After five dismal years, car sales revving up

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Donna Palmer is out shopping for a new car. 

She's ready to replace her 16-year-old pickup. 

At Liberty Ford in Parma Heights, they ask "Have you driven a Ford lately?"

After last month, more drivers are saying yes. 

The August national sales numbers were the best in five years -- 1.5 million vehicles sold, and that is up 17 percent from the previous August. 

More jobs and more confidence mean more sales. 

But now that car sales are revving up, will the deals go away soon? 

Liberty General Manager Michael Herrick says no. 

He says carmakers tend to keep rates low so they can keep moving inventory. 

He says rates tend to go up when they're not selling to make up for it. 

The car industry hopes this is more than a spike. They'd like it to be a trend. 

This is the same industry that hit the brakes on job growth five years ago. 

Since 2008, GM has lost 31,000 American workers, not to mention 18,000 at Chrysler and 42,000 at Ford. 

And because of shoppers like Donna, here at Liberty you can find cars, trucks and a job.

Herrick says he is hiring more salespeople. 


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