ACT Research: Used Truck Prices Rise 12% YTD; Unit Sales Drop 16% YTD

The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in April was up 6% month-over-month and up 12% year-to-date, according to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks.

The report also indicated used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes fell 6% M/M and were 15% lower compared to April 2018. On a month-over-month basis, average mileage dropped 2%, while average age was down 4%.

“While some dealers are reporting demand for used trucks continues to be strong and the market does not have enough trucks to meet demand, the frequency and degree of contrary reports is increasing,” said Steve Tam, vice president at ACT Research. “Following several months of slowing freight and freight rate growth, it appears the used truck market is poised at an inflection point, and although April data does not necessarily reflect a turn in the market, comments and activity during May are presumed to be an indication of the slowdown.”

The report from ACT provides data on the average selling price, miles, and age based on a sample of industry data. In addition, the report provides the average selling price for top-selling Class 8 models for each of the major truck OEMs – Freightliner (Daimler); Kenworth and Peterbilt (Paccar); International (Navistar); and Volvo and Mack (Volvo).

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