Joint FTR – CKCVR Heavy Duty Vehicle Usage, Maintenance Practices and Replacement Parts Purchasing Activity Report Now Available


A new study undertaken by FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research combines survey information gathered from fleets with industry and analytic data to broaden the trucking industry’s knowledge base with regard to heavy duty vehicle usage, maintenance practices and replacement parts purchasing activity.

The 30-page report gives a close look at the activity that drives equipment replacement and parts purchases such as vehicles age, typical trade cycles, miles driven per year, and preventive maintenance intervals. The total cost of maintenance and replacement parts (including tires) is analyzed by identifying the annual dollars the reporting fleets spend for the vehicles they operate. The survey also identifies preferences for service and parts vendors.

Some findings from the study that are included in the report
Average Class 8 vehicle age differs significantly between small, medium and large fleets as reported by survey participants.For small fleets, the average age of their Class 8 vehicles is 5.0 years while large fleets report an average of 2.7 years.
Class 8 miles driven (industry wide) is expected to increase in 2016, 2.2% over 2015.
The primary reason given for outsourcing maintenance is the lack of technical knowledge to complete the work at the fleet level.
More than half of outsourced maintenance work is performed by O.E. dealers.
Typical PM schedules for all fleets reporting is 2.3 months for trucks and 2.7 months for trailers.
Class 8 ton miles forecasted to increase 1.1% 2016 vs. 2015.
For most fleets, when Class 8 trucks pass the 6-year old mark, average annual part cost can increase by as much as 50%.

For more information about the report and how to order a copy, please go to​ or contact [email protected] or [email protected]

About FTR

For more than two decades, FTR has been the thought leader in freight transportation forecasting in North America.  The company’s national award-winning forecasters collect and analyze all data likely to impact freight movement, issuing consistently reliable reports for trucking, rail, and intermodal transportation, as well as providing demand analysis for commercial vehicle and railcar.  FTR’s forecasting and specially designed reports have resulted in advanced planning and cost-savings for companies throughout the transportation sector.
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About CK Commercial Vehicle Research

CK Commercial Vehicle Research has been surveying fleets for more than a decade and data reported in the Fleet Sentiment Report tracks activity from 2006. For more information about the Fleet Sentiment Report and other CK Commercial Vehicle reporting visit or call Chris Kemmer at 614-459-9369

CK Commercial Vehicle Research (CKCVR) is a business of CK Marketing & Communications located in Columbus, Ohio.  CKCVR surveys fleet advisors representing a mix of large, medium and small for-hire, private and government fleet operations.