Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Auto Sales Top 10,000 for Month

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Auto Sales Top 10,000 for Month

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Journal Record Staff Reporter

New vehicles were delivered to metropolitan Oklahoma City consumers in record numbers last month as sales by franchised dealers reached 10,985 total units, according to trade association figures released Monday.

Total sales in June were up 22.5 percent form 8,961 sold in June 1993 and up 4.4 percent from the 10,515 sold in May.

Sales were up in all categories from June 1993 by the 56 association members. But new car sales lagged from May to June, the report read.

This marks the fourth consecutive month, and the seventh time in the last 24 months, that total sales have topped 10,000 units, what used to be the benchmark for a good month.

"Remember when we thought 8,000 units was a good month?" asked Bill Roby, executive director of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, which released the monthly report.

"June was the best month we've had since we've been keeping track of total sales, about six years," he said.

"From what dealers have told me so far about July, it looks like this is going to be a another good month."

Previous record month was in July 1993 when 10,661 units were sold. In August, there were 10,233 units sold.

Then, in March, April, May and June sales topped 10,000 units each of those months.

Indications are that sales will top 11,000 units in July.

For the past few years, July has been the best sales month of the year.

Big sellers for metropolitan Oklahoma City dealers are sport utility vehicles, conversion vans, minivans and pickups, categories which should continue to lead the sales charts the rest of this year, Roby said.

"It's always the case during vacation time that minivans, conversion vans, pickups and sport utility vehicles are in big demand," he said. "If dealers can keep their inventory of those vehicles, what we classify as light-duty trucks, then I feel that July will be another good month for us.

"I've driven around the city and looked at dealers' lots, and from that drive-by inspection, it appears as if the inventory is good.

"There could be a few isolated cases where highly popular models are scarce, but for the most part, inventories look real good right now. …

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