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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

OMG, old school thinking combined with total ignorance Paul Henderson that it makes me ashamed to learn that some people live like in the 50's.

So you buy a car... read the sticker for a German or Japanese car. 20% parts from the USA, 20% parts from Canada, 30% content of those parts from the USA, transmission from Alabama, assembled in Germany or Tennessee.

Now read the sticker for an American car. Transmission from Japan. 20% parts from the USA, 30% parts from Canada, 10% from foreign suppliers.  Engine built by Mitsubishi in Tokyo. Car assembled in Detroit. 

Buy some foreign branded vehicle, and you learn that it's an American assembled product - like a Dodge with a re-branded foreign name - and that's called marketing. 

So there is no such thing as an American car or a foreign car. Cars are global products.

All cars equally employ thousands if not millions of fellow Americans that pay income tax from various industries from the transportation to the mechanics to car dealership owners. Plus all the money the gvt charges in part import taxes and levies that support our economic system.

Don't people read and self-educate or ask questions anymore?

Mar 25, 2015 02:21 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

whenever you think you've met the ultimate of nutties, there's always someone nuttier.... the answer is no, but if it ever happened, I'd be happy they hired another agent .....

Mar 24, 2015 10:30 AM
Kathy Goldman
REVA Online | SEO Boost For Real Estate, Social Media Marketing for Real Estate and Real Estate Blogging Expert - Waukesha, WI
Social Media & Marketing for Real Estate

My father-in-law! LOL

American all the way until he bought his Nissan that is made in Tennessee! LOL


Mar 24, 2015 08:21 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Never and I have worked with clients that were Ford or General Motors retirees. I can't imagine they would be that passionate. 

Mar 24, 2015 06:14 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

No, I am always concerned as my cars are older.  Not piles of junk, but like me they are showing their age.  But I am at a point in life where I do not spend money on flash.  

Mar 25, 2015 02:55 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

Well, here in Alabama, we make Mercedes and Hyundai, and probably some other import cars. So, supporting "foreign" cars is actually "patriotic"...

Mar 25, 2015 11:36 AM
Theresa Akin

I just tell them my Jeep is international with parts from everywhere. Have been questioned about my faith. Raised Catholic, belong to the 'Round Temple" (the devil can't corner me there). Got married in a church the first time,ended in divorce, 2nd time outside almost 12 years ago, still together. As long as I represent you in the best legal and honest and fair capacity and complete my fiduciary duty to you, does it really matter? Oh and my jeep

is paid for!

Mar 25, 2015 06:27 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Nope, not I. We are a world economy, and cars are no exception.


Mar 25, 2015 05:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Paul -- well, if that was the reason, I've never heard it --I will say nothing surprises me.   I think in our office parking lot there are probably less than 10% of the cars that are American owned/built.    

Mar 24, 2015 02:20 PM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Notary Training, Consulting. Colorado Springs, CO

The Native Americans rode horses, imported from Spain.  

Mar 24, 2015 09:45 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Refuse to work with me? No.

However, when returning to the Toyota from the dry cleaner. a fellow and his intoxicated female companion, sitting in their vintage vette, pulled a pistol from the glove box and pointed it at me, and said , "That's for driving a rice burner." And they drove off laughing.

The folks at the dry cleaners were already dailing 911.

I'm rarely speachless. That was a rare time.

Mar 24, 2015 07:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


How silly is that?  One of my clients was on the phone with a buyer and heard her pup bark.  She asked, is that your dog?  My friend answered in the affirmative.  Her reply, I don't like people with dogs, and sorry, I can't work with you...

On another vein, someone refused to work with us, because of religion.. It is OK, you are not a match. 

Mar 24, 2015 06:53 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I've never had that happen.  Though one of my good customers was the chief pilot for the Ford aviation department (while they still had it) and did comment that I should buy a Ford.

Mar 24, 2015 06:21 AM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Personally if a client cared about what I drove then we were never a good match in the first place. 

Mar 28, 2015 03:12 AM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Yes- I was previewing a house for one of my clients that was Asian.  Luckily I was previewing- I would not have wanted to subject her to this idiot!  He was renter in a house that the landlord was selling. 

When I walked in the house, he looked out the window and asked me if I have ever had a client not use me because I drove a Toyota...  I said, "No, I have not."  He proceeded to tell me that he would never use me (He is a renter at home in the middle of the day that admitted that he did not work...)- I was not too worried.  His 5 year old son then pipped in that I drove a POS... 

I asked what that meant- OK I am a little naive...

When I left the house- I know there was not chance that I would subject my client to that kind of ignorance!  Good luck to that land lord!  I didn't leave anything out in my feedback.  The seller and the agent were horrified!

Mar 25, 2015 10:40 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Yes. I was driving a 2001 Mitzubishi Convertible Spyder .... loved my classy little sports car.  But Kenosha is (or was) a Chrysler town and I actually lost two clients who came right out and told me that they were not hiring me because they did not feel I was representing the city I lived in because I did not drive a Chrysler.

Press FORWARD to 2015 ... I am now driving a Chrysler (by choice) and now nobody cares.  Go figure!

Mar 25, 2015 05:04 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I drove Corvettes for many years then began driving the Nissan 300zx and never had an issue with prospects. Matter of fact, I never had any issue with prospects not wanting to do business with me as long as they met my client profile. 

Mar 25, 2015 02:09 PM
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Never happened in 15 years, We both drive Toyotas, anyone has a problem with that we will gladly point them in the direction of a Ford driver.

Mar 25, 2015 11:14 AM
Cary Jo Hofstad
Blue Sky Realty, LLC - Kalispell, MT
Cary Jo, Hofstad, Broker, Blue Sky Realty LLC

Crazy!! No.

Mar 25, 2015 08:28 AM
Jackie Hawley
Coldwell Banker Professionals - Oxford, MI
Southeast Michigan Real Estate

Same as the other Michigan agents here- don't buy foreign. Had a broker who was turned away at the door for a listing for driving a Honda or Toyota. Seller just lost his job at one of the big 3.

Mar 25, 2015 05:32 AM
Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

I haven't come across this yet but someone did ask me once if I was concerned about it. I've driven BMW's for years and in So Cal, they are everywhere so I really haven't given it any thought.

When I am on vacation and head towards the mid-west, well, actually anywhere east of California, I generally see alot more American 'branded' cars than foreign makes.

Mar 25, 2015 05:26 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Yes, it was years ago when Detoit was having a bad time. It bothered me but then it didn't. I do drive American mostly over the years.

Mar 25, 2015 04:04 AM
Ann Wilkins
Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty - Oakland, CA
Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA

Our area is mostly foreign cars but the Ford hybrids are starting to make a big showing - people seem to love their new Fords.  No one has ever refused to work with me  due to car - and many have enjoyed riding around in a Prius. 

Mar 25, 2015 03:54 AM
Betsy Barber
Century 21 McAlpine Associates - Conway, SC
Betsy Barber

When "American" cars get the same gas mileage as my Prius (50+mpg), I might consider buying American again.  I'd let that customer move on.

Mar 25, 2015 03:54 AM
Marshall Brown
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC - Fargo, ND

I think it's an outgrowth of the polarization so prevalent in our society. If you don't conform to their world view you are obviously wrong in everything. It's what I think of as the bumper sticker mentality. Supporting American products is a good idea for all of us but so is tolerance for individual choices.

Sorry you had to experience that.

Mar 25, 2015 03:46 AM
Ron Aguilar
Gateway Mortgage Group - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

good question, I guess this depends on the person

Mar 25, 2015 02:49 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

I have not; however, a few have questioned the 30-06 bullet hole in the passenger door of my Durango.  When they ask, I just said that the last client I had bought a FSBO and I haven't seen him sense. LOL

Mar 25, 2015 02:40 AM
Kunni Biener
First Class Title, Inc. - Rockville, MD

I think that it is where the profits go that concern some people. I drive an American made car made by an American company because I want to make sure that most of the profits stay here.  But then, I tend to vote with my $$ a lot.

Mar 25, 2015 02:39 AM
Rhonda Wright
Key Realty - Monroe, MI
Make Your Best Move

Much like Russ, here in the Detroit Metro area it's kind of expected that you'll buy American.  That said, I do own an import that I've had pre-real estate career.  I actually had a Ford employee give me a (half-kidding) hard time about it, but we worked it out.  My next vehicle will be domestic out of respect for many of my clients.  

Mar 25, 2015 02:31 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

That is a new one.  I have had American made and Toyota.  I have no clue where my Toyota is made so it may be American now!

Mar 25, 2015 02:17 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

No, never has come up. I have driven Lexus for years and just went back to American.

Mar 25, 2015 01:49 AM
Christi Farrington
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT

Not yet.  However, I would be happy to send them on their way if it bothered them 'that' much. 

Mar 25, 2015 01:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No, I haven't. I've driven a Japanese car (Honda, Infiniti, Toyota) forever.

Mar 24, 2015 08:57 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Now that's a new one!  I haven't had that happen, but then I drive a Chevrolet.

Mar 24, 2015 01:27 PM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

In Detroit I do not buy a foreign car for that reason.  They are big on that in Detroit.  Buy American as they say here

Mar 24, 2015 10:53 AM
Pat Braithwaite
Braithwaite Realty - Marietta, GA

No, but I did take it into consideration. I bought American because our area was hit hard for jobs.

Mar 24, 2015 08:45 AM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Too stupid for me to want to spend engery on, NEXT!

Mar 24, 2015 08:34 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Paul Henderson Now that is ridiculous, particularly when so many cars are foreign.

Mar 24, 2015 08:29 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I haven't.  If that happened I'd probably laugh it off, wouldn't want to do business with someone so shallow anyway.

Mar 24, 2015 08:04 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

NO...I don't ever think of any one for any reason saying they didn't want to work with me.

Mar 24, 2015 07:50 AM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No, but I'm not sure many people consider Honda a foreign car since they've been around for so long. I was driving a Honda CB 350 motorcycle in early 70s.

Mar 24, 2015 06:39 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Did you really want to work for a guy that drives a Ford Truck?

Jan 07, 2020 11:08 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

No - but then again - we drive a Chevy!

Aug 03, 2017 05:18 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson since I don't drive a foreign car it has not happened. It was an interesting read the comments supplied though.

Apr 30, 2015 04:12 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

I drive a Toyota Tacoma truck and no one has ever refused to work with me.  I imagine it could be tough if you had someone work at a US auto plant in some cities with very strong unions.

Mar 28, 2015 08:41 PM
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois http://dtaylor.remax.com - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Funny you ask this question.  I remember doing a listing presentation with a potential Seller in Glenwood, Illinois, who told me she was going to list with another Agent because she drove a newer model Mercedes, and it was always her dream to own one as well.  She told me she believed if she associated with this Agent, one day she would own one as well.   I thought wow how shallow.  You have in front of you someone who is going to give you 100% loyalty, and unconditionally look after your best interests vs. some one who will see you as a means to get that car-note paid.  I got a good lesson on how some people value image more than genuine customer service, and commitment to helping them realize their goal. 

Mar 28, 2015 02:01 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Paul,

Not sure, if my European car was built in the US or Mexico. Both have plants. Good thing, I have a lot of global citizen clients, who have a relatively broad view of the world economy, since they are part of it. 

Mar 26, 2015 01:30 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Oh my goodness no!  It doesn't sound like this guy will believe you

Mar 26, 2015 06:28 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Now I have heard of everything.  But some are passionate about their ride. If they were this passionate about the ride where would this put you in the middle of a transaction.  Better to lose them now than an unsatisfied client later.

Mar 25, 2015 11:33 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

I some times show up in this car pictured here and nobody gives me a bad time!

Mar 25, 2015 10:49 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

It's never come up and I don't think it will.

Mar 25, 2015 10:09 PM
Elliot Watson
Yorktown Heights, NY

I honestly overlooked this as an issue which is why I'm so appreciative of you bringing up the topic. I was speaking with a potential client over the phone and pretty much had the appointment set up. Since we were both into cars we began speaking about them briefly before we ended our conversation. Although it was over the phone, once I mentioned I preferred foreign cars his whole tone changed. Called him back a few days before our scheduled meeting to confirm and the number had been changed. Haven't heard from him since. 

Mar 25, 2015 09:39 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

That could only happen only Detroit.  No seriously, never happened that I know of.  Its possible that somebody decided they decided that without my knowledge or awareness

Mar 25, 2015 08:33 PM