This weekend only, when you donate $90 or $8/month, you can snag our cozy new Marketplace zip–up hoodie. Don’t wait –– this offer ends Sunday at midnight.
Demand for new cars appears to be softening. Last month saw the fifth-straight month of declines compared to the same month a year ago.
The June sales numbers will be released later today. After three years of record sales, the auto industry is falling gradually back to earth.
“Basically, you know, this party couldn’t last forever,” said Ed Kim, vice president of industry analysis for AutoPacific.
|Ford is moving compact car production to China|
|Why are subprime auto loans still a thing?|
A big reason for the decline in sales is that pent-up demand from the Great Recession is largely fulfilled. And with prices for new cars also rising, Kim said people are keeping cars for much longer.
“Almost a third of new vehicle loans are above 72 months — that’s very significant,” Kim said.
To boost sales, carmakers are offering steep incentives, which Paul Eisenstein from the Detroit Bureau said can sometimes have the unintended effect of discouraging sales.
“What that may do is wind up eating up profits, and get customers expecting ever-bigger financial incentives, so they hold off buying until next month to see if there is even more cash on the hood,” Eisenstein said.
Eisenstein said the renewed popularity of leasing is also creating growing market for used cars, which might also be holding down new sales.
There’s a lot happening in the world. Through it all, Marketplace is here for you.
You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible.
Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.