Houston Auto Show Comes at Key Time for Dealers
an. 24, 2018—Texas auto dealers are hoping to prolong their post-Hurricane Harvey sales boost at the Houston auto show, which started Wednesday and runs through the weekend. After all, many Texas drivers are still seeking to replace waterlogged vehicles, and this week’s auto show grants them the opportunity to test drive new models, as noted by the Houston Chronicle.
The 35th annual Houston Auto Show, which nearly 100,000 people are expected to attend at NRG Center, will feature several new vehicle models, including the all-electric Nissan Leaf, along with a hybrid Porsche Panamera. Attendees can test drive more than 80 vehicles.
This year’s show comes as Texas auto dealers’ post-Hurricane Harvey sales boost has begun to taper off. Drivers secured nearly 30,000 new vehicles in 2017 to replace some of the estimated 300,000 vehicles damaged by Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters, according to TexAuto Facts Report. Most flood-ravaged buyers purchased used vehicles, as they simultaneously dealt with pressing issues such as home repairs.
“I thought there might be a chance the Harvey bump was going to carry over into 2018, but it’s pretty much over,” Steve McDowell, owner of InfoNation, told the Chronicle.