The average retail price of a sleeper tractor sold in 2012 was $49,104. That truck had 547,749 miles and was 75.0 months old. Compared to 2011, average price was 3.6% or $1791 higher, mileage was 4.5% or 24,477 higher, and age was 5.0% or 3.6 months older.

So an older, higher-mileage mix of trucks brought more money. Of course, prices generally stopped increasing midyear, so more micro comparisons are not necessarily as favorable.

The next few months should likely see continued flat pricing. We don’t expect much change until the debt ceiling and spending issues are resolved.

Stay tuned for more analysis in the February edition of Guidelines, available early next month.