• Jon Harbaugh Posted: 1/23/2009 1:19pm PST

    "Buy American!"

    The incentivization of buying American is exactly what we need to really boost this economy. The new smaller fuel efficient cars made by Ford and GM (The new Focus and Fusion models, and GM's Chevy Aveo, Chevy HHR, Saturn Astra and almost a dozen more) have a good price line for the first time "Young Buyer" and it has looks that could easily compare to the VW Jettas and Honda Accords I see that score just as well in the looks market as well. Ford has even come up with a new, half-ton mind you, F-150 that gets 21mpg hwy, so that even the working trucker can save some money on gas and still get one of the best trucks ever to be made in the WORLD, and get a great deal on it. And just to clear up your misconceptions about resale value of american cars, American cars are the MOST purchased pre-owned vehicles in the country. There's a ton of information on this and some other pro american purchases at my favorite blog www.AmericanBoom.com/blog. Give it a look!

  • JKD Posted: 12/16/2008 7:36pm PST

    I just don't see the kinds of rebates like they used to have. The used round up the dollars from the GM card right before Christmas ($2K-$5K) and they don't do that either. My employer has been giving $3K to buy a hybrid. You can't buy any from the big three (all vaporware) unless you're willing to drop $50K on the Tahoe which I wouldn't... There's a ton of American cars I'd get (or would have gotten) if they were cheaper. The current price of the T&C would have worked for me in April but Limiteds were close to $38K! Toyota didn't price us out of the market, so they got our business. I wonder what's going to happen to all the unsold G8s on the lots... Great value but still no takers...

  • Jack Posted: 12/16/2008 5:49pm PST

    IF there was a model that I would want, AND that model came with large additional rebates from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, the models I might want aren't coming for a couple of years.

  • Johnster Posted: 12/16/2008 4:39pm PST

    No. Even a $1,000 bonus does not make up for the traditionally poor resale value of used American cars and trucks. If anything, the $1,000 bonus will only make American cars and trucks depreciate faster and be worth even less.

  • Elroy Posted: 12/16/2008 11:11am PST

    Yes it would help some make that choice. Why doesn't the UAW take some of its strike fund money and give it back to their employees if they buy a vehicle in the next 60 days? And the big companies who also are part of the auto industry -- Magna, Lear, Johnson Controls, American Axle, etc. -- and their unions -- should do the same.
    Let's get America rolling again otherwise the economy is going to stagnate and more people are going to lose their homes. Jobs, jobs, jobs -- that's the way to help the housing industry too!!!