Despite the fact that new car sales for the month of July are up some 7% on the same period last year, sales overall in Tipperary are down by a whopping 14% according to figures released by the Society of irish Motor Industry (SIMI) this week.
The worrying trend across the forecourts of the Premier County has been offset somewhat by a rather buoyant used car trade and with an extra push expected in the traditional September rush, garage owners are hoping that lost revenues can be recovered in both sectors.
Tipperary’s loss is a full 2% more than the national average with the drop in new car sales nationally lying at 12% - 10,093 units to 71,065 compared to last year (81,158). And, what has emerged throughout is that many customers are not going the extra mile when it comes to spending money on their cars and are prepared instead to trade up to a newer used car, of which there are many in the market. It is expected that the introduction to the market of models like the Dacia Duster will tempt normal second hand car buyers to have a look at buying new - these crossover vehicles start at just 14,900 Euro and will certainly encourage motorists who don’t notrmally buy new, to have a look at doing so. See this weeks Tipperary Star for full details.