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, July 3, 2014
July 19, 1899
Mr. and Mrs John D. Davis leave New York City driving a Duryea bound for Chicago. After many breakdowns and parts delays, they finally reached their destination four and a half months later. By today’s standards, it was a horrific trip. But in 1899, it marked the beginning of cross country travel – something that would greatly contribute to the aggregate miles traveled in the U.S., and the overall accident rate and the amount of cars requiring collision repair.
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