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Toyota dealers worried about slow sales

Toyota South in Richmond has 200 cars on the lot, but they aren't going anywhere fast.

"Sales have been off," Toyota South Owner Steve Gates said.

Gates said his dealership normally sells about 50 cars a month.

But since the gas pedal, floor mat, and other recalls, they've only sold about 20 vehicles.

That trend is being seen around the nation.

So Toyota is making the decision to idle production at some of its plants, including the one in Georgetown.

There, employees will have a non-production day next Friday, February 26. More idle days could follow in March and April.

Toyota believes the recall is causing the drop in sales, but Gates is not so sure.

"We're not sure how many sales we've lost because of the recall," Gates said. "Because the weather has been so bad. Every day we have a storm warning, we know that's affected the sales."

Gates says car buying is a fair weather activity, and he believes sales will rebound when the snow melts.

"I am confident," Gates said.


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