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Friendly to the Environment Auto Repair - Water Star Motors

Friendly to the Environment Auto Repair - Water Star Motors

Some people scoff at the environmentally friendly movement, thinking it's just a fad or something that is "hippie." However, that's quite the contrary. Globally there has been an insurgence of consumers who are seeking out sustainable companies and products. There's also a misconception about the automotive repair world that shops are dirty. However, we know that's not always the case. Embracing an environmentally-friendly movement may not only be good for the Earth but for your shop aesthetics, as well. We feel the green practices are the right thing to do for our business, our community, and the environment. Green from the Start From the very beginning, Water Star Motors, Serene Green Auto Repair Team has been focused on green initiatives. In 1993 Henry and Lisa Carter opened up water Star Motors. Being green, was always something that was at the forefront. It is just the way that we handle our personal lives, and by default, that's ... read more

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Top Daytime Road Trips From Santa Cruz

Top Daytime Road Trips From Santa Cruz Think of Santa Cruz as the gateway to the charm, beauty and relaxed living of California’s central coast. The customers, staff and auto mechanics who provide “green” auto repair at Water Star Motors know the serenity this area offers and are willing to share their insights with you. To get to know the area, here are a few suggestions from Water Star Motors on how to spend your time with us: Check out Santa Cruz — Visiting Santa Cruz for the first time? Then begin by setting aside a day to spend at the Main Beach and the 150-year-old Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (open from Memorial Day to Labor Day), the biggest old-fashioned boardwalk and amusement park on the California coast. And take the time to check out the city itself. Watch this drone video tour to get a lay of the land and sights to see:   Scenic Highway 1 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz — If you drive north of S ... read more

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Best Music Playlists For Road Trips

Best Music Playlists For Road Trips

Best Music Playlists For Road Trips   If you’re on a road trip, do you pack the music that moves you, like the customers at Water Star Motors in Santa Cruz CA do? When your car’s good to go, its maintenance and necessary auto repairs are taken care of by auto mechanics who provide the care motorists expect and deserve, how do you decide on the playlists for the road you’re traveling? Some songs move you, some songs don’t, but when you’re road-tripping, it’s the playlists you choose that matter most. Awesome music playlists help take the stress out of driving, but it’s the choosing that avoids the bruising. Fortunately, there’s plenty of options, especially as vehicles and music have become more connected. These include:   Packing Your Favorite CDs - It’s the traditional way. You know the music that moves you. After all, you even bought it. Google Your Travel Playlist - Albums and top songs by the performers you like are ... read more

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What Does It Mean To Be a Green Business?

What Does It Mean To Be a Green Business?

What Does It Mean To Be a Green Business? Contrary to what Kermit the Frog says, it’s easy being green for Water Star Motors, the first Green Certified auto repair business in the County of Santa Cruz, and its team of like-minded auto mechanics. Long before opening Water Star Motors in 1993, our owners, Lisa and Henry Carter, were dedicated to protecting the planet through “green” practices. Integrating those practices into the auto repair world was a natural extension of the “being green” way of life. Our motto, “Your Serene Green Auto Repair Team”, speaks for itself. Living and working green at Water Star Motors is a lasting commitment for us; not the latest business marketing fad or change of fashion. We were already green well before the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program began in 2003. When the opportunity to officially become a Green Certified Business via the Program arose, it allowed us to meaningfully help participate with and mo ... read more

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Certifiably Green!

Certifiably Green!

Green Business Logo Certifiably Green! Henry and I believe strongly in the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ principle. Long before starting our business, 20 years ago, we were dedicated to protecting our planet through Green practices. When the opportunity to become a Green Certified Business arose we said, “Pick us! Pick us!” We were the first Green Certified Business in Santa Cruz County. That was April 2004. Now the City of Santa Cruz has taken over the program and we have now re-certified for the third time. Interested in being certified as a green business? One key change in becoming Green was to replace all of our light fixtures with new, more energy-efficient ballasts and bulbs. This saves about $60 per month in our electricity bills. The energy usage difference after upgrading was ... read more

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