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WARREN – New auto sales in the Mahoning Valley stayed off last month – sliding nearly 36 percent from June 2021 – the consequence of a global semiconductor shortage that continues to limit inventory and put a damper on the market.

The latest data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association, which tracks sales by member dealers across 21 northern Ohio counties, shows in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties there were 1,974 new vehicles sold last month, down 1,105 from the previous June.

For the year so far, new vehicle sales are down 28.8 percent with 12,241 deliveries, according to the dealers’ association.

Used vehicle sales remained in a skid last month, too, down 11.7 percent compared to June 2021, from 2,644 to 2,334. For the year so far, the segment is off by just 2.9 percent with 13,245 used vehicles sold.

Dealerships in Trumbull County with the most sales to local buyers in June were Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 97; Sims Buick GMC Truck, 95; and Toyota of Warren, 78.

The top new vehicle sellers were the same three dealers, but rearranged: Sims Buick GMC Truck, 49; Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 40; and Toyota of Warren, 38. Topping the used vehicle list were Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren, 57; Mark Thomas Ford and Sims Buick GMC Truck, 46; and Toyota of Warren, 40.

The No. 1 dealer for the month in the Mahoning Valley was Greenwood Chevrolet, 236.

Across the greater Cleveland region, new vehicle dealers sold 16,766 new cars, trucks and SUVs in June, a decrease of 30.2 percent from June 2021. For 2022 so far, sales are down 24.9 percent from the same period last year to 100,188.

“Component parts, including the now infamous microchips, continue to hold back the availability of new vehicles to sell,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, dealers’ association president. “Inventory concerns continue to dampen what would otherwise be a hot market.”

The top-selling new vehicle brands in June in northern Ohio are:

Ford: 2,147

Chevrolet: 2,136

Kia: 1,727

Jeep: 1,255

Toyota: 1,243

SOURCE: Greater Cleveland

Automobile Dealers’ Association

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