Carmakers are always designing vehicles with cool styling, cutting-edge technology, and other accents and nuances to appeal to the public and create a buzz. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we are providing a shortlist of some car accessories that might have sounded good during the blueprinting process but fell short of expectations.
Over-the-top silly styling (Toyota CH-R XLE): There is a fine line between fun and funky. It seems important to today’s car designers to want their cars to look complex and intriguing. This can be taken to a real extreme, and from some angles, this car looks like a cartoon, which might be the goal. There’s no question this approach does get attention but is it cool?
Wide blind spots (Nissan Leaf SL Plus): Don’t worry about diminished visibility, say the carmakers. Just peel pony up nearly $2,000 for this unique Platinum Supreme Merging and Parking Pack, where both the blind-spot monitors and parking sensors are not effective. It doesn’t seem right to call the Nissan Leaf’s wide C-pillar a blind spot; may we suggest “blind canyon” or perhaps "while driving blind"?
Big & bulging pickup tail lights (Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LTZ): Let’s say that you are loading up the truck after a fairly exhausting day. As you hoist your toolbox up over the corner of the bed, your mind wanders and you hit one of the taillights; as a result, In the case of this Chevy, the lens assembly will set you back roughly $800 to replace.
Non-height-adjustable-lumbar-support seats (Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD): Strategically-positioned lumbar support can bring a world of ease to the task of driving because the core of your body can really relax. But most cars with adjustable lumbar support have it at a fixed height, and when it aims into your tailbone, it can feel like you’re making payments on someone else’s car.
Low-profile tires (Volvo S90 T6 Inscription): Large wheels with slim tire sidewalls can make even family wagons look hunky and highly sporty. But they can also amplify bump impacts, deep ruts can bend their rims, and expensive gashes can be the result of parking at the curb. Each of the car’s four corners becomes its own stylish beast of burden.
Fake stitching (Honda HR-V Touring): Automotive trim with stitching evokes a craftsman’s touch as if the instrument panel part of the factory consists of sewing machines operated by squinty tailors with exacting technique. But when the stitching is simulated like in this case, the alleged thread can be so plasticky that it’s pressed with the same surface grain surrounding it. It’s not noticeable until it is.
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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: Cartalk and Forbes