Banking & Finance

Local Auto Sales Down 16.4%; Skid Hits 9 Months

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For the ninth straight month, auto sales in the Mahoning Valley fell from last year’s numbers as 4,140 new and used cars were sold, according to data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association. That represents a 16.4% drop from September 2017.

New-car sales in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties fell to 2,382 last month, 503 fewer than the same month a year ago. Used-car sales, meanwhile, were down to 1,711 in September, 214 fewer.

The rest of the association’s membership, which covers 22 counties, also saw sales drop – down 477 vehicles to 6,645, a 6.7% decrease.

Locally, Sweeney Chevrolet in Boardman retained its title as the top-selling dealership with 163 cars, trucks and SUVs sold, 13 fewer than last year. Following were Greenwood Chevrolet, Austintown, with 130 sold, down 56; Boardman Subaru, Boardman, with 126, down six; Sweeney Buick GMC, Boardman, with 109, down 66; and Stadium GM, Salem, with 107, down 60.

For used-car sales, Taylor Kia of Boardman topped the sales chart with 81 sold, eight more than September 2017.

Across the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association membership, three area stores ranked in the top 10 in combined sales: Sweeney Chevy at seventh, Greenwood Chevy in eighth and Boardman Subaru in ninth. The top seller was Falls Motor City, a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership in Cuyahoga Falls, with 340 vehicles delivered to customers.

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.