AUTOS: New Cars for Sale

The 44,000 U.S. auto dealers last week were hotter than Model-T radiators. They have been selling only a fraction of the number of new cars OPA's quotas allow—and total cars available in 1942 are only 9% of last year's sales. The National Automobile Dealers Association made a cross-country check of 9,000 local rationing boards, was shocked to find new-car sales even worse than most dealers figured. In the first 20-25 days of rationing, not a single new car was sold in Sioux Falls, S.D., Lewiston, Idaho, Council Bluffs, Iowa, many other towns. Big-city sales were little better. In New York...

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