Generally speaking, holiday weekends are always good for auto sales, but the Detroit Free Press says that dealers are expecting to do exceptionally well during this year's three-day Memorial Day weekend. Even better, forecasts have 2013 new-car sales being the best the industry has seen since 2002 – predictions are hovering between 15 million and 16 million units for the year.

Leading this rebound is the fact that construction and home-building industries are picking back up, which is an especially good sign for truck sales. The article points out that truck buyers tend to fare particularly well during Memorial Day weekend, as prices are usually discounted around 20 percent. The final bit of good news in the story – for the industry – is that this year's average price of newly purchased vehicles is $28,921, which is not only up from last year, but also the highest total ever for the month of May.

Are you going car shopping this weekend?
Yes, and looking to buy. 633 (7.9%)
Yes, but just kicking tires. 675 (8.4%)
No. 6511 (80.9%)
I'm not sure. 227 (2.8%)


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      • 1 Year Ago
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      MX
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would be highly ironic to buy a Japanese, Korean or German car during the Memorial day holiday.
        Rob K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MX
        My wife and I ended up leasing a new Mazda CX-5 over the weekend. It wasn\'t until we were looking at the Mulroney sticker when the irony really hit us - it was assembled in Hiroshima.
      Jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whether you're "just looking" or buying today, stop by Lexus of Mt. Kisco in Mt. Kisco, New York and ask to speak to Jeff. It would be cool to meet a fellow AutoBlog reader. :)
      T-Mille
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who just casually goes out and buys a car for the holidays?
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wont be shopping but hopefully I'll be selling cars today... hope these guys are right. This month has been incredibly slow around here.
        mvance30
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        April was slow here in NJ. May has been pretty good though.
      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      I predict another big month for the surging Ram truck and the 2014 Grand Cherokee.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe it\'s just me, but I have gone car shopping at BMW, Audi, Subaru, Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Fiat dealerships in the past year, and I am totally ignored everywhere except at the Fiat dealership. Everywhere else I have to BEG for attention. I dont know if this is because the car dealerships are all spoilt with the rebounding sales, or that they are all short-handed from the recession year lay-offs. I do enjoy tire-kicking and car shopping though.
        Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Maybe they've seen you around and knew you weren't going to buy anything? ;)
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
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          mvance30
          • 1 Year Ago
          Honda and toyota have the most \"american\" made cars per volume vs the actual american brands. Granted the companies are all headquartered in japan but still have plants and warehouses in america.
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Maybe the way you dressed? If you dress nice then they might think you have money to spend. If you dress like a hippie then they might not touch you with a ten foot pole. Maybe I should dress like crap so they don't bother me when I go looking....
      Space
      • 1 Year Ago
      no. i'm gonna stick with my rusted 05 focus st... for a long time. :/
      mvance30
      • 1 Year Ago
      Showroom is packed here at honda. Thankfully since the weather is crappy.
      Caarz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Omg its freaking hard to look for a car at a dealership, there dam rude, especially Hyundai dealerships, ford, smart, kia and Chevy was amazing on wanting my money
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      Firbanks Davida
      • 1 Year Ago
      just before I saw the draft which had said $9480, I have faith ...that...my brother was like they say really receiving money in there spare time from there pretty old laptop.. there uncle has been doing this 4 only about 23 months and recently paid for the loans on there apartment and purchased themselves a Maserati. we looked here ........... Fox85.com
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