Korean cars are built better than those built here in America, or in Mexico, or Canada. People usually have their certain tastes in cars, and mine lead towards Korean cars, and nothing else, but I’ll only buy cars built in Korea, and there’s a very good reason for that. Read on to see why.
When I set out to buy my first car at the ripe old age of 19 several years ago, I only had one criteria, it had to be Korean. I did not confine myself to Hyundai or Kia, I looked at both. After looking around I was set on a late 2000s Sonata. I didn’t know anything about cars, except I hated driving American cars. I didn’t know the difference between a Sonata and a Tiburon, except that a Sonata was more expensive. After a few weeks of searching, I had only found one Hyundai that wasn’t either complete shit, or too expensive, but I didn’t have the cash I was waiting for to buy it, so it slipped away. A few more weeks of searching, I ended up buying a 2000 Kia Amante I actually passed up the first time I found it on Craiglist because they were asking too much, mainly because of the stereo. My friend insisted we look at it since we didn’t have anything else to do. Long story short, I talked him down a grand, and walked away with a pretty bitching car, and would later find out it was a blessing in disguise because my car turned out to be hugely reliable, while my girl friends 2003 Santa Fe turned out to be a pile of unreliable crap, but oh my god I loved to drive it, and it had no muffler so it sounded amazing.
Anyways, fast forward a few years, and I find myself working at a local Kia dealership as a factory tech, and I had just bought a brand new Veloster. From the time I bought my Amante, to working at Kia, I had begun attending automotive classes and become obsessed with cars, and knew a lot, and the technical knowledge followed. In my time at Kia, I got a lot of cars in with service campaigns, which aren’t conventional recalls because Kia initiated them without any involvement from the Feds. The campaigns were mainly software updates, diesel miss-fueling countermeasure recalls, and, most important to my point, quality control issues. The quality control campaigns consisted mainly of checking if bolts were installed, or tightened properly. The vehicles that came in with these service campaigns were, surprise surprise, either made in Mexico, or America. There were no quality control campaigns on Korean made cars. This is the main reason for my argument, and I’m sure a lot of you will disagree with me that these small cases aren’t enough to condemn the entire North American auto factories. But I will argue, that if a car being built in Mexico or Tennessee is following the same process as one is in Korea, then why does the car in Korea not have any quality control issues? I believe the answer lies in the culture of the workforce. Koreans are paid more, treated better, and therefore enjoy their job more, and put more effort into it. Americans, on the other hand, are not paid as well, they’re treated like shit, and therefore, their work suffers because they don’t give a shit. I also think most American’s are lazy and Koreans and other Asians have a better work ethic. I’d also like to point out that I’m American, so it’s not like I’m biased.
Korea has always been known for their cars, and how well built they are. American’s are not. I’m not trying to insult the North American auto workers, but I think cars built in Korea are better.
The preceding post is satire, intended to gently poke fun at His Stigness, in an effort to demonstrate what it was like to read his post on the virtues of German manufacturing. No offense is intended, but I do hope he gets the point that so many of us were trying to make.