On The Road

How in the 'hack' did they break into my car?

Last week a customer stopped by and asked if I would check for damage to her car. It had recently been broken into, and she was submitting a claim to her insurance company.

We get this type of request at least once month. Usually we find smashed windows, bent body parts, broken door handles, broken door frames, broken trunk latches, etc. This time, however, we didn’t find any damage whatsoever. All four doors, door handles, keyholes and the rear hatch worked perfectly.


Dodge Challenger, Charger offer good power for the price

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The Dodge Challenger Coupe handles well for its size, though visibility is limited. It has a sticker price of just more than $40,000.

When a friend at our Saturday morning gearhead gathering heard Gary start up the 2015 Dodge Charger sedan and listened to its lumpy sounds at idle, he said, “It just reaches down and grabs hold of the 13-year-old inside you.”


DMV can steer students to licensed driving schools

Q: I am interested in learning how to drive. How can I find a credible driving school?


Killer crossover

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC crossover is scheduled to debut this fall in the United States.

After a press drive through the Alsace wine region between France and Germany in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, we have no doubt this redesigned crossover will be a success in the global marketplace.


New Zealand couple stops in Los Altos on cross-country road trip

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
Fred Smits, right, discusses mechanical details of the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S he and his wife Elisabeth drove across the United States.

Having driven 28,000 miles around the United States the past 12 months in their 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S towing a modern camping trailer, Fred and Elisabeth Smits stopped by the Saturday morning car gathering outside Main Street Cafe & Books July 18 to share their experiences and do a little show-and-tell.


It's key to live by the code

Last week I had a customer schedule his car for a routine oil change and tire rotation service. This customer lives in Mountain View, rides his bike to work most of the time and rarely drives the car on the freeway.


Some DMVs open on Saturdays – by appointment

Q: I heard that select DMV offices are now open on Saturdays. Which offices are open and which types of transactions will be handled?

A: Since January, the DMV began offering 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday hours at 60 select offices statewide to process only driver license transactions for individuals who have scheduled an appointment.


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