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When you buy a car, do you buy American?

Response Percent Votes
Where the manufacturer is based doesn’t matter to me.
41% 287
No, I won’t buy domestic cars.
30% 213
Yes, American only.
26% 186
I don’t buy cars.
1% 13
Total 699


kuhusker 8 years, 11 months ago

I am spending $25,000 for a new vehicle, not choosing what sports team to root for. American or not, it makes no difference. I want quality and reliability.

kmat 8 years, 11 months ago

Ford trucks good. Domestic cars bad unless you want to replace them every 100K miles. And not all foreign cars are good either. Toyota, Honda, Volvo, VW are great manufacturers.

Autie - my father in law had a Volvo wagon that made it over 300K. He finally gave it to a charity organization at that point. He had driven it for over 15 years.

cthulhu_4_president 8 years, 11 months ago

"When you buy a car, do you buy American?"

Yes, I buy America.

average 8 years, 11 months ago

Hard to say. My current Toyota was made in a UAW plant in California. The Dodge it replaced had a Mitsubishi engine and was assembled in Mexico.

I will say this. The Toyota was the most fuel-efficient car made in the US in its model year. If a thousand dollars or so of its purchase went to Japan, I reckon I sort of prefer that to several thousand of my dollars (in increased gas consumption) going to Saudi terror funding, Hugo Chavez, and Nigerian rebels. Just me.

LA_Ex 8 years, 11 months ago

As a generalization, Americans just don't put the same quality into the cars that we see coming from Germany and Japan. The American auto industry and the auto unions only have themselves to blame for the condition they are in. I've had 1 Audi, 2 VWs, 2 Subarus and 3 Toyotas. Other than a seatbelt recall, none of them ever went to the shop. I've had 6 or 7 American cars from all 3 manufacturers. Every single one of them has had something break, countless recalls, overall fit and finish issues, etc... My past British, French and Italian cars have all had breakdowns too, but that's almost expected. lol

deskboy04 8 years, 11 months ago

I will only buy the Jeep American as you can get!

jobohe 8 years, 11 months ago

I've owned American cars and imports. The only American manufacturer I would consider now is the one that is still independent, Ford. I don't like the degree to which the government is involving itself in business. It's easy to blame Obama for this, but the bailouts started with Bush.

Chrysler and GM are both icons with rich histories, but if the time has come for one or both of them to fail, they must fail. Businesses don't run for long on nostalgia.

denak 8 years, 11 months ago

If I had the luxery of buying a new car, where it was built probably would come into play somewhere in the equation but it wouldn't be a determining factor.

However, since I do not have the luxery of buying a new car, and probably never will, where the car is made does not really matter. It depends primarily on what I can afford at the time.

With that said, three years ago, I bought a 1991 Toyota Previa for $750 . Today it has over 240,000 miles on it and it is still going strong. I think that speaks for the quality that one gets when one buys a Toyota. The only drawback to this vehicle is that it is probably single handedly the cause of global warming but other than that, it is a good car.


kmat 8 years, 11 months ago

Glad to hear about your Ranger, autie. My Ranger is 18 years old and has 170K on it. So, it appears it will still have a lot of years left in it.

Just bought a Toyota Corolla this spring. The gas mileage is incredible! Before this I had a Nissan Altima. I used to have to fill it up every 4-5 days (work in Shawnee) and it held almost 15 gallons. This Corolla only holds 11.5 gallons and I'm only filling it up every 7-8 days. This is my first Toyota, but I think I'll be buying them in the future now.

AlligatorMama 8 years, 11 months ago

We only buy Toyota. Our Camry has 225,000 miles on it and is running like new! We've had a Corolla and now have a Rav4, they are all fantastic, well built, reliable and safe.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 11 months ago

The former big three have been manufacturing cars and parts abroad for many years.

So which ones are american made is the question?

Corporate america does not have to pay taxes on profits if goods are manufactured abroad. What a sweet deal while they screw the people out of jobs who made them what they were who BTW who just happen to be americans.

Again which ones are american made is the question?

gsxr600 8 years, 11 months ago

The idea of "foreign" and domestic cars is highly skewed. Toyota's are really more American than GM and Ford automobiles. Look it up.

" autie (Anonymous) says…

both. I have a ford and a couple of volvos. I'll buy american when they make one that doesn't fall the hell apart after 100K miles. "

Ford owns Volvo, by the way...

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 11 months ago

My Park Avenue has 203,000, still runs great and you can't beat Dynaride. But I have no objections to Toyota, Honda or German or Swiss cars.

Practicality 8 years, 11 months ago

I find it really interesting that some of the posters that complained about Wal-Mart drive foreign vehicles.

I agree with the poster about Ford Trucks. Pretty good vehicle, but I believe the Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Titan will give the F-150 a run for its money. I was outside of Chanute the other day and saw a definite good ol' boy driving a Titan. I believe US truck makers are in trouble when they start to lose even the good ol' boy market.

jonas_opines 8 years, 11 months ago

summerguuurl008 (Anonymous) says…

"I have a Delorian. I'll sell it to you."

Is it the model with the flux capacitor?

Chris Ogle 8 years, 11 months ago

I have a 73 Chevy PU, 78 Jeep J10 PU, and an 87 Jeep Pioneer (little one) PU..... They are still drivers... AC still works on the Chevy. But I usually drive my Hyundai Sonata...

Guess which one sits outside..... the Sonata... (must love to scape ice and snow)

labmonkey 8 years, 11 months ago

Hmm... Buick rates at the top in quality this year (tied for the top among all brands), the Chevy Malibu sells like hotcakes because it compares well with the Camary, and Chevrolet makes a sports car that is able to compete side by side with a Lamborgini for less than a third of the cost. Yea, domestic automakers make a horrible product. As for trucks, the MO is the Nissan Titan is the best you can get for the money, but if you can afford it, the GMC Sierra is the best period.

I cannot wait for the Chevy Camaro and Chevy Volt.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years, 11 months ago

Why frame the question in terms of nationalism?

Nepotism will do.

overthemoon 8 years, 11 months ago

"The only un-American buy is a hybrid."

So gas guzzling is as american as apple pie? Reducing gas consumption is the one of the best ways to reduce dependence on saudi oil. So how is that unamerican? If the US car companies had been paying attention for the past 20 years, we'd have a whole array of hybrids or better to chose from. So much for american ingenuity. Down the drain with the nostalgia for daddy's chrysler.

Janet Lowther 8 years, 11 months ago

I gave up on Detroit years ago, and at that, I probably kept buying their products longer than I should. Of course my car WAS built in Indiana, but the company was not headquartered there. . .

Detroit lost it back in the '70s when they started devoting a substantial amount of their R&D budget to planned obsolescence: IE how to limit the life of their vehicles while Toyota, Honda & c. just kept making theirs better, and are now making cars which if they don't last 250,000 miles, they have been abused, while with a lot of Detroit iron people are still surprised if you get much more than 100,000 miles out of 'em.

Now, there are exceptions, my old-enough-to-vote-and-then-some Chevy pickup (there still isn't a non-Detroit brand selling trucks that size here) is pushing a quarter million, miles with no sign of quitting, even though the body is getting pretty rusty. And somewhere around someone is still driving the elderly C-10, that a friend rolled over the odometer enough times to loose track, 400K? 500K? he had no idea why it kept going, but it did. . .

gphawk89 8 years, 11 months ago

Every car I've bought for the past 25 years have been American. All two of them.

fools_gold_is_he 8 years, 11 months ago

Bronze/Sven/Ocean/Cool/Spiderman is proud of his stable of imports....just ask him.

Because he likes the panache of driving an import, and he thinks American corporations are all evil. There might be a republican on the payroll somewhere

Does this so-called self-described liberal really care about American Labor. Nyet!

To him it is all about self-interest, be it involving Architecture licensing, LHS practice field lawsuits, service on the Historic Resources Commission, or cars.

G_E 8 years, 11 months ago

In the 4 short years I've been driving, I've only had two cars, one domestic and one import. The domestic was a 1997 Mercury Sable, and it was a good car. A little bit too soccer mom for my tastes, but still solid. It was pushing 175,000 when it finally died - which was due not to a breakdown, but to an unfortunate collision involving some sand, a tight curve, and a concrete median.

After my baby Sable was a wreck, I got a 2003 Toyota Corolla, and I adore it. It has about 119,000 miles on it currently. I love that it only costs me about $23 to fill it up! (Although I wind up at the gas station just about as often as I did with my old car - simply because the tank is about 11 gallons as opposed to 16ish - but I spend less money each time.)

I think American automakers do make some great cars that get overlooked, but they've lost the confidence of their customers...and unfortunately, I don't know if they're going to have the luxury of taking the time to gain that confidence and trust back before they all go completely under.

llama726 8 years, 11 months ago

"If you average a rate of return of 12 percent (which is doable), your money will grow to $2.4 million. Do you still want the car?”

--That is not doable. Sorry. A staggered investment of $23,814 over a little more than 5 years is gonna turn into $2.4 million?

llama726 8 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, don't buy that battery replacement for the hybrid, just invest $400 a month for 5 years and you'll have $3 million. I read it on the internet.

TacoBob 8 years, 11 months ago

I only buy cars and trucks designed and engineered overseas. Where they are built is immaterial.

lawrence45 8 years, 11 months ago

it's only money!! we cannot take it with us to the grave!!

burn that gas.

long live


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