Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In the market for a brand new car? Look no further than the Oakdale Mall.
New 2012 models in every color, manufacturer and size imaginable are on display in the halls of the mall. It's the annual Greater Binghamton New Car Dealer Association Auto Show.
With more than 75 cars wheeled in to the mall, the Auto Show will drive thousands of people to take a look at the new year's models.
"We have many dealers participating representing twelve different manufacturers, representing a good spectrum of the industry," said Michael Corey, President of the Greater Binghamton New Car Dealer Association, "Binghamton doesn't have an auto show. Most major markets have one where they'll charge admission to see the new models. This is actually done in a casual atmosphere free of charge to the consumer," he continued.
The participating dealers:
Jack Sherman Toyota-Scion
Gault Auto Group
Lee Depue of Whitney Point visited the Auto Show on Thursday. He says the show is a great place to start his search for a new vehicle, plus it beats searching for a car out in the cold on the lot.
"I have a four-door sport track right now that I like very much. They don't make them anymore so I am looking for something to replace that," said Lee Depue, Whitney Point, "We're in the market for a new truck or car. We haven't decided yet."
SUV's, cars, trucks, crossovers, hybrids and many others vehicles are on display.
"Most analysts say the market is going to grow this year as opposed to shrinking in the past years. People are out there. They are looking for comfort. They're looking for practical cars," said Corey.
The show is from February 7-14. Admission is free.
This kind of the beginning of the spring market for us. We see some winter doldrums before the car show but after the car show is when the market starts to definitely increase," said Corey.
This is the biggest event each year for the Association. Dealers get together to do several charitable events for the community each year. In October 2011, they made a $6,000 donation to the United Way of Broome County for flood relief.
Each year as a part of the show, the dealer association makes a donation to chemical-free after prom parties at Broome County high schools.