Almost half (48%) of the for-hire and private fleets polled in July 2003 plan to buy trailers within the next six months, according to quarterly research published by CK Marketing & Communications.
The buying plans are even stronger for power units, with 74% of the fleets polled indicating that they plan to purchase power units sometime in the next six months.
Of private and for-hire fleets questioned, 41% said at least a portion of the purchases were to add capacity to their fleet.
To address the concern of a possible boom-bust cycle surrounding the 2007 emissions regulations, this question has been included in this quarterly poll: “As things stand today, will you avoid purchasing new trucks in 2007?” Currently (July), 30% of those polled indicated that they would avoid purchases in 2007, and 26% answered that they would not. The highest percentage — 44% — said they were undecided for now.