US Auto Business in Decline as Americans Buy More Imported Cars

The LA TIMES reports that Americans now buy more imported cars than those made at home. This must be an important milestone. The car business is a big business. It is also a complex business, and a high-tech business, with long supply chains involving hundreds of different industries and thousands of different skills.

But don’t worry, dear reader. All those people who used to be involved in the auto business will go into finance. That’s where the money is… Well, that’s where the money is when the country is in a credit bubble. But when the bubble pops, the money disappears. People who used to sell mortgages wish they could get jobs selling cars.

The US auto business isn’t dead yet. But with China just introducing its cars into the American market, it may not be long before it gives up the ghost. Of course, the auto business isn’t the only way to make money. But it was a good way to make money for a long time. And you have to wonder…if the US of A can’t be competitive in autos, what can it be competitive in?

Bill Bonner
Markets and Money

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.
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Personally I’d rather have foreign built. I’ve had bad luck even with foreign cars built in the U.S. Being American, i’ve worked at enough American factories to see how seriously they take quality control. Summing it up, management, or leadership seems to think quality control is something that is built into the whole dynamic and so is not all that important. The naivety is constant, leadership does better to pretend they don’t know anything. It’s like the infamous email, I get so many, I must have deleted it by accident, or I don’t remember hearing that, the list goes on.… Read more »

It will be competitive in the export of violence and injustice for at least a few more years. Also white collar crime.

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