FORT MYERS, Fla. - Naples residents Dennis and Kathy Smith want to buy a car but they are also being cautious about spending. They say they drove all the way to Fort Myers looking for the perfect deal.
The couple says their search found many dealers looking to make a deal. The Smith's are not alone. Car manufacturers are offering a number of incentives to get customers on the lot.
Sales trends have been on the rise since last year. Dealers say the "Cash for Clunkers" program was a good start and sales have taken off ever since.
At Sam Galloway Ford, sales are reportedly up well over 100% compared to last year.
Pamela Templeton of Fort Myers Toyota says, "people can hardly pass up 0 percent financing and 2 years complimentary maintainence that Toyota offers... it is such a great time to buy."
Robert Galloway of Sam Galloway Ford agrees, "Certainly this is a buyers market and I think people recognize that. We , like so many other businesses - we're not going to miss an opportunity to sell an auto mobile if we can do it. I can assure you that if we don't come to terms on the price of a vehicle with a consumer, it just can't be done."