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March New and Used Car Sales Up 3.5% in Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Auto sales in the Mahoning Valley continued to rise last month as 5,522 new and used vehicles were sold, according to data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association. That amounts to a 3.5% increase from March 2016.

New-car sales were up 7.5% from a year ago, totaling 3,123 while sales of used cars dropped slightly to 2,354, six fewer than last year.

“March sales have certainly bucked the national trend here in northern Ohio,” said the dealers association’s president, Louis Vitantonio, in the monthly sales release. “We continue to see growth over the previous year, however our 2017 forecast anticipates a slowing down of sales by year end. Trucks and SUVs continue to support struggling car sales as fuel costs remain low.”

Among dealerships in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown sold the most new cars, 269, in March, a jump from 213 last year. Following were Sweeney Chevrolet, Boardman, with 245 cars sold last month; Stadium GM Superstore, Salem, with 236; Sweeney Buick GMC with 177; and Sims Buick GMC in Warren with 141.

Greenwood also led the Valley in used-car sales with 160 delivered to customers, followed by Taylor Kia, Boardman with 113, Stadium GM with 109, Greenwood’s Hubbard Chevrolet with 89 and Sweeney Buick GMC with 87.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.