Saturday, July 5, 2014
An interesting article in an industry trade magazine of this month discussed the pros and cons of working on “foreign” cars – how some shops still did not want to deal with them due to difficulty matching paint, parts that were hard to get, and parts prices that were very volatile. However, the article notes, so-called “foreign” cars were becoming a larger part of the repair landscape. Moreover, domestic cars were becoming more like “foreign” cars inasmuch as the difficulty matching paint colors and the fact that, like “foreign” cars, most domestics were becoming unibody construction. According to Ward’s Automotive Reports import cars sales were 14% of total U.S. cars sales in 1972. By 1981, that number jumped to 27.3%.