At Folsom Lake Ford near Sacramento, the fleet department has seen fewer orders from state and local government agencies, said government sales manager Mark Paoli.
A few years ago, government purchases amounted to more than 50% of the Folsom dealership's new-car sales, with as many as 2,000 vehicles sold for rescue units, pursuit cars and other transportation.
This year, Paoli
estimated that the dealership would sell only 300 cars to government entities in California, or about 20% of the store's projected total new-car sales for 2009.
But after Tuesday's special election, Paoli
worried that government sales would decrease further.
"We knew 2009 would start the downward spiral, and we're anticipating the same thing next year, if not worse," he