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Valley dealers overcome slow November

WARREN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley overcame a down month in November to stay well ahead of the pace set in 2018.

Through November, local dealerships sold 84,868 vehicles to buyers across Ohio, an 8 percent increase from the 78,564 vehicles sold during the same 11 months last year. That’s despite an 8.4 percent loss in sales for the month, which posted 6,419 sales compared to 7,015 through November 2018.

Reports from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association also show a 12.4 percent decrease to buyers in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. However, those dealerships were still posting a 5 percent gain for the year so far.

To just buyers in the three-county region, dealers have sold 54,599 vehicles through November compared to 52,007 through November 2018.

New vehicles sold for the month were 2,161, down 16 percent from 2,574 in November 2018, and for the year there is a 4.4 percent increase, from 29,222 to 30,516. Used vehicle sales for the month were down 6.5 percent, from 1,966 to 1,838, and for the year there is a 6 percent increase, from 21,793 in November 2018 to 23,109 now.

Dealerships in Trumbull County with the most sales across Ohio in November were Sims Buick GMC Truck, 128; Toyota of Warren, 102; Greenwood’s Hubbard Chevrolet, 97; Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 90; and Diane Sauer Chevrolet, 78.

Dealerships in the county with the most sales in the three counties were Sims Buick GMC Truck, 122; Greenwood’s Hubbard Chevrolet, 93; Toyota of Warren, 92; Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 88; and Diane Sauer Chevrolet, 75.

The top new vehicle sellers in Trumbull County were Toyota of Warren, 61; Sims Buick GMC Truck, 56; Greenwood’s Hubbard Chevrolet, 50; Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 49; and Diane Sauer Chevrolet, 33.

The top used vehicle sellers in the county last month were Sims Buick GMC Truck, 66; Greenwood’s Hubbard Chevrolet, 43; Diane Sauer Chevrolet, 42; Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 39; and Toyota of Warren, 31.

The overall best-selling dealership in the Mahoning Valley was Sweeney Chevrolet with 233 vehicles sold for the month.

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