Domestic auto repair involves the servicing and repair of American vehicles. In the US, we have the “big three” car companies, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. General Motors and Ford are still completely domestic and owned by US shareholders, while Chrysler has gone through several mergers and acquisitions. Chrysler (Dodge/Jeep) are now part of the Italian car company, Fiat. So, its official name is FCA US (Fiat Chrysler Automotives US). It wasn’t always about the big three. As usual, just like in many competitive industries, we end up with fewer companies because of consolidation. It’s just the nature of capitalism.
History of Automobiles in the United States
The Europeans, more specifically the German and French, invented the automobile in the late 1800s. The Americans quickly began to make innovations in car design and technology. By the 1920s, the big three took over the industry, but there were many thousands of companies that did not survive. Some of those companies are:
- Allen – Allen Automobiles were built in Ohio between 1913 and 1921. Well known for the 1922 Allen 43, Willy’s (the precursor to Jeep) acquired what was left of the company.
- American Motor Car Company – these nice looking cars were built in Indianapolis, Indiana between 1906 and 1913. Mostly known for its model the American Underslung, which can be seen here.
- Armstrong Electric – amazingly, this company was producing electric vehicles between 1885 to 1902 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Someone has rebuilt one recently, you can see it here.
- Auburn Automobile Company – this company built cars from 1900 to 1936 in Auburn, Indiana. They had amazing designs and were known for the 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster, which can be seen here.
- Brewster – Brewster began with designing horse carriages in the early 1800s, then moved on to designing automobiles by the early 1900s. The company was importing cars from Europe, such as Rolls-Royce. They eventually filed for bankruptcy in 1937.
- Bush Motor Company – this Chicago based mail-order company did no manufacturing and assembled their cars from other manufacturers. It was in operation from 1916-1924.
- Dusenberg Motors Company – this American car company built race cars and luxury automobiles from 1913 to 1937. They built amazing engines and designed beautiful cars. The Great Depression hurt their sales so much that they had to fold.
- Packard – the Packard Motor Car Company built luxury automobiles in Detroit, MI from 1899-1958. They merged with Studebaker but did not know how their financial situation really was.
- Studebaker – Studebaker began manufacturing cars in 1902, but the company was founded in 1852! They built and manufactured great cars until 1967 after merging with Packard.
All of the above companies built excellent cars, but none were profitable. It wasn’t until Henry Ford introduced assembly-line processes to car manufacturing that changed the industry (and others) forever. He made cars available to the masses, and others quickly adapted their processes.
Domestic Auto Repair
Even though there only three car companies left in America, they each design and manufacture multiple car brands. For example, General Motors has GMC, Cadillac, and Chevrolet. While FCA has Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler. Ford offers a wide variety of cars, from Hybrids, SUV, trucks, vans, and even a supercar. A Domestic auto repair shop must understand the history of American vehicles. We are serious car fans, especially American cars, and we love how they have evolved over the years. Check out our vehicles page.
At Alpharetta Motor Sport, we only attract the best professionals in the industry. Our highly trained ASE certified service mechanics have the tools to inspect, diagnose, and repair any issue you may be having with your domestic car. We have been servicing domestic vehicles in the community for 35 years, and have excellent customer reviews. We are so confident of our work that we offer a 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on everything that we do. What are you waiting for? Schedule your visit today!