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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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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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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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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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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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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 -- Geico Insurance

This month, CARSTAR Robert’s Collision wants to highlight and celebrate one of our partners:  Geico Insurance.  Geico Insurance has been a longtime partner of our auto body shop. Even before the time of COVID-19, we had an on-site Geico representative who would assess the collision damage of their clients’ vehicles. Together, we do our part 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:   For additional information about Geico and how to make a claim after you suffer an auto accident, you’ll find a wealth of material here: https://www.geico.com/claims/  ... read more

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What Is Waterborne Paint & What’s So Special About It?

What Is Waterborne Paint & What’s So Special About It?

Years ago, our auto body repair shop was the first of all auto repair shops to receive Green certification from the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program. To obtain this green certification, we had to employ various procedures that prove to be environmentally friendly. One of the major things that helped us earn that certification was our use of waterborne paint. CARSTAR Robert’s Collision was the first and only Green shop in the area using waterborne paint. This type of paint is water-based and the leading auto body paints in the industry that is eco-friendly. Using waterborne paint instead of more harmful kinds is better for the environment and your vehicle for several reasons:   First of all, we don’t have to sacrifice quality. This technology reduces hazardous waste that negatively impacts the environment as well as our employees. When waterborne paint is used, it serves an effective solution for lowering volatile organic compound emissions.  Waterbor ... read more

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Origins of National Pumpkin Day

Origins of National Pumpkin Day

While Halloween falls on October 31st, National Pumpkin Day is October 26! Pumpkins are often seen as a fun fall holiday decoration and ingredient in festive recipes, but they’re so much more than that. Not only are they full of antioxidants, but they’re also loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and they make fantastic desserts!  The history of National Pumpkin Day begins with the pumpkin itself. The pumpkin is indigenous to the Western Hemisphere, with some of the oldest domesticated pumpkin seeds discovered by archaeologists in the Oaxaca highlands of Mexico. Believed to have originated in Central American over 7,500 years ago, pumpkins are thought to be among the first crops grown by humans in North America. Back then, pumpkins didn’t look much like they do now -- they were originally small, wizened little gourds, with tough exteriors and a bitter flavor. They were ideal to keep throughout the winter, as their thick flesh was easy to store throughout th ... read more

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5 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

5 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

While COVID-19 has continued to ravage the world, it’s a difficult time for people in our community to come together and support causes near and dear to our hearts without fear of becoming ill. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s now more important than ever to support these causes, especially when supporting them does so much good. Read on to learn five ways you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, despite COVID-19! Join a virtual 5K run/walk There may not be many 5K run/walks to physically go to this year due to the COVID-19 epidemic, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t sign up virtually! Not only are they easy and cheaper than in-person events, but you can participate according to your own schedule and fitness level. Host a fundraising event online Though fundraising in person may not be in the cards right now, there’s so many ways to help fundraise online! Set up a GoFundMe or other similar fu ... read more

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Keeping Your Car Safe From Ash and Dust During Fire Season

 Keeping Your Car Safe From Ash and Dust During Fire Season

California has been struck by fire after fire in the last few years, and 2020 is up there with the worst fire season our state has ever seen. Along with smoky orange and grey skies and poor to dangerous air quality, California residents have had days and days of ash falling from the sky. With no end to the fires in sight, it’s important to make sure that you keep your car from accumulating long-term damage as a result of the fire season. Keep reading to find out how to keep the air pollution from ruining your car’s paint job, and how to keep the air in your car as clean as possible.  After driving, you’ll likely arrive home with some ash residue. This can be removed quickly and easily by gently wiping down your vehicle with a long-handled car duster to remove any soot and ash that have accumulated. Make sure to pay particular attention to your headlights and taillights to ensure you have maximum visibility. If you have access to a garage where you can park your ... read more

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Celebrating National Native American Day in Monterey, CA

Celebrating National Native American Day in Monterey, CA

While Columbus Day is observed annually on the second Monday of October, not all states follow this traditional holiday. Instead, they choose to celebrate other events that same day. Enter: National Native American Day! Also known as Native American Day and Indigenous People’s Day, observers of this holiday choose to celebrate the heritage of Native Americans and to share knowledge of the native peoples who have been here since before the start of the American story. Celebrated in South Dakota and Berkeley, California, instead of Columbus Day and statewide in California as a day of observance on the fourth Friday of September, this holiday is meant to uplift and highlight the cultures of our country’s first nations. Many people who celebrate Native Americans’ Day do so through teaching and learning about the traditions, culture, and heritage of Native American peoples. This is frequently paired with awareness-raising activities about their history that aren’t al ... read more

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5 Locations for an Impromptu Car Photo Shoot in Monterey, CA

5 Locations for an Impromptu Car Photo Shoot in Monterey, CA

Monterey County is known for its gorgeous scenic views, so what could be better than an impromptu photo shoot surrounded by the Bay Area coast? There’s no better backdrop to photograph the sleek lines of your car than the natural beauty of these locations, so keep reading to find out more! The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail This trail spans 29 glistening miles along the waterfront of Monterey. Passing iconic locations like Old Fisherman’s Wharf, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Asilomar State Beach, there are tons of great photo opportunities to be had along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. River Road Wine Trail in Salinas Valley Not only does this wine trail wind through some of the best wine country in California, but the views of the vineyards and surrounding agriculture create a stunning foil for the sharp angles and stark contrast of your car. Posed next to rolling lush vineyards and the clear blue sky, your car will lo ... read more

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History of the California Admission Day

History of the California Admission Day

A frequently ignored holiday, California Admission Day is the legal holiday in our great state of California that is celebrated as a way to commemorate the anniversary of the 1850 admission of California into the United States Union as the 31st state. Leading up to this day, in 1848, Mexico and the United States had signed a treaty that ended the Mexican War and gave over a significant portion of the Pacific Southwest to the United States. This included California. Just days before the signing of this treaty, gold was discovered along the American River near Sacramento, which pushed forward our state’s admittance into the Union. With the ensuing increase in population from the goldrush, California was in dire need of a civil government presence. In 1849, California sought out statehood as a part of the United States Union. After heated debate among our Congress due to the discussion of slavery, California was entered into the Union. It was soon entered proudly in as the 31st stat ... read more

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History of Labor Day

History of Labor Day

Everyone loves Labor Day for the three-day weekend it gives us, but when was the last time you sat down and thought about what it represents? At CARSTAR Robert’s Collision & Repair, we like Labor Day just as much as the rest, so why not learn a bit more about it? Keep reading for the origins of Labor Day, and some great ways to celebrate it near and around Monterey! Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September, and was originally created by the labor movement. The holiday is dedicated to the social and economic achievements that were only made possible by the masses of American workers. In the true community spirit, it is celebrated yearly as a national tribute all that American workers have contributed to the United States. The first Labor Day was celebrated September 5, 1882, in New York City. Planned by the Central Labor Union, the first Labor Day celebration was originally in the form of a parade. Determined to showcase the strength and spirit of the trade and labor o ... read more

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Scenic Drives Near Monterey, CA To Beat the Summer Heat

Scenic Drives Near Monterey, CA To Beat the Summer Heat

For those who prefer their creature comforts but still appreciate the beauty of the world around them, the scenic drives around Monterey, CA, are the best of both worlds. Without ever leaving your vehicle's comfort, you can drive all around the Monterey Bay coast and soak in the sights. Keep reading to learn about four scenic drives to try out.  Highway 1 Highway 1 is the most well-known scenic drive Monterey County has to offer, and one of the best scenic drives in the world. Showing off a wide range of local geography, you'll find wetlands and fishing ports, as well as artichoke fields and rolling sand dunes. Framed by cypress forests and the rocky coastline, you'll find your way through Monterey and up through Big Sur's ancient redwood forest. 17-Mile Drive Also known as a highly prized cycling route, 17-Mile Drive is also one of California's best scenic routes. Beginning as a carriage road for guests at the Hotel del Mont ... read more

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Best Cycling Destinations Near Monterey, CA

Best Cycling Destinations Near Monterey, CA

Social distancing guidelines have made many summer pastimes challenging to partake in, to say the least. Thankfully, cycling isn't one of them! No matter if you're new to Monterey or a local through and through, this list of the best cycling destinations near Monterey will be sure to please.  Fisherman's Wharf to Lovers Point: Perfect for beginners, this route will let you soak in the best sights that the Monterey coastline has to offer. This simple bike path along Fisherman's Wharf through to Lover's Point is especially popular among beginner cyclists due to its separation from traffic. This makes it a safe and secure path for families to take with their kids. Who wouldn't love this route?  Cachagua Loop: An advanced ride, the Cachagua Loop is for those cyclists who like a challenge. Promising lovely valley views, riders can take the 30-mile loop from Carmel Valley Village through some of Cachagua's finest viney ... read more

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Supporting Your Local Small Businesses With Takeout

Supporting Your Local Small Businesses With Takeout

With another round of shutdowns for California on the horizon, our food industry has taken a major hit. Why not get out of the house for a bit while you drive down to pick up some takeout? It will be a pleasant evening drive, and you'll be supporting your local restaurants in the process! You can turn your ride into a picnic and take in some of the beautiful scenery the Monterey bay area has to offer. Keep reading for some of the top-rated takeouts in the Monterey Bay area to try.    Red House Café: Home to the historic "Little Red House," the Red House Café has become a local landmark befitting the Little Red House's history. Initially built in 1895, the Little Red House opened up the Red House Café in 1996 along with a garden shop. Both are still here today and serve up only the best New American cuisine with a European influence. With an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients, and a location to die for, you can take ... read more

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Common Summer Road Hazards and How To Avoid Them

Common Summer Road Hazards and How To Avoid Them

Many drivers may think that winter is the most dangerous time of year to be on the road. However, it's been shown that a higher number of car crashes and automobile-related injuries and fatalities actually occur from July to August. Not to mention, that the summer months are also when teen accidents and deaths are at an exceptionally high point with so many young people home for the summer. Keep reading to learn more about common summer road hazards and how to avoid them.  Tire Blowouts: It's pure science; hot temperatures cause air to expand, which causes the air in your tires to expand. This can lead to nothing, but it can also lead to a tire blowout during a heatwave. And while a parked car with a blown-out tire may not sound like too much of a problem, what happens when that tire is on the highway?   To keep this from happening to your tires, make sure to frequently check your tire pressure – leaving a small electric pressure gauge in your ... read more

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Tips on How to Quickly and Easily Spring Clean Your Family Vehicle

Tips on How to Quickly and Easily Spring Clean Your Family Vehicle

We can’t help but love spring; it is as if the world is waking up refreshed and renewed -- flowers are starting to bloom, the sun is starting to shine, and the animals are starting to come out of hibernation. For many of us, the start of spring is a signal for us to start to spring clean to get rid of any remnants of winter. Here are some tips on how to quickly and easily spring clean your family vehicle:  First, start with your vehicle’s exterior.  Start by washing your vehicle bumper-to-bumper twice in a row to make sure you get any and all dirt and debris on your car.  Let’s get those tires sparkling by cleaning them with a tire-cleaning spray and brush.  Don’t forget about the underbody of your vehicle. You would be surprised to learn how much grime and dirt can accumulate on the underbody of your vehicle during wintertime.  When all finished, use a microfiber cloth to completely dry your vehicle.  Now, you’re ready ... read more

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The History of Toyota

The History of Toyota

Did you know that Toyota's produce more than 10 million vehicles each year? The Toyota Motor Corporation is and has been a leader of sales in Hybrid and electric automobiles, which keeps them on the leading edge of technology and demand by the people. By building cars under different brands, such as Hino, Lexus, Daihatsu, Ranze, Toyota anchored its foothold as a multinational conglomerate throughout the world. Founded in 1937 by visionary Kiichiro Toyoda, early designs were modeled after the Chevy and Dodge Power Wagon. During WWII, Toyota was contracted to build trucks for the imperial Japanese army, which once the war was lost, both the country and Toyota were thrust into economic instability. Finally, in 1947, Toyota built its first passenger car, which helped bring them through. In the 1950s, Toyota began importing vehicles to the United States and was also contracted to build cars for the Korean war. By the 1960s, the affordable Toyota cars became popular across the country ... read more

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Is It Okay To Have Dogs In The Front Seat?

Is It Okay To Have Dogs In The Front Seat?

Most of us dog lovers, want our pup with us in the car. We all have to take our dog here and there, be it the groomers, or just enjoying a ride together. There is not much more satisfying than jingling your keys, and seeing that cute tail wag; we love more opportunities to spend time with Fido. More than half of us drive with our dogs more than once per month. That is a lot of pup's in the car on the road!   When we bring our human family in the car, we make sure they are buckled up, which begs the question, why would we not do the same for our four-legged furry friends? If you decide to take Fido along in the car for a ride, consider investing in a dog safety belt and buckle them into the back seat for safety. If you think of it, a dog that is loose in the car in a time of impact not only becomes a missile, there is a high chance of them getting thrown out of the window. If your pup is in the front seat and an airbag goes off, they will be severely injured. We all know and se ... read more

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Overhang - Know your hauling limits

Overhang - Know your hauling limits

Sometimes when we leave the hardware store we find ourselves looking at the lumber or carpet we purchased, compare it to the size of our car and realize that what seemed like a great idea in the store now poses a potential transportation issue. How far is too far? Well, this is an easy enough question to answer. You can hang items over the front of your vehicle up to three feet, four feet past the rear of your car and four inches on each side of your car.   If you have items that overhang past four feet, it must be properly marked with a red flag on each side, the load needs to have some type of side marker as close to the front and rear, plus two reflectors. In reality, our cars and trucks won't really have a big issue with this, anything that much larger than your vehicle then a professional delivery will be a better option. If you need to use your personal vehicle to transport an item, then you will need to abide by the same laws that commercial trucks follow.   Secure ... read more

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Do you need to fix or replace lights that fog up?

Do you need to fix or replace lights that fog up?

How does moisture get into our headlights, anyway? No one wants to find moisture in their headlights, especially if you have invested in custom lights for your car. Finding moisture in your headlights doesn't mean your headlights are damaged or broken, or that you need to run out and buy a new pair. Fear not, although you may find a foggy cloud inside your headlights on occasion, they might still be just fine. Condensation that forms in your headlight is something that happens when the air outside of your headlight is cooler than the air inside the lens. If you drive around for a few hours, more than likely, the moisture will dissipate because your headlights have warmed up. Most headlights have tiny vents on the top and bottom of each headlight; for this reason, these vents will allow moisture to come in, and escape as needed.   Have you special ordered new headlights, and received them, opened the package to find them fogged up? This can be a very distressing occurrence, and ... read more

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Minimizing Distractions Inside Your Vehicle

Minimizing Distractions Inside Your Vehicle

Distracted driving is more and more common on the road these days, and has become the number one killer, literally even more than drunk driving. We are all guilty from time to time of driving distracted in one way or another, it is human to do so, and ultimately convenient to multi-task. We all know or have that one friend that is the cell phone chatter, the texter, the make-up expert, the food queen, or the in-car DJ. Distracted driving has become nearly fashionable in some sense. However, it also can become quite deadly, so here are some tips to help reduce distractions in the car.   Use the phone for emergencies only  When you are driving, it is best to keep both hands on the road, and your mind trained at the task at hand, driving. Cell phone use should be reserved for emergency use only when driving, and it is even better to pull over to the right side shoulder of the road if you need to make a call. Did you know that even hands-free devices still pose a distraction? It ... read more

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How to Reduce Road Noise

How to Reduce Road Noise

Classic cars have a rumble and feel that most of us are eager to experience. There is nothing like it! If you are off on a big road trip, chances are you won't want to be spending long hours in a rumbling beast, so we have put together a list of products to help reduce road noise for you.   Undercoating Undercoating is fantastic for many reasons, not only does it help seal up the underside of your car preventing new rust issues, it acts a bit like glue sealing up and creating a barrier, this barrier is suitable for sound dampening. Undercoating reduces road noise when properly applied to your car.   Sound Deadening Mat This type of mat sticks on the inside of your car underneath your carpet. It can be tricky to install because you have to pull up your carpet to apply. However, you will be pleased with the results. This sound deadening mat performs well, absorbing the sound. Sound deadening mat is made up of a heavy, dense tar type of product. There are other brands that a ... read more

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Window Tinting - Pros and Cons

Window Tinting - Pros and Cons

Window tint - Pros and Cons Tinted windows are great for a number of reasons. They can block dangerous UV rays, they look good, and also offer some privacy, so you don't feel like you are driving in a fishbowl when on the road. Keep in mind; there is such a thing as too dark of tint.   Is It Legal? In the south, we encounter many cars with really dark tinted windows. The advantage of dark tint is heat repellant and UV ray reduction. The intense heat of the south does tend to tax your air conditioner, so it is an advantage. As we move to the northern states, dark tint tends to signal that whoever is inside may have reason to hide. Many states have laws in place to limit the tinting of vehicle windows.   Vision Limitation Yes, tinted windows can keep your eyes from sun damage, on darker days, that same tint can impede your vision. Missing an animal crossing the road, a car without headlights, or worse yet, a child running into the way could mean ultimate disaster. It ... read more

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Alternative Parts Use

Alternative Parts Use

  Aftermarket and alternative parts have their place in the repair process.   Believe it or not, some vehicles over four years of age begin encountering challenges when tracking down replacement parts. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts may simply no longer be available, and the only option becomes aftermarket or salvaged parts to repair your vehicle.   Remember that for your monthly premium to remain affordable; insurance companies use aftermarket parts in the repair process. Would you use a cheaper part to save money if the two were nearly identical in every way? How about reusing a component that is still good? Insurance companies are faced with this same challenge, and so have come up with policies and protocols to streamline their approval process throughout your automobiles repair.   Collision shops love the fit and feel of an OEM part; it is the preferred part to work with. If aftermarket parts are available and insurance will not pay for an O ... read more

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