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Would you buy a Chinese-made car?

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Well that's what people said about Korean cars. Hyundai's are very popular now.
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Competition is always good, so yes i would consider it. Since they will try to break into a market, good chance there could be some deals or if nothing else better deals from other brands.
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carmaster wrote:
Jan 15th, 2018 6:33 pm
Well that's what people said about Korean cars. Hyundai's are very popular now.
I was there when Hyundai came to Canada and I remember one of my Korean friends buying a Hyundai Stellar. We spent more time pushing that car than driving it

Deep in my heart, I know that Hyundai manufacturers decent cars, but I can't bring myself to buy one, no matter how cheap or how high the quality is.
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Unless insurance companies invent/find a reason to hike rates for owners yes would consider
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all depends on price and quality
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No, I probably wouldn't. Not until they have had more time to establish a reputation for quality.

But, can we up the stakes a little? Would you rather ride in a Chinese spaceship or an American spaceship?Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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DiceMan wrote:
Jan 15th, 2018 6:47 pm
But, can we up the stakes a little? Would you rather ride in a Chinese spaceship or an American spaceship?Smiling Face With Open Mouth
The Chinese can make quality products when their national pride is at stake. That whole "save face" crap they're into. Imagine the laughs heard round the world if their spaceships all failed to make orbit... We'd just call that epic fail, post some memes on Instagram and it's just a laugh to us. They'd call that a loss of face which to them is serious cow manure.

But when it comes to mass produced products where the goal is to turn a profit.... one visit to Dollarama or Crappy Tire is all you need to get your answer. Cars would be no different.
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Gee wrote:
Jan 15th, 2018 6:37 pm
I was there when Hyundai came to Canada and I remember one of my Korean friends buying a Hyundai Stellar. We spent more time pushing that car than driving it

Deep in my heart, I know that Hyundai manufacturers decent cars, but I can't bring myself to buy one, no matter how cheap or how high the quality is.
At least Hyundai (and Kia) kept at it and now produce cars worth considering. The same can't be said of Yugo...
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Paigne wrote:
Jan 15th, 2018 6:37 pm
Competition is always good, so yes i would consider it. Since they will try to break into a market, good chance there could be some deals or if nothing else better deals from other brands.
A cheap car isn't a deal if it leaves you stranded far from home because the engine/transmission is crap, or seriously hurt in a crash because they cut corners on safety....
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I would not buy it unless it was reviewed and had a good record of being a reliable and safe car with a decent price. And even then for me to buy a chinese car, it has to look good.
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote:
Jan 15th, 2018 6:58 pm
A cheap car isn't a deal if it leaves you stranded far from home because the engine/transmission is crap, or seriously hurt in a crash because they cut corners on safety....
Thats true but i wouldnt assume the engine/transmission is crap before they actually come out here. Wouldnt be fair just to make an assumption itll be good or bad until the product is actually released. Remember a lot of car parts do actually come from the same factory and given the safety standards, it isnt exactly easy to cut corners on a car vs say a tv (where chinese brands are also gaining momentum). Plus not all chinese company make bad quality products/cut corners, xiaomi for example has a pretty good reputation and personally im happy with their miipad, mibox, and dashcam. Im sure other rfders use other xiaomi products and their threads pop up quite regularly.

Plus again this represents another option. Even if you dont buy it, it could drive down cost for other brands including the one you might buy.
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote:
Jan 15th, 2018 6:51 pm
The Chinese can make quality products when their national pride is at stake. That whole "save face" crap they're into. Imagine the laughs heard round the world if their spaceships all failed to make orbit... We'd just call that epic fail, post some memes on Instagram and it's just a laugh to us. They'd call that a loss of face which to them is serious cow manure.

But when it comes to mass produced products where the goal is to turn a profit.... one visit to Dollarama or Crappy Tire is all you need to get your answer. Cars would be no different.
All these chinese made products you see here are the result of the western companies like wal mart who prefer to pay them the least to make it. If you want quality products, go to walmart and tell them you are willing to pay more for a better product.
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Aren’t most car parts made in China anyway?
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blackbirdman wrote:
Jan 15th, 2018 7:00 pm
I would not buy it unless it was reviewed and had a good record of being a reliable and safe car with a decent price. And even then for me to buy a chinese car, it has to look good.
That would require several years in the market to build a reputation and prove reliability, and of course crash testing to see if it meets our safety standards.
Until Consumer Reports recommends it as a buy, I won't touch it.
Yugo failed on all counts... I would think the Chinese wouldn't build a similar disaster, but it wouldn't surprise me either.

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