ACT: Preliminary used Class 8 volumes fell M/M, Y/Y and YTD in April

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Heavy Truck volume on I-81 south of Lexington At the James River Bridge near Buchanan
April 2019 used Class 8 truck sales yielded a 13% decline compared to April 2018, as well as a year-to-date drop of 16%. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 5% month-over-month in April, following an uptick in March, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research.

Additionally, the report indicated that longer-term comparisons yielded a 13% decline compared to April 2018, as well as a year-to-date drop of 16%.

Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included year-over-year comparisons for April 2019, which showed that average prices rose 14%, while average miles and age were relatively flat.

“Recent conversations with market contact suggest dealers are very aware that conditions are changing. Auction and wholesale volumes, as well as pricing, are softening,” said Steve Tam, v vice president at ACT Research. “Some used truck buyers and sellers are paying close attention, but others may be only casually aware of any looming concern. Most truckers have yet to make the leap, as signified by retail markets that are outperforming their dealer counterparts.”

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).

ACT Research is a publisher of commercial vehicle truck, trailer, and bus industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American and China markets. ACT’s analytical services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as banking and investment companies. More information can be found at www.actresearch.net.

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