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Uber will Buy 24,000 Volvo Self-Drivers

on Monday, 04 February 2019.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, we are proud to be a Volvo certified. In Silicon Valley, more and more people drive Volvos, so we are happy and proud to be repairing these amazing vehicles.

Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the US firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars.

The non-binding framework deal could offer San Francisco-based Uber a way to overcome setbacks at its autonomous driving division in Silicon Valley’s race to perfect self-driving systems.

Combining Volvo’s cars with Uber’s self-driving system builds on their nearly three-year relationship and comes as Uber’s autonomous driving unit has been hit by a lawsuit over trade secrets and the departure of top talent.

Carmakers, ride-hailing firms and tech startups have been forging loose alliances in an effort to advance self-driving technology and claim a piece of what is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar business.

Volvo said in a statement on Monday it would provide Uber with its flagship XC90 SUVs equipped with autonomous technology as part of a non-exclusive deal from 2019 to 2021. A Volvo spokesman said it covered up to 24,000 cars.

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, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Stars Yet Again!

on Tuesday, 15 January 2019.

"I took my car in to get some minor work done on 12/17/18 because my car ended up being a "bystander" during a car accident that happened in front of my bf's house on 12/1/18. It was a minor hit but there was a big enough paint chip and misaligned body to really bug me. I have AAA as my car insurance and they sent me to this body shop. The people here are so nice and accommodating, not to mention... they have a kitty that seemed to have adopted everyone and he's been named Anderson, after the body shop name, lol.

My car was projected to be ready 1/8/19, but they ended up calling me last week to let me know that it is ready 12/21/18. I was so happy by the job well done to my Mazda3 to make it look like a brand new car again - the paint job done was amazing, the misaligned body is fixed. I'm amazed by the great job they've done.

Let's face it, a body shop that has a cat named after the body shop is awesome enough for me, lol. I highly recommend Anderson Behel Body Shop."

-Aarize D., Santa Clara, CA 

Porsche Unveils Car Made with Hemp

on Wednesday, 09 January 2019.

Porsche’s smoking hot new race car is the world’s first with bodywork built from hemp.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we are proud to be a Porsche certified shop. In order to work on these wold-class vehicles, we have the proper tools, equipment and training that Porsche requires. Not any collision repairer can fix Porsches, so keep that in mind if you own a Porsche and get into an accident now or in the future.

The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport features composite doors that use an organic fiber mix derived largely from hemp and flax that take the place of traditional carbon fiber to reinforce a polymer resin.

Porsche says the material is similar in weight and stiffness to a traditional carbon fiber composites and that the organic ingredients used are agricultural by-products, making it more environmentally friendly.

Porsche isn’t the first automaker with this sort of idea, however. Back in 1941 Henry Ford built a prototype with a body made entirely from plastic that reportedly used cellulose from hemp, wheat and soybeans in its construction, although the exact formula has been lost to history.

Along with the weight-reduction provided by the doors, the stripped-out Clubsport features a 425 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine, 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, racing seats, roll cage, fuel cell, racing brakes and suspension, plus additional equipment for track use. Two versions are being offered: a $150,000 Trackday model and a Competition version aimed at top-level racing that costs $175,000.

Porsche hasn’t indicated any plans to use the new material on a street legal production car, but its improved sustainability would further enhance the green image of its upcoming lineup of electric vehicles.

 

Anderson Behel is a Volvo Certified Body & Paint Service Center

on Wednesday, 02 January 2019.

Volvo takes pride in its exacting standards in both the cars they design and manufacture, and lives by its longstanding commitment to its core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care.

In the event that your Volvo requires body or collision repair, Anderson Behel is the right place to call. By working with us and our highly skilled body technicians, all of our Volvo customers can get that much-needed peace of mind as we meet all of the carmaker's certification standards.

To ensure that your Volvo is returned to its pre-accident condition, Volvo has established certification standards that body shops like Anderson Behel must meet to be approved.

Volvo's certification standards address four main areas: Facilities, Management, Competencies & Training, and Tools & Equipment. This means that if you take your vehicle to us as a Volvo Certified Body & Paint Service Center, all work will be performed to Volvo’s exacting standards by highly trained auto body repair technicians.

We Use OEM Volvo Parts

The structural integrity of your Volvo depends on the quality of every body part used. Volvo genuine safety components and systems are designed to interact to reduce the harmful effects of a collision. Plus, they offer superior fit and appearance and one of the best-limited warranties in the industry.

Every Volvo Certified Body & Paint Service Centers always recommends installing Volvo Genuine Parts so your Volvo will perform like it was designed to.

As a Volvo Certified Body & Paint Service Center, Anderson Behel features the following:

  • Vehicle recovery assistance
  • Liaison with insurance company
  • Expert inspection and evaluation
  • Facilitation of alternate transportation
  • Repairs performed to Volvo’s demanding standards
  • Trained Technicians
  • Special Tools & Equipment
  • Volvo Genuine Parts installed – covered by Volvo’s 24-Month Limited Warranty
  • Superior customer satisfaction.

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 OE 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.

 

 

 

Some Great Christmas Poems

on Monday, 24 December 2018.

Happy Holidays to All Our Customers, Colleagues and Associates

We were going to write a Christmas poem for our blog, but after a few tries, we realized that we fix cars and don't know how to write poems. Enjoy these 3 Christmas poems that are from 3 amazing well-know poets and have a great Holiday Season!
 
“Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
 
“Winter Time” by Robert Louis Stevenson
Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,  
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;  
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,  
A blood-red orange, sets again.  
  
Before the stars have left the skies,
At morning in the dark I rise;  
And shivering in my nakedness,  
By the cold candle, bathe and dress.  
  
Close by the jolly fire I sit  
To warm my frozen bones a bit;
Or with a reindeer-sled, explore  
The colder countries round the door.  
  
When to go out, my nurse doth wrap  
Me in my comforter and cap;  
The cold wind burns my face, and blows
Its frosty pepper up my nose.  
  
Black are my steps on silver sod;  
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;  
And tree and house, and hill and lake,  
Are frosted like a wedding-cake.
 
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
…And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow…

What Should I Do After a Holiday Car Break-In?

on Tuesday, 18 December 2018.


Few things will put a damper on your day like realizing you’ve been the victim of an auto break-in. Unfortunately, it’s far from a rare occurrence — thousands of people deal with auto break-ins every year.

In the event you’ve just experienced a car break-in, here is a quick guide from Anderson Behel to help you know what to do next, plus a few tips to help you secure your vehicle against future break-ins.

  1. Assess and Record the Damage

If you approach your car and discover a broken window or a picked lock, don’t enter or move the car at all. Instead, start documenting the details of the break-in from the outside.

Take pictures of the windows, doors, trunk, tires, and any visibly damaged areas of the car. As tempting as it may be to climb into the vehicle to further document the damage, refrain from doing so, as you may taint existing evidence.

In addition to taking pictures, make a written document. List the damages done to the car, as well as anything that may have been stolen from the vehicle. The more specific documentation you can provide, the more likely your insurance company will come to a favorable decision about reimbursements.

  1. Notify the Police and File a Report

After you have a clear idea of the damage that’s been done, contact the police and make them aware of the break-in.

Depending on the severity of the crime and where it occurred, the reporting process may differ somewhat. In many cities, local law enforcement will send a police officer over to you to assess the situation and file the report on-site. In some cases, however, you will need to go to the police station in person or visit the station’s website to file a report. If your city requires you to come to the station, don’t drive the car in question to get there — again, you don’t want to interfere with evidence from the crime. Rather, take public transportation, or ask a friend or family member for a ride.

When it comes time to file the police report, be sure to present your driver’s license, vehicle registration, insurance information, and a description of what was damaged or stolen.

  1. Curb Identity Theft and Cancel Credit Cards

One of the biggest risks resulting from a car break-in is identity theft. If a perpetrator gets ahold of your name, birthday, and/or Social Security number, they might have everything needed to steal your identity.

To avoid becoming one of the 17.6 million Americans who have their identities stolen in a given year, contact one of the top three credit bureaus — Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian — to place a fraud alert on your account.

Additionally, if you notice your credit or debit cards were taken during the break-in, immediately alert your bank to the theft. A bank representative can help you identify any fraudulent charges, cancel the stolen cards, and request new cards.

  1. File a Claim with Your Insurance

The decision to file an insurance claim or not will likely depend on how much damage was done to your car and what was stolen during the break-in. If the dollar amount of those damages significantly exceeds your deductible, then you may want to file an insurance claim.

Keep in mind that not all claims will go through the same insurance policy. Automobile damage, including broken windows or scratched paint, will be filed on an auto insurance claim, while stolen personal items will need to be addressed through a homeowners or renters claim.

In either case, you will need to contact your insurance agent, give them the police report number, and then send them the information about the break-in. If your insurance company needs any more details, they will request them from you as you are navigating the claim process. Your auto insurance company should also direct you as to how to get your car repaired, if needed.

  1. Protecting Your Car from Future Break-Ins

After dealing with the aftermath of a break-in, the last thing you want to do is go through the process again. As such, you’ll want to take additional measures to help ensure that your car won’t get broken into a second time. Here are a few good safety practices to prevent that from happening:

  • Avoid parking your car in remote or poorly lit areas
  • Don’t leave your car unattended for several days at a time
  • Keep your car doors locked
  • Roll up your windows completely
  • Remove valuables from the car or hide them out of view
  • If you’re already implementing those standard safety practices and want to go one step further, consider investing in a car alarm system.

There is no doubt that being victim of a car break-in is a painful and frightening occurrence, but thankfully, there are steps you can take to make the situation right and to reduce the risks of future problems. Use the tips above to handle — and prevent — an automotive break-in, and you’ll be back on the road in no time.

Happy Holidays from All of Us at Anderson Behel!

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