U.S. auto sales could suffer as buyers wait out budget drama

|By:, SA News Editor

Hyundai (HYMLF.PK) CEO John Krafcik says the government shutdown could affect automobile sales in the U.S. by as much as 10% in October as consumers wait out the drama before hitting showrooms.

The gloomy assessment is far below where most auto analysts have October sales pegged, although anecdotal evidence for the first two weeks of the month indicates traffic at dealerships has been below expectations despite some high-profile model introductions.

A survey from Kelley Blue Book also backs up the outlook, with 18% of respondents saying they would delay an automobile purchase until the government shutdown and budget issues were resolved.

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