Vehicle Spotlight: 2012 Toyota Corolla Auto LE

Every month, we hand select one of the best vehicles from our pre-owned lot to showcase on our blog. This month, the lucky winner is a 2012 Toyota Corolla Auto LE. We are pretty sure you will love it as much as we do, but if it turns out this isn’t the car for you then please visit our website at http://www.allstarautomotive.com/ to check out our entire new and pre-owned inventory. We are sure to have a vehicle you will love! Continue reading

American Cars vs. Foreign Cars

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.

american cars vs. foreign carsIf 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.

At All Star Automotive, we offer a wide range of automotive services to make every step of your ownership experience as easy as possible, whether you’re shopping around, or need repairs from certified experts.

To help you find just what you’re looking for, our new inventory and used inventory search provides plenty of options. And when you’re ready, quick credit approvals and online financing help make your purchase go smoothly and efficiently. Then schedule your service online and get the expertise of one of our factory-trained technicians. All these options at available at Baton Rouge’s favorite place to buy and service – All Star Automotive!

Hottest Selling Cars

What are the hottest selling cars on the market right now? The 2011 Toyota Camry ranks 13 out of 19 affordable midsize cars according to US News.  It seems that Americans like the spaciousness of the Camry and the smooth ride, but it’s 4 cylinder engine on the base model isn’t the fastest car.   Motor Trend calls it, “The Wal-Mart of family cars,” But it remains a top seller.

The Chevy Cruze is also a big seller and the Ford F-Series is holding its spot at the top.  It seems people purchase more based on gas prices now.  The rising cost doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon and it will probably never be as low as it was just 5  or even 3 years ago.   

In March 2011, Ford captured 3 of the top 10 spots for top sellers, and Toyota followed with two of those spots.

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Chevy Silverado
  4. Nissan Altima
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Honda Civic
  7. Toyota Corolla                                                     
  8. Ford Fusion
  9. Ford Escape
  10. Hyundai Sonata

In April 2011  Chevy had 3 of those top 10 positions and Hyundai came in 2nd with 2 of the top 10 spots.  The Ford F-Series still remained the top seller for both months. 

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Toyota Camry
  3. Honda Accord
  4. Chevy Silverado
  5. Honda Civic
  6. Chevy Cruze
  7. Chevy Malibu
  8. Toyota Corolla
  9. Hyundai Elantra
  10. Hyundai Sonata