Used-truck sales volumes decline in May

July 12, 2011
Challenged by a lack of available inventory, sales volumes of used trucks fell in all sales channels during May 2011, according to ACT Research Co. Sales volumes were down approximately 15% from April’s level.

Challenged by a lack of available inventory, sales volumes of used trucks fell in all sales channels during May 2011, according to ACT Research Co. Sales volumes were down approximately 15% from April’s level.

This update on the used market was reported in the latest release of the State of the Industry: US Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT. The firm also reported that average miles for vehicles—as well as prices in the used market—both continued to increase.

“While used inventory continues to be tight, the industry should see some relief in supply and pricing as new truck sales improve,” said Steve Tam, vice-president–commercial vehicle sector with ACT. “Due to new truck buyers holding onto their equipment longer, used-truck mileage continues to trend upward. Vehicle age and mileage are expected to increase throughout 2011.”

The ACT report provides data on the average used price for the top-selling Class 8 model for each of the major truck OEMs: Freightliner (Daimler); Kenworth and Peterbilt (Paccar); International (Navistar); and Volvo and Mack (Volvo).

For subscription information, go to www.actresearch.net.

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