DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group said its top dealerships sold 10,393 certified preowned vehicles in April 2007, compared with 10,586 in April 2006.
The Auburn Hills automaker said the 2% decline in the sale of used cars and trucks was due in part to overall weakness across the car industry. The company added that Chrysler-brand sales fell 7% for the month to 3,580 units.
Chrysler Group’s Five Star dealers – there are about 2,100 across the country - saw a 45% jump in sales of the Chrysler 300/300C, while sales of the Chrysler Pacifica and Jeep Liberty up 7% and 17%, respectively. Sales of used Dodge Magnums also increase 29% year-to-date.
“April was a soft month industrywide for used vehicle sales,” said Peter Grady, Director – DaimlerChrysler Motors Remarketing, in a statement. “Our dealers took a breather from their record-setting pace, but still delivered excellent sales results.”
Certified preowned vehicles must fall within the 2002 and 2007 model years, have fewer than 65,000 miles and pass a 125-point inspection, Chrysler says. The vehicles are backed by an 8-year/80,000 mile powertrain limited warranty.