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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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Sunday, October 20, 2013


In 1982, the collision repair industry was gearing up for the computer age. One of the leading industry magazines carried an interesting article about it. The first line of the first article stated; “As we move through the ‘80s, shop owners around the country are discovering a new tool for getting and keeping a competitive edge; computers. If you’ve never taken a look at these at these smart machines, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.” The article goes on to explain the difference between hardware, and the new emerging world of software. Today, most shops are highly computerized from writing the estimate, to ordering parts, and receiving payment from the insurance company. 

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