Used-Truck Prices Rise as More-Recent Models Reach Market

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Used-truck prices have escalated in recent months as more late-model, low-mileage equipment has reached the used market, analysts said.

The average price of a used truck sold in October climbed to $42,100, up 11% from a year earlier and marking the third straight year-over-year gain, according to ACT Research. November figures were not yet available.

ACT Vice President Steve Tam said the rise in used-vehicle pricing reflects an increase in trade-ins as fleets ramp up new-truck purchases to replace their older equipment.

New Class 8 sales rose 15.6% in October and 11.3% in September following a string of 12 year-over-year declines, according to Ward’s.

Meanwhile, retail prices for used Class 8 sleepers remained near record levels, according to American Truck Dealers.

The average retail price of a used sleeper cab sold in October was $53,365, up from $49,366 in the same month last year but down from the all-time high of $54,090 recorded in August, ATD analyst Chris Visser said.


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