Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
I actually think it's crazy to pay thousands more for many mid- to economy-level foreign cars, like the Yaris, when something like a Focus is essentially the same car. Yeah, you get what you pay for with cars like the Accord, but I think the "foreign" label gets people to commit to paying 17 grand for a Yaris, when you can get a Focus for 9500. I guess the Yaris will last a little longer, but the driving experience is the same (uncomfortable with poor pickup--in other words, something you won't want to drive around in for more than a few years). To me, that's just being suckered by the foreign "benefits."
Unless your Focus breaks down a bunch and racks up a ton of repair bills and hassle while the Yarris runs like a top. Then the cost difference isn't so great.
The Focus might be wonderfull and the Yaris crap. That's just a hypothecial to illustrate that sticker price alone isn't the only cost involved in a product.
That's what bugs me about hyper-sensitivity to price alone. Sure...save $100 now in initial cost to spend $500 in repars and down-time later. Doesn't make a lick of sense.
But I do agree that because something has a label doesn't mean it's better. I'm willing to pay more for a label, but only when it's the right one (i.e. the product is actually better).