Advertisement
Find a Car
Go!

Why Choose A Foreign Car?

Follow Chad

2010 Volkswagen Passat

2010 Volkswagen Passat

Enlarge Photo

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’ve probably heard arguments both for and against foreign cars. Some people will swear up and down that buying domestic is best, while others will stand beside their foreign cars wholeheartedly. In truth, there really is no “right” answer; It’s all about doing what’s right for you and finding the car that will work the best with your lifestyle and price range. However, most studies do show that buyers are usually happier, on average, with foreign cars than they are with domestic cars.

First of all, foreign cars tend to last much longer and run better than domestic cars, particularly if you buy a mid-size model. The average domestic car will usually give out once it has reached approximately 100,000 miles. If you care well for a foreign car, however, the average lifespan is well above 100,000 miles. As for durability, you should know that Consumer Reports recently conducted a survey proving that foreign cars accounted for far fewer manufacturer related problems and issues than did domestic cars.

Foreign cars also tend to cost you less money in the long run. This may seem surprising, especially since domestic cars are usually cheaper upfront, but it seems that the extra money for a foreign car may be well worth it. If you buy foreign, you’re less likely to have to fork over money for repairs, maintenance, and gas. You should also know that the resale value of foreign cars tends to stay consistently high, while domestic cars tend to go down in value steadily.

Of course, not every foreign car will be top notch. Even though foreign cars have a much more respectable track record than domestic cars, you shouldn’t think that you can just buy the first foreign car you find and expect it to run perfectly. You will still need to do a lot of research and a lot of careful planning and consideration before you purchase a foreign car or any car for that matter.

Take the time to look at the Kelley Blue Book value of a car you are considering purchasing. You should never pay more than the Blue Book Value, especially if you are buying used. Aside from this, talk to others who have owned the same or similar cars and read reviews online. This can give you a good idea of whether or not you are buying a reliable car and of how much is fair to pay for the car of your choosing. Remember that, if it’s right for you, buying foreign can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make, but it won’t do all the common sense work for you.

Posted in:
Advertisement
 
Follow Us

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comments (3)
  1. I almost never comment on these things, but this article is especially biased. Where did you come up with your remark that domestic cars don't usually have a lifespan of over 100K miles? And what you say about Consumer Reports is simply wrong. They found that Japanese cars, on a whole, are still more reliable than American cars, but they did not find a substantial difference between the reliability of American cars and that of European cars.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  2. I agree 100% with your article. I have owned many cars over the years and presently own 5 foreign cars. Only 1, a VW GTI has less than 100,000. My BMW has 225,000; Mazda 6 has 180,000 and Mazda 626 has 260,000 and my Acura RSX has 110,000. They still perform wonderfully, have had no significant problems and still look stylish. In addition, I find that foreign cars tend to have more advanced features which keeps them relevent longer. I am especially a fan of German engineering. The cars are smart and well worth the money spent.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  3. as long as it's good.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Advertisement
Take Us With You!
   
Advertisement

More From High Gear Media


 
 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC. Send us feedback.