Looking at the average price of the benchmark sleeper tractor sold through the two largest nationwide no-reserve auction companies, Class 8 auction volume increased in June, reflecting high levels of off-lease supply and mild to moderate increase in demand. Pricing was fairly stable for late-model trucks, and low-mileage trucks look to be increasing in value. Conditions in the second half will depend on the degree of economic reopening.
In every class, retail sales saw year-over-year decreases, presumably caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Class 8 market saw the biggest decline, with sales plummeting more than 60% in May 2020 compared to May 2019.
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Although labor issues remain a significant challenge for respondents in the National Private Truck Council's annual survey, they continued to report retention and turnover performance far better than their for-hire colleagues.
Heavy-duty truck driver and tractor-trailer driver wages and employment rates vary greatly by state.
While both tractor and trailer sales saw a surge in October of 2019, those numbers quickly started dropping, with a COVID-19-related low in April 2020 of 1,680 tractors and 209 trailers.
EPA SmartWay data from 2018 shows Class 7, 8A, and 8B mileage-weighted miles per gallon data for each truck category for SmartWay program participants.
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