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Not even a global pandemic can stop Americans from buying their beloved pickups, apparently.

While sales of passenger cars and SUVs have fallen sharply, pickup sales have held up surprisingly well as Americans take advantage of low-interest financing offers and refuse to let economic concerns stop them from getting the vehicle they've had their sights set on.

As the coronavirus pandemic raged, sales of passenger cars plunged 48.6% from March through April, compared with a year earlier, according to car research service Kelley Blue Book. Sales of SUVs fell 36.6%.

Sales of pickups fell 18.7%. Much of the decline was due to a drop in purchases by commercial and government buyers, according to analysts. Although some automakers haven't released a detailed breakdown of their performance, retail pickup sales were much stronger than fleet buys, analysts said.

In April, pickup sales exceeded car sales for the first time, according to Kelley Blue Book.

“They’re significantly outperforming the market,” said Jeff Schuster, president of global vehicle forecasting for research firm LMC Automotive.

Rasheed Walker, 31, bought a 2019 RAM 3500 in early June after co-founding a moving business during the pandemic. 

He said the lockdown in Tuskegee, Alabama, was prime time to help people and businesses transport goods while some of the competition was temporarily shut down. 

"There is this big void in the transportation industry right now. We wanted to get in where we fit in and start rolling," Walker said. "We got a great deal on the price, and we had to jump on it."

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