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By Jay Hancock | May 9, 2011
At least one purveyor of expensive, long-lived products seems to be well out of the recession. More Marylanders bought new and used cars in March than in any month in four years. With the federal "cash for clunkers" stimulus long behind, the auto industry is accelerating under its own power and making substantial contributions to employment, economic growth and the stock market. Would that we could say the same thing about another durable American asset that graduated from a stimulus program.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
Aiming to boost the fledgling market for plug-in vehicles, Maryland and seven other states pledged Thursday to use their governments' tax and spending powers to get 3.3 million "zero-emission" cars, trucks and vans on the road in the next dozen years. Gov. Martin O'Malley and his counterparts in California, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont formally vowed to promote plug-in or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in their states. They signed an agreement promising to take steps in their states to expand consumer demand for the vehicles, which despite rapidly rising sales remain a tiny portion of the cars and trucks sold in the United States.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2011
Most of us don't buy cars all that often. So when we do, we can come away with that nagging feeling of not knowing whether we got a fair deal or grossly overpaid. "We don't negotiate much at all as Americans, so suddenly we find ourselves negotiating for not only a very expensive product, but a very complicated product," says Jack Gillis, author of "The Car Book. " "We are matching wits with a seasoned professional who negotiates all the time and has actually been trained in negotiating.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2011
Most of us don't buy cars all that often. So when we do, we can come away with that nagging feeling of not knowing whether we got a fair deal or grossly overpaid. "We don't negotiate much at all as Americans, so suddenly we find ourselves negotiating for not only a very expensive product, but a very complicated product," says Jack Gillis, author of "The Car Book. " "We are matching wits with a seasoned professional who negotiates all the time and has actually been trained in negotiating.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1996
A committee of the House of Delegates yesterday gave the green light to a bill that supporters say would clear the way for a used car "super-store" on the site of the former Freestate harness track in North Laurel.The 18-4 vote by the House Economic Matters Committee paves the way for action by the full House on the bill, which would let car dealerships in Howard County open on Sundays. Currently, only Montgomery and Prince George's counties allow Sunday car sales.The measure, already passed by the state Senate and the target of intense lobbying, was read on the floor of the House after the committee action.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Thomas W. Waldron contributed to this story | February 14, 1996
Hoping to quell a firestorm of opposition, state legislators are trying to scale back a bill to allow Sunday car sales in Howard and Anne Arundel counties, and make it apply only to Howard.The bill -- which is intended to pave the way for CarMax, a "superstore" used car dealer, to locate in North Laurel -- threatens to ignite the perennial issue of blue laws barring Sunday car sales in most of Maryland.Legislative leaders, including Sen. Walter M. Baker, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, want to avoid such a statewide debate and have delayed action on the bill, which was to have come to the Senate floor today.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | June 28, 2001
Despite a sharp drop in sales of one of the nation's most popular vehicles and fewer selling days, Maryland's new-car dealers had a remarkably strong May, according to figures released yesterday by the Motor Vehicle Administration. Dealers sold 37,494 new cars and light trucks last month, the MVA said, down 0.28 percent from the 37,601 vehicles sold during the comparable period last year. Dealers had 21 selling days last month and 23 in May 2000. Sales in May 2000 were the best for that month since 1991, when the MVA resumed releasing title registration figures.
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By Dail Willis and Shanon D. Murray and Dail Willis and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1998
It's a Sunday afternoon ballet you can see wherever there's a closed auto dealership, a touch of spring and no rain.Couple No. 1 (or 2 or 20) pulls into the lot and gets out of the car.The duo starts with the scan -- a sweeping, 360-degree look at every vehicle on the lot.Next comes the stroll -- a leisurely, deliberate walk past car after car after car, pickup truck after pickup truck, sport utility after sport utility.Finally, there is the full stop -- leaning to study the sticker on the window, cupping one hand at the window to peer inside the shiny, locked car with the long, slow look that says, "I want you."
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Thomas W. Waldron contributed to this article | February 14, 1996
Hoping to quell a firestorm of opposition, state legislators are trying to scale back a bill to allow Sunday car sales in Howard and Anne Arundel counties, making it apply only to Howard.The bill -- which is intended to pave the way for CarMax, a "super-store" used car dealer, to locate in North Laurel -- threatens to ignite the perennial issue of blue laws barring Sunday car sales in most of Maryland.Legislative leaders, including Sen. Walter M. Baker, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, want to avoid such a statewide debate and have delayed action on the bill, which was to have come to the Senate floor today.
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By New York Times News Service | November 25, 1992
DETROIT -- Sales of domestically built vehicles rose 4.8 percent in mid-November, led by a sharp increase in sales of pickup trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles. But car sales remained sluggish.The outcome of the presidential election does not seem to have motivated consumers, as was expected by many retail dealers."The slightest thing stops a deal from going through," said Scott Lawson, general manager of Island Chevrolet-Buick-Pontiac in Fernandina Beach, Fla.Domestic light-truck sales rose 14.4 percent, to 116,171, while domestic car sales fell 1.3 percent, to 157,452.
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By Jay Hancock | May 9, 2011
At least one purveyor of expensive, long-lived products seems to be well out of the recession. More Marylanders bought new and used cars in March than in any month in four years. With the federal "cash for clunkers" stimulus long behind, the auto industry is accelerating under its own power and making substantial contributions to employment, economic growth and the stock market. Would that we could say the same thing about another durable American asset that graduated from a stimulus program.
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By Steve Schuster, sschuster@patuxent.com | February 16, 2011
A bill in the General Assembly that would allow Baltimore County car dealerships to conduct business on Sundays was introduced Jan. 31 by state Sen. Bobby Zirkin -- then pulled less than two weeks later, on Feb. 11. Several car dealers in the county said they didn't want it. "(Working Sunday) would be my worst nightmare, said Matt Proutt, sales manager for the past seven years at Northwest Honda in Owings Mills. Bruce Schindler, owner of Bob Davidson Ford Lincoln in Towson, said, "I vehemently oppose it. "I don't believe it will increase our sales at all," said Schindler, "but it would increase expenses.
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By Jay Hancock | June 15, 2010
Last month hundreds of people walked into Jones Junction in Bel Air and bought Chryslers, Hyundais, Jeeps, Subarus and Nissans. Even Toyotas! They were not herded in at gunpoint. Nor were they financed by subprime lenders heedless of repayment. Many were staked by real banks with trained lending officers inquiring about their income and jobs. Nobody from government bribed these folks to buy cars. The $3 billion cash-for-clunkers program ran out almost a year ago. The buyers made rational decisions based on their needs, their private wherewithal and their appraisals of the economy.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,jay.hancock@baltsun.com | October 16, 2009
New cars sold to Marylanders hit their highest point in more than a year in September as the federal "cash for clunkers" program lured buyers into the showrooms. The Motor Vehicle Administration registered 26,992 new cars and light trucks in September. That was the most in one month since July 2008, when 29,188 were recorded. Last fall's financial collapse caused a plunge in consumer spending that sent some car manufacturers hurtling toward insolvency and gave dealers their worst year in more than a decade.
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By Eileen Ambrose and Eileen Ambrose,eileen.ambrose@baltsun.com | September 16, 2009
New-car sales registered in Maryland last month reached 25,251, several hundred less than a year earlier despite the wildly popular "Cash for Clunkers" program, according to figures from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Yet some dealers say they are happy with the clunker program, especially now that the government is finally reimbursing them for cash incentives they gave upfront to buyers. "It worked very well. We sold 20 percent more cars than we did the year before," said Ed Dreiband, president of Northwest Honda and Northwest BMW in Owings Mills.
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By EILEEN AMBROSE | June 24, 2009
Joe Fitzpatrick has thought about replacing his 13-year-old Buick for months, but might hold off a little longer to take advantage of a new government program that will give him as much as $4,500 to trade in an aging gas-guzzler for a new, more fuel-efficient ride. The cash incentive means the Towson resident, who is 62, will likely add some extra features to his new car like a navigation system, Bluetooth communication system or heated seats. "More gingerbread on it," he says. Congress created a "cash for clunkers" program last week as part of a military spending bill that President Barack Obama is expected to sign.
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By JAY HANCOCK and JAY HANCOCK,jay.hancock@baltsun.com | April 5, 2009
I called my mortgage company last week to ask about a refinancing rate and closing costs. The electronic message said I might have to hold for an hour. I hung up. The Obama administration's gargantuan guarantees and monetary injections into the mortgage market are bearing fruit, even if the system is temporarily clogged. Now we need the same kind of action on car finance. Maryland new-car sales fell 37 percent for the first two months of this year versus the corresponding period in 2008, and 2008 sales were down from 2007.
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By Bloomberg Business News | November 16, 1993
DETROIT -- U.S. sales of domestically made cars in early November blew past all expectations, continuing near October's record showing and dispelling analysts' theories that consumers have already abandoned showrooms in favor of shopping malls for holiday gift buying.U.S. car sales for the Nov. 1-10 period reached an annual rate of 7.0 million, while sales of domestically made pickup trucks, minivans and sport-utility vehicles reached an annual rate of 5.4 million, domestic automakers said today.
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By JAY HANCOCK and JAY HANCOCK,jay.hancock@baltsun.com | April 5, 2009
I called my mortgage company last week to ask about a refinancing rate and closing costs. The electronic message said I might have to hold for an hour. I hung up. The Obama administration's gargantuan guarantees and monetary injections into the mortgage market are bearing fruit, even if the system is temporarily clogged. Now we need the same kind of action on car finance. Maryland new-car sales fell 37 percent for the first two months of this year versus the corresponding period in 2008, and 2008 sales were down from 2007.
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By Ken Bensinger and Ken Bensinger,Los Angeles Times | March 4, 2009
After more than a year of declining sales, February provided a glimpse of even worse times to come yesterday as General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Chrysler reported declines of at least 40 percent in the U.S. market. Despite record incentives from carmakers, worsening economic conditions kept dealerships quiet and consumers in their older cars, making the past month the worst February since 1967, according to GM. GM said U.S. sales were down 53 percent for the month, with 127,296 cars and light trucks sold, while Ford's declined 48 percent, with 99,060 sales.
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