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Jerry Seinfeld's Favorite Porsches

on Monday, 03 September 2018.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has an incredible car collection and a genuinely intense  passion for Porsches. Here at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we are proud to be a Porsche certified body shop. It means that we possess the right equipment, tools, training and skills to work on some of these vehicles, the finest ever made

1964 Porsche 911

Seinfeld paid $400,000 for this car in 1996, one of the earliest produced by the company. This model was owned by Ferry Porsche, designer, engineer, and son of the founder. After the purchase Seinfeld sent it to Porsche works in Germany for an estimated $250,000 worth of restorations by Cavaglieri Restorations.

1966 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet (value $80,000-$160,000)

Porsche’s first production car went through several revisions. In March 1966 the last 10 were re-designed for the German police force. Seinfeld’s car has the “Polizei” logo on the grill. With four-speed manual transmission and a permanent metal roof, the car is lightweight and easy to handle.

1955 Porsche 550 RS (value $60,000-$3 million)

This is one of 70 manufactured that year, one of which was driven by actor James Dean when he was fatally injured. Seinfeld allowed this racing car to be exhibited at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. The top speed for this beauty is approximately 140 miles per hour and prior to its release it was raced in the 1954 Mille Miglia race from Brescia to Rome, Italy.

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS (value $500,000-$1.4 million)

The car is considered legendary and one of the best car investment of all time. Only 49 models were produced. Has a 210bhp air-cooled, horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine and a five speed manual gearbox. “A race car for the street” is how some enthusiast describe the vehicle. This one of Seinfeld’s own cars used in an episode of his show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. 1986 Porsche 959

Seinfeld is rumored to have paid $700,000 for this very rare sports car, just 337 were built. When introduced it was the world’s fastest street-legal production car, in fact only 200 models were street legal. It has twin-turbo six-cylinder boxer engine and is capable of top speeds of 195 miles per hour

1953 Porsche 550-03 (value $60,000 to over $100,000)

This 550 is race car, Seinfeld’s prototype was featured at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion vintage race. The event celebrates Porsche’s engineers and drivers. This car has been extensively restored by Seinfeld and was displayed in 2011 at the Quail Lodge in Carmel-by-the-sea, California. The car also raced in Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

1970 Porsche 911S “Henri” (value $37,000-$58,000)

Impressive and eclectic in color, this green 911 stands out in Seinfeld’s collection. The “Henri” in its name may prefer to Porsche specialist, Henri Joffroy. The car has a rear-mounted six cylinder boxer engine and all around independent suspension. This racy sports car performed well at Monte Carlo rallies.

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 and most recently a Porsche Collision Center. 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, 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 these 5 leading brands.

Source: Money, Inc. and Wikipedia

Concentrating on Back-to-School Safety

on Sunday, 26 August 2018.

At Anderson Behel, we realize that the lazy days of summer are finally over, and it’s back to school time. That means waking up the kids rather early, packing up backpacks and lunches and rushing to get to school.

 Fall can be a fairly dangerous time of year for pedestrians with too many cars on the road, driving and picking up at the same time. Everyone seems to be in a hurry and tensions can be high potentially leading to more accidents. The National Center for Safe Routes to School said that more kids are hit near schools than any other location. 

Five safety tips:

Consider carpooling

Know another family heading in your same direction? Approach them about ride sharing. It will reduce the number of vehicles on the road, meaning less potential accidents. When you are in charge of the carpool, ensure passengers buckle up. Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, not to mention it’s the law.

Obey the rules Always abide by the speed limit, especially in school zones, which are usually between 15 and 25 mph. Yield to merging buses and follow a safe distance behind as they often stop unexpectedly. Avoid double parking, which blocks visibility and never load or unload children from across the street.

Talk to your children Take the time to go over drop off and pick up procedures with your children. Remind them to stay inside crosswalks, watch their surroundings and always walk in front of buses and cars, never behind. According to the Safe Routes to Schools, a nonprofit safety organization, 33 percent of youth pedestrian crashes are from kids darting out into the road.

Take extra precautions Always be aware of your surroundings in case a car stop suddenly or slows down to drop off children. Whether or not you have the right-of-way, always be cautious so you don’t accidentally hit a pedestrian. If you need extra time during drop-off, turn on your hazard lights.

Be courteous Slow down and pay attention when entering a school zone and kids are present. Turn off your phone and focus your full attention on the road; a call or text can wait. Whenever you are at a red light or ready to turn, don’t block the crosswalk and refrain from passing other vehicles stopping for pedestrians. Always be patient and tolerant of drivers.

A little defensive driving can go a long way to ensure everyone is safe, so follow these simple suggestions and have a safe back to school season.

Let's make this Back-to-School season a safe and great experience for you and your family from all of at Anderson Behel! 

Don’t Get Caught Up in a Road Rage Incident

on Friday, 17 August 2018.

There are many angry people on the roads all the time, especially in cities where traffic is a daily problem. After encountering traffic day after day, even the most levelheaded people can fall victim to road rage. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we have seen road rage firsthand and we know that it is caused by a lot of things, including stress, fatigue and even confusion.

 It’s a National Problem

Even the smallest provocation can send some drivers into a rage. Perhaps you cut off a driver or made some other small driving error, like driving below the speed limit. Simple oversights such as these have caused enraged drivers to pursue other cars, in order to intimidate and scare them. Accidents and deaths related to road rage take place frequently, which is why you need to make smart driving decisions at all times in order to minimize the chances of provoking such an occurrence.

Road rage is a growing problem on our highways. According to Forbes, 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving; 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm and males under the age of 19 are the most likely to exhibit road rage.

Learning how to deal with road rage can help you sidestep the dangerous nightmare that often follows an aggressive road rage incident, so here are some simple directives to review:

Back Off from Aggressive Drivers

Give them their space, please! You must realize that you can't control another driver's behavior, but you can control your own. When another driver cuts you off, how you react will determine what happens next. If you are able to back off, take a deep breath, and remain calm, then you can defuse a potentially violent situation.

True, you might need to vent about the driver tailgating you all the way from town or the overly cautious motorist who consistently drove under the speed limit. Venting your frustration is normal and healthy, so long as you vent without threatening others or exiting your vehicle for any reason.

Talk it Out

Talk to a friend or family member about the driving experience―telling the story can relieve your stress. Some driving clubs or online discussions offer members a chance to vent their frustration. Maybe they can give you a different perspective on the incident so that you can better understand how it happened and maybe learn how to avoid it in the future.

 Ask Yourself—Are You an Aggressive Driver?

Many people who are aggressive drivers are in denial. But, if you’re always in a rush and you get mad easily behind the wheel, you’re likely an aggressive driver and prone to a road rage incident. Analyze your driving style and whether you are susceptible to road rage; then consider changing your own driving habits.

Aggressive drivers routinely:

  • Use their horn inappropriately
  • Flash their headlights (and high beams when not needed)
  • Change lanes quickly and often
  • Gesture to other drivers
  • Talk on their cell phone and text while driving
  • Tailgate (often at high speeds)

Changing your driving habits is not easy. You'll need to practice and study safer driving habits. Consider signing up for a driver's education course or better yet, personalized training.

 Are You Causing Road Rage in Others?

There is no excuse for any type of road rage ever, but there are people out there whose driving habits can and often cause road rage occurrences. They are called instigators―drivers who infuriate other driver by driving under the speed limit, failing to use turn signals, slowing down rapidly for whatever reason, accelerating erratically, and being a lane hog. If this sounds like you, maybe you've already been the victim of road rage.

If you are the instigator and have avoided a road rage confrontation, then congratulations. Regardless, now is the time to improve your own driving habits before you provoke a bad situation.

Remember, you are sharing the road with other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. We all have equal rights to use the roads safely and responsibly, so be considerate and try to think from the other driver’s point of view. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we believe that by keeping these suggestions in mind and using common sense, we’ll all be able to avoid ugly and potentially dangerous road rage episodes.

5 Common Causes for Car Accidents

on Tuesday, 14 August 2018.

Poor driving habits lead to car accidents more and more as people break the law or practice distracted driving. So, here are 5 major reasons why accidents happen, brought to you by Anderson Behel, the finest collision repair facility in Santa Clara, CA.

Texting/Phone Calls

As far back as 2006 researchers found cell phone use and driving cars is a bad combination. In fact, many researchers say driving and talking or texting is just as bad as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When your car is moving 60 miles per hour, you’re covering the distance of 17 football fields (that’s 100 yards each) every minute. That “one second” you look down to take a call or answer a text becomes a lot more significant when you think of it in those terms.

All Other Distractions

By the way, any similar distraction can have tragic consequences; this includes eating, reading (yes, we’ve seen people on the freeway reading iPads, books, magazines and newspapers while driving!), grooming and applying makeup. Anything in the car diverting your attention from the road is a hazard. Every second your eyes are focused someplace other than where the car is going is a second your life is in danger.

Driving Under the Influence

Buzzed driving is drunk driving—period. Every time you slip behind the wheel of a car with any amount of an intoxicating substance in your system, you’re putting yourself and every other person you’ll encounter at risk. There really is no such thing as “just one.” Intoxicants slow your perceptions and your reflexes, both of which you need in abundance when you’re in control of a 4,000 pound mechanical object hurtling along at a mile a minute.

Violating Traffic Laws

Speeding, running stop signs and red lights, changing lanes suddenly and too frequently, tailgating, improper turns, driving the wrong way on a one-way street; pretty much every traffic law in existence was mandated by a tragic situation. Somebody got killed or badly injured and legislators realized the activity leading to the tragedy should be illegal. When you break traffic laws, you’re taking your life and others’ into your own hands.

Inclement Weather

While it’s tempting to blame Mother Nature here, the reality is many accidents in inclement weather can be traced back to driver error as well. The number one cause is driving too fast for conditions. Heavy rain and/or snowfall mean the roadway is slippery and visibility is reduced. So why do so many people keep driving as if it’s 72 degrees and sunny? Similarly, we’ve all seen footage of multi-car pileups in fog, because drivers kept speeding along, even though they could barely see five feet ahead. And believe this: Anything you see five feet directly in front of your car at 60 miles per hour is about to get hit.

Bottom line, when it comes to examining what causes car accidents, the main behind-the-scenes factor to consider is the driver’s mental attitude. We are not infallible, nor are we invulnerable. If protecting your life isn’t enough to get you to consider changing your behavior, compare car insurance quotes with an accident or two on your record. Maybe the potential hit to your pocketbook will help you drive more carefully.

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 and most recently a Porsche Collision Center. 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, 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 these 5 leading brands.

Is Algae a Greener Alternative Fuel?

on Friday, 03 August 2018.

Hopefully, in the next few decades we will be able to wean ourselves off of gasoline as we develop other types of fuel that are more efficient and better for the environment. Electric and hybrid vehicles are now commonplace and hydrogen and biodiesel vehicles are also gaining in popularity, but what do you know about the greenest fuel of them all—algae? At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara,  we’re always looking for ways to save the planet and algae-based fuel looks like it might fit the bill, in many ways.

That’s right. When most people think about algae they think about that green goopy stuff found floating in lakes and ponds. But, believe it or not—pretty soon you’ll be able to power your car with that sticky green scum.

Microalgae is made up of millions of single-celled organisms that are capable of photosynthesis. This means they absorb sunlight and then convert it into energy. Some kinds of microalgae produce oils to store that energy and those oils are what scientists have figured out to turn into fuel for our vehicles.

Although a great idea for its renewability and low pollution, there are still challenges. According to several news sources, there’s only a very specific type of algae that will work for this fuel so scientists need to figure out how best to harvest this strain. Also, it is incredibly expensive. Once those hurdles are overcome, then algae stands a chance of becoming a widely accepted fuel source.

This fuel is better for the environment because it reduces pollution and is a true renewable resource. Algae-based fuel is already in use so it’s not just a pipe dream. It powered a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Houston back in 2011 and Japan’s Euglena Co. will soon be using it to power a fleet of buses in that country.

Developing algae as an automotive fuel began seriously 6-8 years ago when the Algaeus, the world's first algae-powered plug-in electric hybrid vehicle came onto our radar as a prototype concept car. In 2009, the Alegaeus completed a 10-day drive from Los Angeles to New York City, averaging 147 miles per gallon in the city, where it runs on electricity alone. On the highway, where it works as a hybrid, it averaged 52 miles per gallon. Most amazing of all, the drivers of the car stopped only six times for fill-ups. With a nickel metal hydride battery and a plug to the hybrid car, this vehicle's engine runs on algae fuel instead of gasoline and for this cross-country test drive, the Algaeus used only approximately 25 gallons from coast-to-coast.

A handful of startups have cropped up to develop algae as a fuel, including Sapphire Energy, a company that produces algae fuel on a farm in the deserts of New Mexico.

Proponents of algae fuel claim that it has the potential to be a new source of 100 percent carbon neutral energy that won't require changing the country's current energy infrastructure. That's because algae has the identical chemical composition as gasoline and is, therefore, compatible with existing gasoline technology, from refineries to car engines.

Unlike an oil rig, an algae farm can be located almost anywhere, and does not require converting farmland or nature preserves. Land that is currently sitting and not fulfilling any purpose is ideal for algae production, even landfill or other forms of re-used land.

Right now, algae fuel isn't obtainable by consumers, but its developers hope to make it available commercially within the next five years. Algae has gone from being a concept to becoming a reality and scientists, carmakers and environmental leaders all over the planet are gravitating toward this highly green and efficient alternative fuel.

If we’re going to beat our addiction to gasoline in this country and worldwide, we should take a long look at algae, because it offers all of us a healthier and more sustainable way for transportation today and in the future, brought to you by all of the people here at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara.

Sources: Wikipedia, the Wall Street Journal and

Bikes and Cars: Explain the Risks to Your Kids

on Friday, 27 July 2018.

Riding a bicycle to school can be a highly enjoyable for your child, but entails a little more skill than simply walking. Before your child starts riding a bike to school, take the time to practice their riding skills with them in a safe place without traffic, like an empty parking lot--the same way we learned to ride  years ago.

At Anderson Behel, we were taught how to ride a bicycle to and from school when we hit the right age and it was one of our first steps into the "real world" while instilling a sense of independence and responsibility into our developing brains. We are sharing these safety tips, because often here in Santa Clara, CA we read about tragic accidents between young people on bikes and adults in cars every once in a while.

Number One Rule: Practice, Practice, Practice!

Children should work on their essential skills for bicycling, such as starting and stopping, looking over their shoulders, riding in a straight line and signaling to vehicles. The better your children are at riding their bikes logically means that they are less likely to get into accidents.

Always Use the Proper Equipment

Your son or daughter should only use a bicycle that is not too large or small. One of the wisest things your young person can do to stay safe while bicycling is to wear a helmet. If your child falls or is in an accident, a helmet is the ideal protection against the head and/or brain injuries.

A helmet should always fit properly or it is not effective. It should fit low on your child's forehead and situate itself exactly two fingers above the eyebrow. Your child should be able to look upwards and see the helmet itself, because otherwise it's too far back on his or her head.

In addition, your child should always dress to be easily seen by motorists at all times. Just like pedestrians, bicyclists can be seen more easily when they wear bright-colored clothing. At night, your child should have a bright white light on the front of their bicycle and a red reflector on the rear of the bike to make it easier for drivers to see your child while riding their bicycle when it's dark.

Always Remember the Bicycle Riders' ABCs

Your children should always be absolutely certain that their bicycles are road-ready before embarking on any trip.  Prior to each and every ride, they should check the following:

Air in their tires,

Brakes, and

Chain.

Be Street Smart and-and Safe Every Day!

If your child can learn these three basic rules and adhere to them, they will be safe while cycling on the road by learning a wide range of useful lessons that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Sources: Kids and Cars; NHTSA and Car Talk

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