When and How to Buy Aftermarket Truck Parts

A truck is primarily meant for loading, unloading, and rough long distance drives. It is categorized under heavy automobiles categories, which is why driving a truck is a lot different than driving just another automobile. Essentially a commercial vehicle, there are people who do drive a truck for the mere fascination for its grand size. It is essentially used for loading and transport of heavy stuff over a long or short stretch. However, since most trucks have an open load bed, they can also be used as passenger carriers. Across the world, the basic anatomy of a truck is the same. Some common truck parts are a chassis, a cab, an area for placing cargo or equipment, axles, suspension and road wheels, an engine, a drive train, pneumatic, hydraulic water and electrical systems.

If you want to make your trucks more efficient and faster, but cannot afford it, that’s where aftermarket truck parts play the vital role. Aftermarket parts are those parts that are made by a company other than the original manufacturer or OEM, of the automobile. You can also use aftermarket parts, if you want to do certain modifications in your truck. Another main advantage of using these parts apart from affordability is that you can install them with minimum knowledge about the automobile, instead of the original ones, which require professional installation.

Before ordering an aftermarket truck part, be certain that it matches your vehicle’s model or the manufacturing year. Also, you need to check your manufacturer’s warranty before making aftermarket changes as your truck may void its warranty, if mentioned anywhere.

If your truck sets out on long journeys, then wear and tear of various parts is likely to happen sooner than it would otherwise. If you think that your truck has been demanding more maintenance or troubling you more often, it is time to go for a replacement. Although all the parts are available from brand specific outlets, many people opt for used truck parts, as it is more affordable. Various workshops provide the customers with the best grade truck accessories. You can visit their warehouse and choose from some high performance auto parts that suit your truck the best.

All you need is to be very cautious and must ensure that you pick the best performance equipments to give your truck a long life that in turn guarantee your safety while you drive truck out on the road. You can choose from the wide variety of aftermarket truck parts that are available in the market. However, when you pick equipments to modify or reinstall in your truck, there are chances that you may end up setting your hand on poor quality parts. Always emphasize on unmatched performance, so that your truck is ready for all kinds of adverse conditions when it sets out. It is vital that you settle for nothing but the most efficient, high-grade replacement, as it will directly influence your truck’s performance in the years to come.

Buying Used Truck Parts

Whether it’s your personal vehicle or your big rig, you probably don’t like to think about any of the vehicles you drive breaking down. But just because you avoid the topic doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen. In fact, odds are even the newest trucks will require replacement parts before the owner is ready to purchase a new vehicle.

While new replacement truck parts are usually expensive, the exact price of the parts is dependent on the make and model of the vehicle. New parts must usually be ordered from the manufacturer, dealer, or a new part distributor. While they certainly fit the bill for replacing faulty parts in trucks, they also increase it!

Because you’ll probably already be saddled with a mechanic’s invoice on top of the cost of the parts, purchasing used truck parts can help you keep the cost of repairing your truck down, but finding used parts is not always easy. While junk yards and other local used part dealers can occasionally be helpful for truckers looking for used truck parts, finding exactly the right part for exactly the right truck can be a challenge.

Fortunately, the Internet has revolutionized the way truckers can search and purchase used truck parts. Web sites allow truckers to search databases filled with used truck parts that are listed by other truckers and dealers throughout the United States. These parts can be purchased from independent sellers and either shipped or picked up. Doing business this way allows truckers to save money while still getting the exact parts that they need. By using Internet databases, truckers can view the parts they want to purchase before actually forking over the cash. This allows buyers to use the Internet for another important task-research.

From trucking and trailer accessories like deck ladders horns, tandem stoppers, and locks to parts for engines, cabs, and the body of the truck, truckers can purchase used parts at a discount by finding them online. Sites like trucker to trucker allow customers to search for customized parts and even post wanted ads for parts that they want. Instead of traversing junkyards or searching manufacturers’ inventories for new parts, truckers looking for used parts need only run a few Internet searches. Easy and convenient to use, these web sites are an excellent resource for those who need to purchase a replacement truck part without shelling out a lot of cash. By using these sites, you might even be able to buy some unique and fun accessories with the money you save from your replacement part.

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.

Truck Parts Are in the Eye of the Beholder

In the performance parts industry, people tend to use the words parts and accessories interchangeably, while others see a difference. So what’s the difference, for example, between truck parts and truck accessories if many of them serve the same basic function? It depends on who you ask.

Because the words parts and accessories each encompass a large number of products that overlap and can therefore be categorized as either, people tend to the use the words interchangeably without any regard to the difference. In reality, when dealing with the performance parts industry, the word only overlaps in certain instances, and even then opinions will vary as to which factors apply. Truck parts and truck accessories each have their own list of included products, which ‘meet in the middle’ depending on their intended use, as well as their categorization as an OEM or aftermarket product.

A truck parts advisor for example, may tell you that a truck part has a more generic definition, and includes everything from repair, maintenance, and restoration, to interior and exterior enhancement. Such products may include oil filters, air filters, shocks, spoilers, or headlamps, as they in effect, are part of the truck. So long as they are the original part of the truck, or even a replacement or repair product, it can be described as a part whereas an aftermarket part created to enhance the vehicle after the initial purchase tends to fall into the accessory category.

In the meantime, the same parts advisor may tell you that the word accessory is synonymous with the word part when referring to a product in general, but the specific make and use of the product will determine which category it falls into.

Car covers, sun shields, make-specific paraphernalia and such products that serve mainly to enhance a car or truck (such as lift kits) would most likely be considered solely accessories. A sport utility rack could potentially fall into either.

Even oil filters, brake pads or rotors, or air filters could fall into either category. The standard, OEM version will typically be considered a truck part whereas a performance-based aftermarket version thereof will more likely be considered a Truck accessory (such as K&N oil filters, which take advantage of advanced filtration technology you won’t find in its standard OEM counterpart). A lift kit, which isn’t something that’s included with the truck but rather used as an enhancement will typically be classified as an accessory, though some will still call it a truck part.

The items that tend to be categorized specifically as accessories are aftermarket products made to enhance (whether it be performance or aesthetic). For example aftermarket air filters, high quality seat covers, and floor mats for trucks are typically considered truck accessories if they are not the original OEM part. The issue becomes even more clouded once you get into OEM-made accessories vs. aftermarket accessories or even aftermarket parts, but that’s a completely different article.

In the end, the difference between the two will always vary from person to person, even among truck enthusiasts and professionals within the repair or performance parts industry.