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Truck Sales Increase, Economy Hitches a Ride

Mike Case, Tri-State Ford Mike Case, Tri-State Ford

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - The pick-up truck is making a comeback, with sales surging in the past few months. 

In politics, you follow the money. In economics, you follow the pick-up truck. Near record numbers of people in our area are driving off the lot in trucks... In most cases, sales are up about 20% across Amarillo. 

Analysts say that's a sure-fire sign the economy is on the rebound. The reason... Pickups are mostly used for work, and if more people are buying them, that most likely means more people are working.

Mike Case with Tri-State Ford says, "Construction. A lot of construction that really had been off for the last couple of years are starting to make some purchases. We're seeing a lot of the cattle business picking up a little bit. Farmers and ranchers are starting to buy again. Oil and gas businesses are starting to buy again." 

That's a far cry from last year, when pick-up sales nationwide hit their lowest point in nearly two decades, with only 1.1 million of them being sold. Dealers we spoke with say they see no indicators that these accelerating sales will be slowing down anytime soon.

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