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What Should I Look For In A Collision Insurance Provider

What Should I Look For In A Collision Insurance Provider

By Paolese The 5 Must-Have Qualities For Any Collision Insurance Provider After being involved in an auto accident, the last thing you want to worry about is the financial burden of repairing your vehicle. Fortunately, most car owners have collision insurance, which can help cover the cost of repairs.   But what should you look for when choosing a collision insurance provider? Read on as we discuss five key points you should consider when selecting a collision insurance provider.  1. Reputation Before signing up with any insurance provider, be sure to do your research. Check online reviews from current and former customers and see what other people are saying about the company's customer service, claims process, and overall satisfaction. If you are still unsure about a particular provider, it may be wise to speak directly with someone at their office so that you can ask questions and get more details about their services.  2. Coverage  It's important ... read more

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Tire Tread: Why Servicing Your Tires Can Help You Avoid A Collision

Tire Tread: Why Servicing Your Tires Can Help You Avoid A Collision

By JJ Gouin Tire Tread & Collision Avoidance: What You Need to Know  Driving is a daily activity for most of us, but one that can be dangerous if we don't take proper precautions. One of the most common causes of collisions is a lack of maintenance on our vehicles, particularly regarding tire tread.   Many people don't realize that servicing your tires can actually help you avoid a collision. Keep reading to learn more about why this is so important and how servicing your tires can keep you safe on the road! What Is Tire Tread?  Your tire's tread is the patterned part of the tire that contacts the ground when driving. It is designed to provide traction between the surface of the road and the tire by dispersing water and increasing friction. Tire tread helps to improve braking, turning, and overall control performance on both wet and dry surfaces.   Tire tread is an important part of driving safety because it provides traction between your tir ... read more

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5 things you didn't know about collision repair

5 things you didn't know about collision repair

By Thinglass Five things you might want to know about collision repair If you've been in a car accident, you know that the aftermath can be stressful and overwhelming. Between dealing with insurance and trying to get your car repaired, it's easy to feel like you have a lot on your plate. But have you ever stopped to think about what actually goes on at a collision repair center?   Whether you're looking to get your car repaired or just want to know more about the process, here are five things you might not know about collision repair: The repair process starts with an evaluation Before your collision repair center can make any repairs, they must conduct a thorough evaluation of the damage to your vehicle. This typically involves a visual inspection as well as computerized measurements using equipment such as laser scanners or frame alignment machines. The information gathered during this evaluation helps technicians determine the extent of the damage and create a ... read more

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Partner Spotlight: Geico Insurance - 2023

Partner Spotlight: Geico Insurance - 2023

By Adobe Photo Stock CARSTAR Robert's Collision - GEICO Insurance Partnership We have been working with GEICO for years now, and in that time, we have come to know them as a company that shares our commitment to customer service and satisfaction.   There are many reasons why you should consider GEICO insurance for your vehicle's collision coverage, but today we wanted to focus on three of the main reasons: their competitive pricing, their 24/7 customer service, and their nationwide network of certified repair shops. Competitive Pricing GEICO is well-known for its competitive pricing, and they offer a variety of discounts that can save you even more money. For example, they offer a military discount, a safe driver discount, and a multi-policy discount. They also have a variety of payment options, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. 24/7 Customer Service G ... read more

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Common Causes Of Collisions & How You Can Avoid Them

Common Causes Of Collisions & How You Can Avoid Them

By Adobe Photo Stock 5 Common Causes Of Collisions (And How You Can Stay Clear Of Them) Car collisions are never a fun experience, even minor ones. Not only is it stressful and often scary, but it can also be expensive to repair the damages. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help avoid collisions altogether. Keep reading to learn about the five most common causes of collisions and how you can avoid them. 1. Distracted Driving Distracted driving is one of the most common (and preventable) causes of collisions. Anything that takes your attention away from the road, even for just a few seconds, can be dangerous.   So, what counts as distracted driving? Some of the most common examples of distracted driving are:  Talking or texting on your phone  Fiddling with the radio  Eating or drinking  Talking to passengers  Daydreaming  Looking at something outside of the car To avoid distracted driving, put away ... read more

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Why Do You Need To Repair Your Collision-Damaged Vehicle?

Why Do You Need To Repair Your Collision-Damaged Vehicle?

By Adobe Photo Stock   Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Repair Your Collision-Damaged Vehicle If you've been in a car accident, you may wonder whether it's worth repairing your vehicle or if you should just cut your losses and get a new one. It's stressful, we know, but there is a multitude of factors why repairing your vehicle might be the best option.   Here are the top three reasons why you should opt to repair your collision-damaged vehicle! 1. Maintaining the Safety of Your Vehicle Your safety is always the number one priority, which is why you should repair any damage to critical safety components of your vehicle immediately. Even if the damage doesn't seem severe, it could have long-lasting effects on the safety of your vehicle.  2. Preventing Further Damage If you don't repair collision damage as soon as possible, it will only get worse over time. Problems like rust and corrosion find their way into scratches, dents, and cracks, and befor ... read more

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7 Things You Need To Do After A Collision

7 Things You Need To Do After A Collision

By Adobe Photo Stock You've Been In A Vehicle Collision, Now Here's What To Do No one ever expects to be in a collision, but unfortunately, accidents happen. If you've been in a collision, there are a few things you need to do to ensure you take care of yourself and your vehicle.  1. Get yourself to a safe place.  If you can, move your car to the side of the road or to a nearby parking lot. If your car is not driveable, turn on your hazard lights and wait for help to arrive. Getting yourself out of harm's way before anything else is important. 2. Check for injuries.  Once you're in a safe place, take a moment to check yourself for injuries. If you're injured, or if you think you may be injured, it's important to seek medical attention right away. Even if you don't think you're injured, it's always best to err on the side of caution and get checked out by a doctor. Whiplash is a common injury following a collision, and sometim ... read more

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Partner Spotlight: Farmer’s Insurance - 2023

Partner Spotlight: Farmer’s Insurance - 2023

The Benefits of Working with Farmer's Insurance for Collision Repairs If you've been in a car accident, the last thing you want to deal with is insurance paperwork. Thankfully, if you have Farmer's Insurance, they help take care of the paperwork for you.   Here are just a few benefits of working with Farmer's Insurance for your collision repairs and why we want to highlight them as our valued partner of the month. Quality Repairs When you work with Farmer's Insurance for your collision repairs, you can rest assured knowing that you'll receive high-quality repairs. Farmer's Insurance works with some of the best shops in the business to make sure your car is repaired to the highest standard. Selecting preferred repair vendors, like CARSTAR Robert's Collision. Convenient Payment Options Farmer's Insurance understands that paying for r ... read more

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5 Steps To Take After Getting In a Car Accident

5 Steps To Take After Getting In a Car Accident

By Adobe Photo Stock Follow These Steps After Any Vehicle Accident Getting in a car accident is never a pleasant experience. But even if the accident wasn't your fault, there are still some things you need to do to protect yourself and your interests. Follow these five steps after any car accident, and you'll be in good shape. 1. Check for Injuries The first thing you need to do after any car accident is to check for injuries. If you or anyone else involved in the accident is injured, call 911 immediately. Don't try to move an injured person unless necessary, as this could worsen their injuries. 2. Move to a Safe Location Once you're sure everyone is okay, the next step is to move your vehicle (if possible) to a safe location away from traffic. If your car is not driveable, turn on your hazard lights and wait for help to arrive. 3. Call the Police  Even if the accident appears to be minor, it's still a good idea to call the police so they can document w ... read more

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What Is A Direct Repair Vendor & How Can That Help Me?

What Is A Direct Repair Vendor & How Can That Help Me?

By Adobe Photo Stock The Peace of Mind a Direct Repair Vendor Brings Have you ever wondered what goes into repairing your car after an accident? Many people are unaware of the process and assume their insurance company will take care of everything. However, that is not always the case.   Depending on your insurance company, they may refer you to a specific auto body or collision repair shop for repairs; or give you a list of pre-approved shops to choose from. But what does it mean to be pre-approved, and how does that benefit you? What Does "Direct Repair Vendor" Mean? The term "direct repair vendor" (DRV) refers to an auto body shop that an insurance company has approved to provide repairs for their policyholders. DRVs are held to a higher standard than other auto body shops because they are vetted and approved by the insurance company.   This means that they must meet certain criteria to be considered a DRV, such as being up-to-date on the latest ... read more

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3 Benefits of Getting Your Car Repaired at a Collision Repair Shop

3 Benefits of Getting Your Car Repaired at a Collision Repair Shop

By Adobe Photo Stock Why Should You Choose A Collision Repair Shop Over A Standard Auto Repair Center? When your car is involved in a collision, it can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. You may not know where to take your car to get it repaired or who you can trust to do a good job. That's why we've put together this list of 3 benefits of getting your car repaired at a collision repair shop. 1. They use the latest tools and techniques.  Not every auto repair shop equips itself with the latest and greatest in collision repair technology. From special buffing tools to complex compounds, a high-quality collision repair shop will have the tools to fit the task at hand; and then some. 2. They have a highly trained and experienced team.  Collision repair requires a totally different skill set than typical auto repair. Technicians train in skills specific to vehicle damage, paint, coats, and more. From paint-less dent removal to advanced interior detailing te ... read more

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Don't Ignore That Dent! The Benefits of Exterior Detailing

Don't Ignore That Dent! The Benefits of Exterior Detailing

By Adobe Photo Stock Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Dent in Your Car We've all been there. We're driving along and suddenly hear a loud 'thump!' We pull over to investigate and find a large dent in our car. Our first impulse is to ignore it.   After all, it's just a cosmetic issue, right? Wrong! While it may not seem like a big deal, that dent can actually cause some serious problems down the road if you don't take care of it immediately.  Structural Damage One of the most important functions of your car's exterior is to provide structural support. In a minor fender bender, that dent can cause your car's frame to warp. That might not seem like a big deal, but a warped frame can lead to all sorts of problems, including alignment issues and a decrease in the overall integrity of your car. Not to mention, it'll make your car look like junk! Decreased Resale Value Even if you're not planning on selling your car any time soon, it ... read more

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Partner Spotlight: USAA - 2022

Partner Spotlight: USAA - 2022

By Tada Images Another Year In Partnership With USAA Insurance We are excited to highlight our partnership with USAA Insurance! As a collision repair customer, this is great news for you because it means that you will now have an insurance provider that caters specifically to the needs of the military community and beyond.    USAA is a leading insurance provider for the military community and their families. They offer a wide range of insurance products, including auto, property, and life insurance. They are also known for their excellent customer service. In fact, USAA was rated as one of the best insurance companies in the country for customer satisfaction.  What Our Partnership With USAA Means for You As a collision repair customer, this partnership provides you with a number of benefits: USAA offers very competitive rates on its auto insurance products. This is important because it can help you save mo ... read more

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Interior vs. Exterior Auto Detailing: What’s the Difference?

Interior vs. Exterior Auto Detailing: What’s the Difference?

By Checubus Differences Between Interior and Exterior Auto Detailing Regarding auto detailing, most people think only of the exterior. But there's more to it than just washing and waxing the paint. Interior detailing is just as important, if not more so. Here are some of the key differences between interior and exterior auto detailing.   The main difference between interior and exterior auto detailing is obvious—one deals with the vehicle's inside, while the other focuses on the outside. But there are other important distinctions to keep in mind as well. Exterior Auto Detailing Exterior detailing involves more than just washing and waxing the car. It also includes polishing, special finish treatment, headlight restoration, dent removal, and so much more. In short, anything that has to do with the visible parts of the car's exterior is fair game. Interior Auto Detailing On the other hand, interior detailing takes care of all the parts of the car's inte ... read more

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Winter Weather Woes: How To Avoid Dangerous Driving Situations

Winter Weather Woes: How To Avoid Dangerous Driving Situations

By Methaphum Avoiding Winter Weather Woes Winter weather can be tough on your car. From the cold to the rain and slick road conditions, many situations could lead to an accident. But with a little bit of planning and preparation, you can avoid winter weather woes and keep your car running smoothly all season long. Plan Ahead One of the best ways to avoid winter weather problems is to plan ahead. Before the cold weather hits, take your car in for a tune-up. This will ensure that all of your fluids are topped off and that your battery is in good working order. You should also have your tires checked and rotated if necessary. Winter weather can be tough on tires, so it's important to ensure they're in good condition before the first rains.   If you live in an area that frequently gets snow or ice, consider investing in winter tires. Winter tires are designed to provide better traction and grip in cold weather conditions. They can help you avoid slipping and sliding on i ... read more

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Tips for New Drivers: How to Keep Your Car Running Smoothly

Tips for New Drivers: How to Keep Your Car Running Smoothly

By Adobe Photo Stock 6 Tips For Our New Drivers If you're a new driver, congratulations! You're about to embark on a great adventure. But before you hit the open road, you should know a few things about keeping your car running smoothly. Here are seven tips for new drivers that will help you keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. 1. Get to know your car's owner's manual This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people don't bother to read their car's manual. Your car's manual contains important information about your vehicle, so take the time to read it from cover to cover. Not only will this help you be more familiar with your car, but it will also help you troubleshoot any problems that may arise. 2. Get regular oil changes One of the most important things you can do for your car is to get regular oil changes. Depending on your vehicle type, your car's manufacturer will recommend a specific interval for oil changes. But as ... read more

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Partner Spotlight - Esurance 2022

Partner Spotlight - Esurance 2022

By Puwait Inyavileart   CARSTAR Robert's Collision & Esurance: Partnering For You We are delighted to highlight our partnership with Esurance and tell you a little about what makes them so great and what a direct repair shop relationship can do for you. Navigating difficult insurance-related issues is difficult enough without the added pain of finding a shop or insurance company that works well together; our partnership with Esurance simplifies that process and brings peace-of-mind to you and your vehicle.   Why Should You Consider Esurance? Esurance has been providing quality auto insurance coverage to consumers for many years. With a deep understanding of the automation of processes and the importance of using modern technologies to save customers time, Esurance offers affordable rates, reliable customer support, and comprehensive coverage options.   Whether you need basic liability protection or ... read more

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Road Rage Cures

Road Rage Cures

By Denis R.   Road Rage Cures: How to Stay Safe and Calm During the Holiday Season It's the most wonderful time of the year but also the most hectic. With shopping, parties, and travel, the holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. That stress can manifest itself in some not-so-wonderful ways, like road rage.   According to a study by AAA, 66 percent of respondents reported having driven when angry or aggressive in the past year. Don't let holiday stress turn you into a Scrooge behind the wheel. Check out these road rage cures to help you stay safe and calm on the road this holiday season.   Plan Ahead to Avoid Road Rage One of the best ways to avoid road rage is to plan ahead. If you know you're going to be driving in heavy holiday traffic, leave earlier than you need to so you don't feel rushed. Rushing leads to stress, which can quickly turn into road rage. If possible, avoid peak travel times altogether. For example, if you're driving ... read more

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4 Ways To Stay Safe In Holiday Traffic

4 Ways To Stay Safe In Holiday Traffic

By Weyo   Holiday Traffic Is Here The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and fun. But all that traffic on the roads means it's also a time when accidents happen. In fact, statistics show that more accidents happen during the winter months than at any other time of year. So what can you do to stay safe on the road this holiday season?   4 Tips To Keep You Safe On The Road This Holiday Season  Service Your Vehicle - Make sure your car is in good working condition before you hit the road. This means getting an oil change, checking your tires, and ensuring all your lights are working properly. Don't wait until the last minute to get your car serviced—if you do, you may end up stranded on the side of the road. Plan Your Route - Before you start driving, take some time to map out your route. This way, you'll know exactly where you're going, and you won't have to make any sudden turns or lane changes. Planning your route will also hel ... read more

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How Do I Winterize My Vehicle?

How Do I Winterize My Vehicle?

By NopponPAT   As the temperatures start to dip and the days get shorter, it's important to winterize your vehicle. A few simple steps will help ensure that your car is ready to face the cold seaside weather head-on, keeping you safe and comfortable all season long.    Winter Weather Can Be Hard On Your Vehicle The cold weather, road salt, and other winter hazards can take a toll on your vehicle's exterior. But you can take some easy steps to protect your car or truck from winter damage. In this blog post, we'll give you tips on keeping your vehicle looking good all winter long.   Here are a few tips on how to winterize your vehicle Inspect your tires. This is one of the most important things you can do to prepare your car for winter. Check the tread depth and tire pressure, and if necessary, invest in a set of all-weather tires. They may cost more upfront, but they'll be worth it when you find yourself driving on icy roads.  Wash and w ... read more

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Partner Spotlight - Sentry Insurance (2022)

Partner Spotlight - Sentry Insurance (2022)

By Andrey   CARSTAR Robert's Collision & Sentry Insurance Working with an insurance company you can rely on that makes your collision repair experience easier is everything. Sentry Insurance is a beloved partner with CARSTAR Robert's Collision, bringing ease of use and compassion to the collision repair industry.   The Sentry Insurance Difference Sentry Insurance has provided quality collision repair services for over 25 years. Sentry is a nationally recognized leader in the industry, and our team of highly skilled technicians is proud to call them a partner.   Sentry's 24/7 claims hotline means you can report your claim anytime, day or night. And their online claims center allows you to track the status of your claim from start to finish. Sentry offers rental car programs, so you can get back on the road while we repair your vehicle. Sentry is here to make your life easier when it comes t ... read more

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Spooky Styles For Your Vehicle

Spooky Styles For Your Vehicle

By anoushkatoronto Spooky Season Is Here That's right, everybody, our favorite time of the year is here!   It's spooky season, and everyone's rushing to find the best costume for the party. Well, don't leave your vehicle out of the fun! There's still time to grab an awesome Halloween costume for your favorite car and show up to the party in style.   Halloween Costumes For Your Vehicle You might not know this, but there are tons of options to adorn your vehicle with Halloween spirit. Maybe you design a whole theme around the family costumes and include the family care? The possibilities are endless!   Here are three Halloween costume ideas for your vehicle ... read more

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5 Tips To Avoid Road Rage & Stay Calm While Driving

5 Tips To Avoid Road Rage & Stay Calm While Driving

By globalmoments   Calming Our Inner Demons (Avoiding road rage) Road rage is a common occurrence on the roads today. It can be dangerous and cause accidents. Typically, it all comes down to ego. Those little inner demons who want us to "save face" or "have the last word." We know there is a better way to keep yourself and your family safe on the road. So how can you avoid road rage and stay calm while driving?    5 Tips To Help You Avoid Road Rage Tips to Avoid Road Rage:  Don't take things personally. If someone cuts you off, they may not be doing it intentionally. Assume that they're just having a bad day, and brush it off your shoulder. Avoid making assumptions. If someone is driving slowly, they may have an ill passenger or be new to the area. It's impossible to know another person's circumstances and stresse ... read more

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How to Avoid Collisions by Checking Your Tire Tread

How to Avoid Collisions by Checking Your Tire Tread

By JJ Gouin   Tire Tread & Fender Benders One of the most common causes of collisions is poor tire tread. When your tires don't have enough tire tread, they can't grip the road as well, which can lead to accidents. Luckily, there are ways to avoid this. By regularly checking your tire tread and keeping an eye out for warning signs, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe on the road.  How to Check Your Tire Tread It's important to check your tire tread regularly, especially if you live in an area with a lot of rain or snow.   There are a few different ways to do this:  Warning Signs that You Need New Tires  In addition to regularly checking your tire tread, it's essential to be on the lookout for signs that you need new tires.   If you notice any of the following, it's time for new tires:  Cracks or c ... read more

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How to Avoid Dents, Dings, and Scratches on Your Vehicle

How to Avoid Dents, Dings, and Scratches on Your Vehicle

By chartphoto   Dents, Dings, Damage, & Disaster Whether you just bought a new car or have been driving the same one for years, you want it to look its best! Unfortunately, dents, dings, and scratches are an unavoidable reality of car ownership. But don't despair!   This blog post will tell you about some of the most common causes of exterior car damage and what you can do to avoid them. Armed with this knowledge, you can keep your car looking great for years to come. Common Causes Of Exterior Vehicle Damage One of the most common causes of dents and dings is other drivers. Whether it's someone opening their door into your parked car or a shopping cart ramming into your bumper in a strong wind, there's not much you can do to prevent this type of damage altogether.   However, you can minimize the risk by: Parking in well-lit areas away from ... read more

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Partner Spotlight 2022 - Coast Auto Insurance

Partner Spotlight 2022 - Coast Auto Insurance

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio   We proudly serve Coast Auto Insurance customers We're excited to serve Coast Auto Insurance customers at our collision repair shop. Our team is dedicated to providing quality collision repair backed by service you can trust, and partners like Coast Auto insurance are integral in that process!   Why a partnership brings you value At CARSTAR Robert's Collision, we work with all major insurance companies to help you through the process of getting your vehicle repaired after an accident. We understand that dealing with insurance can be stressful, so we do everything we can to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.   Coast Auto Insurance is one of the many insurance companies we work with to bring you the best possible collision repair experience. We are proud to partner with Coast Auto Insurance and provide our customers with the high-quality repairs they deserve. If you have any questions about how we work with y ... read more

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It’s All In The Details (Detailing your vehicle)

It’s All In The Details (Detailing your vehicle)

Photo by Orhun Rüzgar The devil is in the details If you're like most people, your car is one of your most prized possessions. You take pride in keeping it clean and looking its best. But even if you are diligent about cleaning it yourself, some areas are just tough to reach - and may not get the attention they need.   That's where a professional detailing service comes in. Detailing involves a thorough process with specialized products and tools. It can make your car look like new again! Here's a look at what goes into detail work and some tips on choosing the right detailing service for your vehicle.   What is detailing, and why should you do it Your car is one of your biggest investments, so taking care of it is important. Detailing is a process that involves cleaning and polishing the exterior and interior of your vehicle to restore it to its original condition. Many people choose to have their cars detailed by a professional, as this ensures that ... read more

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Avoiding Distractions On The Road

Avoiding Distractions On The Road

Photo by SplitShire   Distracted drivers are everywhere Texting and driving are significant problems on the roads these days. Not only is it dangerous for the driver, but it can also be dangerous for others around them. In this post, we'll discuss some of the most common distractions that drivers face and how to avoid them.   The dangers of distractions while driving It's no secret that distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distractions are a factor in nearly 10% of all fatal crashes.   The most common types of distractions are: Visual (taking your eyes off the road) Manual (taking your hands off the wheel) Cognitive (taking your mind off of driving)   While all three types of distractions can be dangerous, cognitive distractions are particularly dangerous because they prevent drivers from being able to focus on the task at hand.    How to avoid d ... read more

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Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Photo by Pixabay   Regular maintenance can help prevent a collision If you're like most car owners, you probably don't think about your vehicle's maintenance until something goes wrong. And unfortunately, by that point, it can be too late - the damage has already been done, and you're left with a hefty collision repair bill.   But if you take a little time to plan, you can avoid these costly surprises and keep your car running smoothly for years to come. Here are a few simple tips to get you started.   What is Preventative maintenance? Preventive maintenance is any action performed on a vehicle to avoid a future repair. This includes routine oil changes, tire rotations, and brakes checks. By keeping up with these simple tasks, you can help to prevent more serious and costly problems down the road, like a collision. In addition to preventive maintenance, there are other steps you can take to avoid expensive repairs. For example, be sure to drive ca ... read more

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Partner Spotlight - 21st Century

Partner Spotlight - 21st Century

Photo by Luis Villasmil on Unsplash   21st Century Insurance is a longtime partner of CARSTAR Robert's Collision We're excited to highlight our partnership with 21st Century Insurance! Our partnership makes things easier for our customers by giving you a turnkey, one-stop-shop experience with insurance navigation and processing.   Collisions are traumatic, and they are made worse when you have to navigate insurance coverage on your own. We make that process easier through our partnerships with trusted companies like 21st Century Insurance! This means that if you're in an accident and your vehicle needs repairs, you can bring it to us, and we'll take ... read more

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Don’t Overlook Your Check Engine Lights

Don’t Overlook Your Check Engine Lights

Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash   Don't Overlook Check Engine Lights! If you're like most people, you probably don't think much of your check engine light. After all, it's just a little light that comes on occasionally - no big deal, right? Wrong. Your check engine light could be a sign of a serious problem with your car, and if you ignore it, you could end up stranded, or worse.   What should I do if my check engine light comes on? So, what exactly is your check engine light trying to tell you? Well, it could be a number of things. It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or something more serious, like a faulty oxygen sensor. There are many potential causes, but the only way to know for sure is to h ... read more

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Back To School We Go

Back To School We Go

Photo by Patti Black on Unsplash   Back To School, We Go! Summer is winding down, meaning it's time to get back into the swing of things with school. If you have a new driver in the family, now is a great time to get their car ready for the back-to-school season.   For many new drivers, the back-to-school season can be a nerve-wracking time. There are so many things to remember: new classes, meeting new people, and of course - driving in traffic for the first time.   If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't worry! We're here to help. In this blog post, we'll discuss some tips that will help you get ready for the back-to-school season. Follow these tips, and you'll navigate the roads like a pro i ... read more

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6 Tips For Our New Drivers

6 Tips For Our New Drivers

Photo by Orkun Azap on Unsplash   6 Tips For Our New Drivers Congratulations on getting your driver's license! This is a huge accomplishment, and it's time to celebrate. But before you hit the open road, there are a few things you need to do to prepare for driving.   It's tough to let the baby take its first flight, but alas, here we are! They have to learn how to fly on their own sooner or later. Just make sure they cover some of the basics before that first jump!   Get yourself ready for the road! Here are our six tips for new drivers: Get plenty of practice driving in different conditions - practice in various weather conditions and on different types of roads. This will help you become a better dri ... read more

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A Road Trip Checklist To Save The Day

A Road Trip Checklist To Save The Day

Photo by Orkun Azap on Unsplash   A Road Trip Checklist To Save The Day The sun is out, the weather is warm, and road trip season is looking better by the day! A road trip can be a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful if you're not prepared. Let's help each other avoid any last-minute surprises and list a few things you'll want to consider!   No one wants to spend their road trip stressed out and worried about everything that could go wrong. By being prepared, you can avoid most of the potential problems and focus on having fun! Here are a few tips to help get you started:   Make a Road Trip Checklist! 1. Make a checklist: This is probably the most important step! A road trip checklist will help you make ... read more

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Partner Spotlight - Permit General

Partner Spotlight - Permit General

  Did You Know We Are An “Preferred Repair Vendor” with Kemper Insurance (Formerly Unitrin)? We are tremendously proud of our affiliation with Kemper Insurance. Kemper Insurance is the new name for a company you might remember as Unitrin; their acquisition means more resources, even better care, and a wide range of industry experts they can draw on. This translates to more value for you and better protection for the customers we so dearly appreciate.   The Kemper Insurance Value Kemper Insurance is dedicated to providing the maximum amount of people with affordable and equitable insurance options. They cover a wide range of options, including personal, home, auto, and more! If you need insurance, Kemper Insurance has an option for you and a team to provide it.   Yeah, But What’s A “Preferred Repair Vendor&rd ... read more

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Bring Down The Heat

Bring Down The Heat

Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash   Bring Down The Heat With temperatures peaking in the 100s, everyone’s a little bit on edge and trying to get where they are going as fast as possible. Nobody likes sitting in their vehicle, sun beaming through the windows, wiping the sweat off their brow.   Sometimes it feels like your air conditioner just can’t keep up with what the sun tosses out. You hit every ride light, gotta wait for deer crossing, and you just want to get where you are going ASAP. Nothing is worse at that moment than having another driver cut you off, force you to wait at a red light, or even worse, get close to a collision with you.   Avoid Road Rage This Summer Drive Defensively - A g ... read more

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3 Spotify Summertime Cruising Playlists

3 Spotify Summertime Cruising Playlists

Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash Cruising California In Style July in Monterey; we are the envy of the rest of the state, and that means you can expect lots of tourists rolling through, haha! Why not get ready for your own road trip this month, and line up some of your favorite songs for the ride!   Not sure what to play on your California road trip? Tired of listening to all the same stuff? Don’t worry; we have you covered! We compiled a list of three awesome summertime road cruising playlists that will help to break up that old playlist!   Cruising music for a California Road Trip ... read more

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4 Amazing Independence Day Tailgate Recipes

4 Amazing Independence Day Tailgate Recipes

Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash Tailgate Treats For Independence Day Happy Independence Day, Monterey! Is everybody ready for the bright lights, smells, and family fun? We know we are. But in that spirit, you want to wow your guests this year; you want them to leave saying, “man, the food was amazing this year!” Here are some awesome recipes for tonight’s festivities and the rest of the tailgate season! Incredible Independence Day Hits Jalapeno Poppers Nothing says a warm summer afternoon chillin’ by the tailgate like some spicy jalapeno poppers! Let’s do a ham and cheese stuffing and celebrate the holiday with a bang! Grab canned whole jalapenos (the vinegar brine goes great with the other fl ... read more

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Partner Spotlight - MetLife

Partner Spotlight - MetLife

Photo by Finn on UnsplashCARSTAR Robert’s Collision is an “Authorized Direct Repair Vendor” with MetLife Insurance! At Carstar Robert’s Collision, we dedicate ourselves to reducing the trauma, stress, and burden associated with an automobile collision. We deeply understand how stressful this experience can be, and we want to help make that as easy as possible.  That is why we are so proud to work with an amazing company like MetLife Insurance! Together, we work to get you past this situation as fast as possible and back to the life you want to live! How does an “Authorized Direct Repair Vendor” benefit m ... read more

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What We Do At CARSTAR Robert’s Collision

What We Do At CARSTAR Robert’s Collision

Confident collision repairs; backed by community-driven service We opened our doors at CARSTAR Robert's Collision in Monterey, Ca, in 1996, and every day since has been a pleasure! We have been blessed by our community and the wonderful people we call customers. First and foremost, we maintain that being stranded anywhere is unacceptable; we go out of our way to ensure you and your vehicle get the best care available! We put community first! We are members of: •    Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce •    The Better Business Bureau •    Automotive Service Association •    CA Gold Shield Guaranteed Repair Station •    Automotive Service Councils of California Collision Repairs Few things are more traumatic than a vehicle collision. Even when there are no injuries, you now have your vehicle to deal with, and you aren ... read more

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3 Great Ways To Cool Off In The California Central Coast

3 Great Ways To Cool Off In The California Central Coast

Photo by Bob Bowie on Unsplash Coastal California cool-downs Summer is officially here, and most of California is embroiled in a 100-plus degree temperature gridlock. Luckily for us, the California Central Coast sees enviable temperatures for the vast majority of the summer months, rarely exceeding 100 degrees in a day. So, what does that mean for the people that visit this area? Well, world-class temperatures, world-class food, and world-class natural beauty, what more could you ask for? Visit Monterey, California Ok, we admit it, we are a little biased on this phone, haha! But can you blame us? Monterey, California, is one of the most beautiful coastal regions in the world. With dramatic cliffsides dropping into the vast and wild paci ... read more

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Don’t Sweat It (Servicing Your A/C System)

Don’t Sweat It (Servicing Your A/C System)

Photo by Simon Berger on Unsplash It's getting hot outside; should I service my A/C system now? A/C systems are pretty simple, and they will let you know when it's time to get service! If you are starting to feel hot and you feel like your A/C system isn't functioning like it used to, now is the time to get it serviced! A couple of things you might want to look for: Is your A/C system blowing warm air? Is it blowing only hot air? Or is it making any sounds or struggling to kick into gear when you think it should be? What is freon? Freon is a non-combustible gas added as a refrigerant to your air conditioning system. Without proper freon levels & pressure, your air conditioning system won't be able to cool you and you ... read more

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May Partner Spotlight - Bristol West

May Partner Spotlight - Bristol West

Photo by Sarah Brown on Unsplash CARSTAR Robert’s Collision is a “Preferred Direct Repair” shop with Bristol West! We only work with the best at CARSTAR Robert's Collision, which is why we are proud to feature Bristol West in our Partner Spotlight this month! Bristol West Insurance has been around since 1973, helping customers of any income background or social situation. They pride themselves on ensuring you find coverage when you need it. What is a "Preferred Direct Repair" shop? CARSTAR Robert's Collision is a Preferred Repair Vendor for Geico Insurance. That means that we work hand-in-hand with Bristol West as one of their preferred dir ... read more

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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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