Until a few months ago, our local Ford dealer was all about trucks. He kept several on display on a raised semicircular platform out front where passing drivers could see them. Not the regular F-150 pickups you and I might buy; but the huge F-250s and F-350s ranchers, horse breeders, and NASCAR fans favor.
Then gas hit 3.98 and diesel came close to 5.00. Suddenly the platform was bereft of trucks; in their place was a pathetic lineup of Focuses (Focii?) and Fusions.
Well, as of this week you can find regular for 2.78 in Tucson, and the trucks are back. F-150s for now (low-end ones, judging from the lack of chrome); if gas gets any cheaper, the big boys will shoulder them off the platform.
Of course no one can get a loan, so I’m not sure who’s buying all these trucks.
My street corner truckometer™. It’s telling me something but I’m not sure what, exactly.
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