Well there is a key factor when investing in automobile companies ; there has never been a guaranteed return on investment. Some of the auto industries great companies have been in very serious financial turmoil and have even had to be bailed out by the government to avoid bankruptcy and potentially thousands upon thousands of more lay offs than had already been anticipated. Some have sold to foreign auto companies and have been saved that way. The auto industry is volatile, to put it kindly.
If you want to invest in automobile companies, the best thing you can do is stay away from any of the large American automakers. The economy still has not completely recovered and there is no way to prove that these are safe bets. If you want to play it risky then invest in the American automakers. Sometimes risk gains a huge reward. Of course, other times you can lose everything.
The best thing at this point in time is to invest in foreign auto companies and companies that have been doing well financially and creating cars that are doing well with consumers. Automobile companies that can also be invested in are small start up companies that are creating new forward thinking, environmentally friendly cars. These are the wave of the future and when you invest in one of these you are investing in the future of the world and you may get a very nice return on investment because these are the types of automobile companies that will be very profitable in the future. The world is changing and environmentally friendly cars with excellent gas mileage or electric cars are the wave of the future and as such will be the smarter choices at this time with this economy.
Other things to consider when investing in automobile companies is how much you want to invest and if you can afford to lose a considerable chunk. Although it seems the worst part of the auto industry problems are behind us, there is just no way to be sure. With American taxpayers the biggest shareholder in some of our big Detroit automakers now, which I never thought would happen, it just goes to show you that anything can happen. If you do invest in any of the troubled auto makers, the return on your investment because of its high risk can be high. You may make a lot of money but you may lose a lot. This is important when weighing your options about investing in the auto industry.