Used truck sales improve 4% in January

by Truck News

ACT ResearchCOLUMBUS, Ind. – Used Class 8 truck sales improved 4% month-over-month in January, but were down 1% year-over-year, ACT Research said Wednesday.

It also said that used Class 8 average price started 2020 up 7% month-over-month, with average miles dropping 4% sequentially and average age down 2% compared to the last month of 2019.

Longer term, average price, miles and age were all below January 2019, shedding 11%, 1%, and 4%, respectively, ACT said.

“Dealers are reporting that there are more used trucks available and prices are well below late 2018 and early 2019 levels, which has scared many people in trucking,” said Steve Tam, vice-president at ACT Research.

“Many dealers wrote down the values of their used trucks in late 2019 and early 2020, taking losses in late 2019 to properly position dealers for 2020.”

He said the bad news is some large losses had to be taken; the good news is there are some used truck bargains available for savvy buyers.

“Some truckers and dealers are in for rocky times if they have not adjusted their expectations for values on their trades and truck inventory,” Tam added.

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