As is the case with businesses, economists see consumers unleashing some of their pent-up demand for cars.
The average age of all vehicles in operation in America is at a record high of 11.2 years, according to the research firm R.L. Polk, which tracks vehicle sales and registrations.
Vehicle sales have been posting large gains this year.
The major caveat to all these relatively upbeat indicators, of course, is that Congress might override all of this strength with deep austerity measures.