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Detroit New Car Buyers Agree: Put AM/FM Radio In My Dashboard

Nov 11, 2021 10:23:00 AM / by Larry Julius

In 2020, there were 251,685 new cars and trucks registered in the Detroit metro area. This number is based on projections from the National Auto Dealers Associaton (NADA) and the U.S. Census bureau.

In all, says NADA, there are 614 new-car dealerships in Michigan. Despite the pandemic, these dealers, including those in the Detroit area, sold $38.2 billion worth of new vehicles.

Through June of this year, these same dealers have already rung up $20.5 billion in new car sales.

When it comes to buying new vehicles, Detroit consumers have a broad range of preferences. Some buyers want Fords while others want Chevrolets, Toyotas, or Teslas.  Some buyers want pick-up trucks, while others want sub-compacts, SUVs, or sports cars. Of course, some want blue vehicles, while others want pearl white, orchard green, or redolent red.

There is one purchase criterion, however, that most Detroit car buyers can agree on. They want an AM/FM radio smack-dab, in the middle of their dash.

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Advertising On Detroit Radio Is Back In The Driver's Seat

Oct 28, 2020 7:38:28 AM / by Larry Julius

There are more than 2,900,000 car radios in Southeast Michigan. On March 23, though, many of these devices became quarantined along with their owners. That was the day when the Governor of Michigan shut down the state to slow the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Apple Mobility Index, the Governor's public-safety order caused traffic on Metro Detroit roadways to plummet to 40% of pre-pandemic levels.

By the beginning of July, however,  the AMI indicates that traffic in Detroit began to exceed pre-Covid levels. The surge in mobility is due, in part, to work-from-home, furloughed, and laid-off employees returning to their workplaces.

According to Nielsen, during the week of April 30, only 39% of adults with jobs were working outside-the-home.  During the week of October 1, though, that number had expanded to 61%.

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Topics small business, small business owner, consumer spending, vehicle repair, in-car audio, vehicle traffic, small business advertising, radio listening, used vehicles, consumer confidence, share of ear, point of purchase

Metro Detroit Small Business Update: Auto Parts Sales Accelerate

Sep 18, 2020 7:39:30 AM / by Larry Julius

There are more than 2,900,000 vehicles registered in Southeast Michigan. Many need new windshield wipers, shocks, struts, brakes, air filters, ignition coils, and the hundreds of other items that fill the shelves of local auto part dealers.

Despite the pandemic induced slowdown, business at auto parts stores has grown nearly 13% since February, according to the US Census Bureau.

This explosive growth in auto parts sales directly relates to the  average age of cars on Detroit's roads.

"Per the latest study from IHS Markit, the current combined average age of vehicles has hit a record of 11.9 years," Rimmi Singhi wrote this week on "The aging vehicles are a boon to auto parts, replacement, and repair companies. In a bid to ensure long-term functioning of the aging vehicle population, customers are making investments to replace faulty vehicle parts and components."

Also contributing to the rapid aging of cars on the road is the current demand for used versus new vehicles. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) for used cars is 25% higher in August than it was during the same month last year.

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