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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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Wednesday, February 20, 2013


As with any new technology, those who have it first tend to be unbridled, and test its limits.  The automobile is a great example.  By 1899, there was a public outcry for laws to help control, not the conveyances so much, but the people driving them, many times in a haphazard manner.  It was not uncommon for horses and carriages to be driven off the road by a car, or to have pedestrians splattered with mud by a careless driver.  As vehicle technology advanced and horsepower increased, so did vehicle speed precipitating some of the first vehicle laws.  (Laws regarding speed were not predicated upon the automobile however.  The City of Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881 issued speed laws for horses and carriages.)   Alabama limited a car’s speed to 8MPH.  Most states limited speed to 25 MPH.  In 1908, trade publication Horseless Carriage announced, “When the speed craze dies out, accidents will be so rare as to stamp the automobile the very safest of road vehicles.” 

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