What is American Made?
What if I told you that many of the vehicles manufactured in the USA were designated as foreign-made, while many of the vehicle manufactured in Canada and Mexico are designated at domestic made. This is because federal regulations require that American made vehicles must contain 75% of domestic parts. Therefore your vehicle could be assembled in Mexico as long as 75% of the parts were domestic parts. But of course when we think of American cars we think of manufacturers such as Ford or Chevy. Many of what we consider “foreign-made” vehicles may have been manufactured here in the USA. Toyota has plants in KY, IN, TX, TX, TN, WV, CA, MS, Canada and Mexico, so you never know where your car may have been built.
If you are trying to truly stick with buying American then you need to look for 3 things: the engine, the transmission, and where the vehicle was assembled. All the information can be found on the window sticker.
The debate will never end as to whether “foreign” cars are superior to “domestic” cars, but many people were shocked when I told them that their “domestic” car was assembled in Canada. These were die-hard American made car buyers and were truly disappointed to find this out. However, if they could have purchase the same brand of car but a different model and it would have been assembled in Detroit. That same vehicle will be assembled in the USA within the next 2 years.
Check out the video below about a Hyundai plant in Alabama:
In the end we all have our own reason for purchasing a certain vehicle. If you are like my friends, die-hard American made car buyers, look for the 3 things I mentioned earlier, and do your research.
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