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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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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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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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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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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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What Does Your TPMS Do And What Is It Trying To Tell You?

Have you ever noticed on a colder-than-average morning here in Monterey County, your vehicle notifies you that your tires are under-inflated?  If you have experienced that, it is a function of your car’s TPMS, which is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Cool, huh? Modern vehicles are pretty darned smart. There are numerous computer modules and sensors throughout your car, and the TPMS is one of them. But what exactly does your TPMS do, and what is it trying to tell you? To break it down to its essence, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System senses if your tires are under-inflated, over-inflated, or just right. Before the TPMS became a standard dashboard light feature in modern vehicles, drivers were taught to inspect their tires each time before they got in the car. That is why you hear colloquialisms like “tire kicking” and “kicking tires”. A visual inspection before each trip would give the driver an idea if the tires had a flat or if they were sa ... read more

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What Does Your Car’s Suspension Have To Do With Safety?

Did you know that when your vehicle's suspension is not in tip-top shape, you increase your risk of getting into an accident? It's true, and that is the main reason why your car's suspension has to do with the safety of you and your passengers. To be clear, CARSTAR Robert's Collision is not claiming that keeping your suspension well maintained is going to prevent an accident or improve your safety. That is a claim anyone would be foolish to make because accidents can be caused by various multipliers, including distracted driving, a blown tire, road hazards, and the like. But in this week's blog article, we will point out five reasons why your vehicle's suspension has a lot to do with the ability to drive safely. Turns. Have you ever had to make a quick, hard turn? Sharp and fast turns are not something we recommend often doing. However, these kinds of turns are sometimes necessary when avoiding an object in the road or when we almost miss a turn. If your car ... read more

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Romantic Drives In The COVID Era

Have you noticed there are fewer airline flights and less desire to fly in recent months? It’s no fault of the airline industry, of course, but the Coronavirus has opened up other travel opportunities. In today’s current events, road trips exploring your local region are what’s hot among those looking to get out of the house for a few days. Because road trips are trending, we have some suggestions for romantic drives in the COVID Era.  Now that we’re in February, many of us start to think about Valentine’s Day. Lucky for us, the Monterey Peninsula offers a host of romantic drives that we can choose from and enjoy in a day or two. But before you set off for romance on the road, here are some things to consider. Plan ahead for your romantic drive. Romantic drives don’t have to be lengthy, but in the COVID Era, there are various reasons to plan ahead. Bathrooms may not be open along the route you’re planning, for example. Hotels and cute ... read more

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Preparing For Disaster -- What You And Your Family Should Do To Prepare

Lucky for us, not too many crazy things happen here on the Monterey Peninsula. However, that doesn’t mean we should blow off preparing for disaster. Monterey County has seen numerous wildfires, evacuations, car accidents, and other disasters. Why not prepare yourself, your family, and your car in case you need to leave your home on short notice? If you take the time to be prepared, the painful sting of unexpected accidents or emergencies can be reduced. Of course, one can never be fully prepared to a life-altering event, but advance preparation can remove some of the chaos that comes with it.  Earlier this month, we shared some helpful advice that can help you and your family prepare. Here’s a recap: Check your tires. Just a couple extra minutes in the morning, make sure your tires aren’t going flat on you. You can even use the penny trick! When your tires are properly inflated, not only will your tires last longer, but you will reduce your chances of a blowo ... read more

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For This We Are Grateful

For This We Are Grateful

Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to remind everyone that there is so much to be grateful for. Yes, this year has been incredibly rough due to COVID-19 and the other challenges we have faced here in California. However, we choose to focus on the good in every situation. That is why we want to list the many things that we are grateful for here at CARSTAR Robert’s Collision:   We are grateful to have a large number of happy clients who are thrilled with our customer service experience and the quality of our work. We are grateful that today’s modern vehicles have so many safety features, that even when a collision occurs, the precious cargo inside is well protected. Of course, not all accidents allow you to walk away without a scratch. But the safety features that have been added to most vehicles can certainly help reduce the risk of higher fatalities. We are grateful for state-of-the-art equipment, tools, and auto body technolo ... read more

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5 Ways to Make Summer Fun For the Kids Without Going Away to Summer Camp

5 Ways to Make Summer Fun For the Kids Without Going Away to Summer Camp

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash Though everyone’s summer plans have likely been upended due to COVID-19, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make summer fun for the kids! Many families have chosen to keep their kids home from summer camps, and some might have closed their doors for now. Whatever the situation, there’s no end to the great ideas that will keep your children busy and entertained all summer long. 1.       Make Your Own Camp: This one’s a no-brainer, but there’s nothing stopping you and the kids from making your own stay-at-home summer camp! With a little planning and preparation, you can keep the kids occupied with arts and crafts projects, fun science experiments, and even cooking lessons! Head to Google and plan your curriculum as you see fit. You can even pitch a tent in the backyard or the ... read more

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Staying Safe This Summer During the Age of COVID-19

Staying Safe This Summer During the Age of COVID-19

Photo by Victor He on Unsplash Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic. For many people, especially during the summer, physical activity is usually something they’d be doing outside at parks, beaches, campgrounds, and a host of other summer destinations. Keep reading for places to go and ways to stay active, even while shelter-in-place restrictions are in place! Visit parks that are close to home! Places you can and should visit will ideally be close by and won’t require much traveling. Visit those parks that are closest to you and check with the park or recreation area well in advance to learn how to prepare safely. Find out if there are bathroom facilities and other services that are still open and available to the public. Beaches and othe ... read more

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How Your Car Can Help You Decompress

How Your Car Can Help You Decompress

Photo by Maxwell Ridgeway on Unsplash Depending on where you live and what you do for a living, you might find that you spend an awful lot of time in your car on your way to and from work, drives to school, and every other little errand you might have. Unfortunately, commuting for more than 20 minutes a day can cause chronic stress. That's why the CARSTAR Robert's Collision and Repair team wants to help you de-stress and decompress while you drive with this list of tips and tricks to try! Healthy Habits While Driving: Most of us hop in the car first thing in the morning, with some toast or a bagel and coffee to try and beat the morning traffic. Try getting up a little earlier so your morning routine is calm, and you have plenty of time to make a healthy breakfast. You might even want to pack some snacks for the road, or blend up a sm ... read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling with Pets

Everything You Need to Know About Traveling with Pets

Photo by Luca Peng on Unsplash At CARSTAR Robert's Collision and Repair, we know that traveling with your beloved pets can be a constant struggle. To help you make the most of your driving time with your pets and keep your family's smaller extensions safe and happy, take a look at this list of tips and tricks to traveling with pets! Before any extended travel, you should always make sure your pets are healthy to do so. Take them to the veterinarian for a checkup, make sure all their vaccinations are up-to-date and copy those records with you. If you're planning on flying with an airline, these records are required. Making sure your pets stay healthy means you also need to bring along enough of their regular food, medication, and water for them to last the duration of the trip. Traveling for humans and pets is a little different depending on what kind of a ... read more

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How to Disinfect Your Car Without Ruining It!

How to Disinfect Your Car Without Ruining It!

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash With COVID-19 causing record numbers of disinfectant and cleaning supply sales (and shortages) around the world, it’s natural to worry about getting your car’s interior clean as a whistle. The team at CARSTAR Robert’s Collision & Repair knows your family’s safety is your number one priority. Still, we don’t want you to ruin your car in the process! Read on to find out the best practices to use when disinfecting your vehicle.  First, a little bit of information about how COVID-19 reacts to certain surfaces: the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is passed from person to person when they cough or sneeze. Tiny droplets are released, carrying the virus, which a healthy person ... read more

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COVID-19 and Cars: Should We Wear Our Masks While Driving?

COVID-19 and Cars: Should We Wear Our Masks While Driving?

Photo by Tai's Captures on Unsplash With COVID-19 on everyone’s minds and shelter-in-place orders predicted to remain in place for the foreseeable future, masks and gloves have become commonplace. Though social distancing includes staying 6 feet apart and wearing surgical masks and gloves when around others, you may have noticed that some people are continuing to wear them while driving around. Is this necessary? Read on to find out! Since the COVID-19 crisis began, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recommended that people follow all social distancing guidelines, which includes wearing a cloth face covering while out in public. These face coverings range from scarves to N95 respirators, but the main question is, do we n ... read more

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5 Ways To Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend At Home On The Monterey Peninsula

With the Shelter In Place Ordinance lasting until May 31st here on the Monterey Peninsula, the Memorial Day Weekend is expected to look a little different in 2020. We won’t be able to gather in large groups to celebrate the traditional kick-off to Summer, but we are very fortunate to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Living on the Monterey Peninsula has its benefits. The temperature is never too hot or too cold. Our Monterey Bay is breathtakingly beautiful. We have some of the most legendary golf courses in our backyard. Plus, we are a community filled with wonderful people who have added much richness to our long history. Truly, if we cannot go anywhere during the Memorial Day Weekend, staying here at home is not a bad thing at all. However, if you are looking to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, here are five ways to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend. Go camping in your own backyard. If you have a large enough backyard, why not set up a tent and ... read more

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Everyday Things That Damage Your Paint Job

Everyday Things That Damage Your Paint Job

  When your car was new, its paint was pristine and glossy. Over time your vehicle becomes exposed to everyday wear and tear, and your paint begins to fade and full. Here is a list of 5 everyday things that can damage your car's paint, some of which may surprise you.   Bug Juice The front of your car seems to collect bugs splattered across the front, especially in summer. Once these bugs are dead, they can seem harmless; however, if you don't immediately remove them, you can find your car has permanently etched bug imprints in your paint. As soon as you are able, you can take a soft cloth and grab some bug and tar remover and get to work to prevent your car from becoming a graveyard of bug imprints.   Bird Poo Although we do love watching these majestic feathered friends of our soar across the sky, how many times have we heard a plop and a thud to find our car has been bird bombed? Bird droppings are grainy and often filled with seeds, and acidic berry rem ... read more

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Time to Stop!

Time to Stop!

  Knowing you can safely stop at a short distance is vital to safety on the road. Your brakes are one of the most essential and critical safety features on your vehicle.  Braking systems made up of a series of mechanical parts and sensors on modern cars, each piece plays an important role, and all work together to ensure sufficient stopping power.    You are most likely familiar with some of the parts of your braking system. There are several components, such as a brake pedal, and lesser-known parts such as the master cylinder, brake lines, fluid, pads, rotors, or drums. Older vehicles came with drum brakes; however, these days, vehicles are equipped with rotors, which reduces stress and stopping distance. All of these parts within your braking system work together as a team. They are activated by the brake pedal to slow or stop your vehicle. Driving a car with bad brakes can be a harrowing white-knuckle experience, especially when driving on our freeway system ... read more

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Check Engine Light, Not Again!

Check Engine Light, Not Again!

  The dread of finding a new check engine light on in your car can be stressful. Luckily for you, the auto repair experts CARSTAR Robert's Collision and Repair in Monterey are experienced in troubleshooting and are here to take your worries away. Check engine lights come on for a variety of reasons. Before you get stressed out, check your gas cap, some sensors monitor for vapor leaks and will throw a code for merely not having your fuel cap adequately secured. Of course, a blinking check engine light could also mean something as serious as engine misfire, which needs to be addressed by a professional right away to avoid permanent damage to your engine.   You want to pay attention to your check engine light; it is connected to your vehicle's emission system, explicitly designed to monitor it throughout the life of your car. Emission systems and engines in your car are directly tied together, which means the health of one can indicate the health of the other, so pay ... read more

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What is a clutch?

What is a clutch?

  Accelerating and decelerating should be a smooth, uneventful process. If you feel your car shifting hard, be sure to bring it to the auto mechanics at CARSTAR Robert's Collision and Repair in Monterey, your one-stop repair shop. Catching your shifting issues early can save you a lot of money and be as easy as an adjustment.   Some folks say a clutch is the foot pedal to the left of your brake on the floor of your manual transmission vehicle. Yes, they are half right, the far-left foot pedal is the actual switch which activated the clutch assembly. However, the location of the clutch itself is in your transmission. Does your automatic have a clutch? The answer is yes. An automatic transmission does have a clutch in addition to having sensors automating the activation process, so no foot pedal is needed when driving.   There are five main parts in your clutch that, together, work to sync your engine and wheels, allowing your engine to rev at full speed while you ... read more

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Salvaged, Used and Takeoff Parts

Salvaged, Used and Takeoff Parts

    Used parts from a junkyard can be a fantastic alternative to aftermarket parts, UNLESS that used part is also an aftermarket part. Cars can be in an accident more than once. If a vehicle that is in a wrecking yard, say, from a front-end impact and your vehicle requires a left rear door, this part could be a great option. What if that same car had been in an accident prior and was repaired before the front-end collision which made it a total loss? That used part is now not only pulled from the wrecking yard; it is also an aftermarket quality part. That is like doubling down on alternative parts.   Who finds these parts anyway? Used parts go through many hands before they reach a body shop. First, a vehicle has to hit 70% threshold of the resale value before qualifying as a total loss. Once a car is deemed a total loss, it is then towed to a wrecking yard to await tear down. Salvage yards usually have a big fenced-in area as well as different warehouses to store ve ... 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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What is OEM insurance?

What is OEM insurance?

What is OEM insurance?   When shopping for an auto insurance policy, it is essential to ask yourself if OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts are non-negotiable. If you feel strongly about having your car repaired with OEM parts, then it will be necessary for you to shop for OEM insurance.   OEM insurance is additional coverage on your car that is an add on to your insurance policy. It ensures that OEM parts will be used to repair your vehicle rather than aftermarket parts. You then have a guarantee that your car is restored to factory specifications with parts specifically made and engineered by your auto manufacturer for your specific vehicle. Each part has been through a rigorous safety and quality-check process by your vehicle's manufacturer.   If you have been in a car accident, be sure to request OEM parts in advance. If your insurance policy does not cover OEM parts and using them for your vehicle repair is essential to you, Robert's CARSTAR Co ... read more

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Leggo My Legos

Leggo My Legos

Did you play with Legos as a kid? Millions of children around the world did, and some never outgrew their obsession with the building block toys. Originally introduced by the Lego Group, a Danish company founded by carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen, the design was repeatedly tweaked until it became the familiar system we know today in 1958. They are made from ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) polymer. All kinds of objects have been constructed with Legos. It truly is a toy whose fun potential is limited only by its users’ imaginations. Here’s a recent example, a life-size Toyota Camry built entirely from Lego bricks…an astounding 500,000 of them:   This project took 900 hours in eight weeks to complete and is astounding in its detail. It weighs around 4,000 pounds, even more than the actual steel car upon which it is m ... read more

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A Musical Solution to Speeders

For those drivers possessed of a lead foot, the speeding ticket is an annoying—and expensive—fact of motoring life. And they’ve been around for a long time. Englishman Walter Arnold has the distinction of the being the first motorist to receive a ticket. On January 28, 1896, he was cited for driving at the breakneck pace of eight mph in a two-mph zone. That set him back one shilling. The first American was Jacob German, a New York cabbie. He got nailed for zooming along at 12 mph on Lexington Avenue. He didn’t get off as easily as Arnold though: he had to serve time in the hoosegow. Transportation departments all over the world have devised many ways to keep drivers from exceeding the speed limit, including new, high-tech methods. Some municipalities utilize automated radar units that capture car’s license numbers, register its speed and send the driver a nastygram in the mail. Doesn’t seem quite fair. Several places around the world have come up w ... read more

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Uh-Oh. The Low Fuel Light is on…How Far Can You Go?

Uh-Oh. The Low Fuel Light is on…How Far Can You Go?

Some cars have a light that comes on. Some emit an attention-grabbing tone. Other, older models just quietly sneak into the red zone. All have a needle pointing ominously to “E.” We’re talking about the “Low Fuel” warning. We’ve all been there. During a busy day, it’s easy to neglect that stop for a fill-up. Many times, we think it can wait: “Oh, I can go another 50 miles, easy,” we think. Maybe yes, maybe no. The fact is that some mechanics say you should always keep at least a quarter-full tank. That’s because it’s bad for your fuel pump. How? The pump is submerged in fuel, and that keeps it cool. Letting it work out in the open air can cause overheating and an expensive repair. We’re not the first to ponder this subject. A company called Your Mechanic did the research and found that the distance you can go with the fuel warning on varies wildly. For instance, a Ford Escape’s or Transit’s light co ... read more

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