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How Cars Have Changed Over 100 Years

Here at Drive Burtness, we’ve been in the business for a long time and we’re proud of what we do. We want each and every one of our customers to feel welcomed and appreciated when they have an interaction with us. Whether you’re purchasing a new vehicle for your Whitewater commute or you’re just trying to keep your current ride running smoothly at our service department, you can count on us to handle it all.

We’re so thankful that our customers have kept us in the business for over 100 years so we wanted to do something to give back to our community. You’ll have the chance to enter our 100 Years of Business giveaway and take home a beautiful 1966 Chevy Impala. We’ll also be going over how the automotive industry has changed over the past 100 years that we’ve been in business. Visit us today and learn about the Drive Burtness difference!



The 100 Year History of Automobiles

While automobiles were first invented in the late 1800s, it wasn’t until around the early 1900s that cars began to be mass-produced. Today, many Orfordville drivers and beyond find themselves getting into the driver’s seat of their vehicle almost every day. Whether it’s for long road trips on the weekends or quick grocery runs during the week, automobiles have become an integral part of our daily lives. Let’s take a quick look at the history behind automobiles:

  • 1900:The first hybrid car is introduced at the Paris world’s fair by Ferdinand Porsche.
  • 1912: Hand engine cranking becomes obsolete thanks to the introduction of the first electric starter from Cadillac. Before then, you had to hand-crank your vehicle which proved to be an unsafe process.
  • 1913: Vehicle ownership is becoming available to the masses, thanks to Henry Ford’s assembly line.
  • 1920s: General Motors introduces the idea of annual minor face-lifts and cosmetic changes to new iterations of vehicles.
  • 1930s: Innovations like automatic transmissions and drop-frame construction were introduced.
  • 1940: Willy-Overland produces the first-ever Jeep for the U.S. Army. Since then, the popular Jeep Wrangler that we all know and love today is a direct descendant of the Willys Jeep.
  • 1959: Drivers get the chance to buckle up with the first-ever three-point front seat belt introduced by Volvo.
  • 1968: Vehicles are beginning to have an electromechanical airbag system implemented for safer driving.
  • 1981: The first carbon-fiber race car is developed by McLaren. Today, carbon fiber is a crucial component of modern race cars.
  • 1997: The fuel-saving Toyota Prius is announced and sparks interest in gas-electric hybrid vehicles.
  • 2012-Present: Electric vehicle interest begins gaining momentum with the introduction of the electric vehicle (EV) Tesla Roadster in 2012. Today, car shoppers are increasingly looking for advanced, fuel-efficient, and spacious vehicles to fit into their busy lives!
Classic Car

Couple Driving In Classic Car

How the Car Buying Process Has Evolved

Not only have automobiles themselves changed over the years, but so has the car-buying process. However, the steps that Janesville shoppers take today to obtain a car loan aren’t much different from how it used to be. In the early 1900s, automotive companies began offering consumer loans and monthly payment plans for car shoppers. However, pre-owned cars weren’t a huge hit until about three years after automobiles were debuted.

Additionally, leasing predates the automobile altogether being introduced in the 1700s to increase the sales of horse-drawn wagons. Today, buyers are more likely to conduct research, explore options, and even purchase a vehicle online. With plenty of shopping tools available online that allow you to apply for financing, start vehicle trade-ins, and more, purchasing a vehicle has never been easier!


Celebrate 100 Years of Business & Car Buying Today With Drive Burtness!

Now that you know all about the automotive industry and its 100 year history, come celebrate the 100 years of business with Drive Burtness today! Our experts in Orfordville will show you why we’ve been in the business for so long. With great prices and friendly customer service, what more could you ask for? If you have any questions about our giveaway or other concerns, please contact us for more information!

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