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Friday, April 01, 2022

March Vehicles Sales decreased to 13.33 million SAAR

by Calculated Risk on 4/01/2022 07:04:00 PM

Wards Auto released their estimate of light vehicle sales for March. Wards Auto estimates sales of 13.33 million SAAR in March 2022 (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate), down 5.3% from the February sales rate, and down 24.4% from March 2021. 

Vehicle SalesClick on graph for larger image.

This graph shows light vehicle sales since 2006 from the BEA (blue) and Wards Auto's estimate for March (red).

The impact of COVID-19 was significant, and April 2020 was the worst month.  After April 2020, sales increased, and were close to sales in 2019 (the year before the pandemic).  

However, sales decreased late last year due to supply issues. It appears the "supply chain bottom" was in September 2021, however sales in February were below the consensus forecast of 14.1 million SAAR - and not far above the supply chain bottom last year.   

Another weak month for vehicle sales.