Tips for Choosing a Medium and Heavy Truck Parts Supplier

Maintaining their parts is an important aspect of keeping freight trucks on the road. As well made as the parts of a truck may be, they eventually need replacement due to wear. For freight companies, the key is to replace parts before they break, resulting in having to leave a rig on the side of the road. A supplier of medium and heavy truck parts will assist with this task, but carriers must choose a parts supplier carefully in terms of the fleet services they need. Below are tips for choosing a parts supplier for freight trucks.

Choose a supplier that has multiple service centers

Using a supplier that has a truck service center makes the parts replacement process easier. In addition to providing the parts, the supplier can install them – an arrangement that helps carriers defray the cost of maintenance through outsourcing. For companies whose fleets travel nationwide, choosing a supplier that has nationwide service centers is the best idea. If components need to be replaced while rigs are on the shipping route, the supplier will perform the necessary service.

Choose a supplier that supplies parts from various manufacturers

Some suppliers only supply components from certain medium and heavy truck parts manufacturers. This may not seem like a problem if you own trucks that need components the supplier carries. However, if you invested in a truck or an engine from a different manufacturer, you would need to have it maintained by a different truck service center. Some suppliers specialize in a certain type of truck, but have the expertise and components for servicing all types of rigs. This is the best type of supplier to work with.

Choose a supplier that has an online maintenance program

Standard maintenance is the most important service for keeping a rig on the road. When a carrier company has numerous trucks, keeping them all on the right maintenance schedule can be difficult. A supplier that has an online maintenance program solves this problem by notifying the carrier of each rig’s upcoming maintenance needs. After a vehicle is entered into the program, the carrier is notified automatically when the vehicle needs maintenance again.

Choose a supplier that offers same-day delivery

If a carrier prefers to install parts on its own, it should choose a supplier that offers same-day delivery. If it takes days to receive a component, this means a rig could spend days parked instead of on the road, delivering goods. Carrier companies demand a quick turn around for equipment repair and maintenance. They should also demand a quick turn around for parts delivery.

Conclusion

Freight carriers that use trucks need the services of a medium and heavy truck parts supplier, particularly one that has the characteristics listed above. Parts suppliers who have a service center, provide an online maintenance program, supply components from various manufacturers, and offer same-day delivery provide carrier companies with the range of services they need to solve maintenance and repair issues quickly, and keep trucks on the road.

How to Find the Classic Truck Parts You Need

When you pick up a Classic truck or car, more often than not you are embarking on a restoration project. While these projects are fun and rewarding, finding parts, particularly certain Classic truck parts, can be a real challenge. Willys and International truck parts are often rather difficult to come by and if you do manage to find them, can be somewhat expensive. However, if you have your heart set on restoring that classic truck, then you are probably willing to do whatever it takes to find the parts that you need. Don’t let the excitement of starting your resto project, though, impede your ability to make wise decisions. Some people will take advantage of that. It is best to shop around and, better yet, ask around for other truck owners’ advice on where they get their Classic Truck parts. 

If you have a truck that is rare or does not have parts that are readily available, then you will need to do a little more in depth search for your classic truck parts. Choose some sites that you trust and inquire there. You can also contact people who have a truck that is the same model as yours and ask them for advice. Junk yards and salvage yards are also good places to look for your parts. If you exhaust all of your resources and you still come up empty, then it is probably time that you consider fabrication. Locate a good, reputable machine shop and have your antique truck part made to order. This is a little more on the expensive end of getting a part, but it may be your only option for getting the right part. Trying to adapt a part that is not right for your truck could turn your restoration project into a disaster.

Another good source for finding classic truck parts are vintage truck clubs. Check to see if there are any in your area, or you can look online for clubs. You may have to pay a membership fee, but the advice and support that you can get from the club members can prove to be invaluable. These vintage truck clubs form networks and when you need a part someone in the club usually knows where you can get it.  If you are serious about your antique truck restoration, this is a resource that you really can’t do without. They can give you advice, help you if you get stuck with a part of the process and refer you to reputable restoration services, parts companies and much more

Your vintage truck restoration project can be very fun and rewarding. Whether you do it yourself or you farm out some or all of the services, you will end up with a truck that you are proud to drive. Imagine making a vintage Chevy, Willys or Ford your daily driver! Finding the right antique truck parts can be a little difficult at times, but there are many valuable resources out there. For instance there is good article that lists all the major classic trucks for sale here.

How to Export Truck Parts to Africa

Over the last decade, exporting has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Technological advancement in various areas of logistics has made it easy for businesses of all sizes to get involved in the exporting business.

Africa is largely a developing continent, and due to its size and geography it relies extensively on heavy duty machinery such as trucks to haul large loads of goods from one part of the country to another. As the African terrain can be very rough and rugged, trucks are known to breakdown quite often, and this necessitates a large volume of exports of truck spares and replacements to the continent.

While some African truck repair shops carry all the necessary truck parts to get the truck up and running, sometimes, the parts are not in stock and need to be imported from another country. Below are two ways that we export truck parts to Africa with relative ease. I say relative, because some regions and shipments have been fraught with problems, so we will also cover some of the potential problems you may encounter when exporting to Africa.

Air Freight

Technological advancements and the declining cost of air transport have allowed exporters of truck parts to easily send the ordered parts from one country to another within a matter of days. Buyers need not wait for weeks on end to get the parts they require, they can simply ask the seller to send the parts via air and receive them in 3 or 4 days.

While using air freight as a primary mode of transportation is a good way to export, it is also a very expensive one, particularly as compared to using land and sea freight. Sending something via air freight can run up hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in shipping costs. The general rule of thumb with air shipment is the heavier and more fragile the item, the more it will cost to ship. Since most truck parts are quite heavy, be prepared to pay a significant amount of money to send the part via air.

As the exporter, you are always able to charge the buyer for the air shipment; however, be sure that they are given the option of having the part sent via an alternative method.

Ship Cargo

Exporting goods via the sea is perhaps one of the oldest modes of international transportation. Shipping cargo can be dated back at least several centuries. It is because of ship routes established back in history that we are able to so easily navigate the seas.

Most exporters send very heavy truck parts via ship cargo. Ship cargo is also used if there are a number of truck parts being exported (in bulk). Sending truck parts via ship cargo is usually less expensive than sending it via air cargo, however; it does have its disadvantages.

While technological advancements in the field of logistics have enabled sea shipment companies to purchase fuel powered ships to transport goods, the shipments can still take a great deal of time to reach their destination. Depending on the country of export, a shipment via the sea can take anywhere between a week and three weeks to arrive at its destination.

Sending truck parts via ship cargo can also increase custom costs. As Africa is still a developing country, there can be a lot of customs issues at its ports, as well as corruption, which can lead to expectations of bribery, among other issues: The truck parts may sit at the docks awaiting clearance for days if the process is not sped up with a little “persuasion”. For this reason I would try to choose your destination, and indeed entire shipping route, carefully when you are making arrangements to export to Africa, as some countries are more prone to corruption than others.

There is also the issue of instability, be it social, economic or ethnic strife and conflict that can affect the cost of exporting to a given country, and this should be considered carefully. Bad social conditions or conflict can freeze cargoes in place, incur unforeseen costs, slow supply lines, or even cause cargoes to ‘disappear.’ For this reason, try to plot an export route through stable countries wherever possible.

These are just a few of the issues we have come across when exporting truck parts to Africa, and these are equally valid concerns when exporting anything to the African continent.