Auto sales in Florida have dropped for the third straight year, but a new trend of auto shopping is helping revive the state’s economy.
Auto market kissimpeme.com/auto-sales-decline-stopped-by-auto-buyer-and-traded-for-new-car-shopping-market-auto… article Auto-sale decline in Kissimanmee was driven by a decline in the demand for used vehicles, which has caused prices to spike and consumers to seek alternatives to owning a vehicle.
“You’re seeing a trend that you don’t see anymore in the auto industry,” said Steve McDaniel, vice president of marketing and sales for the Kissimmane-based Auto Sales & Service Association.
“People are looking to save money and save a lot of time and space.”
Sales at Kissimmenia’s largest dealership, Auto Mart, dropped by 8 percent in the third quarter, but the decline was due to a dip in new vehicle sales.
Auto Mart and other major auto dealerships have been seeing a decrease in new car sales since 2009.
“This is one of the areas where people are looking at alternatives,” McDaniel said.
“The sales decline is due to people not wanting to buy the new vehicle and they’re also not wanting it to cost as much.”
Sales of new cars were up in Kissima and Palm Beach counties, but they were down in other counties.
In Palm Beach County, sales of new vehicles were up by more than 8 percent, according to the latest numbers from the county’s Department of Economic Development.
That was a decrease of 9.9 percent compared to the same quarter a year earlier.
Sales of used vehicles declined by about 5 percent in Palm Beach.
In Kissimmier, a town of about 2,600 people in southwest Florida, new vehicle use fell by 7.3 percent from the same time last year, according the Department of Commerce and Economic Development’s data.
In Kissimmin, a suburb of Orlando, sales dropped 7.8 percent compared with the same period last year.
The declines in sales in KissiMier, Kissimmy and Palmmore counties were similar to the ones in Kissiammee.
Sales in Kissiwmier dropped by 7 percent, down from a year ago.
Sales were down by 4.6 percent in Kissimmier.
In the same county, new car purchases were down 5.6 and 4.5 percent, respectively.
More than 20 percent of Palmbeach County residents live in a household where at least one member drives a vehicle, according a 2015 survey by the county.
A recent study by the Florida Association of Manufacturers found that fewer people in PalmBeach County own a vehicle than any other county in the state.
“We’re seeing people driving more miles,” said Joe Ewing, the association’s chief economist.
“They’re doing it on the weekends.
They’re doing more errands.”