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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 

Common Car Wash Misconceptions

on Wednesday, 28 August 2019.

Some people take their cars to car washes while many others save money by doing it themselves. Washing your car on a semi-regular basis can keep it looking like brand new if it's done right, so here are some pitfalls to avoid. These five common car wash mistakes can leave you with dull, scratched paint and a car that looks old well before its time.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, here is a blog that can hopefully make you shine like a star!

Mistake #1: "You don't need to wax your car." Taking the time to apply a nice coat of wax is essential if you want to keep your finish looking good. Wax is an extra protective layer that keeps dirt, grime and grit from sticking to the paint, and using it regularly will make your next car wash a whole lot easier. If you want to successfully maintain that glossy, new automobile look, always remember to polish right after waxing.

Mistake #2: "Waxing your car every few years is okay." To save your paint from harsh environmental and weather damage look at your car's finish and monitor its condition. One simple way is by checking for water as it beads on the vehicle's finish after a rainstorm.

Mistake #3: "You can use laundry detergent to wash your car." Laundry detergents contain ingredients that can cause serious harm to your car's finish. It can strip your clearcoat quickly and when it's exposed to oxidation, the paint will dry out prematurely.

Mistake #4: "You can use protectant products on the dashboard." Products made to protect leather aren't designed to be used with the synthetic materials that are used in dashboard construction. To mitigate sun damage and protect your dashboard, you need to use only a product that's safe for use with PVC-ABS.

Mistake #5: "You can use any type of cleaning cloth." Many car owners grab whatever type of cloth is close at hand, such as clean old towels, T-shirts or paper products, but these can leave scratches on the paint. To stay clear of harming the finish, invest in some decent cleaning cloths that are designed for auto detailing, such as a chamois or some terry microfiber.

Save money by washing your car, truck or SUV yourself and stay clear of these mistakes to succeed for the next time when you wash your beloved vehicle. You'll keep it looking new and your paint will last a lot longer, so it's a triple win every time!

Sources: YouTube and DIY Network

What's Preferred for the Planet--Cars or Cows?

on Monday, 26 August 2019.

When people talk about destroying the environment, automobiles often lead the conversation. Everyone is aware of the simple fact driving is harmful to the planet, but what about a burger? We don't normally associate beef consumption with climate change, but we should, because the meat industry is giving cars a run for its money.

Here at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we care about the environment here and all over the world, so that's why we're presenting this question--which is actually worse—cars or cattle?

The bottom line is that livestock emissions make up somewhere between 14.5 and 18 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. In comparison, the transportation sector is responsible for approximately 14 percent of all emissions. Those numbers are scary, no doubt, but what's even worse is that while transportation creates a significant amount of CO2, livestock farming is hugely responsible for producing methane, which is 23 times more potent when it comes to warming the planet.

Yes, driving cars is not good, but meat production is even worse for the environment. On top of all of the fertilizer and cow waste products that release methane into the atmosphere, the meat itself has to be transported in refrigerated trucks from feedlots to slaughterhouses and then onto processing centers before finally reaching your local grocery store.

So, what is the solution? If everybody enjoyed one meatless day a week, livestock emissions could be significantly reduced. Unfortunately, a spike in sustainable farming, while more humane and necessary, will not greatly alter the rapid rise of emissions caused by livestock. This is more true than ever, because meat consumption is growing all over the world and projected to increase by around a full 70 percent by 2050.

So, the next time you're driving your car to a fast food place to pick up a burger and fries, maybe just order the fries and next time, why not just bike or walk to the restaurant.

I am not very confident that humans will ever stop eating meat completely, but I have seen that automotive technology has helped us to burn less oil. Electric cars and other green forms of transportation are coming our way, so hopefully we can give the environment some much-needed relief. If we can find a healthy balance between our consumption of both gasoline and meat, the world will last longer for many generations to come.

Sources: American Scientific, AOL and MSN

10 Volvo Facts

on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.


1. The seatbelt was invented by Volvo, about 50 years ago, which the company deliberately did not patent. The company felt that the safety that it would provide to all car owners across the world more than makes up for it.
2. The company was officially founded on 14 April 1927. The first Volvo car was called the “Jakob” and was manufactured in 1927.
3. The Volvo 200 series was released in 1974 and the 6-cylinder version followed soon after.
4. In Latin, Volvo means “I roll” and the name was originally registered for a ball bearing company in the year 1911. This was meant to be a separate company that SKF had created. This plan was scrapped and the name was used for the car manufacturing unit and what an apt one it was!
5. In 1999, Volvo was added along with Aston Martin and Jaguar to the Ford Prestige Auto Group. The company was sold in 2010 to the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group which was a Chinese company.
6. The first production car to have a laminated windscreen was the Volvo PV444.
7. In the first half of the 1980’s most of the chrome finish on the 240 series was painted black to lend it a sportier look. Some averred that it looked very down market.
8. All the luxurious Volvo models were outfitted with the V6 engine that was also popularly called the PRV engine after Peugeot, Renault and Volvo – these three companies collectively designed the engine.
9. The Volvo truck assembly started in 1974 in Ghent.
10. The first Volvo truck model that was produced was the Volvo Amazon.

About Anderson Behel 

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be 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.

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