Let Freedom Ring: A Guide to Buying American-Made Cars

Buying a new car is stressful enough without having to guess where the car was made. If you prefer to buy American, we’ve got you covered – our blog takes a look at all your options for buying American-made cars and how you can make the best decision for buying American in the future.

We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with wanting to buy something sleek and fast from Italy. But if you prefer to buy cars and trucks made in America, we’ve got a guide that can help you make the best decision to fit your dollar. It all starts at the roots of American automobile manufacturing: Ford and Chevy.

Car Buying in America

American Manufacturers

Henry Ford famously said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” We’ve come a long way since Mr. Ford rolled out the first Model-T on the assembly line. The American auto industry still directly employs over 1.5 million workers and indirectly employs 5 million workers.

While American brands like Ford and Chevy are still largely made in the U.S., they may have smaller parts that come from all around the world. It’s worth an honest conversation with your salesman to figure out exactly where your car or truck is really from before you buy.

Foreign Cars Made on American Soil

It might be surprising to learn that a few foreign companies build on American soil – Honda, BMW, and Toyota all build their American models here, to name just a few. These companies pay taxes in America and employ Americans, which we can all appreciate on America’s 244th birthday. However, there’s a good chance that all of their profits are going back to their country of origin, so while they contribute to our economy, they aren’t giving on the same level as an American company.

Make the Right Choice for You

These American-made vehicles were all ranked among some of the best cars and trucks of 2019:

  • Chevy Cruze
  • Ford Fusion
  • GMC Sierra
  • Chrysler 300
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Buick Enclave

As you can see, there are many gray areas when it comes to deciding to buy a car made on American soil. The industry is very nuanced and you may want to think carefully about your decision before you make your final purchasing choice. Take your time, and make the choice that’s right for you. In the meantime, have a safe and happy Fourth from your Performance Auto family!

Performance Auto Repair in Montgomery, AL can help you get back on the road, no matter what. The better alternative to the dealership, we’ll make sure you get the care and service you deserve. Make your appointment today or call us at (334) 245-6600!

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