How can you find if a car is made in America?

I would like to base my car-buying decision, in part, on the percentage of American content in the car. Is this information available? If so, how do I get it?

H. McMahon, Marlton, N.J.

We absolutely have this kind of information available; we call it our American-Made Index. Every six months, reviewer Kelsey Mays becomes our designated AMI staffer and digs up the top 10 vehicles that combine the highest percentage of American-made parts, stateside assembly and sales. Kelsey also analyzed recent AMI trends, found here, at our KickingTires blog.

If you’re scouring dealerships for a new car, the window sticker on most new cars displays domestic-parts content, as explained in our AMI article:

“There are a few options for determining a car's domestic-parts content. We went with the figure that appears alongside the window sticker of new cars as a result of the American Automobile Labeling Act, enacted in 1994. The AALA mandates that virtually every new car display the percentage, by cost, of its parts that originated in the U.S. and Canada. We deemed cars with a domestic-parts content rating of 75 percent or higher eligible for the index.”

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on October 2, 2007 in What Car Should I Buy? , What Does This Mean? | Permalink

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