ACT: Used truck prices increase 3 percent

| October 26, 2010

The average retail sales price of Class 8 used vehicles sold in September increased 3 percent from August to $42,100, ACT Research Co. said.

ACT also reported the number of units sold declined by 5 percent during the same period as dealers reported a tighter supply of late-model equipment.
 
“Having fewer than necessary trucks of the right specifications is exacerbating the shortage of equipment and helping to drive up prices,” said Steve Tam, vice president-commercial vehicle sector with ACT. “Despite the lower number of transactions compared to August, all three used truck sales channels (auction, retail and wholesale) are well ahead of last year’s pace on a year-to-date basis. The used dealer industry remains cautiously optimistic about future prospects as freight, trucker profitability and new truck demand are improving,” he said.
 
ACT Used Truck database participants report approximately 2,500 transactions per month. ACT estimates approximately 10 percent of used Class 8 transactions are included in the database.