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Top Five Fourth of July Songs

on Saturday, 04 July 2020.

1.) America - Neil Diamond

From the god-awful soundtrack to the god-awful movie The Jazz Singer, "Coming to America" is Neil Diamond at his overblown best. When Neil breaks into "My Country Tis of Thee," listeners will either get goosebumps or waves of nausea

2.) Indoor Fireworks - Elvis Costello

The explosions at the heart of this great song have nothing to do with the 4th, but the passion and emotion in Costello's voice is still a marvel.

3.) Fourth of July - Dave Alvin

Robert Earl Keen does a killer version of this roots-rock classic, but Alvin's original is a powerful song that incorporates the holiday into a tale of a relationship going sour

4.) Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen

The Boss wrote this anthem of independence and respect for all the right reasons. Many people picked this #1, but it made #4 on our list. 

5.) America the Beautiful - Ray Charles

The legendary Ray Charles tackles a patriotic warhorse and turns into a true expression of the freedom and selflessness that makes American great.

Sources: Dallas Morning News and Entertainment Tonight

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Anderson Behel, the finest body shop in the USA! 

How to Handle a Collision with an Uninsured Driver

on Wednesday, 24 June 2020.

Ideally, and according to the law, every driver in the United States would be insured. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Unfortunately, uninsured and underinsured drivers are on the roads, and you have no way of knowing when you’ll come across one.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we are happy to share helpful informative articles with our friends, customers, associates and business partners.

What is an underinsured driver?

An uninsured driver is one who is on the road without auto insurance. An underinsured driver, however, is one that has insurance, but the limit isn’t high enough to cover the damage caused in an accident.

Every insurance policy comes with a limit to what the insurance company will cover, and individuals can choose the limit they want for their policy. But, if a driver is in an accident with an expensive car or a collision that causes a lot of costly damage, the limit may not be high enough.

How do I handle a collision with an underinsured driver?

The basics of a collision with an underinsured driver are the same as an accident with any other driver.

● Make sure you and your passengers are okay,

● Check on the driver and passengers in the other vehicle,

● If the other driver is leaving the scene, make sure to get as much information from them as possible.

● Call the police and ask if they have any requests before they arrive,

● Request an ambulance,

● Take photos of the scene,

● If possible, move the vehicles out of the way of traffic,

● Wait for the police to arrive and make an accident report,

● Contact your insurance company and your collision repair technician to take care of your car and make a claim.

The main difference between an accident with an underinsured driver and an adequately insured driver is that you’ll need to see if your insurance company will cover the costs that the other driver and his or her insurance company is unable to pay.

Do I have to pay?

Whether or not your insurance company will pay for the costs associated with your accident depend on your insurance policy. Many insurance companies offer uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, so that when you are in an accident with an underinsured motorist, your policy is intended to cover the costs, up to your limit.

Sources: AAA and AARP

Protect Your Car’s Paint with these Smart Tips

on Thursday, 18 June 2020.

By thinking ahead, doing what you’re told, and going for the gold, you can protect and preserve your vehicle’s paint job for many, many years to come. If you’re proud of your vehicle’s sparkling finish, things such as grime, debris, salt, sand and snow should frighten you.

Whether you’re not aware of it or not, your vehicle’s paint will face year-round drama big-time. According to Autoblog, a vehicle with faded paint and a dingy look sells for 10-20% less for the same vehicle that just looks cleaner.

Start with a nice thick coat of wax, then be on the lookout for these common scenarios that can harm your car’s paint, brought to you by Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA:

Stay Away from Trees: Trees may provide shade, but they also produce sap and can drop twigs or branches on your vehicle on a super windy day. Your best defense is to make certain that the paint is properly waxed. If you find sticky tree sap on your paint anywhere, get some bug and tar remover from your car parts store to completely dissolve it. Then, be sure to rinse and wax the area again to remove any and all residue that still remains.

Another Hazard from Above: Without sharing the physics and biology surrounding the topic of bird droppings and how they react with paint, you can just trust us that it can wreak some major havoc. When a fowl mistakes your vehicle for a large portable commode, the smartest thing you can do is remove it promptly. A wet cloth will usually do the job, but be certain to wipe with a lifting motion so that you won’t grind it into the paint.

Someone with A Nasty Sense of Humor: Using your finger as a writing utensil to draw “Wash Me Please” in dirt isn’t as harmless as you think. Dirt and grime can act as sandpaper when dragged across your vehicle’s paint, leaving the writer’s message behind permanently and the owner a little upset.

Insects Go Splat: Bugs and other flying objects hitting your windshield on the highway is really gross, but it is also relatively harmless. Have your car washed on a semi-regular basis, and for the most stubborn insects, use bug and tar remover as soon as you possibly can.

Washing Your Vehicle: We’ve suggested washing your vehicle frequently, but be sure to do so vehicle fully. Using dirty sponges or towels can actually do more harm than good. Some older automatic vehicle washes still use abrasive brushes rather than a soft cloth, which can scratch the paint. Another safe bet is a “touchless” vehicle wash that uses high pressure water jets to clean your car.

Sources: Autoblog and AARP

How Worn-Out Tires Can Cause Havoc in Your Life

on Wednesday, 10 June 2020.

Regardless of what the road conditions may be, worn out or damaged tires present a serious problem.

It is not surprising that driving on a set of worn tires is potentially very dangerous and can lead you into a crash or fender bender sooner rather than later. Tire treads are a critical factor in maintaining the correct amount of traction required to keep your car on the road and deal with rain, hail or snow, so once a tire goes bald, you are going to run the risk of not being able to properly control your automobile.

Today at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we are going to break down these five risks you run when you decide to drive with worn-out tires.

1.) Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is always a major risk and happens when there is a thin layer of water between your tires and the roadway. A high-quality well-designed tire has the proper grooves that can channel some of the water away from the tire and avert hydroplaning. But if you do not have enough treads, you may increase your chances of hydroplaning and putting yourself in a perilous situation.

2.) Difficulty in Weather

Most tires on the market are not outfitted for snow specifically and, if you live in a region that gets copious amounts of snow, you might want to consider installing winter tires nonetheless. Regardless, even a standard tire with decent treads is going to perform well in snowy conditions compared to tires that are worn down.

3.) Heat

Whenever you drive, you are creating friction between your tire and the roadway. If you create too much heat, you could blow your tire out and cause a collision. Treads help to help cool tires down by enabling air to flow through the small grooves and, since bald tires do not have those same grooves, you might run the risk of heat damaging your tires.

4.) Loss of Air Pressure

Losing air pressure will make tires much more dangerous to drive on. Maintaining the proper air pressure is a maintenance-related task that must be dealt with on a regular basis or when your air pressure light comes on. any If you have bald tires, you are going to have to refill them more often. The tragic combination of under-inflation and worn treads can pose a genuine danger.

5.) Blowouts

At high speeds blowouts can be fatal. While treads are not going to shield your tires completely from nails or other sharp objects, they can add a layer of resistance and prevent a blowout or at least delay one.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is 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 a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. 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.

Sources: Consumer Report and

A Note from Mariah Cardenas at Anderson Behel

on Tuesday, 02 June 2020.

We have been deemed an essential business, so we are open to serve our community at this time. Please know that you are all essential to us, and ensuring your safety and health is our priority from the cars we repair to how we interact.

During these uncertain times, you can rest assured that we have created a protocol to make our processes safe for our customers, employees, and vendors and following recommendations from the CDC and our local health department.

First, you can either drive here or we can come to your house and tow your vehicle back to the shop if needed.

While handling all of the paperwork, we will make certain that we adhere to all of the COVID-19 recommended safeguards, which includes safe distancing and wearing necessary face masks.

Please call us before traveling to the shop, so that we are prepared when you arrive.

As soon as your car arrives, we will carefully sanitize all of the areas both within and outside your vehicle, focusing on all of the “touch” areas like the door handles, trunk and hood latches, steering wheels, dashboards and anything else you would normally touch.

We greatly appreciate your understanding as we navigate through this difficult time. We are committed to you and your safety and to provide the same level of outstanding service for the past 50 years.

Communication is key, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call.

Thanks and stay safe,

Customer Relations Manager Mariah Cardenas


How Much Do You Know About Porsches?

on Thursday, 28 May 2020.

Ferdinand Porsche was a brilliant vehicle designer and engineer. His amazing career began at age fifteen when Porsche designed and built a cutting-edge energy generator during a period in history when the lightbulb was the most advanced technology on the planet.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we give much respect to the Porsche nameplate as one of the Porsche-certified collision repair shops in Northern California. 

190, Porsche created a hybrid-electric vehicle under the name of his employer, Lohner-Porsche. Called the “Semper Vivus,” the vehicle was an instant sensation at the famous Paris Motor Show and made Porsche a celebrity engineer instantly. The car used an internal combustion motor as a generator and was also the first vehicle featuring brakes on all 4 wheels.

In 1924, Ferdinand Porsche was contacted by the German government in order to develop an affordable family vehicle that could be mass-produced affordably. The result of this project was the iconic Volkswagen (VW) Beetle.

In 1931, Porsche started his own company to develop autos, motorcycles, and engines of all types.

Like other carmakers, Porsche tweaked its business model during World War II to build military equipment, but unfortunately the “Porsche Tiger” was not well-received. In fact, only 5 were produced, 4 of which never saw any action on the battlefield.

Porsche developed his first passenger vehicle in 1939 and named it the Porsche 64. It became the basis for all future versions, but only 3 of the production cars ever left the factory. His approach to improving with each new vehicle release made them immediately famous for comfort and design, while also starring on the racetrack. In a 50-year period, Porsche vehicles won over 28,000 victories in different speed racing categories, which is unprecedented.

The Porsche 356, a predecessor of the 911, was unveiled in 1948 as their very first production automobile. Both models were 2-door, rear-wheel drive, and offered an option for people who wanted either a hard or folding top. 76 thousand Porsche 356s were produced, and at least 50 percent are still functioning today! In fact, 33 percent of all Porsches ever produced are currently still in operation.

The Porsche 911 was shown to the public at the International Motor Show back in 1963. It was actually named the 901 at the time until it was discovered that the Peugeot brand reserved rights to model names of three digits with a zero in the middle. Today, it’s designed is one of the most recognizable and has been the most mass-produced luxury super vehicle in the world.

Sources: Wikipedia and Japolik

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