Which is Better, a Foreign or Domestic Used Car?
There’s really no clear cut answer to that question. It depends a lot on whom you ask. It also depends on what you are looking for in terms of how the car looks, how much it costs, the gas mileage it gets, and what kinds of accessories it has.
Some people still hold to the superiority of foreign-made vehicles. These foreign car advocates claim that foreign vehicles still outlast and outperform domestic models. They claim that you can get many more miles from a foreign vehicle than from a domestic one.
They also claim that foreign cars over time require fewer repairs than domestic, which, when you add up all the accumulated costs, result in the foreign car actually costing less for the overall life of the car. They cite as evidence a Consumer Reports survey showing that domestic cars generally had more mechanical problems than foreign vehicles.
Others, however, say that domestic cars have caught up to foreign makes in quality, and that there really isn’t that much difference any more.
Moreover, they point out that many employees often work at both domestic and foreign car companies during their careers, and that many foreign car makes are actually built in the United States.
There is one fact, however, that both sides agree on — foreign cars do tend to hold their value better than domestic vehicles.
It is also good to keep in mind that what holds true in general may not apply to an individual vehicle. You still need to do your research on the car itself. The value and reliability of a particular used car depends on a number of variables, including previous owners, accidents, and mileage on the vehicle, among other factors.
Check the Kelley Blue Book for prices. You should not pay more than the price listed in the Blue Book.
Also, check with other people you may know who have the same make and model of car and see what they think about it. You can also go online to get information about the car, as well as reviews from other customers about their experience with the particular type of vehicle that you want.
When looking for a great used car – whether you want a foreign or domestic make – visit the PAACO Automotive Group and search our inventory. We have several locations throughout the greater Dallas area. Give us a call at 877-810-4555.