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Bigger Is Back

Wichita Falls, TX-  The decline in gas prices across the country has been a sigh of relief for many drivers here in Texoma, but that is not stopping some from buying bigger vehicles.

Newschannel 6 talked with a local car salesman about the lower gas prices and what effects it is having in the car market.

Lamont Myles, General Manager at Patterson Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Kia on Old Jacksboro Highway in Wichita Falls said their dealership is aligned with the national trend, selling less cars, and more SUV's and trucks.

“SUV's have become very popular and have been for years now and as familiar grown as fuel efficiency has gotten better with those,” said Myles.

In September pickup trucks, SUV's and crossover vehicles accounted for more than 50 percent of dealer sales across the country. Myles believed lower gas prices and manufacturers design new fas efficient vehicles have helped ease buyers' minds.

"You see some of these bigger SUV's are getting 23 to 24 miles per gallon, which is close to what some cars do,” said Myles.

Myles said a few years ago people looking for cars panicked when gas prices spiked.  

"People thought they needed to get into smaller, more economical cars and that became a mistake as things leveled off,” said Myles.

He said now people base their vehicle purchase on family size and use.

“People looked up and said I still got this family. So, I definitely need more room, I got little league soccer, football, all those different things that they need the space for,” said Myles. "I think as families grow SUV's become the better fit. Trucks kind of cater to both, you have the space and if you need to haul things, you have a bed to accommodate you there."

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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