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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

Five of the Greatest Memorial Day Speeches of All-Time

on Monday, 25 May 2020.

We are proud to honor those who have served

Memorial Day, a federal holiday since 1967, originated from the American Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead. During the early 20th century the occasion has been extended to recognize all Americans who have sacrificed their lives during military conflict. Below are five memorable Memorial Day speeches in American history.

1. Ronald Reagan's Remarks on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, 1982.

Reagan, known as "The Great Communicator," concluded his remarks with a challenge: "Earlier today, with the music that we have heard and that of our National Anthem – I can't claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don't know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask."

2. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1884. Holmes, a veteran of the Civil War, delivered an address titled "In Our Youth, Our Hearts Were Touched with Fire."

His speech was given in Keene, N.H. two decades before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court in honor of the fallen of America's most devastating conflict.

Holmes elaborated on the meaning of Memorial Day:

"So to the indifferent inquirer who asks why Memorial Day is still kept up we may answer, it celebrates and solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith. It embodies in the most impressive form our belief that to act with enthusiasm and faith is the condition of acting greatly."

He summed up, showcasing his powerful oratory skills saying:

"But grief is not the end of all. I seem to hear the funeral march become a paean. I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death – of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will."

3. Just a mere few months before he ascended to the presidency after the death of Warren G. Harding, then Vice President Calvin Coolidge delivered a Memorial Day speech titled, "The Destiny of America," in Northhampton, Massachusetts, in 1923.

Coolidge, who often played the role of civic educator, stressed the importance of American ideals and sacrifice in his remarks. He called war "not the worst of evils." He honored America's fallen and Memorial Day by saying we set the day apart "to do honor to all those, now gone, who made the cause of America their supreme choice." Coolidge quoted John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

4. In the very first Memorial Day Speech at Arlington National Cemetary, known then as "Decoration Day," a crowd of 5,000 gathered in 1868 to hear then Ohio Congressman and veteran James A. Garfield deliver remarks in honor of the Civil War dead.

Garfield noted the solemnity of the occasion by beginning, "I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion," he added, "If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung.

5. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. delivered another notable speech on Memorial Day titled "The Soldier's Faith," given at a meeting to the graduating class at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts on May 30, 1895.

Holmes gave tribute to the fallen simply saying, "The man who commands the attention of his fellows is the man of wealth."

Sources: Associated Press and Quora 

Newer Cars Last Longer So Plan for the Future

on Saturday, 16 May 2020.

The experts (who are they, have you never met one?) have reported that the average lifespan of a vehicle is now nearly 12 years. They say it’s been a slow and steady climb over the past few decades as people hang onto their cars longer and longer.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we decided to pose the question—why are today's cars living longer?

That’s because today’s vehicles are smarter, better designed, and considerably better built than they were 20-30 years ago. Automated factories have led to cutting-edge high-precision manufacturing. Parts are much more reliable, and electric systems have now replaced mechanical systems that reduce breakdowns and enhance engine efficiency. Superior oil has changed intervals for oil changes from every three thousand miles to as high as every 15 thousand miles. In addition, new coolants can last the vehicle’s lifetime.

If you buy a new car today, you can count on 200,000 miles with a gas vehicle and up to 300,000 miles if you own an electric car.

Everyone knows that technology is the main reason for longer-lasting cars. Most improvements in efficiency, emissions, overall safety, reliability, and longevity are from primarily microprocessors, microcontrollers, and a series of extensive unseen networks onboard the vehicles themselves. Such improvements are truly increasing not only vehicles’ lifespans but also manufacturer warranties. 3 years, 36,000 miles used to be the standard, but ten-year, 100,000-mile warranties are becoming more common.

Electric cars also last longer than ever. 300,000 miles could be the standard for an electric car, because they feature engines with fewer moving parts, which reduces breakdowns in general, resulting in less maintenance and much longer lifespans (the same is true for hybrid vehicles as well). Tesloop, a Tesla taxi company, recently announced that one of their Model S cars passed the 400,000-mile mark, and the company reported that it expects the vehicle to last another 600,000 miles.

Here are some ways to make certain that your new car will last for 10-15 years:

  1. Choose a vehicle with advanced driver-assistance systems.

If you’re buying an automobile, consider getting adaptive cruise control and a collision-avoidance system that can reduce collisions.

  1. Invest in cutting-edge vehicle management systems.

Think of these as 24/7 on-the-job health monitors that offer a series of tips for improving fuel economy, alert you when you are driving way too fast, monitor the vehicle for trouble, and remind you of maintenance requirements.

  1. Pay careful attention to all of the distress signals.

When you receive an alert from your vehicle, don’t ever hope that it will go away. It is critically important to address problems as soon as they appear. Don’t ignore those lights on your dashboard.

  1. Choose the right mechanic.

New complex cars require skilled mechanics who comprehend electronics, engineering, and computers. So, always look for mechanics certified by organizations such as Automotive Service Excellence or shops.

If you follow these directives, your car can last you for many years and serve you well.

Sources: AOL and Forbes

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