Monday, April 12, 2010

Buying American

I mentioned it over at GOM earlier, but the big news around our house is that we're picking up Mrs. D's new ride this evening -- a low-miles 2007 Honda Accord similar to the one pictured, which replaces the 2002 Dodge Intrepid she was driving that was becoming evil in its dotage. With this move, we will no longer have an American make in our garage, as I drive a Hyundai Santa Fe.

It's been an issue over the years for some people -- ought a person buy American cars to support the economy and show some form of solidarity with American workers? The question is a lot more complicated than it appears. In recent years, we owned the Dodge and a Chevy Lumina, which we replaced last year. Both proud American makes, both assembled in Ontario. Now we have a Japanese make that was assembled in Honda's plant in Marysville, Ohio, and a Korean make that was assembled at the Hyundai facility in Montgomery, Alabama. You can argue that more Americans benefitted from making the cars we have now than when we had strictly Detroit metal.

1 comment:

Gino said...

i always considered american made to be the real american car.

thats why i didnt have much respect for iococa back in the 80's as he championed american cars one day, and imported jap cars to make his money off of.