PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - At Butch Oustalet Chevrolet in Pascagoula, the lot is full of cars and trucks ready to be snatched up by customers. Lucky for dealers, those customers are starting to come back for a look after two years of staying away.
Mickey Raworth said the sales figures are looking better these days.
"We're starting to see an increase in traffic," Raworth said. "Product is becoming more available from the manufacturers and obviously the manufacturers are seeing profitable months, month after month. So we can definitely say the business is back."
Raworth said being able to borrow money for a new car also helps.
"We're seeing the credit market loosening up a little bit, which is making credit more available to customers and that's bringing people back in the stores knowing that they will have a chance to get financed."
The past couple of years have been rough ones for the auto industry. But one thing has turned around in the past few months, and the difference can be summed up in one word: Confidence.
At Estabrook Ford, Jerry Albritton's sales figures are also on the rebound.
"You can see there's more confidence, people are more relaxed, they think things are slowly getting back to where they were several years ago," Albritton said.
And Albritton shows his own confidence in the industry.
"Our recovery is on the way. We have a great customer base with a great reputation and our business is great and getting better every month."
Both Albritton and Raworth said while sales aren't back up to where they were before the recession, they could be within the next year.