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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013


As early as 1898, vehicle manufacturers and engineers were looking for ways to make cars easier to drive, and safer by preventing accidents.  They quickly realized that driving at night could be dangerous.  So, the first automotive headlamps were introduced for use on the 1898 Columbia Electric Car from the Electric Vehicle Company of Hartford, Connecticut.  But the new electric lamps were not very popular – the rather fragile filaments didn’t last long in the harsh automotive environment and it was difficult for the car to produce enough current to even power the lamp.  Thus, in 1904, a more durable and practical headlamp was introduced – powered by acetylene.  Vehicle lighting, as we know it today with headlamps, tail lamps, and side lamps, were not used until 1908, and then powered by an 8 volt battery. 

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