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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, November 3, 2013


In 1983, computers were still relatively new in the collision repair trade. A collision industry trade magazine reports: “Computers (in body shops) are becoming so important some experts predict that by the end of this decade, they will be a necessity for any collision repair shop that wants to remain competitive.” Another article notes, “Predictions are that in the next ten years, most businesses and even homes will be equipped with computer systems.”

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