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Local auto sales down once more in November

WARREN — Automobile sales last month in the Mahoning Valley were down slightly from November 2020, according to the latest data from Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association.

The association reported new and used vehicle sales in November were off 1.3 percent from last year with 4,143 deliveries. That, however, is an improvement from the 26 percent decline dealers experienced in October compared to last year.

Sales are up 5.6 percent over 2020 with 53,996 vehicles sold, but that percentage has been on the decline. It was 10.4 percent in September and 6 percent in October.

The new and used vehicle segments were down for the month but still remain ahead of 2020.

In November, 1,837 new vehicles were sold, down 21.6 percent from last year. New vehicle sales remain up, albeit by a modest 0.4 percent for the year with 27,312.

Used vehicle sales were up 26 percent to 2,232 for November. They remain up 12.3 percent through November with 25,360 vehicles sold.

Dealerships in Trumbull County with the most sales to buyers in the Valley for the month were Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 108; Toyota of Warren, 102; and Sims Buick GMC Truck, 85.

The top new vehicle sellers were Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 65; Toyota of Warren, 57; and Apostolakis Honda, 40. The top used vehicle sellers were Sims Buick GMC Truck, 51; Mark Thomas Ford, 46; and Toyota of Warren, 45.

The top-selling dealer in the region was Fred Martin Ford, 222.

Dealers in the 21 counties that make up the association sold 15,176 new vehicles in November, down nearly 18 percent. For the year, dealers have sold 220,237 new vehicles, an increase of 1.7 percent over 2020.

“New vehicles are still arriving at local dealerships but are not spending much time on the lot,” Louis A. Vitantonio, association president, said. “Inventory will continue to slowly increase however a full recovery of inventory will take much if not all of 2022. Used vehicle sales will be where consumers may find alternatives.”

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