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Dotts Motor Company Inc.

316 Market Street
Directions Clearfield, PA 16830

  • Sales: (888) 432-1091
  • Service: (888) 434-5408
  • Parts: (888) 433-9541

Always Going Further...

DOTTS MOTOR CO. THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND BUSINESS. WE HAVE PROUDLY SERVED THE CLEARFIELD-CURWENSVILLE AREA FOR OVER 95 YEARS! THE FOUNDATION OF EVERY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS RESTS UPON THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF ITS COMMUNITY. THANK YOU!  UPON RETURNING STATESIDE AFTER WORLD WAR I, WHERE DROZE SERVED AS A MOTORCYCLE COURIER, DA PASSED THE RAMEY GARAGE DURING HIS WALK HOME FROM THE HOUTZDALE TRAIN STATION. AT THE TIME, THE RAMEY GARAGE WAS A BUICK DEALERSHIP AND IT IS HERE WHERE DA GOT HIS START IN THE CAR BUSINESS. WHILE WORKING AT THE DEALERSHIP, DA ALSO WORKED VARIOUS OTHER JOBS BEFORE EVENTUALLY SETTLING WITH THE BARTELL BROTHERS FORD DEALERSHIP IN CURWENSVILLE.  AFTER A FEW SHORT YEARS WORKING FOR THE BARTELL BROTHERS, DA BOUGHT THEM OUT IN 1921, GIVING BIRTH TO DOTTS MOTOR CO. DA STARTED OUT SELLING OLD MODEL TS, WHICH WERE DELIVERED TO THE DEALERSHIP IN PIECES AND HAD TO BE MANUALLY ASSEMBLED. ADDITIONALLY, THE COMPANY SOLD FARM MACHINERY, INCLUDING THE FAMOUS FORDSON TRACTOR, TO FURTHER SERVE THE LOCAL FARMERS.  DA WORKED LABORIOUSLY TO SEE HIS COMPANY SUCCEED. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, HE WORKED LONG HOURS AND LATE NIGHTS. ONE NIGHT AT AN USUAL HOUR HIS TELEPHONE RANG. A STRANGER ON THE OTHER LINE ASKED TO SPEAK WITH DA DOTTS. DROZE PROMPTLY INFORMED THE MAN WHO HE WAS. THE MAN ON THE OTHER LINE SAID HE WAS HENRY FORD AND WANTED TO KNOW HOW HE WAS DOING, WHAT HE THOUGHT OF THE PRODUCT, AND HOW THE COMPANY COULD HELP HIM SUCCEED.  YEARS LATER, IN 1947, DA AND HIS SON, ROBERT DOTTS SR., WHO WERE IN DEARBORN, MI FOR TRAINING, MET AND WERE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH HENRY FORD II, WHO WAS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY. TRAGICALLY, WHILE DOTTS AND HIS SON WERE STILL IN DEARBORN, HENRY FORD BECAME ILL AND DIED AT THE AGE OF 83.  WHILE DA NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET FORD IN PERSON, HE WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO ATTEND THE GREAT INDUSTRIALIST’S FUNERAL TO PAY HIS RESPECTS.  WHEN THE GREAT DEPRESSION STRUCK, CASH WAS IN SHORT SUPPLY EVERYWHERE. TO SURVIVE, DOTTS MOTOR COMPANY WAS FORCED TO BARTER WITH ANYTHING CUSTOMERS HAD TO OFFER—PIANOS, JEWELRY, LIVESTOCK, BICYCLES, ETC. AT ONE TIME, DA HAD FIVE PIANOS IN HIS HOUSE AND A GARAGE FULL OF CHICKENS.  MANY CAR DEALERSHIPS SUCCUMBED TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION, WHICH ALLOWED DOTTS MOTOR CO. TO EXPAND ITS MARKET TO THE CLEARFIELD, PHILIPSBURG, AND DUBOIS AREAS. IN 1936, AT THE HEIGHT OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION, DA BUILT A NEW BUILDING IN CLEARFIELD ON MARKET STREET WHERE THE COMPANY STILL STANDS. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, WHEN DEALERS THOUGHT THINGS COULD NOT GET MUCH WORSE, WORLD WAR II BROKE OUT.WHEN WWII STARTED, MOST OF THE NATION’S INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT CONVERTED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ALLIED WAR EFFORT. INSTEAD OF MAKING CARS, FORD MOTOR CO., BEGAN PRODUCING TANKS AND B-17 BOMBERS. THE LACK OF AVAILABILITY FOR DEALERS TO ACQUIRE NEW VEHICLES FOR THEIR LOTS CAUSED MORE DEALERS TO CRUMBLE. FORTUNATELY, DOTTS HAD ACQUIRED ENOUGH INVENTORY TO GET HIM THROUGH. FOLLOWING THE WAR, DA SOLD HIS CURWENSVILLE AND PHILIPSBURG LOCATIONS BUT CONTINUED TO OPERATE IN HIS DOWNTOWN CLEARFIELD DEALERSHIP.  THIS SEPTEMBER MARKS THE 96TH ANNIVERSARY OF DOTTS MOTOR CO. ONE OF THE NATION’S LONGEST OPERATING FORD DEALERSHIPS ATTRIBUTES ITS LONG HISTORY OF SUCCESS TO ITS HIGH QUALITY EMPLOYEES, LOYAL CUSTOMERS, AND A LOT OF HARD WORK...                                                                                                                                   

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