It's not all bad news for the auto industry. The repair shops are booming with older vehicles needing work done to keep them on the road.
At Exhaust Pro on Winchester Road the owner, Eddie Lynch, says business is steady, if not on the rise.
Lynch says the average vehicle coming into the garage is 8 to 12 years old.
He says people used to get rid of a car with 100,000 miles. Now, he does work on cars with 150 to 200,000 miles on a regular basis.
Older vehicles on Kentucky roads are also being noticed by the Fayette County Clerk. The office, which is normally busy transferring car titles, is not as busy as in years past.
County Clerk Don Blevins, says there were 10 percent more new cars on the road last year than there are today.
That means the car usage tax used to fund schools and city government is also down 10 percent.