ACT Research: April Used Class 8 Sales Volumes, Average Miles and Age Were Lower Sequentially, While Average Price Rose

According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) were 3% lower month-over-month, but significantly higher year-over-year and year-to-date against easier COVID-impacted comparisons in 2020. Average prices were 9% higher compared to March and 50% more expensive than in April of 2020, while average miles and age both dropped 2% m/m and 6% y/y.

The report from ACT 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). This report is utilized by those throughout the industry, including commercial vehicle dealers, to gain a better understanding of the used truck market, especially as it relates to changes in near-term performance.

Used 6.7.21 (1)“April used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes slipped back into negative territory on a month-over-month basis in April (-3%). Historically, sales pull back about 10%,” said Steve Tam, Vice President at ACT Research. He continued, “While the contraction was expected, it was smaller than anticipated. Used truck inventory, as best as we are able to piece together, remained stable in April.”

Looking at the different sales channels for used Class 8 vehicles, Tam commented, “Channel results were oddly mixed, with auctions transitioning to growth in the near term and year-over-year, but lagging year-to-date, albeit by a smaller margin. Wholesale transactions followed the same pattern, which they also experienced in March. Sequential softness came from the retail market, which also bolstered broader longer-term gains.” He added, “At the risk of sounding redundant, the catalysts for current market performance are essentially unchanged. Continued strong freight growth and driver-constrained freight hauling capacity have driven both spot and contract freight rates to new record highs. In turn, improved trucker profitability is a catalyst for increased demand for both new and used trucks.”

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