Auto Dealers Selling At Record Rate

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- "2010 was a record year for us. 2011 beat that year. 2012 beat that year. 2013 is on pace to beat that year." exclaimed Leachman Buick General Manger, David Jaggers.

It's only been five years since the recession of 2008 but it seems like the distant past to auto dealers in south central Kentucky. Luxury dealers like Leachman in Bowling Green are re-modeling because manufacturers like General Motors want upgraded facilities but they're also making the move because they need more room.

"We have a lot of repeat customers." added Jaggers.

It's not just luxury brands that are having success. It's also dealers that specialize in more standard vehicles. A lot of that has to do with the trade-in value of used cars.

"When you have all these new cars sold. The used car is worth more. With your car we could put more in it because we don't have 20 of them. We see one in three months." said Matt Jackson of Gary Force Honda.

Dealerships say automakers are working to not only improve their product, but they're also working with the dealerships on how to better stock and move vehicles off the lot.

"What do you need this month. We need six Accords. Fine you got six Accords. We don't need that many vans because we already have five. I'll just give you two vans. They're amping up production so they can give us what we want." added Jackson, Gary Force's Finance Manager.

"The product that General Motors has, is much, much better than it used to be. The product that General Motors has, has really helped us branch of into different demographics." said Leachman.

Dealers say a growing real estate and banking market are also strong factors for the economic auto surge. Auto dealers also say low interest rates and financing options are now offered with standard vehicles. That's something that hasn't been available until just recently. What that means is, families looking for used vehicles can now afford a newer model with less miles.

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