In our market reports, we’ve focused heavily on the performance of the used sleeper tractor market overall. We have not yet broken this data down into sub-segments to any great extent. Today, we’re going to take a look at how the owner/operator market has fared in comparison to the aerodynamic market.

For this analysis, “owner/operator” means traditionally-styled extended-hood, and “aerodynamic” means aerodynamically-styled 120” BBC (or equivalent). We’re looking strictly at highway sleeper tractors in both segments. The first graph outlines the performance of four-year-old trucks, adjusted for mileage. The next three graphs outline average price, average mileage, and average age for all model years of trucks under 1,000,000 miles.

Looking at four-year-old trucks, we see that from January-September, there was a consistent price gap of about $17,000 between the two segments. That gap closed considerably for October, but we’re going to call that an anomaly caused by the limited amount of data we have for that point. It is therefore legitimate to say that four-year-old owner/operator trucks are bringing about $17K more than their sleeper counterparts. Keep in mind this data has been adjusted for mileage but not spec (engine, transmission, accessories, etc.). O/O trucks generally have higher horsepower, multispeed transmissions, and more chrome accessories than their aerodynamic counterparts. We have not adjusted for those items.

Expanding our view to all model years, we see a price difference of just under $13,000 in favor of owner/operator trucks. Average mileage fluctuated more in the owner/operator market, but on average, the mileage difference was about 19,000. This difference may be considered small enough to have a negligible effect on price. Average age differed by less than one month.

Our takeaway here is that the average owner-operator sleeper tractor found in the used market is no older than its sleeper counterpart, nor does it have appreciably higher mileage. But it does enjoy a near-$13K price premium (again, not taking spec into account). So even in an age when fuel economy is critical, owner/operator trucks still enjoy a substantial premium.