Preliminary Used Class 8 Volumes Decline in February, Down 20% Y/Y

Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) declined moderately in February, falling 5% month over month and erasing a portion of January’s 10% improvement, according to the latest preliminary release of the ACT Research State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks.

The report indicated that longer-term comparisons yielded a 20% decline compared to February 2018.

Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included year-over-year comparisons for February 2019, which showed that average prices rose 15%, while average miles contracted 5%, and average age was 3% higher.

According to Steve Tam, vice president at ACT Research, “Generally, low inventory and strong demand increase price, while higher supply and softer demand tend to drive prices lower. The current pricing environment and dealer commentary suggest inventory remains one of, if not the main, limiting factor inhibiting sales volumes.”

ACT’s Classes 3-8 Used Truck Report 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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