3 Places to Take the Kids this Halloween

Halloween

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Fall is finally here which means Halloween is just around the corner. Soon the streets will be filled with miniature batmen and spooky zombies carrying pumpkin-shaped pouches overflowing with candy. Every city in Orange County has its own special way of celebrating which is why we’ve compiled a list of the 4 best places to take your family this Halloween.

1. Huntington Beach Halloween Fest
Every year, downtown Huntington Beach transforms into HBoo Spookytown; a place where ghosts and ghouls alike come together to celebrate the eeriest holiday of all. While fearless teens scream their way through the Strand’s haunted house, little ones can enjoy a night of trick-or-treating through Main Street. The best part about this event is it’s free!

2. Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree
On Friday, October 23rd, Garden Grove Community Services Department will host the Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree at Atlantis Play Center. For only $8.00 a person, the family can take part in a haunted train ride, carnival games, and bounce houses. If you’re 10 years and older and enjoy a good spook, you’ll want to check out the horrifying Trail of Terror. Visit Garden Grove City Hall to get your tickets today!

3. Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch
All ages can enjoy the Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Pumpkin Patch with carnival games, a haunted house, and a hay maze. Children will have a blast decorating cookies and panning for gold while adults can sit back and enjoy an array of delicious food options. The Pumpkin Patch is open to the public until October 31st so buy your tickets today!

If you know of any more family-friendly Halloween events around Orange County, feel free to call us at 714-848-3178. If your Lexus, Toyota, or Scion needs a repair, stop by Marina Auto Body today in Huntington Beach, Inglewood, or Los Angeles!

5 Safe Driving Tips that Could Save Your Life

Safe Driving Tips

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We can sometimes forget that the road is a dangerous place because of how often we drive. Accidents happen every day, and can happen to anybody, even the best of drivers. So, in order to protect yourself, your friends, and your family, it’s important to develop and maintain safe driving habits. By following these 5 safe driving tips, you can help make the road a safer place for everyone.

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Welders get pop quiz on 1 mm aluminum joining ahead of I-CAR testing

Aluminum Welding Pop Quiz

Welders attending an aluminum joining presentation last week were surprised with a pop quiz as well as a lecture.

SCRS Education Committee member Toby Chess on Thursday tested the technicians gathered at Marina Auto Body Los Angeles on 1 mm-on-1 mm aluminum welding ahead of I-CAR’s making the procedure a certification requirement starting in July. Continue reading

Car Maintenance Tips to Ensure a Trouble-Free Summer

Summer Auto Maintenance

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Summer is a time to relax and enjoy your leisure time. With longer days and higher temperatures, you’ll find yourself turning on the air conditioner to cool down at home and in your car. Much like how your own body is affected by high temperatures, the heat can cause stress on your car as well. When you turn on the A/C in your car, the mechanical components have to work harder in order to keep up. Unless your car is fresh off the lot, it’s probably not going to perform as well or be as efficient as a new car. If it hasn’t been well-maintained, turning on the A/C can put a serious strain on your engine, resulting in poor performance and efficiency. Properly maintaining your car for the summer can ensure a trouble-free summer with your car. Check out the car care tips below and properly service your vehicle before your next trip gets ruined. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Wash Your Car

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With such busy lifestyles, we tend to forget to take care of our cars that take us where we need to go every day. The most basic attention we can give our cars is a wash, maybe even a wax and detail. Here are three reasons to wash your car often. Continue reading

5 Must See Winter Destinations in Orange County

There’s nothing better than seeing the beautiful cities of Orange County decorated in Christmas lights. Compared to other counties, we have a good number of events happening throughout December. Here are 5 easily accessible and must-see winter destinations within driving distance of everyone in Orange County, California

Sleep Beauty Castle at Disneyland's  Winter Wonderland.

Sleep Beauty Castle at Disneyland’s Winter Wonderland. Image from Tom Bricker.

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Marina Auto Body – VeriFacts Automotive ACE Award

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Stunning Repair Service

Driving down Pacific Coast Highway with a sleek vehicle can be one of the most unparalleled experiences in Orange County. However, we can both agree the aftermath of a car crash can be devastating to your vehicles aesthetic appearance and choosing a repair shop that will bring back the factory specifications to your vehicle can be a hassle. At Marina Auto Body in Huntington Beach you can expect a smooth and stress free experience with high-quality repair service. Continue reading

New Age in Safety When Cars Talk to One Another & Drive Themselves

Imagine, a driver swiftly moving along in traffic, the forward view is blocked by a van or a curve in the road. With no warning, up ahead, someone halts their brakes and tires screech.

There is little or no time to react!

V2V Technology Will Save Lives

Engineers and researchers are working to add time to this hazardous equation. They envision a not so far future in which cars are in constant, peaceful communication with one another and its surroundings, rapidly alerting drivers of imminent dangers. Doesn’t this sound like a bright future for our automotive industry? Continue reading

5 Ways to Avoid an Accident

5 Ways to Avoid an Accident

Driving a vehicle is one of the most dangerous things you can do these days. With today’s non-stop, hustle-bustle society, many of us forget to slow down and remind ourselves what a big responsibility driving can be.

According to World Health Organization data, the number of road accidents is ranked in the top ten causes of deaths annually. Knowing this, it’s important to be as informed as possible to not only protect yourself, but others around you. Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions

Dealing with a car accident can be a frustrating experience. Fortunately, Marina Auto Body is here to help! We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help smooth out any confusion you have about the car repair process.

Q: How long does it take to fix my car?

A: The car repair process varies depending on the condition of the vehicle. Continue reading