OHIO Boardman GM dealer's sales keep top spot in the state



Sales of new and used vehicles in the Mahoning Valley increased last year.
A Boardman car dealer sold enough vehicles last year to remain the largest single-site General Motors dealer in Ohio.
Youngstown Buick-Pontiac-GMC Truck sold 5,001 new and used vehicles in 2003. That was 686 more vehicles than the next largest single-site GM dealer, Voss Chevrolet in Centerville.
Although that was the second year the local dealership outsold all others in the state, it was the first time it was the biggest seller of each of its three brands individually -- Buick, Pontiac and GMC Truck.
David Sweeney, dealership president, said there is no secret to the dealership's success other than hard work.
The Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio said a year ago that the dealership was the first in the Mahoning Valley to sell more than 5,000 vehicles in a year. It sold 5,044 in 2002.
In the Valley's boom times, dealers didn't sell that many cars because they had single car lines.
Outlook for '04
Sweeney said he is expecting a good year this year and has increased his inventory by 30 percent to nearly 1,000 new vehicles.
Overall last year, dealers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties sold 60,470 new and used vehicles last year, compared with 58,291 in 2002.
The increase came from higher used-vehicle sales, however. New vehicle sales were down slightly.
In Columbiana County, the top dealer was Stadium GM Superstore, which had sales of 2,866.
Diane Sauer Chevrolet sold the most vehicles in Trumbull County with 2,213.

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