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10 Loving Automotive Gifts for Valentine's Day 2020

on Monday, 10 February 2020.

Anderson Behel Will Save You Some Time for V-Day

Looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift for that special car lover in your life? Spare yourself the effort of putting together the most “romantic gift” and use this list from Anderson Behel in Santa Clara to give your partner something they truly want. More car stuff! 
1. Headlight Restoration
Not only are cloudy headlights dangerous, but they’re also incredibly annoying. Surprise your sweetheart with headlight restoration this Valentine's Day for a gift that keeps giving. We recommend Fix It Right Auto Repair give them a call today at 417-862-8447 and schedule an appointment.
2. Car Detailing
Give your lover a certificate to get their other baby pampered. Akin to a spay day, they’ll love their car looking refreshed, rejuvenated, and 5 years younger. If you want some cool detailing then you can go to a wash and vac auto detailer in Kingsland GA to get it done.
3. Car Wash Kit
Give your partner everything they need to make their car sparkle. Make it an even better gift by offering to take care of the first wash. Check out the Meguiars Complete Car Care Kit for $51.99.
4. Car Cover
With all the energy your lover spends on their car, shouldn’t you help them protect it from the harsh elements with a new car cover? What’s more romantic than looking out for your partner's prized possession? Check out this MATCC All Season Car Cover for $37.96.
5. Mechanics Tool Kit
Nothing tops a new good set of tools. If your partner is still using the tools they’ve had for over 20 years then maybe it’s time to get em’ a new set they can be proud of. One of our favorites is this Apollo 95 Piece Mechanic Tool Kit for $57.30.
If the car lover in your life repairs cars quite often then they will probably already have updated tools. When this happens, just look for tools that can make their life even easier when they’re under the hood of a car. For example, take a look at this cordless ratchet buyer’s guide to finding a ratchet that will save them lots of time when they need to screw nuts and bolts!
6. Jump Starter
Having jumper cables is one thing, but equipping your partner with their own jump starter ensures self-reliance & means you’ll be able to get home quicker if problems ever arise. One of our favorites is the Stanley FATMAX J7CS for $39.98.
7. Driving Gloves
It may sound old-fashioned but driving gloves can make a fantastic gift for your partner. Have your lover feeling like Steve Mcqueen in a new pair of driving gloves. Major plus if they have a classic car. Check out these Shaf International Driving Gloves for $14.99.
8. Car Safety Kit
Show how much you care about your partner with an emergency safety kit that they can store in their trunk or glove box. You never know where the road may lead or what may happen, so don’t let your partner be caught unprepared. Featuring both first-aid and automotive emergency items, these practical all-in-one kits can help protect you in the event of an automobile breakdown or personal injury. Check out this AAA 64 Piece Premium Traveler Road Kit for $39.99
9. Steering Wheel Cover
Keep your partner's hands warm in the winter and cool in the summer with a steering wheel cover that provides extra grip. Have a look at this Steering Wheel Universal Cover for $23.99.
10. Phone Mount
Perfect for the person who is perpetually navigating with their phone in one hand and the steering wheel in the other. A phone mount will allow your lover to drive undistracted and focus more on getting you to your destination safely. One of our favorites is the iOttie Easy One Touch Universal Mount for $18.02.
If none of those take your fancy and you’re looking for something specific, have a look around. For example, if your partner has an MX5 that they’re getting track-ready, taking a look at the best coilovers for NA Miatas is a good starting point. Being specific to your partner's car and helping them customize their dream is definitely a brownie point catcher! With having a car being essential for many people, sites such as My Debt Relief Plan know all to well when it comes to being an owner of a car and learning how to keep the costs down. With saving more money, you can now spend even more on car-related accessories for your partner.

Sources: Forbes and AOL News 

Will this New App Cut Down on Distracted Driving?

on Monday, 03 February 2020.

By now, everyone should know that texting and driving are dumb and dangerous. It's so bad, in fact, that a new startup is now encouraging those on the road around you to pick up their cell phones and submit a short video clip of your wrongdoings, to earn some cash if you're driving distracted.

At Anderson Behel, we know that distracted driving is a national problem, so that's why we're happy to tell you about Text to Ticket, a newer startup based in San Francisco, CA. It was established when a group of close friends were crossing the roadway and nearly hit by a driver who was distracted by its phone and nearly ended their life. After several days of brainstorming, the group decided to design a platform to help protect pedestrians and other cars out on the road.

The goal of Text to Ticket is to cut down on tasks that are considered texting while driving, by using a new mobile app that earns tattlers a little cash. The entire idea of this platform revolves around other people out on the road by accessing the app while in the passenger seat of a moving car. All the user has to do is capture a short video of the distracted driver and upload it promptly to Text to Ticket. Once the video is reviewed and submitted to the local police, the user receives a monetary reward.

There are a handful of stipulations to the video that's submitted in order for the user to see the money. First off, the driver must clearly be using their cell phone, so both that the driver and the phone can be seen clearly. Secondly, the vehicle's license plate must be captured in order to make sure that the video clip is legit. The occasion's location, speed and distance will be recorded in a report sent to Text to Ticket. Lastly, the video is reviewed by a panel to make certain that it's admissible to law enforcement based on the standards that the company sets forth.

Once the video is completely approved, the user is paid five bucks by Text to Ticket. One question, where does Text to Ticket get the money to pay the tattler? By working closely with law enforcement, this startup can hopefully save peoples' lives. A police officer will first review and approve the video footage, then issue a citation to the vehicle's registered owner in order to receive a referral payment, before passing a portion of it over to the tattler/concerned citizen.

Sources: SF Chronicle and 7x7 Magazine

 

What Does ADAS Mean?

on Thursday, 30 January 2020.

Everyone is talking about ADAS Systems in cars today and it’s a buzz acronym, but what does it actually mean? At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we’re happy to provide some basic information about this new technology that will make us safer and more connected on the road.

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), are electronic systems that help the vehicle driver while driving or during parking. When designed with a safe human-machine interface, they are intended to increase car safety and more generally road safety. ADAS systems use electronic technology such as microcontroller units (MCU), electronic control units (ECU), and power semiconductor devices.

Most road accidents occur due to human error. Advanced driver-assistance systems are systems developed to automate, adapt and enhance vehicle systems for safety and better driving. The automated system which is provided by ADAS to the vehicle is proven to reduce road fatalities, by minimizing the human error. Safety features are designed to avoid collisions and accidents by offering technologies that alert the driver to potential problems, or to avoid collisions by implementing safeguards and taking over control of the vehicle. Adaptive features may automate lighting, provide adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance, pedestrian crash avoidance mitigation (PCAM), incorporate satnav/traffic warnings, alert driver to other cars or dangers, lane departure warning system, automatic lane centering, show what is in blind spots, or connect to smartphones for navigation instructions.

Modern vehicles today have advanced driver-assistance systems integrated to their electronics and manufacturers refresh their car models to add more of these features into their cars. Early advanced driver-assistance systems include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and traction control. These systems can be affected by mechanical alignment adjustments. This has led many manufacturers to require electronic resets for these systems, after a mechanical alignment is performed.

ADAS relies on inputs from multiple data sources, including automotive imaging, LiDAR, radar, image processing, computer vision, and in-car networking.[7] Additional inputs are possible from other sources separate from the primary vehicle platform, such as other vehicles, referred to as Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), or Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X), such as mobile telephony or WiFi data network systems.

Advanced driver-assistance systems are one of the fastest-growing segments in automotive electronics,[8] with steadily increasing rates of adoption of industry-wide quality standards, in vehicular safety systems (ISO 26262), developing technology specific standards, such as IEEE 2020 for Image Sensor quality[9] and communications protocols such as the Vehicle Information API.[10]

Next-generation ADAS will increasingly leverage wireless network connectivity to offer improved value by using car-to-car (also known as Vehicle to Vehicle, or V2V) and car-to-infrastructure (also known as Vehicle to Infrastructure, or V2X) data.

A Family Super Bowl Watch Party

on Friday, 24 January 2020.

Here is a Super Bowl Party in town that the entire family can enjoy. At Anderson Behel, we are happy to congratulate the San Francisco Forty-Niners as they compete against the Kansas City Chiefs. Please enjoy the game in a safe manner and please don’t drink and drive.

Sun., Feb. 2, 3:15 p.m

Santa Clara City Library

2635 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Your San Francisco 49ers are NFC Champions and are headed to the Super Bowl. Come watch the biggest game of the season in a family-friendly environment. The matchup will be the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Snacks will be served while supplies last.

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.

 

A Pair of Fun Factoids About Cadillac

on Tuesday, 14 January 2020.

At Anderson Behel, we are delighted to be a Cadillac certified body shop and that’s why we’re happy to share this blog with you.

Al Capone’s Cadillac was the first presidential bulletproof limo: The infamous gangster had a 1928 Cadillac sedan just like the one you see here—though it was fully armored to protect against rival gangs’ threats on his life. It was impounded by the treasury department when he went to Alcatraz prison.

On the evening of December 7th, 1941 (Pearl Harbor), the Secret Service suddenly found itself in need of something bulletproof for President Franklin D. Roosevelt to deliver his “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress in DC. When asked where he got the car on such short notice, the president famously said, “I hope Mr. Capone doesn’t mind.”

Capone also owned one of the Cadillacs used in The Godfather and The Untouchables. His 1929 model was a favorite getaway car—it had a pair of bullet holes to prove it. Paramount Pictures bought the car and used it for a multitude of films, including some of the all-time gangland classics.

Cadillac is named after a Frenchman: Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French army officer, founded a town called Ville d’Etroit—known today as Detroit, Michigan. Apparently, they thought, 'Why not him?'

Cadillac founder Henry M. Leland apprenticed under gunmaker Samuel Colt: Leland worked in the legendary gunsmith’s revolver factory, learning the value of precision engineering—like using tools that could measure designs within a 1/100,000 of an inch—that he'd eventually take to Caddy.

Leland souped-up Oldsmobiles when he was younger. Why? Well, because he could. He reworked the single-cylinder engine from an Oldsmobile and nearly tripled its output—from 3.7 to 10.3 horsepower. Upon this, Ransom Olds (yup, that was his name) essentially told him to get lost, because the Oldsmobile chassis couldn’t handle such a powerful motor.

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: Reuters and Wikipedia

 

 

Porsche Baja 911 Can Be Yours for Only $650,000!!

on Tuesday, 07 January 2020.

Back in November, a builder named TJ Russell unveiled a gleaming white Porsche 911 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The car, known as the Baja 911 has wide, flared fenders; huge, knobby tires; a roll cage; and nine headlights. It’s surely a show stopper and everyone at SEMA went crazy about this vehicle, even when they heard the price-$650,000!

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we are a Porsche-certified shop and that is why we are always happy to share Porsche news with you.

During its SEMA debut, the Baja 911 was swarmed for hours with the international automotive press, industry insiders, well-known builders, and fan boys taking photos, making videos, and generally drooling over the hand-craftsmanship that Russell completed, alone, over the course of more than a year. Since then, the car has appeared in dozens of dust-caked glamour shots, set with the sun illuminating its aggressive stance while it dances over boulders and through sand. It is plastered all over car blogs and Instagram feeds, and in YouTube videos and trade magazines.

But the Baja 911 is more than just a pretty face. It has more than a foot of ground clearance, a unique suspension system of cushy and nimble shocks, a reinforced chassis, and a purpose-built 3.8-liter, 365-horsepower engine paired with a specialized five-speed transmission engineered to perform for thousands of miles, day in and day out, in 100F-plus heat.

It has been sprayed with a layer of sound deadening and ceramic coating to insulate the cabin from noise and heat; the interior metal surfaces are welded and sealed from the front fuel supply and rear engine bay in order to guard against collision and water damage; and the carbon seats in the rear fold down to reveal a locking storage box for spare parts and tools.

The whole car weighs just 2,800 pounds—400 pounds less than a stock 911 fresh from the Porsche factory. It’s a featherweight suited for navigating the punishing sands, boulders, and heat of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula—the source of its name.

At $650,000, the Baja 911 represents the top 1% of a larger group of cars known as “Baja,” “safari,” or “rally” cars, so named to evoke the type of driving they do. They’re designed to race in glamorous and gritty off-road contests such as the East African Safari Classic Rally, the Carrera Panamerica in Mexico, the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, or the Rally Caminos del Inca in Peru. In simplest form, the terms—used interchangeably—refer to any vehicles modified to perform off paved roads.

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: Porsche News and Bloomberg News 

 

 

 

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