Improving auto sales a welcome sign of stabilityGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Good news for auto dealers, nationwide sales rose 10 percent in 2011. The valley is no exception. It's a welcome sign of stability in uncertain economic times.
By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Good news for auto dealers, nationwide sales rose 10 percent in 2011. The valley is no exception. It's a welcome sign of stability in uncertain economic times.
Nick Shirek Honda/Nissan: "It's almost too many people in here, its really cool, a lot of business, everybody's been happy. It's been just awesome."
Car sales are up nationwide, and local dealers are getting their fare share of customers.
Nick: "This is going to be our best February that we've had in a long time which is awesome."
Jim Lynch/Rydell: "In the fourth quarter of last year we sold almost 1200 new and used cars, so that was up quite a bit from the year before
Dealers attribute the spike in sales largely to the strong economy and incentives on new cars that haven't been in place since the recession hit.
Jim: "There is a lot of strong new car incentives with trade incentives and loyalty programs out there."
local dealers tell me our mild winter is bringing even more people out to the lot to look at their selection.
Jim: "It helps us with the cars especially, might hurt a little on trucks and SUVs but that's to be expected."
Car or truck, many shoppers in Grand Forks are looking to buy new.
Leroux Peters/Shopper: "People just like new stuff, but also you know it's going to work. there's the warranties on it so that's the biggest thing is the security. For used, you just never know what the last person did with the car."
Shoppers like this leave dealers looking forward to the future.
Jim: "Overall I think there is a lot to look forward to. the factories are forecasting record years, we've got the market here in town, the economy's good, so were really optimistic about 2012."
Just last month, more than 900 thousand new cars were sold across the country. That's 11 percent ahead of a year ago.