Valley Auto Sales Tick Up Slightly

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local auto sales in July were almost even with last year’s mark, according to data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, as 5,645 new and used cars were sold last month, up 17 from a year ago.

The gains came via used-car sales, which totaled 2,703, up 12.2% from a year ago. New-car sales fell 11.2% to 2,852.

So far in 2020, there have been 30,975 vehicles sold to residents of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, down 12.7% from the first seven months of 2019. Most of the losses came in April, when shutdown orders from Gov. Mike DeWine forced dealerships statewide to close, cutting local sales by more than half.

On the new-car sales chart, Sweeney Chevrolet in Boardman was the only dealership to top 200 vehicles sold – coming in at 208, down 16 from July 2019. Following were Sweeney Buick GMC, Boardman with 182, up 60 from the same period last year; Greenwood Chevrolet, Austintown, with 169, up four; Boardman Subaru, Boardman, with 156, up four and Fred Martin Ford, Austintown, with 141, up 99.

Boardman Subaru led local dealerships in used-car sales with 136 sold, up 44 from July 2019. Also hitting triple digits were Fairway Ford of Canfield with 116, Greenwood Chevy with 105 and Fred Martin Ford with 102.

Across the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association’s 22-county membership area, combined new and used sales totaled 10,578 in July, up 8.3% from  last year. Four local dealerships ranked inside the top 10: Boardman Subaru, Fairway Ford, Sweeney Chevy and Greenwood Chevy, which ranked seventh through 10th, respectively. 

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