The disparity in pricing between the auction and retail channels continues to grow. Higher volume continues to push pricing at auctions lower, but retail customers are still paying respectable money for Class 8 sleeper tractors, at least in the 3-5 year-old cohort.

Final December numbers were essentially equal to November’s, coming in $330 (or 0.5%) higher on average. On a model-by-model basis, the 386 decreased notably after two strong months, returning closer to the group average. The Cascadia decreased at a milder rate, with volume being this model’s Achilles’ heel. The 387/587 increased notably, mainly due to a strong showing by MY2013 587’s. The ProStar ticked up notably in December, stabilizing after four months of renewed depreciation. Other models showed little change month-over-month. See graph below for detail.

The recent winter storm pushed back our usual analytical schedule by a few days, so we’re running a little behind. Stay tuned early next week for wholesale results.