Most households have long, drawn out mini-arguments over whether or not to buy American, union made cars.
My family are longtime buyers of Toyota vehicles, as they offer consistely excellent value and safety. I drive a 2004 Toyota Corolla; I’m already coveting the brand new Toyota Venza (all-wheel drive!). All of this really rankles Dave, who believes very much in the buying UAW cars and supporting the American auto industry. Which I can’t say I disagree with, but I’m going to drive the car that Consumer Reports ranks highest for safety and value — those things matter more to me than where the car is made or who puts it together.
Furthering our healthy debate, today Dave sent me a list of UAW/CAW cars, considered acceptable by the AFL-CIO. His intention, of course, was to rub it in that I drive a car that isn’t approved by American Labor.
But the road to hell is paved with good intentions: the 2004 Toyota Corolla is on the list! Only some Corollas are made in the United States. Those with VIN numbers beginning with 1,4, or 5 were made in the U.S. Lo and behold, my car has a VIN number that begins with 1.
Jackpot. Argument over. I win! And so do America’s auto workers.