LI car dealers showing mixed results in holiday sales

Most car dealers traditionally see a boom is business during Presidents Day weekend. But this year, Long Island salesmen are wondering if the weekend will be profitable, since the economy is reeling

News 12 Staff

Feb 16, 2009, 5:28 PM

Updated 5,627 days ago

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Most car dealers traditionally see a boom is business during Presidents Day weekend.
But this year, Long Island salesmen are wondering if the weekend will be profitable, since the economy is reeling and American automakers are in flux, receiving funding from the federal government.
"It's actually better than we thought it would be," says John Maynes, general sales manager at Babylon Honda. "A lot of floor traffic coming in ? so far this weekend, we have been doing very well."
But not every dealership is doing so well.
"This weekend there has been a lot of traffic, just not a lot of people purchasing cars," says Lou Evans, general sales manager at Hassett Ford, Lincoln, Mercury in Wantagh.
Both dealerships are holding out hope that President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill will put a jolt into auto sales.


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