Many conservatives face a quandary when purchasing a new vehicle: they want to support American workers by buying a vehicle assembled in the US by American citizens, but they don't want their money going to the UAW or other automotive unions.
You can use this guide in making your purchase decision.
Note that just because a particular model is built at a factory here in the USA, doesn't mean that the manufacturer might also import that same model from factories outside of the USA. To determine a particular vehicle's point of origin, refer to the VIN code. Each manufacturer has its own coding system, but decoding guides for most vehicles are readily available online. Failing that, the window sticker at the dealership may list the point of origin; it's also listed on the sticker on the driver's side door frame on some models.
Honda builds the Acura TL and Acura RDX at its non-union plant in Marysville, Ohio. The 11th digit of the VIN indicates the plant; Marysville's is "A."
Many BMW SUVs and crossovers, including the X3, X5, and X6 (but not the X1, at present) are assembled at BMW's non-union plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. BMW VIN codes beginning with a 4 or 5 are assembled in the USA.
Several Honda models are assembled at Honda's non-union plants in the US, including some Accord models, Civic sedans, the CR-V, Odyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline.
Hyundai operates a non-unit assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama, where they assemble the Santa Fe and Sonata.
Kia operates a non-union assembly plant in West Point, Georgia.
Mercedes' non-union plant in Vance, Alabama assembles SUVs including the M-Class and GL-Class.
Nissan assembles several models at its non-union plants in Mississippi and Tennessee. Look for VINs that begin with 1N4, 1N6, or 5N1.
Subaru has a non-union assembly plant in Lafayette, Indiana. On US-assembled Subarus, the 11th digit is numeric; on Japan-built Subarus it's a letter.
Note that Tesla is funded by the infamous DoE loan program which gave us the Solyndra debacle. So, as a matter of principle, we don't recommend the purchase of a Tesla. However, it should be noted that their Fremont, California plant is non-union, reportedly paying their workers just $12 an hour.
Toyota operates non-union assembly plants in Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas. The 11th digit of the VIN is an R, S, U or X on US-built vehicles. Note that all Lexus models are built in Japan.
We are indebted to the How Americans Can Buy American page for help in the creation of this guide.