Foreign vs. Domestic; questions arise like, what is better, and can anyone no for sure. Another one might be, does it matter - especially in this global economy in which we live.
In 2005 there were 63 million cars and light trucks produced worldwide. The USA produced 11,524,000, Japan produced 10,064,000, Germany produced 5,543,000, followed by China. Would you be surprised to know that many of the vehicles manufactured in the USA are designated as “foreign” while many vehicles manufactured in Mexico or Canada are designated as “domestic” (American)?
That’s due to federal regulations that require a “domestic” vehicle to be made of at least 75% domestic parts (content). So, US manufacturers send parts to Mexico or Canada where the cars are built, but are legally sold as “domestic”. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai manufacture cars in the USA, with American workers, in American plants, with American research facilities, that are “foreign” because they contain less than 75% domestic parts (content).
The waters darken even more when we try to figure out the big car companies. Most, or even all, of these guys have offices and factories in the U.S. and worldwide. G.M., and American company (right?) has stake in Saab, Opel, Holden, Fuji Heavy Industries (Daewoo), Suzuki Motors, and Isuzu Motors - German and Japanese car makers.
Whether “local” or “domestic,” the money is basically untraceable, and one can’t say that just because it sounds foreign (or historically WAS) that it IS foreign.
Now, Ford owns Volvo, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Jaguar - wait, Jaguar? They have a big stake also in Mazda.
Chrysler, that “all-American” brand, was taken over by Daimler-Benz A.G. of Germany in 1998.
Confused? Almost everyone is, but the good news is that it matters less whether to buy local or foreign. Especially now that parts and repair can also be done locally.
In Minnesota, a shop called DJ Foreign Auto Care can take care of domestic, foreign, or “domestic-sounding-yet-foreign” cars.
If you have concerns about the repair and maintenance of your car, you might consider DJ Foreign Auto Care.
We also have the latest in diagnostic equipment to service nearly every domestic and import car in and around the Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota area.
If you live near Minneapolis, just bring your car to DJ Foreign Auto Care at: 3315 North 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55412 - (612) 588-3305