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Reversal: Now high gas prices drive car sales boom

USA Today -- High gas prices used to hold down new car sales. Now it's fueling them.

So says Automotive News, which points to March's buoyant sales -- 1.4 million vehicles, up 13% compared to the same month last year -- and says much of the activity involved buyers trading in old, inefficient autos for new gas-saving models.

"Fuel economy was the name of the game in March [and] the first quarter," Ken Czubay, Ford's U.S. sales chief tells the News. "Dealers across the country told us that higher fuel prices played a larger role in customers' choices."

Gas prices continue to rise and there's a good chance they may top $4 a gallon nationally this week.

A little comparison with the last gas-price runup: In May, 2008, cars saw sales rise 2% while gas-gulping pickup trucks and SUVs fell 25%.


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swrestler
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Good Mileage Is The Way To Go...
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If you want a small punny car with a 4 banger to get the good mileage, go buy one.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:39:21 PM

ok
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THEY WILL ROB YOU ONE WAY OR ANOTHER....
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:30:11 PM

THAT IS IF YOU WANT A ELECTRIC CAR AT A VERY HIGH PRICE.
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Good for car builders.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:22:23 PM

I don't think it's that simple.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:22:17 PM

Those whom can afford a new vehicle that would save them on petro costs are fortunate. Not everyone, like ourselves have the option of becoming a fuel efficient vehicle owner.
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:22:11 PM

Well it is only fueling... haha... sales for people, who have disposable income to make the change to a higher fuel efficient vehicle. It is still better cost effective to improve what you have and drive to better effective or efficient with your trips.

New cars AREN'T the answer... being a smarter, better effective and efficient driver IS!
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Can't afford gas, really can't afford a new car (unless the old one has completely died).
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:20:21 PM

OK.
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Good luck to anyone trying to sell or trade-in their Hummers these days!
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Makes me happy I don't drive a gas guzzler anymore.
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The Democratic plan subscribed to by the President, Steve Chu, Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson wanted higher prices for gasoline so alternative fuels would be used.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:14:11 PM

With an average, note "average", new car price running $30,000, it will be a long, long time before I pop for one.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:13:09 PM

If your car is old and you are trading it in, for a higher mileage vehicle you will spend less on fuel. If you ever think you are going to pay out and make money on a car you are a fool. Cars are a asset that depreciates the minute you own it, then gets old and needs repairs. Drive only what you can afford, if you can not take the bus, walk or ride a bike.
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OK
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demand for fuel efficent vehicles boost sales.
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We never learn
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:10:14 PM

I also had to buy a more fuel efficient car; from 18 mpg SUV to 38 mpg Honda Civic. Makes a difference in my pocket even with a car payment
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:09:48 PM

so is 23 mpg good for SUV. well if people buy it Im sure somronr thinks so.
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I just bought a car that get 15 more miles per gallon.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:07:47 PM

I can buy a lot of gas for the cost of a car that gets 10 mpg more!
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can't afford to buy a car
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I guess you can trade your car in instead of getting an oil change or new tires too, right? Just sayin'...
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The only way to save money by buying a new car is to use that fuzzy math.
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something doesn't compute
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 7:54:10 PM

I can't believe the number of big SUVs STILL on the road. At least around here.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 7:53:54 PM

If your goal is to save money, buying new in not a good starting point.
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whatever
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ok
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I'm not buying.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 7:43:48 PM

it's very difficult to justify the cost of many smaller cars and the hybrids to save on gas. The prices of these will never break even. Not going to inspire me to buy a new vehicle.
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More affordable choices these days with nice features...
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 7:42:31 PM

it's a lose lose deal .... lose money buy trading in a Truck or lose money at the pump . . . I'll leave mine at the pump for now .... with the ability to haul something and not be in a soda can on the road.
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Who can afford a new car or even a good used one. They are as overpriced as the gas it takes to run them.
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Buying these smaller cars is only good for the mind. The consumer will only break even after several years.
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Not for me.
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who can afford a new car?
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How about Europe have more high gas mileage cars than available in the USA!?! How did that happen?
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I have a small car.
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ok
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Get a motorcycle?
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Buying the little cars
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We are learning to buy small.
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Won't catch me going to debt for a ride!
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 7:27:55 PM

The public acting in this manner in the past, has been the sign of a peak in prices.
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