Individuals are offloading their pickup vehicles, however who’s shopping for them?

Mark McMullen, the final supervisor of Mark Wilson’s Higher Used Automobiles in Guelph, Ont., says his dealership is seeing an increase in folks seeking to offload their new and older-model pickup vehicles. And from what he is listening to, the perpetrator is rising fuel costs. 

Common unleaded fuel crested 200.0 cents per litre in southern Ontario this week, whereas mid-grade has hovered round 225 cents per litre and premium round 230.

“Lots of people have simply form of gravitated towards pickup vehicles simply because they like driving one thing larger, they’re handy for choosing stuff up,” he informed CBC Information.

“However with these excessive fuel costs… individuals are like, I do not want a truck that dangerous.”

Canadians love vehicles; in 2020 4 out of the 5 best-selling automobiles within the nation had been vehicles — with the Ford F-150 taking prime spot. McMullen believes there’ll all the time be a marketplace for them, however proper now he says its largely folks within the trades who want them to make a residing.

“There’s individuals who want vehicles and it is for work,” he stated. “There’s individuals who don’t want vehicles. They had been simply shopping for them simply because they like sitting up larger, they like having the comfort of a field — they will go to the Residence Depot and choose one thing up.”

“A pickup truck could be very helpful,” McMullen added.

“However the actuality is that with the excessive fuel costs and excessive diesel costs proper now, individuals who don’t want, they will be both dropping them off and commerce them in.”

The final supervisor of Mark Wilson’s Higher Used Automobiles, Mark McMullen, says that there is a rise in folks eliminating their pickup vehicles because of gas costs. (Submitted by Mark McMullen)

Ash Lebada, the final supervisor of Lebada Motors in Cambridge, Ont., says the final pattern at his dealership is folks in search of smaller rides; they are not completely buying and selling in vehicles.

“I do know that some individuals are attempting to downsize,” Lebada stated.

“Clearly, with COVID ending, earnings financial savings, getting harm off fuel costs, individuals are in search of these cheaper, smaller vehicles.” 

“However I imply, tradesmen and issues like that, they want a pickup truck for his or her livelihood in order that they maintain onto it or improve to a much bigger or higher one.”

He identified that apart from tradespeople, folks flip to vehicles for hauling: trailers or boats.


Although individuals are choosing automobiles which can be extra economical, Lebada stated the worth of used vehicles goes up, primarily because of the scarcity of inventory due to backups within the manufacturing of latest automobiles.

He says he is having no downside promoting them once more as soon as they arrive in.

“Ultimately somebody’s going to wish it,” he stated

“You’ve got received that landscaper or that roofer with a fleet of six vehicles. Two of them have damaged down, and it is just the start of his season. He will pay the additional 4 or 5 grand as a result of he is aware of he’ll make it up by the top of the summer time.”

The Morning Version – Ok-W4:36How rising fuel costs are affecting the pickup truck market within the area

Paul Leblanc would like to discover a purchaser for his 2021 Toyota Tundra Sport. In southern Ontario, common unleaded fuel is simply over two {dollars}. Premium can go even larger at 232.4 cents per litre. Mark McMullen, common supervisor of Mark Wilson’s Higher Used Automobiles in Guelph shares what is occurring within the native used automobile market.

Difficulties in going inexperienced

McMullen defined that due to the microchip scarcity, attempting to go inexperienced with an electrical truck just like the Ford F-150 Lightning is not really easy due to the wait occasions to get the automobiles.

It is one thing that Paul LeBlanc from Brantford, Ont. observed.

LeBlanc is attempting to promote his 2021 Toyota Tundra pickup truck for a more recent mannequin, citing enhancements in fuel mileage and efficiency. He primarily makes use of his truck for work. 

“Going inexperienced, you realize, it would not enable you to at the moment once you want a automobile at the moment,” he stated. “In 5 years from now, it’ll be a distinct story.” 

“It is not possible to get an alternate model automobile, both a two door, a 4 door and choose up vehicles. Overlook about it. Like this fuel truck we ordered in October — I am getting it subsequent week.”

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST is proven in Detroit on this January 2022 file photograph. The federal authorities will mandate that 30 per cent of all automobile gross sales in 2026 should be ZEVs, like this electrical pickup truck from Normal Motors. (Paul Sancya/AP Photograph)

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