Saturday, June 30, 2012

Is Your Car Made In America?

In today's auto industry, there are a lot of deals going on behind closed doors. I suppose you could say that about any industry, but today we'll focus on one at a time. Believe it or not, building a car isn't cheap. You have to consider everything from cost of buying raw material for the parts, manufacturing the parts, paying for labor, purchasing land for the factory, anything and everything costs money. So when the economy started to take a dive in the mid seventies, high-quality cars out of Detroit became a thing of the past. The Chrysler Group, GM, and Ford all started using products that simply weren't on par with the standards Americans had come to know and love, all in an effort to reduce costs and keep in business. When they realized after a decade of producing crappy cars that nobody liked them anymore, they started utilizing foreign labor and factories in China, and more recently in Canada/Mexico. 
Swiftly following this revelation, other big name brands realized how much money they were losing by building their car domestically. As a result, China, Canada, and Mexico quickly became the go-to countries for starting factories. Almost as soon as it began, the products coming out of these plants began showing signs of unreliability previously unknown to new car buyers. Of course there had been shoddy vehicles produced prior to the exodus from Detroit, but never anything on this kind of scale. Thankfully, there has been a recent surge in support for our home brands and I'm excited to say we still produce some seriously awesome cars. Take a look at the new generation of Mustang. It has been a staple on American roads since 1965 and there are no signs of slowing. Cadillac and Buick also continue some production here in the states, but of course there are still foreign builds for reduced costs. So the next time you go looking for a car, make sure it's built in the U.S. and support your homeland! Seriously though, 'Murica!

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