Auto sales pick up in February

Remains 8.5% off pre-pandemic pace

WARREN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley performed well in February, posting a gain of 3.7 percent from the previous year after a slow start to 2021.

The latest data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association shows new car sales last month led the way for the increase, rising 10.5 percent, enough to overcome a 3.9 percent decline in used vehicle sales.

Still, the industry lags from numbers it achieved last year.

Overall sales remain 8.5 percent off the pace set in the first two months of 2020, before the viral outbreak hampered the industry. The new and used vehicle segments are down for the two-month, period, too — 2.2 percent in new and 15.4 percent in used, according to the association.

In January, overall sales were down 17.6 percent.

Dealerships in Trumbull County with the most sales in February to local buyers were Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 98; Toyota of Warren, 91; and Greenwood’s Hubbard Chevrolet, 90.

The top new vehicle sellers for the month were Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 59; and Sims Buick GMC Truck and Toyota of Warren, 54. The top used vehicle sellers for the month were Greenwood’s Hubbard Chevrolet, 40; Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 39; and Toyota of Warren, 37.

The top-selling dealer for the month in the Mahoning Valley was Sweeney Chevrolet, 222.

Across the 23 northern Ohio counties in the dealers’ association, new vehicle sales were up 8 percent in February but remained 1.1 percent off last year’s pace.

“Sales in February showed strong increases over last year due to a weak month in 2020,” Louis A. Vitantonio, dealers’ association president, said. “As we anticipated, economic recovery is moving slowly due to supply inventory issues in the northern Ohio region, similar to the rest of the country.”


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