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Dog Savers in California are Canine Super Heroes

on Sunday, 16 September 2018.

A new California law states that if you’re concerned about a vehicle-bound animal, and can’t find the owner, it's legal for you to break into the vehicle to rescue the dog or cat, but only if you call the authorities first. You have to wait with the dog until an authority (animal control, police, fire department, law or 911 emergency service) to arrives at the scene for a reasonable amount of time. But, if the situation looks dire and the animal is in danger, you can break that window without facing criminal charges.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we love our pets and we often hear about awful stories where people have accidentally left their animals in hot cars here in the South Bay. So, that is why we wanted to share this intriguing blog with you.

The understanding of this law is that if you go through the proper steps, you’re in the clear and protected from both civil and criminal liabilities that exempt you from having to pay for things such as property damage or trespassing. But, unfortunately, there are several gray areas with this new law and in some cases, it is confusing people more than anything else. Some people in the media have weighed in and stated that if you’re a person of color, a police officer or even a bystander, people might not realize that you’re trying to save an animal and that's where the problems could arise.

The sole intention of the law is to protect the animals. As animal activists and advocates remind people every summer, it takes simply 15 minutes for a hot animal to suffer serious brain damage. Recently, the police arrested a woman in Ontario, CA after a dead dog was found in the back of a her vehicle and another distressed dog and cat were rescued.

The whole point is that you can’t be over zealous and just break someone’s window without reason. The animal has to be in danger of dying, and that is the purpose of the law, designed to significantly reduce the number of instances when an animal is left in a car.

"We don't want a bunch of deputized dog savers trolling around in parking lots breaking windows," Bill Salmon, animal activist in Los Angeles said. "This is a good law and it will save animals' lives, but I believe it needs to be further defined to be even more effective."

Sources: LA Times, CNN and San Diego Tribune

He Really, Really Likes Us

on Monday, 10 September 2018.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA our business is built on customer service, so whenever we get a great review like this one we are obviously thrilled!

"Needed some work done on my side mirror and checked this place out after having a not so pleasant experience somewhere else.
This place is great! The staff are courteous and professional. They provided a detailed estimate and guided me on the process through and through. After the part came in, it took two days for the paint job to be done. Came in early morning the next day for installation and it took less than 20 minutes. Quicker than I expected. Totally recommend this place!"

-Row D., Santa Clara, CA 

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.

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