Just like the rest of the country, the region's new-car dealers are coping with a slowdown in sales. Low consumer confidence, they say, is a major reason for the drop-off in purchases.
But if you need a car, dealers say now may be the best time to buy one: they're desperate.
How is the economic climate affecting your decision about buying a new car or truck? Is it holding you back, or are you seeing opportunities to buy that are too good to pass up?
-- Matt Glynn