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The country of origin: a brake or an accelerator when buying a car

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  • Teodora ROMAN

    () (Professor at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania)

  • Adriana MANOLICĂ

    () (Professor at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania)

  • Ionela MANOLE

    () (Student at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi)

Abstract

This research aims to analyse the perception of the country of origin effect on the choice of a future car by the holders of a driving license, which are already possessing a car at the present moment. To solve the research problem, we can say that the results of this study would aim to answer the following questions: To what extent is the car’s brand country of origin and manufacturing country known by its owners? Is there a relationship between the perceived car’s brand country of origin image and its perceived quality? Are the brand’s country of origin and the country of manufacture factors influencing the decision to purchase a car? Is there a connection between the perceived reliability of a car and the perception related to the country of its origin? To respond to these questions, a street survey on 100 subjects (50 men and 50 women) from Iasi, aged between 18 and 65, having a driving license and a personal car was conceived. The sampling method is random, the study being exploratory. The results can be used to issue a series of assumptions about the country of origin effect on the decision to purchase new cars and other goods.

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  • Teodora ROMAN & Adriana MANOLICĂ & Ionela MANOLE, 2018. "The country of origin: a brake or an accelerator when buying a car," CES Working Papers, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 10(4), pages 510-525, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:jes:wpaper:y:2018:v:10:i:4:p:510-525
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    country of origin; car purchasing;

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