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The Futuristic Cars of Blade Runner 2049

on Friday, 17 November 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 was the long-awaited sequel to the seminal sci-fi classic from 1982, and as you will see (if you have not done so already) there will be an array of futuristic flying cars. Directed by Oscar-nominated director of Arrival, Denis Villneuve, and starring Ryan Gosling as the new LAPD cop, Harrison Ford returning to play the original blade runner, Rick Deckard, as well as Jared Leto and Robin Wright, from what we can see the follow-up seems to be another film noir.

At Anderson Behel, we covet cars of the future and one day we hope to repair beauties like these! 

Set in a dystopian Los Angeles, moody cops pilot flying cars, known as Spinners to search and destroy human-like androids known as replicants. 

The spinners  can take off vertically, hover and fly around like a plane, but can also be operated like traditional cars as the trailer briefly demonstrates. Interestingly, the Lamborghini-inspired three-wheelers do not appear to be autonomous, which seems like somewhat of an oversight. But seeing Gosling grappling with a joystick to operate the spinners makes for better cinema. The scissor doors are also pretty badass and we are glad to see they are still popular thirty years from now. Blade Runner 2049 opens in cinemas on October 6.

When the original Blade Runner released in 1982, the Harrison Ford-vehicle didn’t turn out to be a darling with critics or viewers. Grossing a meagre $33.8 million against a production budget of $28 million, Ridley Scott's neo-noir piece was in blunt terms a huge flop. But over the course of time, its status witnessed a massive climb. Blade Runner is now regarded as one of the best movies that Hollywood has ever produced. Which is why we are getting a sequel this year Blade Runner 2049.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners) and starring Ryan Gosling alongside Harrison Ford, the new chapter continues to tell the fascinating and thematically complex story of replicants and their humanity in a story set in 2049.

The biggest highlights of the futuristic production design were the flying cars a.k.a Spinners While the super-sized holographic projections and some of future tech that we got to see in Blade Runner are a reality now, the flying car is something which is still in its young stages of development.

Back to Blade Runner 2049. The upcoming movie got a new full trailer for itself recently and the clip re-emphasized the fact that the sequel has its own bunch of impressive and captivating production design elements. Already being hailed for its breathtaking cinematography and visuals, the trailer also takes some time to show us the cars which we’ll get to see in the latest instalment of the Blade Runner saga.

The events in the first movie take place in 2019, which is hardly two years from now. And we have not seen any Spinners flying around in the real world yet.

Porsche Designing Anti-Theft Systems for Classic Models

on Wednesday, 08 November 2017.

Old Porsches Need Protection Too!

GPS-assisted monitoring is on its way! Porsche is currently developing a comprehensive anti-theft protection system for all classic models, allowing owners of Porsche classics to take advantage of the anti-theft protection that is already available for new vehicles.
At Anderson Behel in Silicon Valley, we are proud to be one of the few Porsche certified collision repairers in Santa Clara County, so that is why we're always excited about sharing Porsche news with our blog readers, many of which are passionate Porsche owners. 
The key feature of the new “Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking System” is an autonomous sensor package that is integrated at concealed points on the vehicle. This device communicates with a security network that covers the whole of Europe. The tailored versions of the new system are suitable for all Porsche classic vehicles from the 356 to the Carrera GT, and are set to become available from spring 2018 onwards at Porsche Classic Partners and Porsche Centres across Europe.
The Porsche 911, Typ 993
“In future, the new Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking System will allow us to offer our customers anti-theft functionality that will trigger an alarm if someone tries to steal the vehicle. In an ideal scenario, this intervention will stop the vehicle from disappearing right from the outset”, explains Alexander Fabig, Head of Porsche Classic. If the battery is disconnected on a vehicle that is being monitored, or if the vehicle is stolen, the associated free app sends an alarm alert to the international security centre and to the customer. If the owner confirms unauthorized access when prompted, the relevant authorities are informed. The security centre uses the integrated GPS sensor to identify the current location or driving route of the classic vehicle and provides immediate support to local responders in the search for the vehicle. There is also the option to use a wireless command to prevent the engine from being restarted. The security centre for the country in which the Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking System was purchased maintains contact with the customer throughout the investigation. This arrangement is designed to prevent any language-related communication difficulties during a stay abroad.
The Porsche 356
The new Porsche Classic app also offers other additional functions, depending on the country version: For example, the location of the classic vehicle can be conveniently pinpointed by smartphone at any time and stored route information can also be accessed. If the customer lends the classic vehicle to a stranger – perhaps for a test drive – the “geofence” functionality can be used to define boundaries that the vehicle is not allowed to cross. If these boundaries are crossed, the app also raises the alarm. A similar function is available for controlling the speed of the vehicle. The “Workshop” mode is designed for service appointments and deactivates the alarm when the battery is removed within a specified time period. The “Transport” mode can be used if the vehicle needs to be transported on its own trailer to ensure that the system does not send an alarm alert.
A range of installation options for each model are being defined
Installation of the tracking system and completion of the related service agreement are arranged exclusively by the Porsche Classic Partner or the relevant Porsche Centre. A range of installation options for each model are being defined during the product development process. Using an optional voltage converter, the Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking System can also be used in the Porsche 356 models featuring a six-volt vehicle electrical system.

Travel Tips for Thanksgiving

on Friday, 27 October 2017.

Turkey Day will be here before you can say "gobble, gobble!" so at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we are happy to offer some Thanksgiving travel advice.

The Thanksgiving holiday is undoubtedly the busiest travel time of the year with notorious transportation delays, traffic and travel snags all meeting travelers at nearly every turn. But with a bit of foresight and some Thanksgiving travel planning, you may ease some travel headaches whether you're heading home for the holidays or escaping for a drama-free adventure. Regardless of your plans, you'll be thankful for these Thanksgiving travel tips.

APH: Always Plan Ahead

It's never too early to start your holiday travel planning. In the early fall, you can take advantage of lower rates and seats aplenty. To jump on a bargain, sign up for sale notifications from your preferred airlines or Amtrak and follow your favorites on Twitter and Facebook where special sale notifications may pop up before they are available to the general public. Discover these other secrets to snagging travel deals.

Travel Light and Wear Bright Clothes

As more airlines start charging for checked bags, it's a good idea to pack light and carry on your bag. But keep in mind that your fellow travelers will all have the same idea and overhead space may be tight onboard. To lighten your traveling load, consider shipping some of your belongings to your final destination ahead of time, especially presents and bulky items like diapers or extra clothes that you won't need for the journey. Plus, be sure to check out this helpful family travel packing list. Fly out on Monday or Tuesday or even Thanksgiving morning to avoid the dreaded Wednesday travel rush.

Pick the Best Days, It's the Best Way!

The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, closely followed by the Sunday after the big day when travelers tear themselves away from the leftovers and football to make the journey home. Avoid these days by flying out on Monday or Tuesday or even Thanksgiving morning to avoid the dreaded Wednesday travel rush. When you're ready to head home, take flight on Friday when the masses have moved on from the airports to the shopping centers to score the best holiday deals. The crowds pick up again on Saturday, reaching a critical peak on Sunday, before leveling out on Monday.

Use the Technology, Not the Other Way Around

It's commonsense to arrive at the airport early -- you'll need the time for parking, security and to wait your turn for that necessary cup of coffee. But you can avoid some airport hassles by taking advantage of useful applications that can be used on your smart phone. iPhone users can get the skinny on the airport, including maps showing the gates and restaurant information, using the GateGuru app. Airlines including Southwest, Delta and American Airlines all have mobile websites where passengers can check in, confirm seats and keep track of their flight status. Check out these top mobile apps for travel.

Plan your route ahead of time and travel with a GPS system, smart phone or old-school maps to offer alternatives if you need a Plan B.

Hit the Holiday Road

While you certainly save money and avoid some headaches traveling by land, navigating the highways presents its own set of holiday 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. Follow the same best practices for road travel, including avoiding the highways on the Wednesday before turkey day and the following Sunday.

Plan your route ahead of time and travel with a GPS system, smart phone or old-school maps to offer alternatives if you need a Plan B. And to avoid unnecessary delays, bring along an E-ZPass or change for the tolls, as well as plenty of snacks, and be sure to fill up on gas before you hit the road. Also brush up on tips to handle hazardous road conditions during icy or stormy weather.

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.

Sources: Travel Channel and Forbes

Safe Candy Tips for Halloween

on Thursday, 19 October 2017.

Every Halloween, we want to be sure that every child receives safe candy and that's why all of us here at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, like to share information like this with our blog readers throughout the Bay Area.

  • Curb candy appetites by giving your trick-or-treaters an early meal or nutritious snack before they head outside. It may prevent a Halloween tummy ache later!
  • Always accompany young ghosts and goblins when they are out trick-or-treating. Stick to familiar neighborhoods and houses.
  • When trick-or-treating at night or on cloudy days, make sure children wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
  • Think costume safety. Avoid clumsy shoes or boots. Opt for face paints, available in special kits, rather than vision-restricting masks.
  • Inspect all candies before the kids dive into them. Discard any that are unwrapped or have torn wrappers.
  • Discard fruit and homemade treats unless you personally know their source. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Tiny tots may receive candies that are a potential choking hazard for them. Remove any that might be difficult to chew or swallow, such as small, round hard candies, caramels and gum balls. See our section on Feeding Tips for Young Children for more information.
  • Don't let limited trick-or-treating put a damper on Halloween fun. Host a post trick-or-treat party for a few of your child's friends. Let them make some spooky homemade treats, such as Boo Cups.
  • When lighting a carved jack-o-lantern, always use a candle with a solid base. To prevent a fire hazard, never leave a candlelit pumpkin unattended.
  • For a food-safe Halloween school treat, make a batch of Pumpkin-Raisin Bars. Wrapped individually in plastic wrap, they are easy to transport and require no refrigeration.

Sources: YouTube and

Another Great Yelp Review!

on Wednesday, 11 October 2017.

Row D. from Santa Clara gave us 5 Stars

"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!"

Thanks for the kind words Row, we work hard here at Anderson Behel to earn top reviews, so ratings like these make our day. 

Bay Area Halloween Events

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017.

Great Things to Do with the Entire Family

Celebrate Halloween with a visit to a local pumpkin patch, haunted house, or other fun Halloween destination in the Bay Area.
Find ideas for clever costumes, easy crafts, spooky decorations and tasty treats at our sister site Halloween Kid Fun. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, we love Halloween, so here is our list of the best Halloween events in the Bay Area for 2017:

Featured Events
Goblin Jamboree: Witches and Wizards ~ Sausalito, October 21 & 22
Where can kids ride a pony and design their own witch or wizard’s wand? The Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree in Sausalito! Dress the family up and come experience a cauldron of family-friendly witch and wizard themed programs and activities including glow-in-the-dark trains, a petting zoo, a hay maze, train rides, a spooky sticker room, a potion laboratory, a broom obstacle course, bounce houses, haunted architecture, and more!

Spooky Times at Deer Hollow Farm – Cupertino, October 28
Explore haunted barns and a ‘dark forest’ while joining our children’s activities and crafts such as making “sweet” spiders and chocolate bats! We’re opening up the pens so you can meet our spooktacular farm animals. Treats and beverages will be available for purchase. 10am-3pm. $7 per person, $5 in costume! 1 and under are free. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

Halloween Festivals & Parties
Pumpkin Train at Oak Meadow – Los Gatos, October 13-29
Pumpkins in the Park (Free) – San Jose, October 14
Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party at Roaring Camp – Felton, October 14-29
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival – Half Moon Bay, October 14 & 15
Not So Scary Halloween at Habitat – Berkeley, October 27-29
Monster Bash (Free) – Mountain View, October 28
Jackolantern Jamboree at Fairyland – Oakland, October 28 & 29
WOW Halloween Faire – Mill Valley, October 29
Halloween Hoopla at Yerba Buena Gardens (Free) – San Francisco, October 29

Concerts & Performances
Halloween Concert – Stanford, October 27
Family Halloween Concert – Redwood City, October 28 & 29
Jamband Halloween Concert and Festival (Free) – San Francisco, October 29
Costume Parades
Halloween Costume Contest (Free) – Benicia, October 28
Breakfast & Munchkin Masquerade at Jelly Belly – Fairfield, October 28
Halloween Hoopla Parade and Carnival (Free) – Menlo Park, October 28
Capitola Village Halloween Parade (Free) – Capitola, October 29
Halloween Parade – Sausalito, October 31

Trick or Treating
Downtown Trick or Treat (Free) – Walnut Creek, October 27
Trunk or Treat (Free) – Pleasant Hill, October 27
Halloween Trunk or Treat – Martinez, October 29
Bewitching Fun at Alamo Plaza Shopping Center (Free) – Alamo, October 31
Halloween on Solano (Free) – Albany & Berkeley, October 31
Trick or Treat on the Avenue (Free) – San Jose, October 31
Trunk or Treat (Free) – San Jose, October 31

Zoos, Animals & Nature
Little Pumpkin Party at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, October 22
Halloween Haunts at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, October 27 & 28
Halloween Family Farm Day at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, October 28
SuperNatural Halloween at California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco, October 28
Boo at the Zoo – Oakland, October 28 & 29

Amusement Parks
Halloween Haunt at Great America – Santa Clara, September 22-October 29
Fright Fest at Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, September 23-October 31
Haunted Houses & Other Scary Places
Pirates of Emerson Haunted House – Fremont, September 30-October 31
Winchester Mystery House Fright Nights – San Jose, October 6-31
Haunted Depot – Benicia, October 20-31
Halloween Hangar Haunt at Hiller – San Carlos, October 29

Pumpkin Patches
Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm – Clayton
Cool Patch Pumpkins – Dixon
J.E. Perry Farms – Fremont
Arata Pumpkin Farm – Half Moon Bay
Farmer John’s Pumpkins – Half Moon Bay
Lemo’s Farm Pumpkin Patch – Half Moon Bay
Pastorino’s Farm – Half Moon Bay
Pumpkin Junction at Casa de Fruita – Hollister
Swank Farms – Hollister
Pumpkin Maze – Lathrop
Joan’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch – Livermore
G&M Farms – Livermore
Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park – Morgan Hill
Pumpkin Patch at Shoreline Lake – Mountain View
Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch – Oakland
Fantozzi Farms – Patterson
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze – Petaluma
Webb Ranch – Portola Valley
MEF Pumpkin Patch – San Jose
Rodoni Farms – Santa Cruz
Muelrath Ranches – Santa Rosa
Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch – Suisun City

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