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78% of American Drivers Don't Trust Self-Drivers

on Tuesday, 15 October 2019.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, we are anxious to see how the autonomous age will change our lives for all of us and all over the world. So, that's why we found this information so interesting when we saw it online.

The numbers show that most people--78%--do not want to ride in a self-driving vehicle, based on a study conducted by the AAA. Only 13% of those people surveyed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology agreed they would be comfortable in a vehicle with features that would relieve the driver of all control. So, we can clearly see that right now consumers are not enamored with the idea of using self-driving vehicles for their daily commutes or even for a three-day weekend road trip.

Congress’s current approach would be to delegate to the NHTSA the full responsibility of writing policies for self-driving vehicles, particularly in the areas of safety, cybersecurity, consumer privacy and the disclosure of pertinent crash data. The problem is that the NHTSA isn't excited about doing the job, recently diluting an existing set of voluntary guidelines on autonomous transportation.. Regrettably, this should not be a surprise to anyone, because the NHTSA has not bothered to write any laws or enforce the law on much simpler issues. They don't require manufacturers to install rearview cameras at this point and yet to implement rules mandating back-seat safety-belt warnings.

Most people trust the technology, but they have problems with all of the other things that will be accompanying the autonomous age. Things like changes in roads, mapping systems, GPS systems, local traffic laws and questions about insurance and vehicle registrations--consumers are concerned about these things more than the actual self-driving vehicles themselves.

The cars of our future have the potential be the safest, most efficient and most environmentally-friendly vehicles ever made. One can easily understand the full economic potential of self-driving cars, but Americans are right to be concerned about a lack of oversight and the absence of corporate caution in a rush to be the very first. So, let’s all take a deep breath, slow down and let's all arrive at our destination happy, alive and in one piece.

Sources: Autoweek, Car & Driver, Parts & People

 

Take a Jaunt to Great America’s Halloween Haunt!!

on Wednesday, 02 October 2019.

Attention: All Guys and Ghouls!!

Boo to you and all your loved ones! Have you ever been to Great America’s Halloween Haunt? If not, this is the year when you really should go. More than 200 ghosts, vampires, mummies, warlocks, witches, zombies, black cats and pumpkin heads will be on hand at the Haunt!

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we love Halloween and haunted houses are always a ton of scary fun!

Halloween Haunt is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.–midnight through Oct. 6 and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 12–Nov. 1. On Sundays, Halloween Haunt is open at 7 p.m.–midnight, except Sunday, Oct. 21, when Halloween Haunt will be closed for an event at Levi's Stadium.

More than 20 rides are open until 1 a.m. during Halloween Haunt, including the Banshee, Diamondback and Mystic Timbers roller coasters and other thrill-inducing attractions like Drop Tower and Delirium. There's also the Scrambler, Monster, Dodgem, Zephyr and Shake, Rattle & Roll.

Guests will not be permitted into Halloween Haunt if wearing make-up/costumes. Guests who leave Halloween Haunt will not be granted re-entry to the event.

See you there, guys and ghouls!

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.

 

Volvo Wins More Safety Awards

on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.

 
This is an article that appeared recently on the Volvo company web site. As a Volvo certified shop, all of us at Anderson Behel are proud and prepared to work on Volvos for our 5-star customers.
 
"We have some of the world’s leading safety experts at Volvo Cars, who help us stay at the forefront when it comes to automotive safety. This week, two of them received a special award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, America’s primary automotive safety body.
 
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Volvo Cars is one of the world’s leading safety brands. And we’re not just saying that: our brand is built on over 90 years of safety heritage that demonstrates our focus on protecting the people inside and outside our cars. We invented the three-point safety belt, we came up with new test procedures that later became an industry standard and we have been a leader in active safety systems.
 
Because of that pioneering spirit, we also get regular outside recognition for our leading role in automotive safety. This week saw the latest example: two of our safety engineers were recognized by American traffic safety body NHTSA for their role in boosting car safety with the so-called “U.S. Government Safety Engineering Excellence and Special Awards of Appreciation”. Both Mikael Ljung Aust and Martin Magnusson were honored for their safety contributions at the International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
 
Dr Mikael Ljung Aust is one of Volvo Cars’ most prominent safety researchers and specializes in applying behavioral science research into crash avoidance. In the past 20 years, he has published or co-published more than 30 scientific papers on subjects such as driver distraction, collision warning, and avoidance systems, as well as the potential safety impact of self-driving technology.
 
“As we made clear earlier this year, a large part of the remaining gap to achieve our 2020 Safety Vision is behavioral. Distraction, drowsiness, and intoxication are three of the main remaining causes of traffic accidents, which is why we are so focused on analyzing human behavior behind the wheel,” says Mikael. “That knowledge is absolutely necessary for us to be able to create smart technologies that help people become better drivers and boost overall traffic safety.”
Martin Magnusson has been one of the driving forces behind the introduction of our world-first City Safety technology and other active safety systems. With his technical skills, experience, and belief in success, he and his colleagues in the development team have implemented a number of world-leading active safety systems, underlining Volvo’s safety credentials. More recently, he has been one of the key people involved in Volvo Cars’ development of autonomous drive technologies.
 
“The development of active safety technology has been a revolution for car safety, and the purpose of my work has always been to save lives,” says Martin. “To play a leading part in the development of technologies that can limit or even prevent accidents from happening has always given me lots of joy and inspiration.”
Mikael and Martin are only the latest Volvo Cars safety experts to win these NHTSA awards. Our ranks count more than a dozen previous winners of these accolades. The most recent winners of these special awards were Magdalena Lindman and Per Lenhoff in 2017, preceded by Trent Victor and Jonas Ekmark in 2015."
 

Can Bikes And Cars Coexist Safely?

on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.

More and more people across the country are choosing to ride bicycles to commute to work or for leisure activities. As a result of this increased activity on the roadways, there is a higher frequency of accidents and bicyclists are usually the ones with more serious consequences.

 At Anderson Behel, the weather gets better and more and more people get out to ride their bikes and that’s why we are sharing this blog with you.

 With an average car weighing about 4,000 pounds, a collision involving a bike and motor vehicle can be extremely dangerous if not deadly.

In fact, hundreds of bicyclists are killed every year and thousands are injured as a result of a collision involving a motor vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority of bicycle deaths happen in urban areas (71%) and between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (20%).

 It is becoming more important than ever to find ways for bicycles and motor vehicles to coexist.

 Some tips on how to be safe around bicyclists and help avoid a collision:

  • Remember to share the road! Yield to bike riders, especially at driveways and intersections.
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  • Drive defensively and always check your blind spots.
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  • Become familiar with the rules surrounding bicyclists in your area. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, “Bicycle riders on public roads have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, and are subject to the same rules and regulations.” Many states have similar rules.
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  • Watch out for bikes while turning, merging and opening car doors. Be aware of bikers in parking lots and while backing up.
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  • Be especially careful during dawn, dusk or nighttime.
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  • Follow bikers at a safe distance and treat them like other vehicles on the road.
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  • Abide by the speed limit and slow down depending on the road conditions.
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  • Allow enough space for bicyclists and take extra caution. Many states require drivers to give about three feet of space to bikes.
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  • When passing bikers, slow down, be patient and if necessary, indicate if you need to change your position while driving. Since bikers are entitled to share the road, respect their right-of-way.
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  • At red lights, look carefully before turning right to make sure a bike isn’t coming up from behind and planning to go straight ahead.
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  • Often, motorists get frustrated with the increased number of bicycles on the road, especially if bikers aren’t following the rules. Remember there is a human being on that bike, not an object, and try to remain calm. It will help everyone reach their destination safely.  
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About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Porsche 911 is Pure Profit

on Friday, 13 September 2019.

It's the most profitable automotive investment of 2019

Automakers are in the business of making money on all the shiny new cars sitting on dealership lots, and while there are lots of profitable vehicles out there, one is king of them all.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we are certified to repair all Porsches, and that includes 2019 Porsche 911s as well! 

The Porsche 911 is the most profitable car of 2019, according to research from Bloomberg published Thursday. The eighth-generation 911 reportedly made up just 11% of its sales since the base car launched, but it's already accounted for 30% of the company's earnings. And this is the base car, mind you. We haven't thrown the Carrera 4 or any Turbo models into the equation.

The upcoming Aston Martin DBX SUV comes in second place, while the Ferrari F8 Tributo is third. The British luxury SUV has made up 21% of Aston Martin's earnings, while the Italian sports car has contributed 17% of Ferrari's earnings. Michael Dean, automotive equity research analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, said

Porsche's profits on the 911 will only grow as more derivatives launch -- especially on options that hardly cost Porsche a dime to add into the production mix. Think expensive ceramic brakes and the 911 Turbo model.

Another fun fact from the report: Global 911 sales exceeded all cars from Bentley, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini combined.  Granted, Ferrari and Lamborghini artificially limit production of certain cars to protect the exclusivity factor, but nevertheless, it's an impressive feat for Porsche.
Porsche also told Bloomberg the 911 will be an excellent cash-printing machine of sorts as it works to churn out thousands of Taycan electric sedans. The electric car won't turn a profit for the brand until next decade at the earliest.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.

 

 

One of Our Best Reviews Ever!

on Thursday, 05 September 2019.

David P. from Santa Clara Really Really Likes Us

"No, really.  5 Stars.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

This is where Anderson Behel stands out.  The office manager (Mariah) in my experience is genuinely and sincerely concerned about the business delivering a great experience.  For me, the experience was like going to a 5-star restaurant - the kind of restaurant with $300 entrees.  This was simply the best customer experience at an autobody shop I have ever experienced.

Polite
Professional with a likable and positive demeanor
Always providing undivided attention and listening
Helpful (down to quickly arranging shuttle rides, and I do mean quickly)
Asking for feedback, multiple times
Engaging service writers and techs as needed - quickly
Knowledgeable
Empathetic
Efficient (start to finish, I never waited for anything at any time more than a minute or two)

Those words describe Mariah to a T.  The visit involved 2 insurance companies and a rental company (my wife's Toyota 4Runner was hit while parked).  The paperwork and billing were handled so smoothly I could not help but be impressed.  This shop really has its act together.

TECHNICAL/CRAFTSMANSHIP

Adrian was my estimator.  Adrian is also a tech and he was nothing less than excellent.  He has a sharp eye for detail and he went out of his way to consult on areas of the car not related to the accident.  Throughout the repair process, I was kept informed about status with timely calls.  The work was excellent, and when I requested some tweaks to the work (I've done bodywork and painted cars), I was thanked for the feedback and accommodated on the spot.

And, they provide a lifetime warranty on the work.

I'm happy to report that the repairs were completed with all OEM parts, which the body shop has some role in making happen (in addition to the insurance carrier).

PRICING

I can not evaluate this.  This was an insurance claim for a no-fault accident, but based on this high quality of service any future insurance-funded work is going to this shop.

TIMELINESS/OTHER

The repairs were completed on-time according to the estimate.  I've had cars at other shops languishing for weeks and months.  I saw a lot of high-end expensive cars at this shop and I understand why.  This is a well-managed business."

-David P., Santa Clara, CA 

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