Use me: Used Class 8 prices rise

April 27, 2011

The upward price trend of used heavy-duty (Class 8) commercial vehicles that began in early 2010 continued into March 2011. According to latest research from commercial market analyst ACT Research Co. (ACT), the reported average sales price increased 6% from February levels.

 The price increases were reported in the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. ACT also reported that average miles for vehicles in the used market also continued to increase.

“Inventory on hand continues to be very tight,” says Steve Tam, vice president-commercial vehicle sector with ACT. “The trend is for vehicles coming to market with higher mileage, a reaction to fleets holding on to their equipment longer. Used prices will continue to rise, driven by tight availability of low-mileage and late model units.”

ACT Used Truck database participants report approximately 2,700 transactions per month. The company is working with additional used vehicle market participants to push the number of reported transactions significantly higher. ACT estimates that approximately 10% of used Class 8 transactions are currently included in the database.

 The 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 to the full report, please go to our web site at