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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!

Porsche is Developing a Flying Taxi

on Thursday, 06 December 2018.

That's Right!

Volkswagen’s sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine.

At Anderson Behel, we are a certified Porsche collision repair facility and proud of it. That means we have the specialized training, skills, tools and equipment to work on these world-class vehicles.

“That would really make sense. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes,” Automobilwoche quoted von Platen as saying.

Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps.

Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus (AIR.PA) at last year’s Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads.

The magazine said that under Porsche’s plans, passengers would be able to have some control over the flying vehicle themselves but would not need a pilot license because many of the car’s functions would be automated.

Potential competitors to a flying vehicle made by Porsche would be German start-ups Volocopter, backed by Daimler (DAIGn.DE), Lilium Jet and eVolo, as well as U.S.-based Terrafugia and California-based Joby Aviation.

Source: Reuters

A Proud Member of the AutoBody Alliance

on Monday, 03 December 2018.

Only the best body shops in the United States are members of AutoBodyAlliance.com; a one-stop source for finding auto body repair facilities throughout the country. If you want to find a reputable shop that meets your needs for all of your automotive damage repairs, AutoBodyAlliance.com can help you to find one.

At Anderson Behel, we realize that you have a wide range of collision repair shops to consider. Always do your due diligence and look at several shops, but keep in mind that Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA is a preferred shop for a wide range of reasons. Check out our Yelp reviews and review our website that lists our capabilities and the factory certifications we carry. You have the right to pick the shop you want to work with, so if you ever have any questions, simply call us and we'll be happy to answer them and give you that much-needed peace of mind.

Things that are often important in choosing the best shop for you might include their location relative to yours, hours that they are open, services that meet the repairs you need and feedback from other customers.

In addition to providing a free online search tool for consumers to find body shops, AutoBody Alliance also supports an independent direct repair program with a number of insurance companies throughout the United States. Maintaining a program is often difficult and too time-consuming for many insurance carriers. This program provides a turn-key solution for carriers wanting to help their insureds find reputable repair facilities throughout the country

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.

 

 

Family Events in Santa Clara for the Holidays

on Tuesday, 27 November 2018.

 
We're proud to be part of a great community here in Santa Clara, CA with so many fun and interesting things to do for the entire family. Check out these two annual events in Santa Clara for the Holidays this year. 
 
19th Annual Festival of Lights
 
The Santa Clara University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers usher in the holiday season with the 19th Annual Festival of Lights in the beautiful Mission Santa Clara. Under the direction of Director of Choral Activities, the choirs perform a program full of music from a variety of eras and styles, and concluding with Silent Night sung by candlelight.
November 30, 2018 - December 1, 2018 
 
Holiday Tree Lighting
 
Kickoff the holidays at the Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting event!
Location is Central Park, 969 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara, CA.
December 7, 2018  
 
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.

 

Don't Be a Turkey During the Thanksgiving Holiday!

on Wednesday, 14 November 2018.

 

When it comes to Thanksgiving travel tips, the most important one is to pack a happy, relaxed attitude. However, there are other things you can do too. Keep reading for five Thanksgiving travel tips from the experts at Anderson Behel, the finest body shop in Silicon Valley.

Courtesy of SmarterTravel.com, the three heaviest Thanksgiving travel days in 2017 will be Sunday, November 26 (#1), Wednesday, November 22 (#2), and Friday, November 17 (#3).  The lightest travel day will be Thanksgiving Day itself.

Due to higher wages and increased consumer confidence, more people than ever will make family road trips during the 2017 Thanksgiving travel period.

Time to hit the road!

Automobile transportation remains the most popular travel mode, with 90% of travelers opting to hit the road as opposed to flying. Close to 45 million people will be traveling on America’s highways this Thanksgiving. Yes, it will once again be one of the most challenging times to travel.

If you’re one of the 45 million people getting behind the wheel this Thanksgiving, be aware that driving may be difficult with packed roads and bumper-to-bumper traffic. Plus, weather conditions may be less than ideal.

Before loading up the car and heading out, the experts Drive Smart Georgia recommend the following Thanksgiving travel tips for safe road trips to Grandma’s house.

Thanksgiving travel tips –

#1: Make sure your vehicle is road ready

Our first Thanksgiving travel tip is to make sure that your car is ready for the road. If it’s time for an oil change, make sure to get one before heading out on a long Thanksgiving car trip. Also, check the pressure in all four tires and make sure the windshield fluid is full.

Give your vehicle the once over, or have it checked out by a local and trustworthy mechanic. It’s absolutely no fun being stranded in an auto shop in a strange locale. Plus, many are closed over Thanksgiving, so the ones that are open are likely to charge a pretty penny for any repairs.

#2: Plan your route (and a Plan B too!)

Make a Plan B is our second Thanksgiving travel tip. Map out your route beforehand, but make sure you have a GPS, smartphone or a map in the car in case a road is blocked. If this happens along your journey, activate Plan B to avoid unnecessary delays.

#3: Be aware of changing weather

November weather can be tricky at times. While it’s sunny and warm in one place, it can be bitterly cold with snow or ice in another. If you’re traveling to a colder climate, be sure to check the weather forecast before heading out.

#4: Avoid the most congested highways

Navigating the highways presents challenges during the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Traffic can choke heavily traveled routes, like the I-95 corridor on the East Coast, adding hours to generally speedy trips.

Try to avoid the busiest highways, especially on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Back ways and side roads may be quicker.

#5: Practice safe driving

Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and don’t forget to buckle up. Observe the speed limit, be well rested and alert, don’t follow cars too closely, and make frequent stops or rotate drivers.

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.

Happy Turkey Day From All of Us at Anderson Behel!

 

 

Why Jerry Seinfeld Loves his Porsches

on Friday, 09 November 2018.

One word: minimalism. That's what comedian Jerry Seinfeld most admires about a Porsche.
 
As he puts it, "This little car is the essence of sports-car perfection."
 
Praising its grace, aerodynamics and efficiency, Seinfeld said, "There's no stupid lines on a Porsche that don't make sense."
 
On a recent segment of CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage," Seinfeld takes host Jay Leno out for a spin in one of his most beloved vintage classics.

The model they take to the open road was actually on the low end, price wise, at the time it was made. But the completely unrestored 1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster is now worth six figures.
 
When Seinfeld bought it, people were dumbfounded as to why he would spend so much for a car that would require so much restoration.
"My whole point was it's perfect exactly as it is," he said. "It still runs strong, and it's got 99,000 miles on it so I'm going to be the one that turns it over."
 
Seinfeld said this is the kind of car that shows you, when you get into it, just how well-made it really is.
 
But taking a ride in Seinfeld's classic has extra sentimental value for Leno, who said, "This is the color of my brother's Speedster."
 
Leno's brother Patrick died of cancer in 2002. So taking this car out for a spin brings back some warm memories for Leno.
 
And the two TV stars couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting.
 
"The key to driving," Seinfeld said, "is having the right car on the right road on the right day and being in the right mood. You have four elements that made a great drive, and I think we've got all four today."
 
Source: CNBC 
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