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Used Class 8 truck sales fell in August

Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 1% month-over-month in August, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.

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Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 1% month-over-month in August, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.

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Additionally, ACT’s report indicates that longer-term comparisons yielded a 25% decline compared to August 2018, as well as a year-to-date drop of 18%, the 10th consecutive contraction for both time period comparisons.

Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included sequential comparisons for August 2019, which showed that average prices fell 1%, while average miles climbed 2%, and average age was unchanged.

According to Steve Tam, vice president at ACT Research, “The used truck market is presently awash in a sea of red ink, with only a few bits of good news. Nonetheless, the industry is to be commended for the way it is handling the current market correction, perhaps because the softening market has been anticipated for nearly two years.

“Cool heads are prevailing as volumes fall and prices continue to sink, with dealers keeping calm and selling on,” Tam added. “That said, if our forecast is correct, the capacity rebalancing should be a relatively shallow and short-in-duration exercise.”

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