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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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Thursday, March 20, 2014


The Dodge Brothers order 5,000 all-steel car bodies from The Budd Company, which had been founded in 1912 in Philadelphia as The Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company. Dodge produced what would be some of the earliest all-steel-bodied passenger cars. This marked a great change in the way cars were repaired after a collision whereas up to this time, all car bodies were primarily made of wood. Today, a similar change is taking place in the industry whereas vehicle construction is changing from standard steel to high-strength steel, aluminum and more exotic composite materials. Not unlike changing from wood to steel, the change from steel to high-strength steel, aluminum, and composites requires new tools, new equipment, new repair procedures and techniques and additional training for auto body technicians. It seems, what goes around, comes around!

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