Bhopal: Uphill drive for auto dealers, but used-car biz may be in top gear this festive season | Bhopal News

BHOPAL: Despite signs of “recovery” in August, automobile sector is not expecting any major boost in sales of cars and two-wheelers during the festive season.
“What you saw in August was a ‘mirage’. There appeared to be sales picking up but it was because market in August previous year was even worse. There had been 20 % drop in sales of vehicles. This year, production of cars and two-wheelers was less due to lockdown imposed in March and mandatory BS-6 engine rules. Since production was less, dealers didn’t have the stock. When the market opened up, vehicles in wholesale went to dealers but if you ask dealers about retail sales, it has been less than even the previous year,” said president of Bhopal Automobile Dealers’ Association, Sanjay Pandey.
The difference between August 2019 and August this year was that the dealer in 2019 had stocks sufficient to last 6 to
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