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Hi, So we bought a 2016 KIa Sedona in 2017 used that already had about 45k miles on it. Over the years while the car has been fine there have had some interior quality issues that have been annoying. Now we are looking for a new car and my husband is interested in buying another Korean car (New Hyundai Santa Fe) and I think the quality of Korean manufacturers is suspect because of our KIA experience. But should I be skeptical of Korean car quality because I believe Japan and the US make better quality or should I beware that we bought used car that had been driven hard in the year before we bought it. As I mentioned the issues we are having are in the interior and not engine or drive train related. Thanks, Kamila

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at

Hello, thank you for writing in. I cannot directly answer your question and endorse a certain manufacturer. While I cannot tell you specifically that a certain manufacturer or country of origin is better than another, I can say that everyone has preferences based on their personal experience. My personal belief is that I tend to trust US manufactures more so than some others, as a general rule of thumb. There is a reason some models are much cheaper than others, and you can learn a lot about specific models you may be interested in by doing some research. Look up average resale values, check for recalls on the model you are looking at, and check customer reviews. Lastly, trust your gut when it comes to choosing a new vehicle. 

Good luck!


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