National reports show new car sales are back to pre-recession numbers.
Hood County vehicle sales are also strong – though the economy didn’t bottom out in Hood County like some hard-hit areas in the nation.
Danny Hill at Classic Chevrolet said sales are “great,” and up over last year.
“I don’t know if it’s back to where it was before the economy took a hit in 2008,” he added with contemplation.
And the top-selling vehicle at Classic? “This is truck country. Silverado pickups are the best seller for us,” Hill said.
Good incentives and good financing rates help drive auto sales, Hill noted.
At Mike Brown Auto Group, sales are up 30 percent from last year.
“It dropped pretty good in 2008,” Mike Brown recalled. “But, it’s been a steady increase since the recession first hit.”
Brown said the Dodge Ram half-ton pickup and the Ford F-150 are the top sellers. “We sell a lot of trucks,” he stated.
Even with gasoline around $3.35 a gallon, people still love their trucks.
“They’re not going to give up their trucks. Not in our lifetime,” he said chuckling.
While they do sell pickups at Jerry Durant Toyota, the Camry draws the most buyers, according to Andrew Scearce , general sales manager.
When the economy went south in 2008, people were hanging on to their vehicles longer. But they aren’t putting off a vehicle purchase any longer.
“It’s been an unbelievable year,” Scearce said. “Through August of last year, new and used sales totaled 866. Through August this year, the total is 1,347. People seem to be more comfortable with the economy, and they are buying new cars.”
At Van Griffith Kia, Randy Rempel said sales have been steady, maybe slightly down from last year.
“I always see room for improvement,” he stated.
Rempel said Kia didn’t have a big falloff when the economy went south.
“Some buyers are still concerned about the economy,” he stated. “But here in Texas, people still buy cars and still spend money.”
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