August 19, 2007

I'd Rather Have Made in Taiwan

I understand that my husband and I are in a nice situation to be able to buy cars. I drive my mini-vans into the ground, this van’s goal is 300K, but then we work on it and buy a new one. (I’m going for one year old next go round, let someone else take the depreciating loss, should I have to buy another asexual mom-mobile.)

I understand that people starting out have a tough time finding something reliable and affordable. My first car was a little Mazda that got 35 mpg. I kept my car payments under $200 a month. Granted that was in 1988, almost 20 years ago. It was nothing special… roll up windows, stick shift, a/c, tape player, cloth seats, four door, no power steering.

I loved that car.

But TGOO was insistent I kept my car payments under $200, so every month, for five years I paid $187.98. I drove it until it died and I reached my sixth month of pregnancy with my 2nd son. I used it as our family car too.

I’ve not priced the smaller vehicles nowadays since I have to fit between five and eight people. (Kids have friends.)

But someone please tell me… are vehicles, both new and reliable used, so expensive that an American must resort to buying a Chinese car?

Let me see… we’ve had a rash of pet deaths due to… bad pet food imports from China.

I think every toy in America, with the exception of frickin’ Barbie, has been recalled due to an array of issues all coming from… China.

I think I’ll pass on putting my family in a car made in… China… and seeing what else they may have inadvertently botched up, thereby eliminating my family from this Earth. Hey, maybe I’m being overly cautious, and two points do not make a trend… but I’d just as soon not take any chances.

It would truly suck if one cranked the motor only to have the car explode because something horrible was done in quality control to every 10th car and nobody ever picked it up.

I’ll pass.

**update- Roses added toothpaste! yes! That is our trend! And for the title of this post... we lived in Taiwan in the late 70s. We'd buy things from there locally and it was never... quite right. TGOO took to calling it 'the land of ALMOST perfect'. But good Lord, we never bought anything that could have killed us. That we know of. Hunh.**

Posted by Boudicca at August 19, 2007 08:23 PM | TrackBack

Until they get their poop in a group, I'm not buying anything more that comes from China.

BTW, you forgot to mention toothpaste.
Does three make a trend?

Posted by: Roses at August 19, 2007 08:41 PM

Roses- YES! You are right! As I was writing this post in my head today, I kept thinking, "there is something else. think. think." but it never came to me!

Three points make a trend. Add toothpaste... I'll not buy one of their cars. NOPE. Blech.

Posted by: Bou at August 19, 2007 08:45 PM

OK, I know I live in the REd Neck Riviera, but what car from China are you considering?

Most of the cheap imports I can think of are Korean, not Chinese. I mean, if you have a job and have $49, You have a new car... Kia's are at $49 down and $149 a month, how much lower could you go..

BTW, when I lived in Korea, no self-respecting Korean would own a Kiamaster, (that was their trade name there).

Throw me a line would ya...


Posted by: P'Cola Titan at August 19, 2007 10:09 PM

I'm not looking to buy one! I just saw in the news they're going to start importing them and I thought, "Why would someone buy one?!"

That is all. ;-) I have 230K left to get on my van before I bury it. I'm only at 70K.

Posted by: Bou at August 19, 2007 10:15 PM

India plans to have a hybrid SUV on the market for the 20 thousand bracket by 2009. Japan move over...where's motor city?

Maybe India will want the toy industry, toothpaste market and dog food companies. Hey they can't get much worse.

Posted by: mom at August 19, 2007 10:28 PM

You also forgot the seafood and tires.

I did a couple posts about the Chineses cars, which are being imported into Russia and Europe but Europe is trying to ban them due to some crash testing that had been done by Germany.

At low speed (35mph) crash the occupants would die, similar tests by Russia confirmed the results.

As reported "the car crumpled like an accordian".

And they want to import into the US within the next year.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at August 20, 2007 07:25 AM

This morning's newspaper has a story on local fishing lure maker (nationally famous D.O.A. Lures) that's being forced to have some of their product made in China. It's either that, or go out of business. The lure they sell for $4 is being copied in China and sold for $1.50. The firm says the main issue is labor costs, followed by excise taxes.

I know the issue Bou is talking about is safety, but this article shows how, safe or not, in the words of the D.O.A. folks "untimately, we are going to be just a service industry country. It's scary to me."

See the full story on

Posted by: George at August 20, 2007 08:12 AM

It is all about the cheap - China does it cheaper so let's buy from them - mentality. I'll pass, thank you.

Posted by: Oddybobo at August 20, 2007 08:39 AM

Kia is owned by Hyundai, and they're both South Korean-owned. They make reasonably priced, reliable vehicles with probably the best warranty you can find.

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at August 20, 2007 11:22 AM

I plan on making AL Gore's dream come true and will continue to drive the v-8 pick-ups so the globe will warm up. If the Gulf rises just 12 and a half feet I will have water front property and plan on putting in a marina with bar-b-q, beer, and a house of ill repute next door. I know people pretty well and four things men will do is fish eat drink beer and ...

Posted by: GUYK at August 20, 2007 09:00 PM

I don't know why anyone buys Chinese willingly. Here's some car crash test videos of those high quality Chinese cars:
Earning a 1 Star Crash Test rating in Germany:

I may buy a shirt from China if I have to. Entrust my life to one of their vehicles? Ha.

Posted by: BryanB at August 20, 2007 10:07 PM