Auto Sales Improving

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE)- Things are looking up for local dealerships and several owners have seen improvement in sales.

Roger Mercer is the owner of the Mercer Nissan dealership in downtown Lufkin. He says he's already cleaning out his 2009 supply which is very unusual for this time of year.

"We've had an increase in sales through August and September, actually running about 20 percent ahead of last year. October was slow, I think not only for us but for most people in the area, but so far the year's been better than we thought it would be. Things are starting to pick back up. The market's stable, the incentives are robust. We have great incentives right now," said Mercer.

He says there is a tighter supply on cars as production has slowed. Mercer also explained that credit unions and car manufacturers have stepped up lending practices. As a result, there is more cash available as well as more customers ready to buy.

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