Car Makers Post Hot First-Half U.S. Sales
“As long as economic conditions stay fairly sunny, this record sales rate could go on another three years at least” due to pent-up demand patterns, Dave Fish, a senior researcher with MaritzCX, said. The firm reports the average car on the road is 11.4 years old, several years older than the average during the 2008 auto-sales collapse; this creates a situation where buyers will be coming back to the market after an abnormally long delay in purchasing.”
NADA’s Mr. Skakaly is less optimistic, saying the auto market will peak in 2016, but then fall off due to stagnant wage growth, higher interest rates and a flood of late-model used vehicles. Read More.