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ACT Research: Preliminary Used Class 8 Volumes Grew, Prices Fell

March 24, 2020, 06:55 AM
Filed Under: Trucking

Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) increased 21 percent month-over-month in 2020’s second month, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. Longer-term, volumes also rose by double digits, up 24 percent year-over-year and 12 percent year-to-date.

Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included month-over-month comparisons for February 2020, which showed that average prices, miles and age all dropped, down 3 percent, 2 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

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).

According to Steve Tam, Vice President at ACT Research, “Although same dealer sales rose 21 percent from January, it is important to keep in mind that most of February’s activity was likely unaffected by COVID-19.”

He continued, “Seasonality accounts for about half of the sequential increase, and the catalyst for the remainder of the gain is elusive, but may be the result of the continued drop in prices.”

Commenting on the COVID-19 impact to this market, Tam noted, “The recent cancellation of events, ranging from public school and university classes to college and professional sporting events to industry trade shows, is expected to have a chilling effect on the economy and by extension, the truck industry. Besides washing your hands, the best advice is to closely monitor this incredibly fluid situation.”

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