Some Things About Cars You May Not Have Known (or Even Thought About)

Some Things About Cars You May Not Have Known (or Even Thought About)

Do you think you know your way around a car? Here are some things about cars you may never have thought about or considered.

Electric Cars Are Not a New Concept

You would think from the news and commercials you hear that electric cars are a new concept. Far from it. Electric cars have been around as long as combustion automobiles. The reality is, early on in the history of automobiles there was a format war that raged. Would cars be powered by electric, steam or gasoline? When cheap oil was found in abundance in Texas in the late 1800s, the war ended. Steam and electric lost. Electric, however, is still in the race.

The Auto Industry Was Involved in Shutting Down the Electric Streetcar Industry

When auto sales lagged in the 1930s during the depression, the auto industry largely blamed the electric streetcar industry rather than the economy. A conglomerate of car companies and oil and tire companies pooled resources to begin buying up streetcar companies, making them less user-friendly. The result was a rebound in car sales. Or perhaps it was the improving economy.

Have you Ever Wondered What That New Car Smell Is?

We tend to romanticize what is referred to as “that new car smell”, when, in fact, it is really a combination of smells of the materials used in creation of a car. This is largely a potpourri of chemical smells that we associate with the achievement of purchasing a new car.

Your Car Knows More About You Than You Think

If you think it’s great because your car remembers your favored seat and steering wheel position when you buckle up, that is just the beginning. The newer your car the more likely it knows about you. This is especially true if you connect your smartphone to it. Carmakers are pretty mum about what your car does or does not know about you and store in its computers. Experts believe, however, it can be hacked and probably should be deleted when selling your car in the future.

Minivans and SUVs aren’t THAT Different. Except in Advertising

Minivans and SUVs are both oversized vehicles made big enough for the entire family and to be versatile. The biggest difference is how they are marketed to the public. Families now perceive a minivan as a form of acceptance, while buying an SUV shows strength and security and vitality.

There is no doubt we love our cars, but we seldom enjoy spending more on them than we need to. That includes our car insurance. Keep your rates competitive by comparing them, and we can help. Contact us for a no obligation quote from one of our independent agents today!


Do you have questions about your insurance? Find an insurance agent near you with our Agent Finder

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Search All Blogs

Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Want to learn more about our blog writer?

Read more about KayLynn's background.

Click Here

Search All Blogs

Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Gone But Not Forgotten: The Era of the Full-Service Station

A Blast from the Past: Remembering the Golden Age of Full-Service Gas Stations

Selling Your House? Navigate the Maze with These 4 Options

Unveiling the Maze of Selling Your Home: Realtors, Discount Brokers, FSBO, and Cash Buyers

Beyond the Buzzer: Fun & Funky Facts About Your Favorite Game Shows!

From Heavy Wheels to Sneaky Buzzer Tricks: Unveiling the Secrets of Game Show Production

Home Office Hustle: When Working Remote Turns into Running a Business

Working from Home or Running a Business? How to Tell (and How to Insure Yourself)

Life Insurance Claims: Demystifying the Process (So You Can Get What You’re Owed)

Life Insurance Claims: A Simple Guide to Getting What You Deserve

Selling Your Used Car? Polish It Up, Snap It Up, and Sell It Smart!

Conquering the Used Car Sale: A Guide to Getting Top Dollar

Curb Appeal on a Budget: From Bland Yard to Backyard Bliss

Landscaping Magic: Unveiling the Budget-Friendly Path to a Stunning Home Exterior

Beyond “Hey Jude”: Decoding the Inspiration Behind Beatles Classics

From Bathroom Window Break-Ins to Beer Heirs: The Untold Stories Behind Beloved Beatles Songs

Building Your Business Dream? Don’t Forget the Safety Net: Protecting Your Thriving Venture

From Market Mayhem to Natural Disasters: How to Protect Your Thriving Business

Life Changes? Don’t Forget Your Life Insurance! A Guide to Keeping Your Beneficiaries Up-to-Date

Life’s Milestones and Your Life Insurance Beneficiary: Why Regular Reviews Are Crucial