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on Monday, 04 November 2019.

Dany D. on Citysearch: "Alan and Duc were the ones who had helped me when I came in to have my right mirror repaired. Normally when I've entered any kind of shop before from tires to any other service for my car I haven't felt as welcomed as I have here. These guys are awesome and extremely helpful. Duc even went as far as to offer some advice on my car, which has never happened before."
 
Remi L. on Citysearch:  "Exemplary service & repair. I would recommend to my friends that - should they need vehicular body repair - that they go to Anderson Behel." 
 
Bromm J. on Citysearch: "I highly recommend Andersen Behel Body Shop. The most important thing for me is the quality of the repair, and these guys went above and beyond to make my Mazda6 look and feel brand new. The paint job done here is amazing; it's even, shiny, and look professionally done. Duc did a fantastic job with the paint and restored my car close to its original condition when I first bought it. The staff and service are super nice and professional. I arrived to pick up the car before I was supposed to, but Mariah and the team were accommodating enough to process my paperwork on the spot. I live in SF, but will definitely come back to this place!"

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.

 

 

OMG!! My Car's Paint is Peeling! What Should I Do?

on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.

Auto paint issues are always scary and definitely perplexing, because it can often be seriously difficult to find their cause. Learning about some commonplace vehicle paint issues and how to prevent them can help you safeguard your vehicle's finish and keep it looking awesome.

At Anderson Behel, we see peoples' paint peeling all the time, so here is some useful information for you:

You Must Fight Rust

When moisture works its way into those chipped areas within the paint, oxidation will often cause rust. Many shop repairs performed at a facility that doesn't always use seam sealer or body cavity wax can lead to rust problems down the road. To control rust, wash and wax your car frequently, park it out of the weather, and only use only a reputable auto body shop like Anderson Behel for all of your repairs.

Fading Happens!

As a vehicle starts to age, the finish can begin looking dull and faded. The UV rays of the sun are normally to blame, but debris and pollution are also factors as well. Regular washing and meticulous waxing are always critical to prevent fading, but it's also crucial to avoid parking in the sunshine as much as humanly possible.

Scratches are Never Pleasant

Flying road garbage, tree branches or the open door of another car in a parking lot can often cause ugly scratches on your vehicle's finish. To prevent any scratches, take some extra care when driving through tight areas, and always park well away from other cars, trucks or SUVs.

Delamination is the #1 Cause

Areas where your vehicle's clear coat is peeling or delaminating, it can first start out small but spread rather quickly. This issue can happen when mismatched paint products are utilized during a repair or from exposure to the sun and elements. The smartest way to prevent delamination is to always park your car in a garage or a shaded area.

Peeling is Never Healing

Auto paint is usually protected by a layer of clear coat, so it takes substantial wear or damage for it to peel. Most often, it is caused by a sub-par paint job or prolonged exposure to the sun. Dings and any damage to the clear coat that exposes the underlying paint can also cause some serious peeling. To prevent this, protect your vehicle from the elements and have any finish damage repaired pronto.

If your vehicle's paint is fading or peeling, act quickly to identify and alleviate the situation before it becomes dire. By being proactive and responsive and keep your vehicle's paint pristine all the time.

Sources: Forbes and YouTube

Volvo Cars Working to Save the Planet

on Monday, 21 October 2019.

Why? Because they care!

At Anderson Behel we proudly possess a Volvo repair certification, which means that we are more than capable when it comes to fixing these amazing vehicles! Volvo Cars today launches one of the most ambitious plans in the automotive industry, aiming to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40 percent between 2018 and 2025. This is the first tangible step towards Volvo Cars’ ambition of becoming a neutral climate company by 2040.

 

The plan represents concrete actions in line with the global Paris climate agreement of 2015, which seeks to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

 

Volvo Cars’ 2040 ambitions go beyond addressing tailpipe emissions through all-out electrification, another area in which the company is at the forefront. It will also tackle carbon emissions in its manufacturing network, its wider operations, its supply chain, and through recycling and reuse of materials.

 

As a near term step towards its 2040 ambition, Volvo Cars is implementing a set of ambitious, immediate measures in its efforts to reduce the company’s lifecycle CO2 footprint per car by 40 percent between 2018 and 2025. At that point in time, the company also aims for its global manufacturing network to be fully climate neutral.

 

“We are transforming our company through concrete actions, not symbolic pledges,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive. “So at Volvo Cars, we will address what we control, which is both our operations and the tailpipe emissions of our cars. And we will address what we can influence, by calling on our suppliers and the energy sector to join us in aiming for a climate-neutral future.”

 

To realize the significant 40 percent reduction of its CO2 footprint per car by 2025, the company has devised several ambitions for different parts of its operations. The previously communicated goal of generating 50 percent of global sales from fully electric cars by 2025 is a prominent one, which would result in a 50 percent reduction in tailpipe carbon emissions per car between 2018 and 2025.

 

Other short-term ambitions include a 25 percent reduction of CO2 emissions related to its global supply chain by 2025, a 25 percent share of recycled plastics in new Volvo cars by 2025, and a 25 percent reduction of carbon emissions generated by the company’s overall operations, including manufacturing and logistics.

 

Volvo Cars were the first conventional car maker to commit to all-out electrification and phasing out cars powered only by an internal combustion engine. As of this year, every new Volvo launched will be electrified, and the company today also launches its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge. Starting with the XC40 Recharge, Volvo Cars will disclose the average lifecycle carbon footprint of each new model.

 

The XC40 Recharge is the first car in Volvo Cars’ new Recharge car line. Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Recharge car line aims to further boost sales of Volvo Cars’ electrified cars and encourage plug-in hybrid drivers via incentives to use Pure mode as much as possible.

 

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."
 
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