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Nostalgia Garage moved into a more-than-12,000-square-foot facility in North Charleston, giving the car restoration center more space to work on everything from hot rods to race cars (Provided).

Nostalgia Garage has found room to stretch out in its “massive new space” on Piggly Wiggly Drive, according to RedBaron marketing agency.

The venture on its Facebook page said it specializes in customs, hot rods, resto-mods, sports cars, race cars and muscle cars. The shop is leasing the 12,200-square-foot former industrial warehouse space at 4281 Piggly Wiggly Drive in North Charleston.

Bennett French, a co-owner, has experience with British autos, which would make the garage’s expansion a welcome move for fans of vehicles from across the pond.

“I think Nostalgia Garage’s expansion and move to Piggly Wiggly Drive is a positive economic ‘shot in the arm’ for the entire hot rod, vintage car and sports car restoration business here in Charleston, which is growing and improving,” local car enthusiast Baron C. Hanson said.

South Carolina ranks a distant 27th in the average hike in auto insurance premiums when filing a claim, according to findings by an industry information company.

Still, car owners in the state that had an insurance claim would see an average 34 percent jump in price in 2015, said in a new report.

For the U.S. as a whole, premiums surge an average 41 percent after one claim and 93 percent after two claims.

South Carolina drivers with two claims pay 74 percent more on average for car insurance than claim-free motorists.

The biggest lesson for consumers is not to file a small claim, according to Laura Adams, senior analyst at

Based on the company’s second annual survey, the national average rose 3 percentage points from 2014.

Massachusetts continues to top the list of states in the rise in premiums. One claim leads to an average premium increase of 76 percent, up from 67 percent a year earlier.

The lowest post-claim increase was in Maryland, up 22 percent.

“Many consumers underestimate the consequences of making claims because they can affect your rate for years,” Adams said. “If you get a premium hike for making a small claim, that could hurt your finances over the long run.”

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