That’s the topic of some debate and uncertainty, and clouds the issue for Americans who are looking to buy “American.”
A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted in November found an increase in the preference for “American-built” vehicles, but that’s not all great news for the Big 3, because the poll also finds a willingness to accept U.S.-built Toyota and BMW products as pretty much the same as buying an “American” product.
Where do you fall on the debate?
The poll revealed that 41 percent of respondents said they look for an American-built car first when they’re in the market for a vehicle. That’s just a few points below the 44 percent who said they look for the best possible deal regardless of where the car was built. Only 12 percent said they look first for a foreign-built car.
A similar poll was conducted in 2008, when only 32 percent said they look for an American car first, which means Americans are either more fond of the domestic automakers or more willing to welcome foreign automakers into the American family. I have a feeling it’s the latter having a major influence – I mean, have you seen the Kia made-in-America TV ads? They are dripping in good ol’ down-home Southern Americana. Other foreign automakers are equally happy to cash in on the “Made in the USA” trend.
Whatever your priorities are, the CarGurus DealFinder can help next time you’re in the market for a vehicle. If you’re one of the 44 percent looking for the best possible deal, DealFinder was made for you!
If you must have an American-made vehicle, rather than trying to research which makes and models are built here, just look for a car with a VIN that begins with the numbers 1, 4 or 5. Regardless of brand, that’s the code that signifies a vehicle was built by the very capable hands of United States citizens.
What do you look for most when buying a car: a good deal or made in America? What constitutes “American-made” in your book?