Aftermarket big truck parts are quite dark. In fact, the problem is because many companies create the same big truck parts and then sell these parts in the different boxes. Other than that, there is no standardization related to the various terms to describe the parts you want to buy.
Therefore, many fleet managers have difficulties to know the types of the parts, such as genuine, factory replacement, will-fit, and private label. Well, there are still many other types, including aftermarket replacement, white box, all makes, rebuilt, and remanufactured. The companies claimed that these parts are best for various points of your trucks’ lifespan. Of course, there are many misconceptions, wrong assumptions and myths related to big truck parts options in the aftermarket. Here, we tell you more.
1. All parts are the same, they are equal
The director of North American Vehicle Group Aftermarket (Eaton) Amy Kartch explained that just because the parts are the same as the genuine parts, it does not mean that the quality is the same. The genuine parts follow all the years of development and test, engineering, and the system levels. She stated that you could differentiate several parts from the specifications.
Even the vice president and the national fleets at Haldex, Steve Miller added that all parts are not the same, they are not equal. Even though these parts have the same function and fit, does not mean they have the same quality level.
2. The price is prior
The value of your parts is from the availability, so it is more than just the price as Phil Taylor, the vice president of maintenance for the Central Oregon Truck Co. explained. Indeed, the cost is the component of the value. The value should make the truck runs on the road at the right time so that our drivers are still productive.
Of course, there are some big risks when you consider buying custom big truck parts only based on the price. For example, if we need replacement parts because of the accidental damage, we may consider around the OEM proprietary parts for the interior, the body, and the chassis of the truck. When we do this, of course, we get more value, better performance and complete the reparation of the truck.
Besides, when you choose wrong parts, it can bring to premature failure, on-road failure, and spend more cost because of the impact on its performance.
3. Focus on the age of the truck
The age of your truck should not be the determiner to repair the parts. When you choose the parts for your truck, you should consider the application, the age of your truck, the trade cycle, the performance and the quality of the company. Other than that, you should think about the safety when you choose these parts.
4. High-quality parts depend on the brand
It is great if you recognize a brand name for the parts of your trucks. But, it is important to note that even popular brands may put wrong stuff inside. At this time, many brands offer the parts with pretty box, but again you should check the quality.
5. Rebuilt and remanufactured parts are the same
The national sales and product manager remanufacturing at Haldex, Tim Shaw explained that rebuilt and remanufactured parts are different.
Rebuilt big truck parts take the component and then fix everything that is wrong so they replace the damaged parts. However, remanufactured parts did when the technicians take apart the component completely. After that, they will send it to the manufacturing facility.