New vehicle sales in Northeast Ohio fell nearly 10 percent in March from levels a year ago.

March sales of cars, SUVs and light trucks in March totaled 20,521, down 9.8 percent from 22,743 in March 2018 in a 21-county area of Northern Ohio, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association reported.

“The numbers for March were softer than we anticipated, but mirror a national trend of slowing new vehicle sales,” Louis A. Vitantonio, association president, said in a news release. “The positive impact of the tax cuts is starting to wear off, and the government shut down did have some negative effect on the market. However, consumer confidence remains strong. We still expect 2019 to be a strong year in terms of overall new vehicle sales.”

New vehicle sales also fell in Summit County as well, according to figures from the Northeast Ohio Automobile Dealers’ Association.

March sales in the county totaled 1,912, down 429, or 18.3 percent, from 2,341 a year ago.

Meanwhile, used vehicles sales in Summit County rose in March from a year ago, the Akron-based automobile dealers association reported. Used vehicle sales totaled 4,031 last month, up 104, or 2.6 percent, from 3,927 a year ago.

In the 21 county region of Northern Ohio, used vehicles sales were up 1.6 percent in March compared to a year ago, the Cleveland auto dealers association reported.

Chevrolet was the region’s best-selling brand with 3,234 new vehicle sales, followed by Ford with 2,830 sales and Honda with 1,628 sales. Jeep was fourth with 1,571 new vehicles sold.