Heavy Duty Trucking: Planning Ahead May Prevent Repair Delays

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The auto parts industry is a profitable business with the sales of aftermarket parts expected to exceed $148 billion in 2016. Heavy duty parts amount to about $23 billion of that total. Obviously, the need for parts for heavy duty vehicles is constant, but unlike finding parts for smaller vehicles, it can be difficult to have access to the necessary parts as quickly as most people would like. Auto retailers generally focus their attention on light duty personal vehicles and keep only the basic commercial parts in stock. This can mean that it can take several days to find the parts heavy duty vehicles need to get back out on the road. The companies and individuals who rely on these vehicles to earn a living can be financially strained when these failures happen. To avoid this type of worry, it is a good idea for every heavy duty truck operator to have resources already available before a breakdown occurs. 

Establish Local Accounts Have an account established at all local auto parts stores that offer any heavy duty options. Retailers that advertise their services to customers with passenger vehicles will still often offer a commercial counter. Since nearly every city in the country has at least a couple of these shops, this is the fastest and easiest place to begin. By establishing an account it is often possible to convince the staff to keep common items like belts, filters, batteries and alternators in their inventory. By developing a good working relationship over time, they may even be able to assist with items that are harder to find. Establishing a commercial account may make it possible to receive discounted rates on all purchases as well. 

Understand the Equipment  Be aware of what type of parts each piece of equipment is likely to need. Some models are notorious for transmission or engine problems, while others may need frequent leaf spring repairs. Whatever the typical issue may be, look for salvage yards, heavy duty shops and local garages that have these items on hand or are able to get them shipped in quickly. If purchasing a vehicle to replace an older model that is no longer roadworthy, consider salvaging any parts that are able to be used on the newer model. Keeping them in stock will make it possible to save time and money if they are needed in the future. 

Locate Online Sellers  The Internet is the best friend of many heavy duty vehicle owners. The parts are often cheaper when they are bought from an online shop than when purchasing retail because these suppliers will have lower overhead expenses and do not add any retail markup fees. Many will have extensive inventories, experienced counter staff available to answer questions and offer expedited shipping. The cost of shipping does have to be considered, but most brick and mortar shops will also charge a delivery or shipping fee for items they need to special order for their customers. 

Getting parts fast is important, but it is equally important to shop carefully. Cheap or counterfeit parts can leave vehicles stranded again, and cause even more damage when they do fail. Always purchase from a reputable source, whether choosing new or used. The least stressful way to accomplish this is to plan ahead, before any break down occurs. 

For more information, contact King George Truck & Tire Center or a similar company.


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Talking About DIY and Professional Auto Repairs

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