Used Truck Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)
The global Used Truck Market is expected to register a CAGR of 4.8%, during the forecast period, 2019-2024.
The decision to buy a used truck is sometimes referred to as a smart buy decision because of the advantages and value for money it offers. Some of the major factors driving the demand for used trucks are growth in building and infrastructure (such as roads, and highways), increasing e-commerce logistics, and continuous development in the agricultural sector in, both, developed and developing countries. However, factors, such as the incentives and discounts offered by the truck manufacturers, new technologies and fuel efficiency (available at a low price), and less downtime of new trucks are propelling the customers to prefer new trucks over the used ones.
The growing construction and e-commerce activities have increased the demand for material transportation, which, in turn, has resulted in increased sales of used trucks over the past three years, across the world.
Scope of the Report
The global Used Truck market has been segmented by vehicle type and geography.
Key Market Trends
Rise in Construction Industry Driving the Demand for Heavy-Duty Trucks
Road transport is a critical component in the economy of any country or region, and high-performance trucks play a crucial part in the transporting of goods in an efficient way. Enhanced performance, along with increased driver comfort and safety (especially in Class 6 and Class 7 trucks), is one of the primary drivers of the high-performance truck market. High horsepower and high speeds primarily characterize these vehicles.
The advent of trucks with higher power and advanced features, like airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, cruise control systems, ABS and driveline traction control, and electronic stability, makes it one of the preferred choices for commercial and material handling, and vehicles in the construction and manufacturing sector.
The global construction industry is expected to witness significant growth in the coming years, with good opportunities emerging from the infrastructure, residential, and non-residential sectors.
Some of the major factors driving the market studied are increasing construction of multi-family houses (with the growing trend of nuclear families) and increasing investments in the construction of roads, highways, smart cities, metros, bridges, and expressways, due to the growth in population and urbanization.
The average price of a used heavy-duty truck has declined by 5% in 2017 and has fallen to USD 40,500. The average age of the trucks is increasing, which, in turn, is increasing the total number of miles traveled by a truck.
Moreover, the preference for advanced technologies, such as automatic transmission, is also increasing. The aforementioned factors are shifting the consumer's focus toward new trucks. As a result, the companies and manufacturers who sell used trucks are keeping the prices of used trucks low, in order to attract customers.
There is a rise in the supply of trucks with an age of 3-5 years with increased mileage, resulting in the fall of prices for trucks in the market. Dealer lots are filled with trucks high on mileage making the buyers tend toward the purchase of new trucks.
There is also an increasing trend toward AMT transmission in the line-haul tractor segment, due to the fuel efficiency improvements that are offered. Freightliner Cascadia registered the highest volume among sleeper tractors sold in 2017, while Kenworth emerged as the strongest player in the vocational market.
The market is majorly controlled by a retail dealership, with about 75% of the share in the distribution channels. It offers better sales and service support compared to the other channels.
However, used truck prices are expected to increase with the entry of the latest model year trucks into the used trucks segment by 2020. Volvo and Mack trucks are highly accepted in the construction segment, due to the improved freight environment.
APAC is the Fastest Growing Market for Used Trucks
The used truck market is expected to grow more in the Asia-Pacific region, compared to the other regions. By 2020, 2013, and 2014 model year trucks will shift into the used truck market and this will keep the value of used trucks high, which at present is low.
The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be a major market propelling the global construction industry, with rising construction activities in countries, such as India and ASEAN countries (including Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and others).
For instance, in India, the construction sector is one of the booming industries. The construction sector in the country is expected to grow twice as fast as China until 2030, with the country’s population growth.
The infrastructure sector is an important pillar for the growth of the Indian economy. The Indian government is taking various initiatives to ensure the time-bound creation of an excellent infrastructure in the country.
The government has announced a target of USD 376.5 billion investment in infrastructure over a period of three years, including USD 120.5 billion for developing 27 industrial clusters and USD 75.3 billion for road, railway, and port connectivity projects.
Indian roadways is the second-largest in the world. Owing to the increasing number of vehicles and traffic, the government is planning to further extend the roadways in the coming years.
Additionally, despite its volatile growth in the real estate sector, significant developments of rail and road infrastructure by the Chinese government (in order to withstand the demand stemming from the growing industrial and service sectors) have resulted in the tremendous growth of the Chinese construction industry in the recent years.
In the past few years, countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore have increasingly become primary hosts for numerous national and international events, owing to their business potential.
As a result of the aforementioned developments, the demand for used trucks is expected to increase in the freight and logistics segment over the forecast period.
Key players operating in the market are Scania, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Mascus, Volvo Trucks, etc. Manufacturers are focusing on developing advanced technologies and launching new products in order to stay competitive in the market.
Recent developments in the Used Truck market are:
May 2019: Mack and Volvo have started offering a warranty on the purchase of used trucks. With this development, customers are provided with 24 months or 250,000 miles of warranty thereby eliminating the need for third-party warranty service.
January 2018: Renault Trucks to offer tailored services to used vehicles, which include providing Financing & Insurance, manufacturer warranty, customization of the vehicle with a wide range of accessories, breakdown and towing assistance
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