New car sales down 3 percent in Allen County

By John Bush -

LIMA — New car sales in Allen County were down slightly in June when compared to the same month last year, but sales are still outpacing 2016 numbers through the first half of the year.

The number of new vehicles sold in the county was 510 for June, which is down from 526 in June 2016. That represented a 3 percent decline from the same month last year.

“I’m not sure why the numbers are down for 2017,” said Kris Thompson, manager of the Allen County Title Department. “Maybe the public is choosing to put their money toward other priorities — remodeling, travel and other investments. I do feel with the overall lower gas prices and with the economy holding steady, things might jump back up in July.”

Despite the year-to-date decrease, sales in 2017 are up from the previous year. From January to June, 2,612 new cars were sold in the county. In the first six months of 2016, 2,493 new vehicles were sold. That equated to a 4.8 percent increase from last year.

The uptick in year-to-year new car sales was helped by a rise in sales from May to June. A total of 459 new vehicles were sold in May, marking an 11 percent increase in June.

For the sixth month in a row, Honda sold the most new cars in the county. The automaker moved 135 new vehicles in June, while Ford sold 39. Chevrolet came in third with 21 new cars sold.

Honda was also the top automaker in terms of new and used car sales. The company sold 348 new and used vehicles in June, which was 79 more than Chevrolet and 104 more than Ford.

By John Bush

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @Bush_Lima.

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @Bush_Lima.

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