USA Population is up 50% since 1976 but not Auto Sales

FRED:ALTSALES   Light Weight Vehicle Sales: Autos & Light Trucks
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When we look at auto sales, do we adjust for the number of people in America?

If you see the lower chart, you can see we are just over the trend in Light Vehicle sales. The trend is 16 million and we hit 18 million and backed off to 17 million recently.

It sure looks like the number of cars sold "per person" in the USA is down dramatically over the last 40 years, which means there is plenty more upside potential in auto sales.

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12:16PM EST 9/12/2016
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i think thats because revenu are less than 40 years ago

timwest PRO felix997
@felix997, Good point for sure. Income has been weak. And probably weaker if the real inflation rate was shown. Most economists argue that inflation has been under-reported for well over a decade. Cars last longer, are more reliable and get better gas mileage, so those factors help the cost of a car as a percentage of income per year to be flat to down over the past 20 years. It's time to keep pushing for more efficient vehicles through incentives to turn in gas-guzzlers.
Did you account the use of resold cars? I assume all purchases throughout times are contributing to the further repurchase - i wonder if that is playing into this stat. If the amount of actual Buys are stable and relative to the population growth, its just not new cars anymore
@2use, More data would certainly give us more info. I see so many bearish forecasters being very negative about the prospects for auto sales, but not considering that lenders are still making loans to new buyers and not factoring in that car sales are still low relative to population. I also think that Trump wants to get the economy going again, and he may eliminate the automobile sales tax for cars on a scale under the annual median income. Eliminate dual sales tax on cars that are used also. It doesn't make sense for states to collect taxes on cars when they are re-sold. So wrong.
With great data we should unearth great conclusions and insights. From this regression, you can see that 16 million is the "central tendency", which should slowly rise over time and should rise even more when you factor in population growth.
Insightful..thanks for highlighting the Data section. Useful tools in there
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timwest PRO Bwstrading
So many amazing tools.
Tim but we wonder how Electric bicycles are doing
timwest PRO TomPower
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