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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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Saturday, November 2, 2013


At the dawn of the 20th century, bicycle makers, carriage makers, blacksmiths, and tinkerers of all types were becoming car-makers. In fact, there were 75 car makers operating in the US and 8,000 vehicle units in operation by 1900. Cars ran on steam, electric and yes, even a few gasoline engines. Between 1900 and 1920, the predominant electric cars proved impractical to the improved gasoline engine cars, and an infrastructure to service the gas vehicles began to evolve, including the ubiquitous gas station. Body shops would come later. 

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