Another annual record was set in 2016 for vehicle sales, thanks to growth in trucks and SUVs/CUVs. Most auto industry experts expect sales in 2017 to be much the same, or slightly less, as in 2016 – but they said that last year, too. Consumers and business owners are feeling better about the future with prospects of tax reform and deregulation under the Trump administration, but current lack of clarity may slow buy-sell activity in the near term. Although vehicle prices are at all-time highs, dealers continue to cope with declining margins. Most economists see business activity picking up and believe economic growth in 2017 will outpace 2016; that is, if the Fed doesn’t throw cold water on the tiny sparks of growth with multiple interest rate hikes.