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Let’s Get to Know Manny Mendoza, Body Technician

on Friday, 16 February 2018.

Q: How long have you been with Anderson Behel and how many years of industry experience do you have?

A: I have been with Anderson Behel for a total of nine years and I have 45 years of total experience in this industry.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the job?

A: Returning our customers' vehicles back to their pre-accident condition.

Q: What do you do when you're not working at Anderson Behel?

A: Taking my kids (2 boys, 2 girls) to their baseball games and other events on the weekends.  

Q: What are your major interests?

A: Camping and deer hunting.  

Q: Favorite TV Shows?

A: I watch only sports on TV.

Q: Favorite outdoor activities?

A: Camping and hunting.

Q: Pets and their names?

A: A guinea pig named Maxi.

Q: If you could have any kind of car, what would you get and why?

A: A sweet Lamborghini!

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: My father who is 89 years old

Q: What are some of the customer service things you're proud of at Anderson Behel?

A: I am proud of everything we do at Anderson Behel! We make customer service a big deal here and it shows, because our work is excellent.


Our Top Ten Super Bowl Snacks

on Saturday, 03 February 2018.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we hope you enjoy watching tomorrow's 52nd Super Bowl. Watching football is always a fun exercise in wanting to rip your hair out. But the No. 2 rule for any Super Bowl party behind not inviting anyone who has a vested interest in the game is making sure that the menu is perfect. The food had better be good, because the last thing that anyone wants in the second half is a bunch of grumbling stomachs and curmudgeony guests. Here are 10 best Super Bowl foods ranked from worst to best, from foods that should stay in the pantry to the stuff that won't survive the first quarter.

  1. A bowl of candy (usually M&Ms)

This makes monsters of us all, and if your grandparents are hosting the party it will probably make a surprise appearance. M&Ms are delicious for a bag, but an entire bowl just makes the people eating them want to scoop them up and sit on the couch forever. It's not so much the snack itself, it's the aftermath here.

  1. A veggie tray

I get the sentiment, I do. We can't all be savages. But the only way that this is acceptable is if you're using celery sticks to cool off the ridiculous hot wing that you ate by accident.

  1. A bowl of peanuts

It's a good, salty snack in small quantities, but it suffers the same drawbacks as the bowls of candy. At what cost? This isn't Five Guys, you can't just throw the shells wherever. If they're honey roasted and already shelled, that changes the game a bit, but you're still just sitting there shoving peanuts into your face.

  1. Chili

Maybe I'm being hard on chili here, but it all comes down to ease of eating. Being elbow-to-elbow and trying to eat chili is like trying to unpack the chips that you smuggled into the movie theater. It's loud, and it ends with you being escorted somewhere. You also have to think about the hosts, because the clean-up for chili is just AWFUL.

  1. Cookies

Again, potential for too much of a good thing here, but if they're served in the right quantities, good cookies can be a game changer for a party. Even if the food was just OK, if you come out with cookies with little flags in them you'll be celebrated as a hero for that sweet, sweet sugar for the rest of the night.

  1. Chips and dip

Go all out for the dip. It's worth it. If you buy the Lay's French Onion dip, then so be it, but that's a risk. If you have the means, make a good spinach dip or something along those lines, and watch it vanish. Just be careful and make sure that you have enough chips to go with it.

  1. Nachos

This is in the same vein as chips and dip, but where the difference lies is that simpler is often better. All that you need to make this work is to have some nacho cheese on hand. Cheese is the best thing in the universe. Your guests will love you if you have cheese.

  1. Pigs in a blanket

Such a powerful punch in such small packages. These little guys are so good, you just can't beat an adorable little hot dog in a fluffy little bread blanket. Ease of eating also sets this snack over the top.

  1. Pizza

Don't overthink it. Pizza is good. Just tip the poor delivery driver that's working on Super Bowl Sunday.

  1. Wings

The piece de resistance of Super Bowl meals. Every party needs to have wings, unless you're all vegan. Wings in the right sauce are the best food, not just for Super Bowl Sunday, but every day -- forever.

Source: Food Network 


We Love Our 5-Star Reviews!

on Sunday, 28 January 2018.


These guys are top knotch.  Absolutely the BES.  My 2016 Subaru Crosstrek suffered a parking lot incident.  Not too bad but they managed to ding both panels behind the passenger side headlight - also scraped the molding and the bumper.  Anderson Behel did an amazing job, it looks like brand new and it's guaranteed as long as I own my car.  Their office staff is GREAT. Said they'd call and they did call when they said they would.  They also helped me with the rental car and generally made the whole process as easy as it could possibly be.  
I'm very happy with everything.  The price was reasonable, the result was perfect and the service was outstanding.  I recommend them 100%."

-Rosalie A., Sunnyvale, CA 

The Art Car Museum in Houston, Texas

on Monday, 22 January 2018.

If you're looking for a fun museum to visit in 2018, think about the Art Car Museum in Houston, TX. Why? Because cars are arts and some of these cars are art.

When you first approach the museum, you’ll likely notice the scrap metal and chrome exterior designed by car artist David Best. Inside the unique building, you’ll find elaborate and imaginative cars that have been turned into works of art called art cars. These include customized hippie vans, derby racers, low riders and other mobile contraptions. Some are brightly painted, and others are bejeweled or decorated with one-of-a-kind designs. There are also fine art displays, photography, sculpture and a variety of exhibitions throughout the facility.

 At Anderson Behel, we truly believe that cars are art and that's why we're happy to be sharing this blog with our readers in Silicon Valley.

 The museum is dedicated to showcasing contemporary artists around the world. Opened in 1998, the private institution was founded as a not-for-profit art organization by Ann Harithas, an artist, and James Harithas, the director of Houston’s Station Museum of Contemporary Art. Ann, a supporter of what is called the “Art Car movement,” curated the Collision show at the Lawndale Art Center in 1984. Here is where the “Mad Cad” art car designed by Larry Fuente was unveiled.

 According to the museum’s website, Collision help promote the Art Car movement in Houston, which eventually led to an Art Car Parade and an International Art Car movement. Many consider Houston to be the “Art Car Capital” of the country with its large number of art cars on display.

For those unfamiliar with the Art Car movement, Noah Edmundson, the director of the museum, says that it emphasizes personal expression and focuses on subject matter from popular culture. “The art car artist is a pioneer of a new image of the automobile, an image which in its diversity reflects fundamental changes in popular consciousness, changes based on the desire for greater independence and individual rights,” he says.

Edmundson explains that all art cars are similar in that they transform a factory-made vehicle into a “personal statement or expression.”

Known by many as “Garage Mahal,” the Art Car Museum showcases three to four different cars at a time and rotates the selection every few months. Those interested in viewing a wider variety of this unique art form can attend the Houston Art Car Parade, held in every year in April. First held in 1988, the parade included 40 vehicles. Today, there are more than 250 from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

 The Art Car Museum offers free admission and is open Wednesday through Sunday.

 Sources: Wikipedia and Yahoo  


Safety Issues that People Forget About

on Tuesday, 16 January 2018.

We know that under-inflated tires or old windshield wipers are safety issues, but many people don't know that these five vehicle safety issues are often overlooked. At Anderson Behel, we want everyone safe out on the roads and highways here in Santa Clara, CA and all over the USA.  

1.) Damaged headlight lenses: Bad lenses can reduce your visibility, creating a hazardous situation when you are driving at night and/or in bad weather. Discoloration and scratches on plastic headlight lenses can be caused by slush, road salt, street debris and stones, so always be sure to check them for gouges, cracks or moisture that gets within the headlight that would indicate the seal has likely failed, which can make your light considerably less bright and shorten the life of that (usually expensive) bulb inside.

2.) Compromised bumpers: If you've had any type of fender bender or own a used car with a murky and uncertain past, you might want to be concerned. Today's bumpers utilize a dense foam material to absorb the impact, but they are designed to work only once. Even if they look okay from the outside, the underlying structure could be compressed, which means the next mishap might be fatal. Have your bumpers checked if you're not sure and get that much-needed peace of mind.

3.) Missing airbags: A new study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that nearly one in every five fatal accidents involves vehicles with missing airbags. This is something that should concern everyone and especially if  you own an previously owned vehicle. Don't just assume that you're in the clear just because there are no signs of collision-related damage-- airbags can deploy from low-speed collisions that may cause minor or no damage at all. Check the car's history or ask the people at your repair shop to check for signs of possible prior airbag deployment.

4.) Damaged and/or rusted brake lines: Brake lines can be prone to rust and break, especially if you live in an area with seriously cold weather. Many of the chemicals that are used to treat the roads during cold winters contain corrosive chemicals that can seriously damage brake lines. Unlike many other brake problems, damaged brake lines won't give you telltale signs, like squealing or grinding. Whenever checking your brake lines, always look for puddles of leaking brake fluid. When in doubt, replace your brake lines and live another day. Simply said.

5.) Dying or damaged batteries: Seasonal changes can be a death sentence for weak batteries. Lots of drivers are conscious of checking their car batteries in the fall, but it's also important to check them in the year round, because any temperature extreme can send a weak battery over the safety edge.

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.

Domino's Now Using Self-Driving Delivery Vans

on Friday, 05 January 2018.

Remember the old friendly pizza delivery person who tried to get you that pie within 30 minutes or it was free? Those days are over now and pretty soon the delivery pizza person could be history as well. Currently, Ford and Domino's Pizza are collaborating on research and developing a fleet of self-driving pizza delivery vehicles using an autonomous Ford Fusion hybrid in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The two companies reported this summer that they established a partnership to study how customers will react to receiving pizzas delivered to their door by a self-driven car.

At Anderson Behel, we love pizza and we also love cars here in Santa Clara where come of the delf-driving Domino's vans are currently being used, so we thought our blog readers might find this both interesting and entertaining.

As part of their ongoing research, Domino's customers in Ann Arbor can opt to receive their pizza in a self-driving car, at least to a degree. The Ford Fusion hybrid is equipped with self-driving technology, but will be manually operated by a Ford safety engineer, the carmaker reported.

Domino's clients will be able to track their orders from start to finish through a GPS system and will get a text message when the delivery vehicle approaches, showing them how to unlock and retrieve their pizza from a storage compartment in what would usually be the rear side window of the four-door sedan, all without interacting with an actual human.

Roush Enterprises manufactured the pizza storage compartment based on research it did with the pizza maker for its modified Chevrolet Spark DXP delivery car back in 2015.

Ford has promised to unveil a Level 4 autonomous car in 2021 for commercial use. The carmaker said in a blog post recently that it will be used for the delivery of goods, as well as for services such as ride-sharing, car pooling and ride-hailing.

One thing is 100% certain--self-driving technology will change the way business is performed worldwide. To bring this technology to the consumer market in a seamless fashion, companies like Ford and Domino's will be working to understand how self-driving technology can enable when applied with a human-centered strategy. By working together, they are hoping to build a sustainable self-driving business model that prioritizes the people experience over the technology. It's a tough thing to achieve and only the best minds at Ford are working on it, so stay tuned and get ready for your next combination pie, but please hold the anchovies!

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