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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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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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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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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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Partner Spotlight -- Esurance Insurance

Partner Spotlight -- Esurance Insurance

Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash Our end-of-the-year partner spotlight highlights our relationship with Esurance Insurance. With the end of the year just a few days away, now is a great time to consider how you want to start the new year. Thinking about our futures and keeping our families safe is a New Year’s resolution we can get behind. Our friends at Esurance Insurance take the insurance industry and simplify everything. They employ cutting-edge technology and user-friendly interfaces that bring the experience closer to the consumer. The big complaint about insurance is how confusing and expensive the process is. Esurance has an infrastructure that disentangles the complicated web of policy plans and details. H ... read more

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Our Favorite Road Trip Playlists for the Holidays

Our Favorite Road Trip Playlists for the Holidays

Image by Автошкола ТЕХНИКА from Pixabay  The holiday season is the perfect time to hit the road with your family and friends. One of the rare and cherished moments where everyone gets the same days off, and you can plan a little fun together. Nothing enhances that road trip bond like belting your favorite song together as the road rushes by! Everyone’s ideal road trip looks different. Some people like to plan their trip out meticulously, packing in as many sights and stops as possible. In contrast, other people want to hit the road and see where the highways take them. Whichever one you are, we all have one thing in common; we love a fantastic road trip playlist to set the mood. In the sp ... read more

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Grief and Your Car: When Your Car is Crumpled in an Accident

Grief and Your Car: When Your Car is Crumpled in an Accident

Photo by Clark Van Der Beken on Unsplash   For some of us, our vehicles are like extended family members. We spend countless hours trusting them to get us safe and sound from Point A to Point B. Precious memories are created with them by our side, and nothing hurts more than seeing something you love get hurt!   Everyone remembers the moment they got their first vehicle. Some of us were lucky enough to walk outside to the greatest present we have ever received, while others toiled away at our minimum wage jobs scraping pennies to afford our first beater. Whichever umbrella you fall under, we all agree that it was one of the defining moments of our early adult lives, the moment the keys to personal freedom were placed in our hands ... read more

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Embrace the Holiday Season

Embrace the Holiday Season

Photo by Thomas Ciszewski on Unsplash December marks the middle of the holiday season and all of its cinnamon-scented joyous occasions. We bring in the new year surrounded by family and friends, enjoying good meals and sharing the best stories and challenges from the year. In the face of all the grief and turmoil that occurred through the pandemic, there has never been a better time to take a step forward and truly embrace the holiday season. The majority of us spend the holiday season relatively close to home, nestled in a warm family abode with all our favorite people. While we all love and cherish these moments, there are some great opportunities to add to the family traditions as well! So, here are a couple of ideas to help you and your family ... read more

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Partner Spotlight -- Sentry Insurance

Partner Spotlight -- Sentry Insurance

Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash   This month, we are proud to highlight our partnership with Sentry Insurance! The holiday season is upon us, and Americans are about to hit the road; full force. All those vehicles on the road mean that it is time to pick the best insurance provider for you. Nothing is more important than protecting your family and your business; Sentry Insurance puts family first.    Our partners with Sentry Insurance carry a wide range of plans to fit any business and its needs. They founded their company in 1902, giving them more than a century of experience protecting their customers. We believe these are s ... read more

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How Not To Let an Accident Spoil a Family Holiday

How Not To Let an Accident Spoil a Family Holiday

Photo by Mat Napo on Unsplash   The holidays are all about spending time with the family, eating good food, enjoying great music, and dishing out all the best stories from the year. Some of us travel a long way to the family get-together, but what we all have in common is that we have to hit the road one way or the other; to gather around the holiday table. The road is full of surprises, and accidents do happen; we want to be ready for them when they do. A great way to prepare for these unfortunate events is to have a road kit ready in your vehicle.   The difference between a disaster and a situation that you can handle can be as simple as having a few things in place before heading out. Imagine something as simple as not having ... read more

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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Photo by Holly Mandarich on Unsplash Living in the wonderful climate of Monterey County, it is all too easy to overlook the importance of preparing our vehicles for winter conditions. We spend the majority of our year in wonderfully temperate weather, sunshiny days, and seaside charm. However, winter conditions can surprise us, and we want our vehicles to be ready for them when they do.  You don’t want to be stuck in a dangerous situation, thinking to yourself, “I shoulda done this,” or “man, I coulda done that.” Here are two major things to consider as the wetter months roll into Monterey County. Blinded By The Rain - One of the most dangerous things that could happen to you in Monterey countr ... read more

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For Want of a Nail

For Want of a Nail

Photo by Tekton on Unsplash Our old buddy Benjamin Franklin has a legendary quote that goes like this "For want of a nail, the shoe was lost." What it boils down to this; a seemingly small thing that we could easily overlook can turn into a much bigger problem, causing a cascading waterfall of events that all stem from one tiny omission. The auto industry is the perfect example of old Benjamin's wisdom! Our vehicles are highly sophisticated marvels of engineering that need each and every part to function well. Overlooking a smaller detail can put you at risk and end up doing serious damage to your pocketbook. Take this story of a forgotten tire rotation as a cautionary tale. I Shoulda Rotated My Tires: A man and his family get ... read more

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Holiday Travel and Your Family

Holiday Travel and Your Family

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash   Holiday travel can be stressful; between all the deadlines, time off of work, kids home from school, and money-spent on gifts & travel. However, it's important to sit back, relax, and remember that this is the time to appreciate what we have and, more importantly, who we share it with. Our holiday road trip is ahead of us, so let's take this time to think of some ways to prepare for it.   Between the kids, the food, and the traffic, holiday travel can be a really tiring situation for us. We might not be able to control the traffic situation, but we can prepare ourselves for the other scenarios by considering a couple of things. Here are a few ways to prepare for your hol ... read more

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Partner Spotlight : Farmers Insurance

Partner Spotlight : Farmers Insurance

Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash   Have any of you been involved in a car accident, and you didn't have insurance? Driving without insurance can put you and those around you at risk, leaving you open to financial hardship and legal consequences! At CARSTAR Auto Body Repair, we partner with the best insurance companies available to keep you and your family protected!. This month we are proud to spotlight our partners at Farmers Insurance!   Farmers Insurance has been serving the United States for almost 100 years, since 1928! Making them a legacy brand "tried and trued" and trusted by American citizens for generations. Their motto of "Whenever & Wherev ... read more

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More Common Causes of Collisions

More Common Causes of Collisions

Photo by Alexandre Boucher on Unsplash   Collisions are by far the most dangerous situation that we face on a day-to-day basis! Statistically, a collision is the #1 cause of significant injury to American citizens. We get distracted by life, our cellphones, and the drudgery of going about our day. Those distractions are more dangerous than we realize, and it would be best if we "kept our head on a swivel" to stay aware of the dangers around us.   Many of us go forward with our day-to-day tasks, totally unaware of how dangerous the road can be, but we can be more prepared if we are aware of what can lead to a collision! We can look out for very common problems and simple distractions that we all encounter ... read more

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Our Favorite Road Trip Playlists for Autumn

Our Favorite Road Trip Playlists for Autumn

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash   With the weather feeling just right and the leaves turning their autumn shades of color, now is a great time to hit the road and enjoy a road trip! Some of our favorite memories on a road trip centered around the music we were listening to on the road. We were blasting "Bohemian Rhapsody" with everyone in the car singing along. These are some of our fondest memories, and a good playlist can make your trip that much better!   Spotify has a huge compendium of amazing playlists, and many of them are built especially for road trips! They have a playlist for every generation and every genre of music! Got a car full of millennials who want to relive the 90's? They have you cov ... read more

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Partner Spotlight -- Coast Auto Insurance

Partner Spotlight -- Coast Auto Insurance

Photo by Michael Jin on Unsplash  This week's blog brings us to our partner spotlight, Coast Auto Insurance! Going beyond expectations, Coast Auto Insurance sets a new standard for excellent coverage and benefits. Knowing an outstanding insurance company covers you can bring ease of mind and reassurance that you will be covered when the unexpected comes.  Coast Auto Insurance was founded in 1986 in Seaside, CA. Since then, they have expanded to offering coverage for cars and other vehicles, homes, personal property, businesses, and more! Being a part of a stellar company such as Coast Auto Insurance can bring several benefits to you and your family. These are a few ex ... read more

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The Most Common Causes of Collisions

The Most Common Causes of Collisions

    Photo by Holly Mandarich on Unsplash  For this week's blog, we want to highlight some of the more common causes of auto collisions so that you can avoid being in an accident yourself. While commuting to work or going about your day, you may have witnessed an accident on the road and wondered why it happened. At CARSTAR Robert's Collision in Monterey, we care about your safety and want to point out some things to avoid while on the road.  Being able to identify hazards on the road or having the ability to react to avoid accidents requires attention and focus. It is important to remember that your life, your passenger's life, and the lives of other drivers around you can be affected ... read more

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What to do when you get in an Accident

What to do when you get in an Accident

Photo by Matt Chesin on Unsplash Greetings from our second blog of the month! This week’s blog is all about what you should do if you find yourself involved in a vehicle accident. The National Highway Traffic Administration records that there is a vehicular accident approximately every 60 seconds, equating to an estimated amount of 5.25 million accidents per year.  While we hope you never have to put these tips to practice, it is essential to know how to act in these stressful situations. Continue reading to learn more about important steps that you can take to ease the stress of being in an unfortunate situation. Stay calm and assess the situation - One of the first things to consider when in an accident is to stay calm and ... read more

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Thanks to our Staff (Labor Day)

Thanks to our Staff (Labor Day)

from the website This first Monday of this September is better known as Labor Day! This holiday serves as a symbol of the progress and achievement of the working people. There is also a second meaning to Labor Day in which most Americans consider Labor Day to mark the end of summer!    This labor day, we want to acknowledge our hard-working employees who contribute directly towards the amazing work done here at CARSTAR Robert's Collision in Monterey. Without the dedication and commitment of our employees, we would not be able to provide the exceptional service in which we take pride in ourselves.    We encourage you to check out our reviews which highlight the fantastic work done by the leading auto repair team in the Monterey peninsula! We would also like to invite you to check out this video about our customer service!  If you have any questions regarding ... read more

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Partner Spotlight -- 21st Century Insurance

Partner Spotlight -- 21st Century Insurance

Photo by Sarah Brown on Unsplash    Did you get into a car accident, and you didn't have auto insurance? Not having your vehicle secured by company insurance can cost you lots of money when it comes to a car accident. But here at CARSTAR Auto Body Repair experts, we can help you find the perfect auto insurance for your vehicle. And for this month's blog, our partner spotlight of this month is 21st Century Insurance.    Having auto insurance can protect yourself and others; it can help you protect your family members, passengers, and other drivers during a car accident on the road. 21st Century Insurance has taken pride in providing customers superior coverage and quality service since ... read more

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Back To School and the importance of brakes

Back To School and the importance of brakes

Photo by Deleece Cook on Unsplash    Is your vehicle ready for back-to-school season? Going back to school in person after being away for a long time can be exciting! And because of this it is important to have your vehicle ready and make sure everything is working perfectly, especially the brakes.    Having your car ready for back to school can save you lots of time and money. Your kids or probably yourself are going back to school, which means the hours you spend in the car have just significantly increased! You will be driving from home to school, to work, and back and forth. Below are some of the steps you should consider to have your vehicle and brakes ready for back to school:   Keep an eye on your tires: Your vehicle tires are like your feet; they need to be in go ... read more

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Accident Checklist

Accident Checklist

Photo by Michael Jin on Unsplash Have you ever been in a car accident and don't know what to do? For this month's blog, we will teach you some of the accident checklists you should know when a car accident happens! Driving can be something that sounds fun to do, but it can also be risky if we don't take precautions and are focused on the road. Traffic accidents can happen anytime, to anyone, and for this reason, it is essential to be prepared and know what to do when it happens.    When people suffer a car accident, the first thing they do is get paranoid and leave the scene, which is reasonable. But trying to leave the place of the accident without even calling the police or making sure the other people on the vehicle are okay can be the most common mistake people make in ... read more

Left, Right, and Left Again: Reliving your first year of driving

Left, Right, and Left Again: Reliving your first year of driving

Photo by Jan Baborák on Unsplash    Welcome to our August blog! For this blog, we will be talking about relieving your first year of driving and some of the things you can do to calm your nerves and help you drive, like if you have been doing so for years.    The fear of driving is incredibly common among first-time drivers and can be mild or severe. It takes its time, probably up to three months or even more. Even if you start driving on the regular roads, it might take months before becoming really good, but it's all about practice. We all had the experience of having one family member or friend yelling at us while trying to teach us how to drive, but in the end, we all learned how to do it successfully.    Our friends at CARSTAR Robert's want you ... read more

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Partner Spotlight -- Unitrin Insurance

In this week’s blog, we want to spotlight one of our insurance partners: Unitrin Insurance. However, Kemper Direct recently purchased Unitrin, so anyone who signed up with Unitrin Insurance will now be filing auto insurance claims through Kemper Direct:  https://direct.kemper.com/home.aspx?source=kemperselect Kemper Direct is part of Kemper Corporation (NYSE:KMPR), one of the nation’s leading financial service providers. They provide both auto and home insurance.  If you want to see a review of Unitrin Insurance, check out this link: https://www.autoinsurance.org/companies/unitrin-direct-auto-insurance-review/ At CARSTAR Robert’s Collision, we work closely with insurance providers to provide easy, convenient service and communication to our mutual clients. Our combined goal is to make your auto ... read more

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How To Prevent Your Car From Getting Sunburnt

How To Prevent Your Car From Getting Sunburnt

Sunburnt paint. We've all seen it. That beautiful brightly colored car paint fades and chips away when exposed to the elements for too long. Most people would say that this is a process everybody goes through sooner or later. However, it should not be like that! If we just followed a couple of simple steps, we could prevent ourselves from the headaches of repairing the car paint of a sun-damaged car. Here's what to do. Park under trees.  In most cases, wherever you go, there's usually a tree or two by the parking lot. The trees help shade your car, which keeps your car cooler. But watch out for tree sap getting on your paint job!  But what if there are no trees?  Whenever possible, seek out covered parking lots or garages that block out the sun's UV rays. These covered parking places may not be offered for free. However, most stores allow you to park for free for 2 hours. This is more than enough time to conduct your business and keep your car fresh ... read more

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Top Travel Destinations In California

Top Travel Destinations In California

Photo by Foundry Co from Pixabay   California is arguably one of the most iconic states. Besides incredible opportunities to do business and a high standard of living, California is also known for its tourist-friendly cities and places.    In this article, we’ll reveal a couple of the best travel destinations if you want to see the beauty of our “Golden State”!   Enjoy the ride, and drive safely!   San Francisco Besides the well-known Silicon Valley area and Alcatraz Island, San Francisco is a cultural paradise. It houses the ... read more

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How To Safely Enjoy Independence Day

How To Safely Enjoy Independence Day

  Independence Day is one of the most important days for American families. However, as data from The National Safety Council (NSC) shows, it can also be one of the deadliest.    Over 300 people are expected to die during this year’s Independence Day due to traffic accidents. As depressing as this may seem, we can prevent that by sticking to the simple rules of safe driving.   The basics:   Wear a seatbelt. Wearing a seatbelt prevents over 45% of the potential fatalities in car crashes. This “Lives Saved” statistic shows that over 100 people can be saved just this Independence Day if people just wore their seat belts.   Don’t drink and drive. Over 40% of fatal incidents on Independence Day occur because of alcohol usage ... read more

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Partner Spotlight -- Permit General Insurance

This month, CARSTAR Robert’s Collision wants to highlight and celebrate one of our partners: Permit General Insurance.    Permit General works with CARSTAR Robert’s Collision as a direct repair shop. Permit General Insurance offers automotive insurance that has a variety of coverage plans that help clients find the best auto insurance for their needs.   At CARSTAR Robert’s Collision, we work closely with insurance providers to provide easy, convenient service and communication to our mutual clients. Our combined goal is to make your auto body repairs seamless and hassle-free, with high-quality customer service. Here are some videos showing the entire customer service experience and repair process when you work with CARSTAR Robert’s Collision:   If your vehicle needs auto body repair and you have questions for our tea ... read more

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Our Favorite Road Trip Playlists for Summer

Our Favorite Road Trip Playlists for Summer

Lucky for us on the Monterey Peninsula, we can take a road trip to Big Sur in less than an hour. Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash   Now that the pandemic appears to be under control for the moment and it’s summertime, so many folks are itching to travel. We can’t blame them, for we like to travel, too.    Lucky for us, we live here in paradise on the Monterey Peninsula and there’s no real need for us to get out of town. But when we do travel, we like to have our favorite road trip playlists on tap for summertime fun.    Here are some of our fave road trip playlists on Spotify:   Summer Road Trip 2021 on Spotify, a playlist created by Hugo Deroussent ... read more

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What Is The Most Important Safety Feature On Your Vehicle?

What Is The Most Important Safety Feature On Your Vehicle?

Photo by Will Porada on Unsplash   Do you know what the most important safety feature is on your car, truck, or SUV?   If you think it’s your air bags, you’re wrong. If you think it’s your seat belt, think again. Maybe it’s the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist System) on that newer vehicle you own? Nope. How about the headlights that run day and night? Nice try, but no. Windshield wipers? Nyet. Safety glass? Nuh-uh.   What is the most important safety feature on your vehicle?   The number one safety feature is your braking system. All of the other safety features are secondary to your brakes, which are responsible for stopping you in time before a collision.   When was the last time ... read more

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