Vehicle Sales Accelerated in Northern Ohio in 2021 | News, Sports, Jobs

YOUNGSTOWN — Auto dealers in the Mahoning Valley, despite lingering supply chain and pandemic-induced production challenges, closed 2021 with sales ahead of 2020.

The latest report from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association shows dealerships in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties sold 57,836 new and used vehicles in 2021, a 5.2% increase from 2020.

In December, however, sales fell again, a trend that dealers hope to shake off this month. For the month, dealers sold 4,177 automobiles, down 4.6% from December 2020.

The new and used vehicle segments for the month were down, but both ended the year ahead of the pace of 2020, the association reported.

There were 2,116 new vehicles sold in December, down 18.7% from a year ago. The segment posted a modest gain of 1.1% for the year with 29,498 new vehicles sold.

Used vehicle sales rose 16.8% to 2,005 for the month and ended 2021 at 27,253, a 13.2% increase from 2020.

The Trumbull County dealerships with the most December sales in the tri-county area were Toyota of Warren, 114; Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 109; and the 82-year-old Sims Buick GMC truck.

The top new-vehicle sellers were Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 66; Warren’s Toyota, 60; and Apostolakis Honda, 49. The top used vehicle sellers were Sims Buick GMC Truck, 59; Warren’s Toyota, 54; and Hubbard Chevrolet of Greenwood, 45.

For the year, Mahoning County’s top-selling dealerships were Boardman Subaru, 2,676; Boardman’s Greenwood Chevrolet and Taylor Kia tied at 2,643; and Sweeney Chevy, 2,467.

Among the more than 250 franchised dealers in the association’s 21-county area, dealers sold 236,038 new vehicles, just 794 fewer vehicles, or 0.3%, than in 2020.

For the month, new vehicle sales rose 22.7% to 15,801 from the previous December.

“H1 2021 sales started very strong, while vehicle availability continued to decline throughout the year. Total sales in H2 2021 slowed significantly,” Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the association, said. “Demand is healthy, but supply and production disruptions have kept sales volume at bay.”

“Interestingly, new car sales in 2020 versus 2021 are essentially the same. We expect supply to increase in the coming months, but it won’t outpace demand for new vehicles for some time,” he said.

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