Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Automakers are enjoying a big spike in sales this summer, but the boost in demand has left some dealerships with a shortage.
"You can't just push a button and catch up," said Brian Rapp, General Sales Manager at Bill Rapp Superstore. "When you look at Subaru, they are running 100 percent at capacity or more at all of their plants, trying to fulfill the customer's demands."
Brian Rapp's family has been selling cars for six decades. He says August was one of their best months on record.
"We might have 20, 30, 40 Subaru Foresters that we're selling before they even get here. We can show a customer the one or two or three we have in stock. But, we're basically selling off of incoming lists," Rapp explained.
The boost has beat expectations throughout much of the industry. Compared to the same month last year, reported deliveries in August jumped more than 22 percent for Toyota and Nissan, more than 26 percent for Honda and Mazda, and 45 percent for Subaru, according to motorintelligence.com
"We just finished a fantastic August. We were up 38 percent this year over last year, August over August," said Driver's Village salesman Tim Holmes.
Holmes said a few new models that are usually introduced in the fall came out early this year, driving a demand for upgrades. That's likely to lead to more competition for deals.
"The year-end closeout that customers would normally come for in November or December...that time-frame is being moved," said Holmes. "September and October is when the 2013 models and great deals are going to run out."