J.D. Power and LMC Automotive recently released a joint report showing that new vehicle sales are expected to exceed 1 million units by the end of the month. Even with the federal government shutting down for 16 days, car sales were still strong.
The data showed that sales are expected to be up 8 percent in October on a year-over-year comparison.
"The government shutdown clearly had an impact on retail sales through government employees directly affected by the shutdown, vehicle shoppers involved in businesses impacted by the shutdown and its impact on consumer confidence," said John Humphrey, senior vice president of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power. "However, sales in the third week of the month strengthened relative to the first two weeks, which is evidence of vehicle buyers delaying their purchase until the shutdown was resolved."
In a separate release, Kelley Blue Book also named some of the best lease deals this month. According to the data, the best cars for leasing in October were the 2013 Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius Plug-in, Honda Crosstour, Honda Pilot and Toyota Venza.
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