Trailer sales expected to surge

News AED November 04, 2003
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Seventy percent of the fleets polled by CK Marketing & Communications in October indicated that they plan to purchase trailers

Seventy percent of the fleets polled by CK Marketing & Communications in October indicated that they plan to purchase trailers sometime in the next six months for both replacement (57%) and added capacity (43%). This is significantly up from the 48% reported in July and includes a strong demand for refrigerated units.


The poll is conducted quarterly with both private and for-hire fleets for The Fleet Sentiment Report published by CK Marketing. The fleets responding to the fourth quarter survey operate an average of 1,800 total units.


Sixty-seven percent of those polled are planning purchases of power units over the same time period, with the majority (72%) of those being designated as replacement vehicles. In response to a question regarding planned purchases surrounding the 2007 emissions mandate, a high percentage (65%) are taking a wait-and-see attitude and are undecided at this time as to whether they will avoid purchasing the first of these vehicles.


Included in orders for this new equipment are additional features such as tire pressure/inflation systems, on-board scales, air-ride suspensions, automatic transmissions with retarders, road surface temperature gauges and auxiliary HVAC systems.


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