The Nov. 15 SalesTales column ("Guess who grabbed the Big 3's lost share?") goes to the heart of the matter. I buy foreign because I get no grief.
I am 62. My Dad bought Cadillacs. I have the same (better) income as my late old man. He bought a diesel Cadillac (remember?). Then they told him to trade for a V-8-6-4 (remember?).
My two kids went off to college, and we gave them Honda Civics, each with more than 100,000 miles that we bought for $2,000. Both kids put at least 100,000 miles on the cars during the next four years. We sold those cars for $1,000 each. Never had a problem.
My old man traded his car for a Toyota Avalon when it came out and drove it until he died. The car had 87,000 miles. No problems. We sold it to a neighbor for half what he paid for it.
My wife, my kids and I do not look at American cars. And I am exactly the guy they want to sell to.
There is a reason my generation buys foreign. We were disappointed early and often by Detroit. We never forget. Our children never forget. My married kids drive Hondas and Lexuses. Momma loves Honda.