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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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Monday, December 10, 2012


Domestic cars sales were down for 1959, but, led by the ubiquitous VW bug, import sales saw a dramatic jump to 614,131 units; giving them a 10% market share.  Only six years earlier, import cars were 1% of the market and nobody gave them a second thought.  In the early days, replacement parts for import cars were hard to come by, and finding matching refinish paint in the U.S. was an adventure.  If you smashed up your VW bug in 1959, you could be walking for a while.  Paint and parts availability, for VW and all “foreign” cars, soon became readily available. 

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