Why Are Semi Truck Prices Going Up?

Semi truck prices have been steadily increasing since the beginning of 2020. This is due to a variety of factors, including an increase in demand for trucks, rising fuel costs, and a shortage of available trucks on the market. As a result, those in the trucking industry are feeling the pinch when it comes to purchasing new semi trucks and equipment.

The increase in demand for semi trucks is largely fueled by increased freight traffic in the country. With more goods being shipped than ever before, companies are needing to purchase more semi trucks to keep up with the demand. Additionally, as traditional brick-and-mortar retail stores close due to declining sales, online retailers are seeing a surge in orders that need to be fulfilled with semi trucks.

Fuel costs are also playing a role in increasing semi truck prices. The cost of diesel fuel has been steadily increasing over the past several years and this can add up quickly for trucking companies that rely on long-distance hauls. Furthermore, higher fuel costs can cause drivers to be less willing to drive long distances due to decreased profitability.

Finally, there is currently a shortage of available semi trucks on the market. This is because many truck manufacturers have shifted their focus away from producing new trucks in favor of producing parts and accessories for existing models. This has caused an overall decrease in new semi truck production.


In conclusion, rising demand for semi trucks combined with increases in fuel costs and decreases in available models are all contributing factors as to why semi truck prices are going up. Companies in the industry are feeling the pinch when it comes time to purchase new vehicles or equipment and must factor these trends into their purchasing decisions.

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Karen Watkins