After brutal spring, Austin auto dealers see reasons for optimism – Business – Austin American-Statesman

After a brutal spring, Central Texas auto dealers are feeling optimistic as inventories are starting to bounce back and shoppers are returning to showrooms.

Dealerships were deemed essential businesses during the Texas lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic and were never forced to close.

But they had many factors working against them, the biggest being that automakers shut down for months. That trickled down to dealerships who found themselves with a shortage of vehicles on their lots.

Not that a lot of people were out car shopping anyway.

“There were definitely some days of uncertainty,” said Nyle Maxwell, owner of the Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships. “In June we had not received any shipments in two or three months.”

But with auto assembly plants ramping back up and buyers returning to dealerships — now wearing masks and using hand sanitizing stations — business is recovering, Maxwell said.

His company, which hasn’t

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