The Automobile Maintenance Industry

The Automobile Maintenance Industry

“The manufacturers of motor vehicles are well aware that a great many people are deterred from buying machines because of the lack of repair shops able to do good, responsible work.”-Scientific American, 1902

The auto maintenance industry , such as auto supply and tire stores, garages and dealerships, quickly developed to meet the needs of the motoring public. However, problems, with the quality and standardization of parts plagued the early industry. Because of a lack of accredited schools for training mechanics, schools were set up by business colleges and the Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA) to train mechanics, including women.

Roadside gas stations and garages began to spring up throughout the state as more motorists hit the roads, often serving as the local hub for many communities. Many service stations had distinctive architectural elements and were operated as franchises by the big oil and gas companies, and auto dealerships began to provide repairs and parts for their customers.

California State Capitol Museum – The Road Ahead Exhibit

This is a website specifically for the “The Road Ahead: The Automobile’s Impact on California” Exhibit. Dates: May 23, 2018 – April 29, 2019 at the California State Capitol Museum.

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