Aftermarket parts can provide significant cost savings while maintaining high-quality standards and meeting the specific needs of work truck fleets.
A few top benefits work truck fleets can find from utilizing these parts and accessories include:
- Reducing downtime.
- Enhancing truck maintenance and overall fleet efficiency.
- increasing safety and security.
- Ongoing integration of technology and telematics.
Benefit 1: Reduction in Downtime from Aftermarket Parts
Keeping vehicles running and on the road is the top goal of any commercial fleet manager. Parts are a big “part” of that equation.
“Aftermarket parts can be designed to outlast the OEM. This change will have a direct impact on the bottom line. A fleet manager should qualify their vendors by asking if their product will meet or exceed the performance of OEM. This can bring a higher cost to the front end. Still, the vehicle will remain a productive part of the fleet, reducing overall cost,” said Joe McDonald, vice president of sales at Jasper Engines & Transmissions.
Having access to the necessary parts and truck accessories from wiper blades to oil filters, mechanical parts, and more, sometimes you need to pivot to ensure your trucks stay on the road.
Benefit 2: Non-OEM Parts Can Help Enhance Efficiency
Vocational fleet managers always look for ways to increase their truck's overall efficiency. Expanding your parts network can help
“A.R.E. works with multiple companies that perform great with our products to help techs be more efficient with their day-in and day-out work activities,” said Jose Reyna, national fleet & commercial sales director at A.R.E.
And, generic parts allow the ability to create a stock number specifically for heavy-duty engine and truck applications.
“With OEMs, you're receiving the same part used in a domestic vehicle for the most part. Aftermarket parts can be designed with stronger alloys that will withstand the wear and tear of a fleet vehicle,” McDonald said.
Benefit 3: Increased Safety & Reduced Truck Maintenance
Driver and fleet safety is top of mind for vocational truck fleets.
“Studies have shown road calls are dangerous for the driver and repair shop associate. Increasing the quality of the failed part will, in turn, reduce road calls and improve overall safety,” McDonald said.
Reyna of A.R.E. also agreed.
“We are always concerned about the driver’s safety and try to supply our fleet customers with options to maximize safety. On our Commercial toppers, we offer popular options such as side toolboxes, so the driver doesn’t strain his body and possibly prevent injuries,” Reyna added.
Benefit 4: More Security through Truck Accessories
Often, non-OEM parts focus on the security of your vehicle, tools, and equipment. These truck accessories can be quite expensive and often sought after by thieves.
“This is important because companies supply tools for the technician to perform their duties, and they need to be able to store them securely,” Reyna said.
An example would be products like the 5/8" receiver lock, cable locks, and other options from BOLT Lock for added cargo and tool security.
Benefit 5: Integration & Use of Telematics
Don’t forget telematics is often a non-OEM part for most fleet vehicles.
“Data, like driver behavior and location, are always good for fleet managers to have on hand,” Reyna said.
Today, a computer is becoming just as much a part of a truck fleet's maintenance toolbox as a socket wrench. And that's just as true in the truck cab as it is in the office.
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