BYLINE: SEATTLE (AP) The second-hand car market has been shrinking for years.
But sales of the older cars are down 1.7 percent in the March quarter, according to figures released Tuesday by the Washington Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
The first-half figure, which includes April, was revised downward slightly to 9,742 vehicles.
The decline is the biggest decline since January of 2017.
Sales of second-generation and pre-existing vehicles are down at least 1 percent every year since 2007.
The department also says second-half sales were down 0.7% from a year earlier.
That’s down from the 2.5% decline recorded a year ago.
That’s the biggest annual drop since 2000.
The number of cars on the road has fallen over the past three decades.
Last year, the Washington Legislature passed a bill to cap the number of vehicles a person could own.
The bill passed the House in March but died in the Senate.
The Legislature is expected to vote again on the cap this year.
The numbers are the first since the U.S. Department of Transportation released data showing that a record number of secondhand cars were sold in the first quarter.
The Department of Motor Vehicles says it’s working with the state and local governments to update state records to show the full number of owners.