WARREN — Vehicle sales in the Mahoning Valley fell 15.1% last month from March 2021, the result of a market that remains depressed due to a prolonged and severe shortage of inventory.
The latest data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association, which tracks sales in 21 northern Ohio counties, shows that in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, 5,211 new and used vehicles were sold in March, down 928 from a year earlier.
For the year, 12,777 vehicles were sold by member dealers, compared to 14,832 last year, a difference of minus 13.8%.
New vehicle sales were down 27.1% for the month from 3,282 to 2,392, and for the year the segment was down 25.2% from 8,183 to 6,120.
There were 2,747 used vehicles sold during the month, down 1.3% from March 2021, while year-on-year the category was flat for the quarter with 6,420 vehicles sold, up 0.23%.
The Trumbull County dealerships with the most sales to local buyers in March were Toyota of Warren, 133; Diane Sauer Chevy, 112; and Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 105.
The top new-vehicle sellers were Toyota of Warren, 71; Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 46; and Diane Sauer Chevrolet, 44. Topping the list of used vehicles were 68-year-old Diane Sauer Chevrolet; Warren’s Toyota, 62; and Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 59.
The top seller of the month in the Mahoning Valley was Greenwood Chevrolet, 271.
In the dealer association region, new vehicle sales fell 19.5% to 19,034 in March from March 2021.
“The market continues to be difficult for all of Northern Ohio due to extremely limited inventory,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the dealer association. “You can’t sell what you don’t have on the ground. Dealers are ready and willing to place orders, which will ultimately allow buyers to get exactly what they want. It’s a process that consumers are beginning to feel comfortable with.
The best-selling new vehicle brands and
number sold in March in northern Ohio
Chevrolet – 2,485
Ford – 2,231
Kia – 1,575
Jeeps – 1,496
Honda – 1,470
SOURCE: Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association