World’s first drive-in gas station - History

Gas stations are an aspect of modern life that we take for granted. A major obstacle to the expansion of automobile usage at the beginning of the century was the lack of gas stations - people didn’t buy cars if they couldn’t fill them up, and nobody wanted to build a gas station if there were no car owners around to use it. Prior to service stations, gasoline had to be purchased at pharmacies, and later could be obtained at hardware stores and blacksmith shops. In 1913, in response to the mass production and widespread availability of the Model-T Ford, Gulf opened the first drive-in fuel service station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Soon after, another station opened in Seattle, and over the next several years gas stations became common across the nation. Over the course of the last century, gas stations have become part of the scenery; you probably never imagine a world without them. Fuel service stations are a huge aspect of modern life, immeasurably impacting billions of lives around the globe.

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Six Top Tips For Making Your Car Last

At Jim Van Dyke in Washington CH, we know that the difference between a car that runs for 80,000 miles and a car that makes it to 400,000 miles depends on one thing; maintenance. Here are a few tips to avoid some of the most notorious car killers out there.

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Road Trip Checklist

Road trips are a lot of fun, and often unpredictable. With this checklist from Jim Van Dyke in Washington CH, you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way.

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Honest and polite!

Been using this place for a few years now, will not even consider going anywhere else. Honest, polite and extremely professional. - Tom S. (5 star review on Facebook)

Keys and Keyless Entry

While some keys or key fobs can only be obtained from dealerships, most cars can be programmed to accept a new key or key fob without expensive dealer intervention. At Jim Van Dyke in Washington CH, we often provide such services, at a fraction of the cost.

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