5 Ways the Earthquake in Japan Could Affect Car Sales & You

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There could be a limited inventory of popular new vehicles.  Since the devastating magnitude-9.0 earthquake, many of the Asian-based makes like Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota have been forced to cut production due to a disruption in the manufacturing supply chain. Ironically, Hyundai and Kia, which are headquartered in Korea, have two American manufacturing plants in both Georgia and Alabama. Unlike a number of automakers, both foreign and domestic, they aren’t being affected. In fact, both Hyundai and Kia are said to be making plans to go into overtime mode. So if you have difficulty finding a Toyota, Nissan or the like, the Korean automakers' plans on having plenty of their hot-selling fuel-efficient vehicles available.

There could be a limited inventory of popular new vehicles. Since the devastating…

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