ACT Research: Same dealer used truck sales down 8% in June

Year-over-year comparisons for June 2019 showed that average prices of used trucks rose 5%, while average miles shed 1%, and average age was unchanged from the prior year. (The Trucker file photo)

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 8% month-over-month in June, the third consecutive sequential drop, 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 25% decline compared to June 2018, as well as a year-to-date drop of 18%.

Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included year-over-year comparisons for June 2019, which showed that average prices rose 5%, while average miles shed 1%, and average age was unchanged from the prior year.

“At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the used truck market continues to slow, despite some segments having not yet experienced any meaningful signs of deceleration, said Steve Tam, ACT Research vice president. “ACT has reported that the U.S. has entered a freight recession, two consecutive quarters of contraction. Despite six months of declining freight, most carriers are just now coming to grips with the reality of their markets and thus, it is not surprising that dealers’ experiences range from little to no impact on sales to significant drops in volume and pricing.”

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.

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