Jim Palusky wasn’t planning on shopping for a car this fall, but then he got an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Walser Toyota in Bloomington said it would buy his 2019 Tacoma pickup for just $1,500 less than he paid for it, even though he’d driven it more than 30,000 miles in a year and a half.
“I couldn’t believe it was for real,” said Palusky, a retiree from Maple Lake who makes frequent trips to Duluth. “Everybody I talked to said I was crazy not to trade up.”
While other segments of the economy are still trying to recover from the pandemic, the auto market is reaching new heights. With manufacturers unable to ship enough new vehicles due to parts shortages, prices for new and used vehicles are skyrocketing. Some customers making trades are even getting more than they originally paid.
Walser Toyota is one of those dealerships scrambling for