PEORIA, Ill. -- The Big Three American automakers had a June to remember. It was their most successful month for car sales in years.
For June 2013, GM saw sales go up 6.5 percent, Chrysler jumped 8 percent and Ford led the pack with a 14 percent increase.
In Peoria, Matt McComb at Uftring Weston Chevrolet Cadillac says June was a great month at the dealership.
He says there are a number of factors involved in the sales spike.
"I think it's pent-up demand," McComb said.
The average age of a car on the road in America today is eleven years. That fact has a lot of people looking to trade in their old clunkers for something new.
McComb also says summer months are typically better sales months, but he says a recent uptick in the housing market has made more people willing to buy a new car.
He says, "If the housing market is doing well, the car market usually follows, and vice versa."
With gas prices these days, you might think it's economy cars that are selling the best.
However, the big sellers in June were big pickup trucks, which have been selling three times faster than the rest of the auto industry.
Mike Bambrick of Uftring Automall in East Peoria says the reason for the truck sales is simple: Americans love their trucks.
"Many people have a need for trucks. So they're gonna stay in the truck market. They're gonna stay in that segment, but still look for something that gets good fuel economy," said Bambrick.
Bambrick says most customers these days are very concerned with the kind of mileage a car or truck gets.
Bambrick says a number of other factors helped make June a great month for car sales.
" We had a combination of good resale value, strong incentives, good selection, and low interest rates," he said. "That makes it a great time to buy a car. "