After posting an incredible recovery following the recent recession, the nation’s automakers didn’t need to do battle with Mother Nature. But the extreme winter weather across the country is forcing car dealers to get creative to help attract winter-weary customers. At Carlson Toyota in Coon Rapids, another truckload of new cars rolls off the trailer and onto the lot. While demand for new vehicles remains high, consumers are having a hard time making it in to the dealerships.
Right now, Americans are hanging onto their cars for the longest time in history — an average of 11 years. That’s one reason experts think the coming months are going to be big months for people buying new cars. But does it make more sense to lease or buy a new car?