THE number of car sales fell sharply last month compared to the same period in 2016.
The latest figures from Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) shows there were 386 new cars sold in the county in March, down over 28% on March 2016’s figure of 541.
New car sales in Kerry are down 12% in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period in 2016 – down to 1,718 from 1,956.
Nationally, new car registrations for the month of March were -7.49% (19,916) compared to (21,529) March 2016, while new cars registrations year to date are down -8.28% (75,967 ) on the same period last year (82,824).
Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) show an -8.41% (3,116) decrease on March 2016 (3,402) and year to date are -10.66% (13,414). While Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) are also -3.49% for the month of March (304) compared to the same month last year (315) and is -2.74% year to date.
Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan said: ”We have previously indicated that the extent of the apparent fall in registrations over recent weeks were at least in part a question of timing, as in 2016 Easter had fallen in March with the result that the seasonal registration of Hire-drive fleets was always going to be later this year. With these starting to come through in the last few days of the month we have seen the figures start to improve but clearly the trend is indicating a reduction on last year’s market.”