So take a guess: Are drivers who own foreign cars or domestic cars happier with their purchase?
It’s no big surprise to hear that a recent poll found that 77 percent of foreign-car owners are happy with them, versus 69 percent for domestic-car owners.
Another interesting stat:
Sixty-one percent of foreign-car owners plan to stick with their brand when it comes time to buy or lease a new car. Only 54 percent of domestic-car owners will stick with their brand. In other words, nearly half the people who own a domestic brand won’t buy that brand again. That’s a pretty dang telling statement.
What the poll doesn’t give us are breakdowns by brand. I have to wonder if companies in bankruptcy (or entering bankruptcy) have skewed those numbers. Maybe 80 percent of Ford owners would buy another Ford, but only 5 percent of Chrysler owners would buy another Chrysler.
I also have to wonder if the poll took into account where cars are built. Does the Ford Fusion count as a foreign car since it’s built in Mexico? Is the Toyota Tundra domestic because it’s built in America?
These days, the only thing that makes a company foreign or domestic is the location of its board room. And consumers really don’t care much about that.
Do you care whether your car was built in the U.S. or another country? Why?