Valley Auto Sales Down 3% in April

Valley Auto Sales Slip for Fourth Straight Month

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Auto sales in the Mahoning Valley slipped again in March, marking the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year declines.

According to the monthly sales report from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association, 5,307 new and used cars were sold in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties last month, a 3.6% drop from March 2017.

While sales of used vehicles were up slightly – 2,373 sold, 33 more than a year prior – new-car sales dropped to 2,843, an 8.5% fall.

In the tri-county area, Sweeney Chevrolet of Boardman led dealers with 193 new cars sold, followed by Sweeney Buick GMC, Boardman, with 164; Greenwood Chevrolet, Austintown, 160; Stadium GM Superstore, Salem, 138; and Boardman Subaru, Boardman, 133.

Of the top five new-car dealers, only Boardman Subaru had an increase in sales from March 2017, when that dealer delivered 125 cars. The other four all posted double-digit decreases in sales volume.

Greenwood Chevy led local dealers in the sale of used vehicles, with 166 sold.

Among all auto dealer association members, two Valley dealerships ranked in the top five – Greenwood and Sweeney Chevrolet at No. 3 and No. 5 – while Sweeney Buick GMC ranked seventh, Stadium eighth and Sims Buick GMC tenth.

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