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Old 05-05-2009, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Troy, MI
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I put a question like this out on the Detroit thread and have drawn a variety of responses. It seems there would be a definite answer as to which choice would have a better impact on the American economy; buying foreign and keeping Americans working or, buy American that was produced in Mexico with profits to the domestic auto company? Anyone ever look at this situation?
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Rockland County New York
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I put a question like this out on the Detroit thread and have drawn a variety of responses. It seems there would be a definite answer as to which choice would have a better impact on the American economy; buying foreign and keeping Americans working or, buy American that was produced in Mexico with profits to the domestic auto company? Anyone ever look at this situation?
Both sticks. A car might be made in Mexico but it does nothing for the U.S. labor market. They might as well go out of business.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:25 AM
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Well, you have to choose for yourself. However, consider that if the people are employed live in your area, which is going to be better? As an example, there is a TV company that is based in the US, but only employs about 100 people (importing all products), while a company that is non-US but employs around 2000 people in the US (also imports most products).

Profits to a domestic company doesn't really mean what you think if they are spending the money outside (building external factories, financing external divisions). However, in the case of the car companies, they are paying the benefits of the retired worker with profits, but at the expense of the current worker.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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In the end it really depends on which is the better vehicle buy overall. We have seen what buying vehicles based on national brand has done to our domestic makers and the people that work for them.
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I'll likely buy a Subaru made in Indianna.
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Even if it's assembled in Mexico it still supports American suppliers. My Hermosillo-built Ford Fusion has 30% domestic content.

Furthermore, the Hermosillo plant is more advanced than the American plants and they produce a better quality product. It was a joint effort with Mazda, and they incorporated elements of the Japanese "lean production" system. At times it has been Ford's top-ranked plant for quality, higher than any of the domestic ones. It's also a very clean and efficient plant. I have no shame in saying my Ford was built in Mexico.
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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You could argue the buy American folks have ruined the auto industry in America with their blind loyalty.
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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You could argue the buy American folks have ruined the auto industry in America with their blind loyalty.
That makes no sense at all.

What led to the decline of the American auto industry was the fact that Americans began to prefer Japanese vehicles in the 1970s and 1980s. The "buy American folks" you refer to are a small group. There aren't enough of them to have "ruined" the auto industry, as you put it.
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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That makes no sense at all.

What led to the decline of the American auto industry was the fact that Americans began to prefer Japanese vehicles in the 1970s and 1980s. The "buy American folks" you refer to are a small group. There aren't enough of them to have "ruined" the auto industry, as you put it.
for the most part people stopped buying "american" cars because the quality suffered. Period.

in fact the last time I buyed an "american" car it was made in Canada.

the buy "american" and will always buy Chevy/Ford crowd are the fringe. Most just want the best quality for price.

I find the whole buy "american" car crowd incredibily hypocritical when Ford has a huge presser with their CEO smiling from ear to ear about their new manufacturing plant ------------- in Mexico.

all these car companies are huge multi-nationals , ford/mazda, chyrsler/mercedes, fiat with whomever, the list goes on and on

there's really no such thing as an "american" car or "japanese" car anymore. It's 1980's thinking.
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:26 PM
 
Location: 3rd rock from the sun
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buy American that was produced in Mexico with profits to the domestic auto company?
Depends what you mean by "produced". The North American auto industry is totally integrated. Your "American" car (Ford, GM...) will consist of parts made in Mexico, the US and Canada and may have final assembly in Mexico, the US, or Canada. You'll be happier driving the car that fits your needs than the one that makes a political point.
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