Gaining Weight: Today’s Pickup Trucks are Heavier

The Wall Street Journal reported that today’s pickup trucks are bigger than they were almost 20 years ago. The article cited data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory which showed that the average pickup is now 1,142 pounds heavier than it was in 1990.

The WSJ goes on to explain that auto manufacturers took advantage of changes to the “footprint rule” in 2011, when the federal government reworked its calculations to determine a vehicle’s fuel economy, allowing the manufacturers to build more bulked-up models. These auto companies made their newer models taller (some up to 80 inches high), increased their length and expanded the wheelbase.

There was another reason for the bigger pickups. “One of the most significant changes in that time was the arrival of crew-cab configurations, which added cab space to make them more family and work friendly,” Ford spokesperson Mike Levine told WSJ.

If you currently own a heavy pickup truck, it will give you the power you need, but, in a few years, that power may start to wane. If you are looking to move on to a newer model, but are unsure what to do with your older vehicle, call the junk car buying experts at Gershow Recycling. They will buy your junk pickup truck from you, no matter its size, make, model, age or condition.

Gershow buys thousands of junk cars each year from hardworking Long Islanders and puts money back in their pockets. Once Gershow buys your junk vehicle, they recycle it and manufacture it into high-quality scrap products. These scrap products are then used to make other products, such as newer vehicles.

If you are looking to work with a “cash for cars” junk and auto salvage company, call Gershow. They have nine convenient locations throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties and Brooklyn. To sell your older pickup, or for more information, call (631) 371-2031 or visit

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