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Pent up demand has Americans buying cars again

GasBuddy Blog -- There's some good news on the economic front. After postponing major purchases as long as possible Americans are buying new cars again. And we're making those purchases at the strongest rate seen in more than four years.

According to Nathan Bomey of the Detroit Free Press, robust numbers on new vehicles bought in August represent the most convincing evidence yet that the industry's recovery is sustainable as consumers replace aging vehicles and capitalize on zero percent financing.

Vehicle sales rose 20% in August compared with 2011 data on auto sales, boosting the industry's seasonally adjusted annual selling rate to 14.52 million vehicles, according to Autodata.

The major driver, analysts agree, seems...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2012 6:48:00 AM

I keep my cars well past their 7 years, no need to buy new and go into debt.
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 8:03:46 AM

With over 60% of all cars 7 or more years old, its no wonder so many are starting to head to the dealerships
honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 7:20:07 AM

keep buying cars and trucks w/ credit, and we'll see housing crisis repeated w/ the car credits. Except, with vehicles, not much is left after a few years that's worth repo'ing.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 11:08:28 PM

as long as it doesn't lead to a credit crunch and ultimate defaulting on car loans...
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:45:29 PM

old
Cakes77
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 9:48:45 AM

This is like the 5th article about this here over the past 3 days! LOL
IrishCowboy
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 8:18:01 AM

People have hung on as long as they could! When it breaks down beyond repair, you gotta do something!
OldMan322
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 7:43:23 AM

"germainesr" Not here !!
1972Pinto
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 6:33:43 AM

fuzzy economics, make the numbers work for you.
remay
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 5:53:52 AM

Oh, good, I am glad someone picked up the slack for us... SKEW those numbers, MAKE it look "good".
germainesr
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 5:02:43 AM

I don't see the economy picking up. Where is this happening?
oas
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 5:02:37 AM

Old news.
Ringmaster2008
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 5:02:17 AM

Proper maintenance of a vehicle will make it last for years, but eventually it has to be replaced.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 5:00:52 AM

Ok
WR-INC
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:59:44 AM

Robust? Compared to the bottom maybe, but not to anything reasonable.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:59:28 AM

sounds delusional
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:58:49 AM

Sounds doubtful!!
Petrock
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:58:19 AM

The sales report may suggest it, but I don't see any good news on the economic front.
LeeFree
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:57:27 AM

Good for the auto industry and all that support them.
wt0826
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:54:29 AM

ok
DavidsChallenge
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:52:47 AM

Old story
scottydoesnt
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:51:59 AM

Pretty surprising. Must be people wanting better fuel efficiency.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:50:38 AM

Getting hopes up on the next change
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:50:29 AM

Old news
isem
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:49:47 AM

Déjà vu
BM4225
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:49:32 AM

How many vehicles that are around 10 years old being traded in?
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:45:12 AM

ok
hawkman1950
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:44:12 AM

What ever.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:44:12 AM

Im sorry but I cant swallow this
Z06KY
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:43:41 AM

True it is trucks.
P H
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:43:16 AM

Wrong! Its trucks they are buying.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:42:33 AM

ok
SUPERSTEVIEO
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:41:49 AM

OK... so theya re trading up to new models...
firtsly... we all know that August is the current year sell-off... lower prices... so this may not continue into the 4th Q...
secondly... with teh newer models coming into use... they replace gass guzzlers ( so to pspeak ) and we shoul dsee a net fuel consumption drop... so will this help in getting gas prices down????
absolutely NOT!
gas companies need to cover their infrstructure costs and keep profits up...
silverfox63
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:40:11 AM

Better to see good news then bad like the previous article.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:39:42 AM

ok
pkhdonovan
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:39:17 AM

at least this is a little bit of good news
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:36:20 AM

ok
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ok
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:32:37 AM

us economy still sucking , this too will pass
FMREALTOR
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:32:36 AM

With gas prices shooting up, we'll see how this pans out.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:32:27 AM

ok
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ok
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old
AvantiMick
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:29:58 AM

It won't last long.
vamike
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:28:08 AM

Gee, just in time for the election.
jci25946
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:27:15 AM

Interesting.... gas prices?
gabisgram
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:26:10 AM

Have one vehicle, trying to make it last as long as I can, eventually it will wear out.
Tru2psu2
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:24:29 AM

Sorry, no pent up demand here....
geezrtek
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:24:28 AM

Yesterdays news
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:24:13 AM

Not me.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:21:56 AM

Ok.
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