Some of you may hate me for what I'm about to say. I love foreign cars. There, I said it. It seems like you can never go wrong with a Toyota or a Honda. I've had my Honda for almost 16 years now. We still drive it in the summer time and the kids love it. They're not used to being able to put their windows down on the van, so it's a novelty for them. Plus, it's just fun zipping around in a little stick-shift.
And in case you think I'm biased for no reason and can't talk about this subject, you'd be wrong. I have had two American made vehicles in my life and they both have caused me great grief and lots of bills. Our current van has had many problems. There was an issue with the driver side airbag. I think when we first got it there was a recall because of the windshield wipers. The sliding doors don't lock with the automatic locks any more. And the van was making an incredibly crazy loud sound for over a year. We finally determined that we have a very sensitive steering fluid sensor. The liquid was above the line, but it still made crazy noise. At least we finally figured out the issue. We've had several other issues, but I can't think of them all right now.
I'm sure you can get a good American car, but I've never had one.
My dad who was never going to buy a car that wasn't American ended up with a Honda van a while ago. And now, they have a Toyota van. And they love it.
My sister has had two Hondas. The first one she had saved her life. She got hit by another car head-on and was safe in her Honda. I can't remember the reason. It seems like it was something about the engine dropping out? Anyway, after her collision, she got another Honda. And then she was the reason I bought my first Honda.
My in-laws only buy Toyotas. They have had one of the same ones since I moved up. And they had it before then, even. They finally traded one of them in for a newer Toyota. I'm sure they love that the toyota cost of ownership is so low. They hardly ever have to get anything done on their toyotas. All they have to do is make sure they change their oil when it's time. And I just read an article recently that said newer cars are built to be able to go longer between oil changes. So, even that has gotten cheaper for them now.
I'm sorry if I've offended anyone, but experience has been my best teacher on this subject. And it has taught me that I love my foreign cars. Luckily, a lot of the foreign cars are actually built here in America. The money might be going back to Japan, but there are Americans who have jobs building them. In fact, according to an article on MSN Money, 70% of the Toyotas sold in America are built in America. And according to the same article, Honda builds 85% of the Hondas sold in America in America.
Also, according to an article on The Blaze, the Toyota Camry is the "Most American Made" car on the road with 80% of it's parts being made in America. In fact, there is only one "American" vehicle in the top 5 most American made index from Cars.com. That's the Ford F-150.
So, if you see me in my foreign car, don't harass me! It could be More Made in the USA than your car.
What kind of vehicle do you have?
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