Many inventions or innovations have shaped our economy, the assembly line and mass production of the automobile is no exception. It may not be commonly known, but the Ford Motor Company was thought to be foolish in their decision to double the wages of the average assembly line worker to five dollars per day in 1914, but it was a very shrewd and wise business decision in that it cut down on training costs while improving worker retention and productivity. The Ford Motor Company also helped to standardize the five-day, forty-hour work week that has become widely adopted among almost all industries. The mass-produced automobile changed the face of America and it is sort of shocking to realize that just over a century ago, people debated whether the average American would even need or desire their own automobile instead of say a shared cab service or public transportation system. Henry Ford proved to be right in his belief that if the cost could be brought down, people would like to own their own automobile. Today, over a century later and many more automotive advancements later, most people still prefer to own or operate their own automobile even with the introduction of modern ride share services and such.
We depend on our cars to perform as expected while pushing to keep costs down by cutting corners in the types of fuel we run in our vehicles and such. It is amazing how many choose to run unbranded wholesale gasoline in their cars and then balk when fuel system componentry prematurely fails. The same can be said about a cars exterior and interior surfaces. The paint and clear coat on a automotive exterior should be regularly washed and protected to remove contaminants and keep it in the best shape possible and avoid premature failure.