Are you thinking about buying a new car? There are a lot of options out there! Standard or manual transmission; SUV, sedan, or coupe; power or fuel-efficient; AWD, front wheel drive, or back wheel drive; American or European? Today, we’ll be focusing on the differences between American and European cars – which is better? Which is more reliable? After you have decided which type of car you are going to purchase, know that you can look to Clarke’s European import auto repair shop. We’ll gladly service  Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Volvo, Volkswagen and more. We also service Asian and Domestic vehicles in case you decide on an American-made car.

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Not long ago, American-made cars had the stereotype for being poor in quality and low in price. Foreign cars, European and Asian alike, have been known for a long time to be reliable and efficient for the long-term. Japanese brands may be known for their quality and reliability, while European cars are known for their craftsmanship and performance. However, today there is a different story. Many organizations that review vehicles have found that the “best in class” are American cars. So what this comes down to is how you define quality. Overall, foreign cars may win out based on user surveys.


This will, of course, be a strong consideration when buying a car. Yes, you might want the $40,000 sports car, but is that really practical? If price is an important factor, then American cars could be your top choice. American-made cars are known for offering drivers a large number of desirable features as well as a good price. However, foreign brands like Hyundai and Kia have been raising the bar for affordability and reliability.

When considering the price of the vehicle, you should also consider the cost of the repairs. Import auto repairs tend to be pricey, especially for brands like Volkswagen or BMW. American cars on the other hand, will be easier and possibly faster to repair. The good news is that at Clarke’s European, we’ll do our best to repair your car as quickly and affordably as possible.

Fuel Efficiency

Another sticking point for many environmentally conscious drivers is fuel efficiency. While some American cars are able to offer decent averages, foreign cars win again. According to Consumer Reports, BMW, Ford, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, and Tesla models make the top five best city, stop-and-go driving vehicles. For highway driving, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Tesla, and Ford are the winners. These vehicles have a clear range in price, however, making that an important factor in this category.

Import Auto Repair Vancouver

Whether your final choice is American, European, or Asian, look to Clarke’s European for all of your domestic and import auto repair needs. Our technicians are experienced and reliable, giving you the peace of mind you need when your baby is in the shop. Our Vancouver location is easy to access and we pride ourselves on a personal customer service, making the entire process painless. Whether you’re in need of engine or fuel system repairs or heating and AC service, you can rely on our import auto repair shop. See our online specials and call us today for an appointment.