Do you think any of the big 3 wouldn't buy components overseas if they were cheaper and better quality?
Blaming this on unions is pretty shallow.
Poor management, lack of forward thinking, bad union contracts, and cutting corners on products hurt the big 3.
It's a global economy, and many American parts suppliers have contracts with foreign auto makers, just like the big 3 have contracts with foreign suppliers.
For example a Toyota Camry has around 80% NA domestic content, and a Ford Mustang has around 65% NA domestic content.
Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, etc are all huge employers in this country, but they are more efficient and have better management/ business models. So even when their sales are down, they are still making money.
I have nothing against American auto makers, I'm just frustrated by their poor business models, and corner cutting. It's not just as simple as "Buy American".
I have owned both foreign and domestic vehicles. By far the foreign cars require minimal to no "maintenance." As soon as the Big 3 can make a quality car, I will buy one.
How many times do they need to be "bailed" out? How much do they pay the man/woman who pushes a button 60 times in one hour (A friend's mother who has been there for over 15 years makes over $50/hour to complete this simple task). Unions served a purpose at a point in our history but the auto industry is struggling now due to the union influence.
I'm not going to waste my money on a piece of junk just to support a company that was started in the US but is mostly owned by oversea companies.
How much different is it to have a company that is founded overseas but makes their product in the US vs. a company that was founded in the US but is owned by overseas corporations?
This would be like starting a thread that we should drink Budweiser instead of a "foreign" beer.
Do you think people buy foreign cars to spite America?!?!? They buy them because they are better! Make a better product Detroit, that's what every other industry has to do - shoes and underwear included!
I am proud that I have only ever bought vehicles produced by the Big 3 and I will continue to do so. I have had no problems with the vehicles I have purchased.
Like I said before, if the Big 3 fail its not just the direct car factories that suffer. many other industries will suffer and the people out of jobs because of this will be over 250,000.
I wish I would have bought a foreign made vehicle instead of an American made Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd. The foreign made vehicle would have been cheaper and much more reliable and wouldn't come with faulty parts.
I feel for these companies and anybody who loses their job because of this but there is a reason why these companies are failing.
We have 2 new 2007 Chevy's bought last year parked in the garage/driveway at our house so can't point the finger at us for not supporting them. :biggrin: Never have had the itch to buy a Toyota or Honda or whatever else seems to be the "hot" buys lately. Had a grandfather that worked for GM and that's all my family on my father's side have ever bought and with regular maintainance we got plenty of miles out of those vehicles.