5 Reasons You Should Buy A European Car (And 5 Reasons You Shouldn't)

Buying a car can be a tough process, but it's even more complicated when you're deciding whether or not to import a car from Europe.

With the vast selection of modern technology and its continual advancements, we can access products from all around the globe. In the past, things as common as sea salt and seasonings were delicacies just for their rarity and distance. Now, though, we can buy anything from virtually anywhere on Earth, with one of the most common today being automobiles.

This leaves consumers with an important decision to make. Do they purchase a vehicle domestically or one from overseas? More specifically, from Europe? Well, sadly, that question isn't easily answered in a single statement. So, to develop this further, here are five reasons you should consider buying a European car, as well as five potential reasons to steer clear of them...

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10 Should: Wider Variety Of Choices

While the United States is just a singular country, Europe is a large landmass with several different countries and city-states. As a result, the selection of automotive manufacturers is much higher in Europe than here in the good ol' U.S. of A.

In the U.S., the number of automakers is much less. When we have companies like General Motors who own Cadillac, GMC, Chevy, and Buick, Europeans have much much more. BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, and Bentley just to name a few. So, for those who like options, foreign is the way to go.

9 Shouldn't: Can Lose Value Faster

Over time, assets depreciate in value. This extends from everything to basic food all the way to homes and cars. However, vehicles are the most drastic off all since some can lose thousands of dollars by simply driving off the lot. Unfortunately, European cars aren't exempt from this rule.

Compared to other manufacturers, European cars lose their value quickly. There is one upside, though. Over a long period of time, they usually return/come close to their original price. That doesn't help, however, for people who don't have 25 years to wait.

8 Should: More Manual Transmission Models

With the progression of technology, more innovations come along sooner than we anticipate. One such change is that of automatic transmissions. Since their release, they've begun to phase out manuals. Although, this isn't always the case for our European brethren.

Overseas, manual transmissions are much more prevalent than here in the United States. Many of their standard models offer a choice between the two, unlike the States. Maybe it's due to laziness or a lack of respect for the classics, nevertheless, enthusiasts of the manual transmission lifestyle should look to Europe for their desires.

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7 Shouldn't: Less Automatic Transmissions

As mentioned previously, the Europeans love their manual transmissions. Many of their vehicles come in them and the state for several countries in the region mandate the use of manuals when receiving their driver's license. With this, though, comes fewer automatics.

For multiple American drivers, the idea of not having an automatic vehicle sounds absurd. So, as a result, when looking for a new car, maybe consider something better tailored to your interests.

6 Should: Great Build Quality

Europe is known for many things, their cars most of which for enthusiasts. These vehicles usually cost a lot of money, but for good reason. Not only do they usually look great, but they are also built with intense attention to detail and designed for safety.

Some of the most reliable and safe vehicles on the planet have come from European carmakers. This goes all the way back to the '80s, when Volvo revolutionized the market and, even now, continue to be the best in the world. Not just in safety, though, but in build quality and reliability and too.

5 Shouldn't: May Be Too Small

A common trope of Americans is that we like guns, big engines, and large vehicles. These aren't unfounded stereotypes since they often prove to be true. A lot of people like big V8s and guns, but even more enjoy the comforts associated with a large vehicle.

As a consumer, you may realize that European vehicles are not usually as big as their American versions. This can be due to smaller roads, gas-guzzling taxes, or even personal preferences. Regardless of the reason behind it, odds are if you enjoy big cars, buy American.

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4 Should: European Cars Are Typically Quicker

Need for Speed isn't just a video game. In actuality, it's a lifestyle for many car lovers. The desire to go fast in a beautiful car outweighs almost all others in their mind. Due to this, many will seek cars that can help them achieve this adrenaline rush and many more will look to Europe for their fix.

Of all the cars in the world, European car manufacturers typically make the fastest. This includes Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche. The list goes on and on. However, you don't need to spend hundreds of thousands, or even millions, to get a fast European car. Especially since most European carmakers offer sport versions that far surpass their competition.

3 Shouldn't: Expensive Repairs

Some of the biggest criticisms of European cars is their price. What many potential car buyers don't think about, though, is the cost of repairs and parts. Although they may not need frequent repairs, when they do, it can potentially break the bank.

Dealerships and repair shops aren't always the best place to go with a European car, especially if you're on a budget. Some repair shops even charge extra just for the car's brand alone. Not to mention the extra costs associated with foreign-manufactured parts.

2 Should: They're Often Nicer Than American Counterparts

This point is, obviously, a very subjective one. However, there are several individuals throughout the globe that believe European cars are superior to American counterparts. This thought process extends to exterior looks, performance figures, and popular brands.

Even though not everyone follows this thought process, the amazing build quality, looks, and sheer speed coming out of European carmakers is enough to win over many hearts and minds.

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1 Shouldn't: Higher M.S.R.P.

Once again, price plays a big part in critical decision making. Money, after all, makes the world go 'round. Sadly, European cars end up being pricy for their outstanding quality and world-renowned brand.

For those who don't have much to drop on a car, European ones seem to be out of the question for the most part. You could, of course, purchase an older vehicle, but this won't due for those who want something with modern comforts and modern standards.

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