2016 Monthly Auto Sales Calendars And Selling Days For Every Month

In 2010, two issues prompted AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson to begin reporting monthly sales figures for the company's 300+ dealers. One: the auto sales calendar was, and is, a mess. Two: there was no separation between fleet and retail sales data.

We can't do anything about either complaint. In fact, on the second count, there would still be limitations to the transparency of the data even if we could publish firm, actual fleet sales figures for every model. 


The U.S. Auto Industry's 2017 Auto Sales Calendar


There is, after all, such a thing as a good fleet sale and such a thing as a bad retail sale. For example: would you rather sell five $24,000 Camrys to a rental car agency or two $19,000 Chrysler 200s with 0% interest over 84 months? We look forward to a day when fleet and retail sales could be published in detail, but we fear that instantaneously drawing hard and fast conclusions from fleet numbers would lead to a number of inaccurate conclusions. 

Here's what we can do, however. We can tell you what the 2016 U.S. auto sales calendar looks like and how it differs from the actual calendar hanging on your wall, by which we mean, the actual calendar in an app on your phone. 

As for Mr. Jackson's AutoNation, Automotive News reports that the company's monthly sales reporting has come to an end. AutoNation's tactics have not moved the industry toward greater transparency or a proper calendar. Nevertheless, to Mr. Jackson, we tip our hat.

Month
Beginning
End
Reporting Day
Selling Days
2016
Selling Days
2015
January 2016
1/5/2016
2/1/2016
Tuesday, 
February 2, 2016
2426
February 2016
2/2/2016
2/29/2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
2424
March 2016
3/1/2016
3/31/2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
2725
April 2016
4/1/2016
5/2/2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
2726
May 2016
5/3/2016
5/31/2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
2426
June 2016
6/1/2016
6/30/2016
Friday, July 1, 2016
2625
July 2016
7/1/2016
8/1/2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
2626
August 2016
8/2/2016
8/31/2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016
2626
September 2016
9/1/2016
9/30/2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
2525
October 2016
10/01/2016
10/31/2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
2628
November 2016
11/1/2016
11/30/2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
2523
December 2016
12/1/2016
1/3/2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
2728
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Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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