Central American auto dealers battle for sales

Auto dealers in El Salvador and Guatemala are facing a slump in sales of new cars this year. In Honduras and Nicaragua sales are flat, and only Costa Rica and Panama report higher sales.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Distributors are engaged in a promotions war to attract buyers and increase sales.
Offers to buyers include zero down payments, interest-free credit for the rest of the year, fuel credits of up to 2,000 dollars, forgiving interest payments up to 1,265 dollars, monthly payments of just 31 dollars a month, and gifts of appliances and television sets.

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