Manual transmission vs automatic

Driving automatic cars is becoming the norm, but twenty years ago that wasn't true.

Puklich Chevrolet in Bismarck doesn't stock a lot of manual transmission vehicles, because they say people don't really know how to drive them.

Most cars you see today have automatic transmissions, manual transmissions are becoming a thing of the past.

"The driving habits have changed. A lot of younger people haven't had the opportunity to drive a manual transmission. A lot of the cars that are in families these days are automatic," says General Sales Manager at Puklich Cheverolet, Monte Pfenning.

Even though driving a manual is a lost art, employees at Puklich Chevrolet believe driving a stick shift should be for everyone, even if it's just for fun.

"You learn how the transmission of a vehicle works. You can see how the RPM's change. It's just an education thing," says Pfenning.

"There could be a situation where there's two people, someone's hurt, you got a car like this, manual transmission, you've got to get someone back to help and they don't know how to drive it," says Rick Phelps, Salesman at Puklich Chevrolet.

Driving a manual offers better fuel efficiency, better control, they're cheaper to maintain and they're less expensive.

But... people still want the automatic, because they're easier to drive.

"Just the era of these days. Whatever's quick and easy, that seems to be the going way these days," says Shane Dammous, Body Shop Technician at Timeless Rides and Vintage Restoration.

According to Quoted, just 3.9 percent of cars sold in the U.S. are manual, but in the rest of the world, stick shifts are the top buy.
Quoted said thirty years ago, seventy one percent of vehicles driven on American streets were automatic, while today it's more than 96 percent.