Vehicle registration in Ahmedabad continues to decline

AHMEDABAD: The data reveals that both the state and the city of Ahmedabad witnessed a 75% jump in vehicle registry s in October, as against that in September, riding on Diwali and Navratri sales. But overall, October 2019 was the month with the least vehicle registry s at city RTO in the last four years The sales of Diwali and Navratri managed to bring some smiles to the distributors in the middle of the darkness, but they could not reverse the downward trend.

Vehicle Registration in the city of Ahmedabad it was 29,300 in October 2016. In October 2019, it was only 19,256, a drop of more than 35%.

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Some RTO officials say the drop is due to the separation of Bavla RTO from Ahmedabad.

But that hardly seems to be the case as in both 2018 and 2019 the number of vehicle s registered in Bavla in October didn’t exceed 4,000. The numbers show a downward trend, even if registry s in Bavla and Ahmedabad are counted together.

Total vehicle registry in the state too, since January this year, has been the lowest since 2016. The data also shows that as compared to the figure of the first 10 months of 2018, there has been a 14% drop in vehicle registry s in the state this year, and a 17% drop in Ahmedabad city.

Sales of vehicle s in rural areas and outskirts of Ahmedabad, however, registered an increase. At Vastral RTO , 4,400 more vehicle s were registered in the first 10 months of 2019 as against the corresponding period in 2018. At Bavla RTO , there was an increase of 800 vehicle registry s during the concerned period.

Pranav Shah, regional director of Federation of Automobile Dealers Association said that vehicle dealers in the city are going through tough times. The market is suffering from a liquidity crunch and impulsive buying is at a low. At the same time, sales of two-wheelers has reached a saturation point in the city, thus leading to a drop in sales. Dealers who used to sell 2,000 cars a month are hardly selling about 1,200 said Shah.

Rajnish Arora, chief executive office of a car dealership, also echoed similar feelings and said cash purchases of vehicle s and sentimental buying — both have dropped considerably.

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