Galesburg auto sales surge despite supply problems; prices jump for new/used vehicles

GALESBURG — At Yemm Auto Group, this is an unusual year. The dealership typically serves Galesburg and the surrounding area, but Sales Manager Justin Wright says their clientele has come from farther out.

In a market with fewer available new cars, Wright says one customer drove up all the way from Oklahoma, to pre-order a car that was on its way to the dealer. 

The reason this man had made the lengthy trip, he says, was because all of the dealers where that man lived were asking for exorbitant prices for that model, asking the buyer for thousands more dollars than were originally agreed upon for the car.

The second quarter of the year — April-June — has been marked by hot weather and an equally sizzling auto market, although some local car dealers say that market appears to be stabilizing. For others like Wright, it is simply the new normal. 

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