Chinese Students Major in Luxury Cars

Auto dealers in U.S. college towns are hawking pricey rides to mainland kids on education visas
Oregon’s International Student Auto Club Photograph by Clayton Cotterell for Bloomberg Businessweek

Chinese students at the University of Iowa began coming into Carousel Motors in Iowa City about three years ago to get their Mercedes and Audi luxury cars serviced. Finally, general manager Pat Lind started asking if they’d ever considered his dealership when they made their original purchase. No, the students told him. Back in China, they’d been told to buy their wheels in Chicago before heading to college.

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