied to for the length of our car payments and leases. They act as a conduit for our dreams, goals, and ambitions. They work hard to get us where we want to go, physically and emotionally. You might remember your first date, a late night out with your buddies, or a road trip to visit loved ones. Your vehicle was there f ... read more

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Romantic Getaways in Monterey, CA

Romantic Getaways in Monterey, CA

Photo by Candy Goode on Unsplash Valentine’s Day is almost here, are you ready for it? If you haven’t made any plans, don’t worry, we have you covered! Whether you are into a romantic rendezvous by the seaside, a day spent touring the forest, or sipping on world-class wine amidst some of the country’s most beautiful scenery; this list has an option for you! Where would we be on Valentine’s Day without our beloved vehicles? For that reason, we wanted to include your vehicle on at least one of these trips, a very beautiful one at that. We lined up three things that are sure to make a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Here are three romantic getaways in Monterey, CA, that you can do in a single day ... read more

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Partner Spotlight // USAA

Partner Spotlight // USAA

Photo by Cytonn Photography on Unsplash We are a month into the New Year today, and now it is time to reevaluate our resolutions. Did we hit the goals we set, and more importantly, did we set the right goals? We can’t stress the importance of safety and protection enough; we see collisions every day and know what it means to prepare. This month, we would like to highlight our relationship with USAA Insurance, an amazing company we proudly call our partner. Collisions come out of nowhere; nobody is ever truly prepared for the moment they hit. We can drive safely, park far away from other vehicles, and plan to drive in good weather, but we still can’t avoid those “act of god&rdquo ... read more

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Maintain The Car I Have Or Buy A New One?

Maintain The Car I Have Or Buy A New One?

Photo by Ildar Garifullin on Unsplash Pandemic prices are through the roof, especially when it comes to vehicles. On average, used cars have risen 24% from June 2020 to June 2021, and things are set to go even higher! New cars faced a 12%+ increase as well, setting vehicle sales prices at an all-time high. All of this leaves us with a question – do we buy new…or do we buy used? The answer might seem obvious if we look at the percentages alone, but there is more to factor in! Microchip shortages and supply chain logistics issues are two of the main reasons we see these price increases. As factories in China fell behind with microchip p ... read more

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New Year, New Tires

New Year, New Tires

Photo by Varun Gaba on Unsplash Tired of terrible tire tread?! We are too! Beyond making driving more difficult, worn-down tires increase the chances of collision involvement. With all the New Year's resolutions going around, this is a great time to look at your vehicle's health. A collision can stop our daily progress in an instant, and we want to do everything we can to reduce the chances of facing one. The chances of facing a collision grow higher as your tires grow weaker. Their tread wears down over time, and it makes it difficult for them to do their job, increasing the chances of hydroplaning, slipping, and blow-outs. Your tires are the first point of contact between you and the road conditions beneath your vehicle; if they aren ... read more

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Starting Fresh In The New Year

Starting Fresh In The New Year

Photo by Adrian Dascal on Unsplash January is here, and all sorts of New Year's resolutions and promises of self-improvement come with it. Maybe you want to get rid of those "pandemic pounds" or start a new project around the house; the options are endless. Now, whether we keep the promises or not…is another matter, haha. With all these great ideas getting tossed around, why not think of some ways to improve our beloved vehicles? Our vehicles spend all year working hard, taking us to and fro and dealing with all the stress we throw their way; on a daily basis. Some of our vehicles might even be a little dinged and dented, really in need of a New Year's facelift. Detailing your vehicle is a great way to show your vehicle ... read more

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New Years Road Trip Ideas in Monterey, CA

New Years Road Trip Ideas in Monterey, CA

Photo by Ryan Sepulveda on Unsplash Happy New Year, Monterey! The weather may be cloudy and the days cold, but that doesn't mean we can't get together and have some fun. Monterey County is full of amazing natural wonders and fun cultural spots right in our backyard. So, where would you like to visit as you prepare for the new year?   Agriculture might not be the first thing on your mind when you visit Monterey County, but this area of California is world-renowned for the quality of our produce. Including world-class berries, lettuces, herbs, mushrooms, garlic, artichokes, asparagus, and so much more! Beyond that, we have one-of-a-kind natural beauty. I think it's time to strap on our jackets and go explore; here are a ... read more

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