Big sales numbers for local car dealers - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Big sales numbers for local car dealers

Posted: Updated:

The big three released February sales numbers on Monday. Chrysler is the only one to report an increase. Chrysler sales jumped 11% last month, mainly because of lower prices on some if its popular models. Jeep sales climbed 47%, the brand's best February ever. The new Toledo-built Jeep Cherokee is the second best selling Jeep right now and Chrysler sold more than 10,000 Wranglers.

Ford's US sales slipped 6%. The automaker says weather delayed deliveries to rental and business fleets. On the plus side, sales of Ford's F-series pickups marked the best February in eight years. GM sales dipped 1%. The top seller was the Chevy Cruze, which posted a 22% jump in sales.

So how were local sales? In spite of the bad weather, February turned out to be a good month for a lot of dealers. In fact, most of the dealers 13abc interviewed saw sales increase when comparing this February to last February. One dealer even saw sales numbers jump nearly 50%.

February wasn't just a good month at Grogan's Towne, it was a record breaker. Managing Partner Denny Amrhein says the dealership saw a 45% boost in sales compared to last February, "We had the biggest month ever in our 55 year history. We sold 396 new and used cars. I don't know what is going on but I hope it keeps going!"Amrhein says strong Ram truck, Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler sales are fueling the increase at Grogan's Towne.

At Dave White Chevrolet Greg Oehlers says a car and a crossover are driving in a lot of the sales, "We've got a lot of people buying the Cruze in the compact car segment and they're also buying the Equinox which is a small, crossover SUV. We've also gotten a big reception to the new Tahoe. Every one we've gotten in has already sold."

Some analysts were predicting an across the board slowdown in auto sales but since numbers picked up in the second half of February many say those concerns are unfounded.  At Dave White March sales numbers are already looking good, "February sales rebounded nicely. We saw an increase when comparing this February to last February and I expect to see that pent up demand move forward into March."

At Kistler Ford owner Bobby Jorgensen says leasing programs, low interest rates and big inventory have helped drive up sales numbers, "Our business was up 29% last year and even with all the snow we are on track with that this year. We have a bigger inventory and better buying and leasing programs." And business is growing at Kistler. In fact the dealership has actually outgrown its current location, "We're going to be expanding. We're going to put a new building up on some property we own across from Walmart on Central Avenue so we have more room for sales and inventory."

Inventories are the highest they've been in the last five years so obviously most automakers are trying to clear the lots. According to industry experts incentives are the highest they've been in three years, averaging just over $2,600 per vehicle. That's up more than 5% from a year ago.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Toledo man pleads not guilty to raping girl, molesting her friends

    Toledo man pleads not guilty to raping girl, molesting her friends

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:03:39 GMT
    13abc has the angry reaction from the grandfather of one of the girls who says he trusted the suspect Brandon Greer. 
    13abc has the angry reaction from the grandfather of one of the girls who says he trusted the suspect Brandon Greer. 

  • Rossford shows support for local DWTS contestant

    Rossford shows support for local DWTS contestant

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:25:21 GMT
    You may know him as "Aaron Samuels" from Mean Girls, but before Jonathan Bennett was on the big screen, he was a Rossford Bulldog. Monday, his hometown packed the auditorium to see his debut on ABC's Dancing with the Stars."We decided we were going to celebrate Jonathan and everything he's done," Mayor Neil MacKinnon told 13abc. "He's never forgotten his community, he always comes back and he always gives back."Bennett is a 1999 graduate of Rossford High School.He was very involved in the dra...
    You may know him as "Aaron Samuels" from Mean Girls, but before Jonathan Bennett was on the big screen, he was a Rossford Bulldog. Monday, his hometown packed the auditorium to see his debut on ABC's Dancing with the Stars."We decided we were going to celebrate Jonathan and everything he's done," Mayor Neil MacKinnon told 13abc. "He's never forgotten his community, he always comes back and he always gives back."Bennett is a 1999 graduate of Rossford High School.He was very involved in the dra...
  • Young couple and 6-month-old son pistol whipped

    Young couple and 6-month-old son pistol whipped

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:48:50 GMT
    A young couple and their six month old baby were pistol whipped while walking to the store. The baby was rushed to the hospital. It happened a little after midnight at the corner of Walbridge and Langdon. "The whole thing is that they hit my grandson like why would you hit a baby. He didn't do anything," said the grandmother. She's afraid to show her face, but you can hear the anger in this grandmothers voice. She says someone robbed her 16 year old daughter, her daughters 19 year old boyfrie...
    A young couple and their six month old baby were pistol whipped while walking to the store. The baby was rushed to the hospital. It happened a little after midnight at the corner of Walbridge and Langdon. "The whole thing is that they hit my grandson like why would you hit a baby. He didn't do anything," said the grandmother. She's afraid to show her face, but you can hear the anger in this grandmothers voice. She says someone robbed her 16 year old daughter, her daughters 19 year old boyfrie...
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Toledo man pleads not guilty to raping girl, molesting her friends

    Toledo man pleads not guilty to raping girl, molesting her friends

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:03:39 GMT
    13abc has the angry reaction from the grandfather of one of the girls who says he trusted the suspect Brandon Greer. 
    13abc has the angry reaction from the grandfather of one of the girls who says he trusted the suspect Brandon Greer. 

  • Rossford shows support for local DWTS contestant

    Rossford shows support for local DWTS contestant

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:25:21 GMT
    You may know him as "Aaron Samuels" from Mean Girls, but before Jonathan Bennett was on the big screen, he was a Rossford Bulldog. Monday, his hometown packed the auditorium to see his debut on ABC's Dancing with the Stars."We decided we were going to celebrate Jonathan and everything he's done," Mayor Neil MacKinnon told 13abc. "He's never forgotten his community, he always comes back and he always gives back."Bennett is a 1999 graduate of Rossford High School.He was very involved in the dra...
    You may know him as "Aaron Samuels" from Mean Girls, but before Jonathan Bennett was on the big screen, he was a Rossford Bulldog. Monday, his hometown packed the auditorium to see his debut on ABC's Dancing with the Stars."We decided we were going to celebrate Jonathan and everything he's done," Mayor Neil MacKinnon told 13abc. "He's never forgotten his community, he always comes back and he always gives back."Bennett is a 1999 graduate of Rossford High School.He was very involved in the dra...
  • Young couple and 6-month-old son pistol whipped

    Young couple and 6-month-old son pistol whipped

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:48:50 GMT
    A young couple and their six month old baby were pistol whipped while walking to the store. The baby was rushed to the hospital. It happened a little after midnight at the corner of Walbridge and Langdon. "The whole thing is that they hit my grandson like why would you hit a baby. He didn't do anything," said the grandmother. She's afraid to show her face, but you can hear the anger in this grandmothers voice. She says someone robbed her 16 year old daughter, her daughters 19 year old boyfrie...
    A young couple and their six month old baby were pistol whipped while walking to the store. The baby was rushed to the hospital. It happened a little after midnight at the corner of Walbridge and Langdon. "The whole thing is that they hit my grandson like why would you hit a baby. He didn't do anything," said the grandmother. She's afraid to show her face, but you can hear the anger in this grandmothers voice. She says someone robbed her 16 year old daughter, her daughters 19 year old boyfrie...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!