Chris Visser's Articles

Retail Market Steady Heading into December

October was another positive month for the retail channel, with volume up incrementally over a relatively strong September, and pricing essentially unchanged.

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Another Strong Month for Retail Sales Volume

Our reporting dealers had an unexpectedly strong month in September, and it looks like October was at least as active...

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EPA Representative Addresses Emissions Tampering

At this past week’s Used Truck Association Convention, which I highly recommend anyone remotely involved in the used truck industry attend, a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency answered questions about dealer liability as it pertains to emissions tampering...

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EPA Rescinds Rule Limiting Glider Kit Production

According to Successful Dealer Magazine, the Environmental Protection Agency has “… filed a proposal with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to repeal the ‘emission requirements for glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits.'"

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Class 8 Retail Depreciation Remains Minimal

September was a relatively strong month for the retail Class 8 market, with volume up notably and pricing on par with August...

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Retail Sales Jumped Up in September

Class 8 sales per dealership rooftop increased dramatically month-over-month, with September’s average coming in at 6.0 trucks...

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September Auction Results

Volume of the most common sleeper tractors auctioned this month was up moderately from August. Of the major nationwide auctions we track, only one was postponed due to Hurricane Harvey or Irma...

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Model vs. Model Sleeper Comparison

The most common aerodynamic sleeper tractors showed some movement relative to each other in August. The Peterbilt 579 once again appeared to greatly outperform other models...

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Auctions Minimally Impacted by Hurricanes

It looks like hurricane impact to auction activity was mainly limited to the Houston area, with one major truck auction house postponing their late-August auction by a week...

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Class 8 Retail Pricing Dipped Moderately in August

Hurricane Harvey obviously impacted demand in the Eastern Texas and Louisiana markets late in the month, but the cessation of sales in the final week simply removed that region from our nationwide averages...

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