September Sales: Don’t Let the Numbers Fool You

ID-10045478-300x300Overall sales numbers were down for the month of September, but Autoblog’s By the Numbers claims that might not be a bad thing.

In September 2013, total sales were up for BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler Group while Toyota, Nissan, and American Honda all saw a drop in total sales when compared to September 2012. As By the Numbers explains, however, the important numbers are not the total sales but rather the daily average sales rate. September 2012 had two more business days than September 2013, so the dealerships would have had to perform much better on their daily sales rate to top September 2012.

Out of the four automakers that had a drop in total sales, only two of those automakers had a drop in their daily average sales rate. Toyota Motor Company and Nissan actually had a small increase in their daily average sales rate in September 2013 compared to September 2012. American Honda and General Motors were the only companies that had a drop in daily average sales rates.

Going into the fall, it is going to be tougher to tap into the out-on-the-road excitement that car buyers have during the summertime. Kids are back to school, and people are settling into a daily routine and not immediately thinking of buying a new car. For dealerships that have a thriving special finance department, however, this is less of a concern. Customers with subprime credit are getting denied at dealerships every day, and many of them need a car for work or for their families. Dealerships with Special Finance Group’s Complete Special Finance Solution are prepared to work with these customers and help them get into a new or used car, and even in slower times of the year, these dealerships can bring in higher sales.

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May Auto Sales Make Up for April Slump

In retrospect, April was a bit of a disappointing month overall for auto sales, especially compared to the rest of 2013 and late 2012. As the numbers come in from May, however, it is clear that this is going to mark a strong start to the summer.

Among the month’s winners were General Motors, who reported the best monthly sales since September 2008, as well as Nissan with its best May sales ever. According to early reports, Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota also had increased sales in May, but as of publication, those numbers are not finalized yet.

Going into the summer months, pickup sales are expected to continue rising. People are buying them for both business and pleasure, from home construction to camping and off-road recreation. The F-Series, Ram, and Chevy Silverado have all sold very well so far and are expected to see a healthy spike when May’s sales numbers are finalized.

With May over, summer is officially here. Are you ready to move more inventory and boost foot traffic in your dealership? Special Finance Group is ready to assist you with their Complete Special Finance Solution. To learn more about what Special Finance Group can do for you, go to, and connect with Special Finance Group on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Auto Industry: How Did Hurricane Sandy Affect Sales Numbers?

November is reaching an end, and auto industry analysts are looking back at Hurricane Sandy’s effect on sales in the final days of October and determining if there even was a negative or positive effect on sales numbers.

As surprising as it is, the industry as a whole still posted a very strong October, even as many dealerships had to close their doors for days or weeks. Sales from earlier in the month and from other areas of the country were strong enough to make October 2012 the best October since before the recession. Volkswagen posted a 22 percent year-over-year gain, and Chrysler, Toyota, and GM had 10 percent, 16 percent, and 5 percent gains respectively.

Industry analysts have estimated that the storm delayed tens of thousands of sales, which sounds like bad news at first. They predicted, however, that these auto sales will still happen in the coming months, and after the storm, there will be even more potential car buyers as many people are replacing their damaged or lost cars after the storm. In other words, the auto industry might have seen a short-term set-back with the storm, but it will not slow down the upward sales trend in 2012.

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Wall Street Journal Calls 2012 “A Green Light for Car Loans”

Last week, one of the nation’s most trusted sources of financial news said that now is the time for car buyers to say yes and get into that new or used car.

The Wall Street Journal’s article “A Green Light for Car Loans” laid out all the reasons why there has never been a better time for consumers to buy and dealers to sell, even if the car buyer has poor credit. Most lenders have changed their auto loan standards to give consumers with poor credit the opportunity to re-establish their credit history and improve their credit score. Car buyers, including sub-prime borrowers, have returned the favor by keeping up with their payments, mainly because car repossession is easier than a home foreclosure or collecting on credit card debts. The U.S. chief executive at Toyota Motor Corp was happy with the trend, stating, “We are seeing more ‘subprime,’ which is good,” and Gary McAlister, general manager at the Fairway Ford Lincoln Subaru dealership in South Carolina, was pleased that “the credit issue has eased up.”

News stories like the Wall Street Journal’s recent piece are giving a push to consumers on the fence about buying a car, and the first place they go to look for a car or a car loan is the internet. Special Finance Group wants to help dealerships make the most of this extraordinary time by working tirelessly to match lenders with car buyers. With the Complete Special Finance Solution, dealerships in the Special Finance Group network get access to Special Finance Group’s online resources, their leads generated through internet advertising and social media outreach, and a call center full of highly trained customer service representatives whose sole task is setting up appointments for network dealerships. With Special Finance Group, dealerships can get more customers in the door and sell more cars without taking time away from the dealership or distracting the sales team from what they do best, which is selling cars.

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