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Sandhills Global Reports Heavy-Duty Truck & Semi-Trailer Markets Shifting Gears

June 06, 2022, 07:05 AM
Filed Under: Equipment News

According to the latest Sandhills Global Market Reports, May marked the third consecutive month of inventory increases for used heavy-duty trucks and semi-trailers in Sandhills marketplaces. From April to May, heavy-duty truck inventory was up 17 percent and semi-trailer inventory was up 20 percent. Auction values, meanwhile, have dipped, displaying a 4.8 percent month/month decrease among heavy-duty trucks and a 3.9 percent month/month drop for semi-trailers. The twin influences of rising inventory and decreasing auction values suggest that asking values are likely to reduce in the near-term.

The key metric used in all of Sandhills' market reports is the Sandhills Equipment Value Index (EVI). Buyers and sellers can use the information in the Sandhills EVI to monitor equipment markets and maximize returns on acquisition, liquidation and related business decisions. The Sandhills EVI data include equipment available in auction and retail markets, as well as model year equipment actively in use. Regional EVI data is available for the United States (and key geographic regions within) and Canada, allowing Sandhills to reflect machine values by location.

Key Takeaways

Sandhills Market Reports highlight the most significant changes in Sandhills' used heavy-duty truck, construction equipment and farm machinery markets. Each report includes detailed analysis and charts that help readers visualize the data. The latest reports detail key sub-markets. They show, for example, how trends in used semi-trailers are mirroring trends in used heavy-duty trucks.

U.S. Used Heavy-Duty Trucks & Semi-Trailers

  • The Sandhills EVI shows auction values for used heavy-duty trucks remaining higher than they were in 2021, up 49 percent year-over-year in May. However, shifting trends in inventory (which was up 17 percent in May) and recent decreases in auction values strongly suggest a downward trajectory for auction values going forward.
  • In May, the Sandhills EVI showed asking values for used heavy-duty trucks were up 60 percent Y/Y, but asking values are showing some signs of turning with only a 1.6 percent M/M increase.
  • Auction values in the semi-trailer market (which includes drop-deck, dry van, flatbed, and reefer trailers) were up 49 percent Y/Y; yet, similar to heavy-duty truck trends, used inventory levels for semi-trailers were up 20 percent this month.
  • The Sandhills EVI indicates that asking values for semi-trailers were up 2.4 percent M/M and up 63 percent Y/Y in May.

U.S. Used Construction Equipment

  • In used heavy-duty construction equipment, inventory declines have slowed, while medium-duty construction inventory levels have begun to rise. Comparable to current truck and trailer trends, auction values may start to trend down if inventory continues to climb.
  • The Sandhills EVI showed auction values for heavy-duty construction equipment in May were down 7.5 percent M/M, but the current values are still higher than 2021, up 8.7 percent Y/Y.
  • Looking at used medium-duty construction equipment, the Sandhills EVI showed auction values increased 0.5 percent M/M and 13 percent Y/Y.

U.S. Used Farm Equipment

  • The Sandhills EVI displayed mixed results in the used farm equipment market; M/M inventory declines have decelerated, and auction value growth has cooled off.
  • Used farm equipment inventory levels were down 2.8 percent from April to May and down 27 percent Y/Y.
  • Auction values were down 1.5 percent M/M, but farm equipment values are still higher than 2021, up 10.4 percent YOY in May. Asking values, meanwhile, continue to rise; asking values were up 0.5 percent M/M and 7.5 percent YOY.

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