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, September 09, 2012
By this time, 290 automobile manufacturers had produced 458,377 cars, then operating on America’s roads. In 1900, the automobile industry employed 2,000 people. By 1910, that number had risen to more than 76,000. It is unknown how many were involved in collision repair or supporting companies. Today, in 2012, about 35,000 body shops operate in the U.S., employing an estimated 280,000 people.
(Source: America at the Wheel: 100 Years of the Automobile in America by Automotive News, September 21, 1993)
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