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Auto Body Shops In Lennox Hill, Manhattan

Car owners, like the Lenox Hill personal injury attorneys at Banville Law, understand how important it is to know a good mechanic. This article goes over the history of the modern car, questions you should always ask a new mechanic, and auto body shops in the Manhattan neighborhood of Lenox Hill.

1886: Mr. Benz Patents The First Modern Vehicle

Historically speaking, the invention of the car is a fairly recent one. Karl Benz built a three-wheeled vehicle in 1885 in Germany and received a patent for it in 1886. He called his invention the "Motorwagen". A few years later, he released a four-wheeled version. Other inventors also created their version of the car in Germany and France. In America, the Duryea brothers built and started to sell the first American gasoline powered car, called the Duryea Motorwagen.

Accidents involving a mode of transportation were certainly not new - after all, people had been injured in wagon, carriage, boat, and train accidents for thousands of years. But someone, somewhere, had to have the first car accident. That person was James William Lambert.

Ohio City: Home Of The First Car Accident

Lambert was riding in his single-cylinder car with a friend when a tire his a large tree root. The car became unbalanced and Lambert lost control of the car, which stopped moving when it hit a hitching post. Thankfully no one in the vehicle was seriously injured but it certainly wasn't easy for Lambert to have his vehicle repaired, because auto body shops did not yet exist.

Even car manufacturers had difficulty making repairs because parts were not readily available.

The first car accident, combined with a desire to produce new vehicles as quickly as possible, resulted in the creation of the mass production of auto parts. This mass production allowed individual mechanics to open their own shops. Today, car owners have the option of choosing from numerous auto body shops when they need repairs.

Questions You May Want To Ask A Mechanic

If you're trying to choose a new mechanic, consider asking the following questions. The answers may help you with your choice.

  1. How long have you been working as a mechanic?
  2. What certifications do you have?
  3. Do you have any certifications that are specific to my car?
  4. Is my car covered by insurance while in your shop?
  5. How long will the repairs take?
  6. Will you provide me with a written estimate?
  7. Will you work with my insurance company?

In the end, you need to go with your gut when choosing an auto body shop.

Auto Body Shops In And Near Lenox Hill

Marmin Collision
517 E 73rd St, Area of Lenox Hill near personal injury law firm.
New York, NY 10021
(212) 327-3486

Autotech Collision
505 W 57th St,
New York, NY 10019
(212) 974-0400

Auto Care East
243 E 94th St,
New York, NY 10128
(212) 988-1515

The Lenox Hill personal injury lawyers at Banville Law hope that this article has provided some helpful information. For more information on places that may be helpful for auto accident victims, read our post on the chiropractors in Lenox Hill. 

Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: January 30, 2020
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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