How new tariffs on steel and aluminum could affect car prices

BISMARCK, N.D. - On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed orders for a 25-percent tariff on steel and a 10-percent tariff on aluminum imports.

According to Ryan Barth of Bill Barth Ford, most vehicles used to be almost completely made of steel, but are now being made with aluminum to reduce weight and increase fuel mileage. Barth says the new tariffs would only increase the prices on cars by a couple hundred dollars.

"Most trucks are $60,000 now so what's $200 really,” Barth said. “So I just think its blown out of proportion a little bit, you know vehicles go up a couple hundred bucks every year anyways, so I don't think it'll be that big of deal really."

Barth says the frame and door supports on the vehicles are still steel but now the outer "skin" is mostly aluminum, resulting in about a ton of the two materials per car.