Local auto sales climbing

Mahoning Valley dealers continue upward trend

WARREN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley through April sold more vehicles than in the same four months of last year, continuing an upward trend since the start of 2019.

There were 29,575 new and used vehicles sold through April at dealerships in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. That’s up 1,381 vehicles from the 28,194 for the same period in 2018, according to a report from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association.

Dealers in April sold 7,994 new and used vehicles, up 587 from 7,407 in April 2018.

That report accounts for all title transfers in Ohio, provided the dealer sells at least 10 vehicles to buyers in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

A separate report from the dealers’ association of sales to only residents in the three-county area provides a similar picture.

There were 19,174 vehicles sold in the four-month period, up 608 from 18,566 for the same time in 2018. Year-over-year in April, 5,268 vehicles moved in April, up 418 from 4,850 in April 2018.

Dealerships in Trumbull County with the most sales across Ohio in April were Toyota Volvo of Warren, 175; Greenwood Hubbard Chevrolet, 151; Sims Buick GMC Truck, 143; Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 122; and Diane Sauer Chevrolet, 113.

The top new vehicle sellers in April for sales in the Mahoning Valley were Toyota Volvo of Warren, 100; Sims Buick GMC Truck, 86; Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 70; Greenwood Hubbard Chevrolet, 61; and Diane Sauer Chevrolet, 53.

The top used vehicle sellers in the three-county region last month were Greenwood Hubbard Chevrolet, 85; Diane Sauer Chevrolet, 56; Toyota Volvo of Warren, 54; Sims Buick GMC Truck, 51; and Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 46.

Tops in the Mahoning Valley for sales across Ohio in April was Taylor Kia of Boardman with 307.

Franchised new vehicle dealers in the Greater Cleveland area sold 21,193 new vehicles in April, falling short of April 2018, when dealers sold 22,133 new vehicles. That is a year-over-year decrease of 4.25 percent while sales so far in 2019 are down 2.67 percent.

“As expected, the new vehicle sales trend has slowed in the beginning of 2019. However, we are comparing last month’s sales to a very strong month in April 2018, when sales had increase almost 9 percent,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the dealers’ association.