New Cars: Why Not Report Unit Sales AND Prices?Mark Perryupdated Dec 04, 2011TweetAt GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity on our content & provide transparent & unbiased information. Companies don't pay us to include their products although we receive a compensation when you successfully apply to products from our partners. See how we make money here.At GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity.ManufacturerNov. 2011 Transaction PriceNov. 2010 Transaction PricePercent ChangeChrysler$29,128$28,4362.40%Ford$32,174$30,0277.20%GM$33,189$32,5512.00%Honda$26,730$25,4215.20%Hyundai/Kia$21,384$19,40810.20%Nissan$27,613$26,7843.10%Toyota$27,692$26,3115.20%Industry Average$30,317$29,1544.00% Last week Autodata reported 994,721 total light vehicle sales for November, which was a 13.9% annual increase from November last year (873,323 units). Separately, TrueCar.com reported that the average sales price for a new car reached a record high in November of $30,317 (average transaction price), an increase of 4% compared to a year earlier ($29,154, see chart). In that case, the total sales volume for new vehicles increased year-over-year in November by 18.44%, from $25.46 billion last year to $30.15 billion this year, and the total sales volume increase was even more impressive than the 13.9% increase in unit sales. Now only did American consumers buy 121,398 more cars last month compared to November 2010, but they were also willing to pay 4% more on average, or $1,163 more per vehicle. That translated into an increase in sales volume of $5 billion. When existing and new home sales are reported, both unit sales, and average and/or median sales prices are reported. Maybe car sales should be reported the same way, to get a more complete picture of vehicle sales? Editorial Disclosure: Any personal views and opinions expressed by the author in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of GET.com. The editorial content on this page is not provided by any of the companies mentioned, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Opinions expressed here are author's alone, not those of the companies mentioned, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.