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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.