Welcome to another edition of the CBT News Market Update. To quickly recap this week’s numbers, the retail SAAR of new car sales came out to 13.06, a 0.8% dip from last year’s 13.17. New vehicle sales hit 246,628 up only 0.5% from last year when the inventory sold was 245,318. Used vehicle sales were down from 2019 levels. The number of used-vehicles sold sat at 171,769, a 1.6% dip from last year’s total of 174,523. Inventory levels among all new vehicles were down 9% from 2019. Used car inventory levels, however, were up 16.5%.
In today’s segment, our panel breaks down the following:
- How do you foresee this holiday season affecting the market?
- Will typical annual trends carry on through 2021?
- Will the latest stimulus check have an impact on the market?
- This new age of online digital retailing solutions has created an easier buying process (less face-to-face/more digital) for consumers. How do you see consumers adapting?
- Armed with more robust digital tools, dealerships are moving towards a sales process model with a singular employee working one-on-one with a consumer. Do you see this becoming a larger trend?
- New digital efficiencies have allowed the average salesperson to sell around 14-15 cars a month vs. the 8-10 they have been selling for the past decade. How do you see that affecting dealerships from a cost standpoint?
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