Given the small numbers of discontinued vehicles listed as sold new months or even years after the end of production, it has to be to customers.
This simple question came up in the Chevy Spark thread: When the automakers issue their monthly sales reports, do those numbers represent deliveries to final buyers (both retail and fleet), or do they represent deliveries to dealer lots?
For example, if a car carrier pulls up to Joe's Chevrolet and unloads 5 cars for dealer stock, at that point are those 5 cars counted as "sold" for the purpose of GM's monthly press release? Or, are they uncounted until a deal is actually made with a buyer?
So, that's the question. Does anybody in the industry know the answer for certain? Or, have a credible source that explains how this works? For the record, I always thought sales were only counted when delivered to a final buyer, not to the dealer's lot. But I have nothing to prove that other than feeling like I read it somewhere.