THERE was some good news for the beleaguered motor trade in Kerry this week with news that the number of new cars being sold in Kerry in December had increased significantly on the previous years figure.
While most motorists seeking to buy a new car will generally wait for January and the year's new registration plates many clearly opted to buy a new car at years end, perhaps hoping for and end of year bargain.
New figures released by the Central Statistics Office have shown that the number of new private cars licensed in Kerry in December 2012 had increased by 30 per cent compared with the same month in 2011.
The increase came despite the total number of new cars licensed in 2011 falling by around 12 per cent in 2012 compared with 2011.
While the number of new cars increase there was a sharp drop in sales of new goods which fell by 19 per cent year on year.
The top make of new cars licensed in Kerry in 2012 was Volkswagen followed by Toyota, Ford and Nissan.
Any increase in new car sales is to be welcomed especially one that comes in what is traditionally one of the quietest months, in terms of sales, for motor dealerships.