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      Local automotive experts say sales are trending up

      Garber Chevrolet in Midland says its August sales are up from a year ago.

      More people are heading to the dealership, according to new numbers released by some of the biggest automakers.

      Most car makers are reporting stronger than expected sales for August.

      Automotive expert Dr. Tim Nash of Northwood University says, in addition to the aging fleet of vehicles being replaced, there is a lot of pent up demand.

      "The average age of an automobile is now in double digits," said Nash.

      Nash says end of model year closeout incentives, along with lower gas prices, are also encouraging sales.

      Garber Chevrolet in Midland says sales are up about seven percent from last year.

      "I think there was a time when consumer confidence was a little bit lower and I think we're experiencing a lot higher consumer confidence right now so that may play into it," said Craig Lang, general manager.

      The dealership is noting an increase in S.U.V. and truck sales, including with some models built in Flint.

      Chrysler saw a 20 percent increase from August of last year. Ford sales rose by a half percent. General Motors national sales numbers dropped by just over one percent but automotive experts say that indicates sales are holding steady after the recent recalls of 29 million vehicles.