Sky-high vehicle prices are a good hedge against sliding sales for U.S. car makers and dealers as a whole. But the math is working out less favorably for some than for others, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The industry’s luck turned last quarter after a remarkably profitable year. Light vehicles sold in the U.S. at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of just 12.2 million in September — the lowest for more than a decade excluding the shutdown-affected months of spring 2020.