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Kalispel Tribe seeks to eliminate high-interest auto loans for members with used car lot

Kalispel Auto Sales began 18 months ago to help members of the Kalispel Tribe buy reliable, used vehicles without high-interest loans. The dealership in Pend Oreille County also sells to …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018

Then and Now: Buchanan Chevrolet

R. G. “Buck” Buchanan, born in 1901 and raised on a cattle ranch in New Mexico, started in the car business in 1918 as a driving instructor in Missoula, Montana, …


Auto sales rise in 1st half, but analysts warn of turbulence

Neither higher gas prices nor rising interest rates could put a damper on U.S. auto sales during the first half of the year.


Auto sales up 6.3 percent in March as SUV, pickups dominate

U.S. auto sales grew 6.3 percent in March on rising sales of SUVs and pickup trucks.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018

Auto sales, dropped in 2017 but remained strong

The U.S. auto industry’s historic growth streak may be ending, but demand for new cars and trucks remains healthy as the new year begins.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017

Black Friday deals likely boosted US auto sales in November

Black Friday deals and strong consumer confidence could push auto sales higher in November despite waning demand for post-hurricane replacement vehicles.


Truck, SUV, rental car sales push October auto sales higher

Fueled by increased demand from rental car companies, strong truck and SUV sales, and recovery from hurricanes in Florida and Texas, U.S. monthly auto sales appear to have posted a …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Car sales seen lower in July; U.S. automakers post sharp drops

U.S. sales of new cars and trucks were expected to show a decline in July as consumers pulled back on purchases and waited for Labor Day deals.


GM, Ford U.S. sales down, but Japanese automakers report gains

U.S. sales at General Motors and Ford each fell about 5 percent last month, but the three largest Japanese automakers reported sales increases.


Vehicle sales site ranks Spokane 21st in used car prices in state

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Big summer shutdowns loom for U.S. auto plants as sales sputter

Auto workers may be getting some extra time off around Independence Day, but they won’t be celebrating. They’ll know it means sales are weak and that profits – and profit-sharing …


Ford, Nissan, GM, Toyota report April US sales declines

Ford, Nissan, General Motors and Toyota all reported U.S. sales declines in April, strong signs that demand for cars, trucks and SUVs is starting to slow after seven straight years …


Consumer spending flat for second month in March

U.S. consumers cut back sharply on buying durable goods such as autos in March, leaving overall spending unchanged for a second straight month. A slowdown by consumers was a major …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017

Tumbling car sales drag down US auto market in March

Passenger car sales plummeted again in March, dragging U.S. auto sales to their third straight monthly decline, a strong indication that years of sales growth have come to an end.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

Demand for trucks, SUVs helps February sales

Lured by Presidents Day deals, U.S. buyers snapped up pickups and SUVs in February, brightening what is usually a lackluster month for the auto industry.


U.S. auto sales hit a record in 2016, led by SUVs

U.S. consumers bought a record number of new cars and trucks in 2016. A repeat performance in 2017 could be a tall order.


Cars Americans loved or hated in 2016

This year, as in every other year in the past several decades, Americans will buy more Ford pickup trucks than any other vehicle. The final tally for 2016 will come …


Gee Automotive acquires Ron Tonkin Dealerships in Oregon

Gee Automotive Cos., the regional auto dealership group founded in Spokane, will become one of the largest dealership groups on the West Coast with the acquisition of Ron Tonkin Dealerships …


China auto sales rise 17.2 percent in November

China’s explosive demand for SUVs helped boost auto sales 17.2 percent in November over a year ago, an industry group said Monday, as automakers prepared for the end of a …


October auto sales fall as boom slows

Sales of new cars and trucks were expected to fall in October as consumer demand wanes. J.D. Power and LMC Automotive expect total October sales to fall by just over …


Automakers report mixed US sales results in September

DETROIT – Automakers reported mixed U.S. sales results in September as demand for new cars and trucks sputtered. Nissan’s sales rose 4.9 percent over last September and Toyota’s were up …


U.S. auto sales fall 4 percent in August

U.S. sales of new cars and trucks fell in August, ending summer on a low note for the auto industry and making it less likely that this year’s auto sales …


Auto sales expected to hit record in first 6 months

U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but they’re still expected to set a record in the first six months of this year.


Auto sales show signs of flattening out after long run up

Last month, U.S. auto sales were expected to drop 7 percent to 1.5 million cars and trucks, according to car shopping site Kelley Blue Book.


Honda, Nissan break records as auto sales stay hot in April

America’s love of trucks and SUVs helped push most automakers to healthy sales gains last month as Honda and Nissan reported best-ever April sales. Ford posted record SUV sales, while …


Report: Car dealership numbers rose in 2011

DETROIT – The number of U.S. car dealerships is rising again after thousands of closures during the recession. It’s another sign of strength for the car industry, which has been …


Americans bought more cars and trucks in 2011

Americans bought more cars and trucks last year, inspired by easier credit, an improved economy and the desire to replace aging vehicles that got them through the Great Recession.


Business update: Data suggest recovery is fizzling

Fears that the economic recovery is fizzling grew Thursday after the government and private sector issued weak reports on a number of fronts. Unemployment claims are up, home sales are …


Toyota’s pain is rivals’ sales gain in February

Toyota’s pain is its rivals’ gain. All major automakers but Toyota reported higher U.S. sales in February, and most took customers from their powerful Japanese competitor, which has been struggling …


A great deal for old wheels

David Lausche is doing the math. Miles per gallon. Trade-in values. Four cylinders versus six.