Declining Class 8 used truck sales continue


Same dealer sales of used Class 8 trucks fell 1 percent month-over-month in August, according to the latest preliminary release of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks.

The report also indicated that longer-term comparisons yielded a 25 percent decline compared with August 2018, as well as a year-to-date drop of 18 percent, the 10th consecutive contraction for both time period comparisons.

Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included sequential comparisons for August 2019, which showed that average prices fell 1 percent, while average miles climbed 2 percent and average age was unchanged.

“The used truck market is presently awash in a sea of red ink, with only a few bits of good news. Nonetheless, the industry is to be commended for the way it is handling the current market correction, perhaps because the softening market has been anticipated for nearly two years,” says ACT Vice President Steve Tam.

“Cool heads are prevailing as volumes fall and prices continue to sink, with dealers keeping calm and selling on. That said, if our forecast is correct, the capacity rebalancing should be a relatively shallow and short-in-duration exercise,” Tam says.

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.

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