Best Practices for Buying Truck Parts

Best Practices for Buying Truck Parts

1. Finding the balance between Value and Quality

The spectrum of available replacement truck parts offers everything from cheap used parts to expensive premium parts; it can be difficult to know where to start. While the cheap used parts won’t be effective for your truck, the expensive premium parts do not fit into your budget. The key to starting the truck part replacement process is finding the truck part provider that offers high-quality parts at a price that fits your budget. How can you find that provider? The internet continues to transform the truck part buying process by giving you quick access to a variety of truck part providers available. By browsing these truck part providers, making phone calls, and searching through inventories, you can begin to sift out the best options for your needs.

2. Used vs. New

One of the biggest questions that you’ll have to answer is “Do I buy used or new truck parts?”. Used truck part providers, like Active Truck Parts, offer used rebuilt and aftermarket truck parts for a lower price compared to new parts. New parts offer the shine and value of an unused part but require a higher investment on your end. While you have to be careful in selecting your used truck part dealer, used part providers typically offer greater value; and the quality for the price beats out new parts.

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3. Choosing parts you can Trust

Finding the right truck part provider relies on your ability to find a trustworthy provider that has your best interests in mind. Once again, the internet can be a very helpful tool in learning more about different truck part providers. Check out online company reviews, make phone calls to learn more about a provider, and browse their website. The ideal situation for consistently acquiring truck parts is to find the provider that you can continually return to for parts. If you can locate a truck part provider that is always ready for you, that’s time and money saved  that goes back into your business.

4. Maximizing your time on the road

Value and quality are two key aspects of the truck part buying process, but another aspect of the process that’s often overlooked is FAST SERVICE. The reality is when you’re shopping for truck parts, you aren’t on the road; and when you aren’t on the road, your business suffers. Here at Active Truck Parts, we’ve chosen to make fast service a staple of our business, because we understand that your time matters. Fast service requires a provider that has an expert and committed team, a well-organized inventory, and outstanding customer service. When you find the provider that provides value, quality, and fast service, you’ll know you’ve found the provider you will keep coming back to.


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Truck Parts Central

Cummins ISX Engines, Fuller Transmissions, and Peterbilt 379 Hoods are just some of the quality and affordable used heavy truck parts that are available today!

Here at Active Truck Parts, we have the region’s largest inventory of used heavy duty truck parts. If you know the heavy truck part you’re looking for, you can always call our truck specialist team at (720) 547-2471.

Truck Parts Central is your one-stop shop for finding the perfect heavy truck parts for your truck. Every month, come to Truck Parts Central and you’ll find out best truck part deals! If you see a part below that you’d like to purchase, give us a call at (720) 547-2471

Cummins ISX Engine Assemblies

Years: 2008-2016

Price Range: $8500-$13,500 Exchange

Great runners, good miles, tested and ready to go!

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Fuller FRO16210C Transmissions

Years: 2009-2012

Price Range: $2,100 Exchange

Good inspected take-outs, or we can rebuild yours!

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Peterbilt 379 Hoods

Price Range: $2,395 Exchange

New aftermarket shell, great fit, 3 pc fiberglass

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Fuller RTLO16913A Transmissions

Years: 2007-2013

Price Range: $3,050 Exchange

Inspected by rebuild shop, out and ready-to-go can rebuild units

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Truck Highlight: Kenworth

Since 1923, Kenworth has solidified itself as a market leader in the big rig truck industry. As designers of the first fire trucks and diesel engines, Kenworth has a rich history of truck design experience that has kept them ahead of the competition.

Kenworth Trucks

Kenworth’s latest truck releases are headlined by the T880 and T680 models. Both models come in three variations to suit driver’s needs. The T880 line features a 52” sleeper, a 40” sleeper, and a day cab. The T680 comes in a 76” mid-roof sleeper, a 52” mid-roof sleeper, and a day cab. Because of its superior performance, the T680 came away with the American Truck Drivers Commercial Truck of the Year award in 2013.


Kenworths are some of the most advanced trucks on the market. They are equipped with PACCAR engines, specifically the MX-13 (up to 510 hp and 1,850lbs. of torque) and the MX-11 (up to 430 hp and 1,650lbs. of torque). Also fitted with Kenworth Airglide™ rear suspensions, these trucks are specifically designed with drivers in mind.

Kenworth understands what makes drivers want to spend time inside of their truck. One of their hallmark offerings centers around the customization of truck interiors. An array of custom interior options and designs makes a Kenworth truck the ideal choice for comfort on those long cross-country hauls.

Customer Service

Along with top-of-the-line trucks, Kenworth also offers highly efficient customer service. Driving academies help drivers familiarize themselves with their trucks. TruckTech+ is an online tool used to help identify truck problems and provide the necessary resources to repair these issues. Kenworth trucks are also equipped with wireless communication technologies that provide drivers, dealers and fleet managers with the latest information about road and traffic conditions.

Kenworth’s history of excellence and proven product line place them as a top option for buyers seeking to upgrade their truck or fleet. Here at Active Truck Parts, we are proud to carry remanufactured and used Kenworth trucks and parts. Check out our Parts Page to browse our Kenworth inventory and take advantage of top-class products at an affordable price!

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Truck Driving Tips from The Experts

As experts in the heavy truck parts industry for 38 years, we’ve interacted with many truck drivers over the years. And while our main purpose is getting drivers out on the road fast, we have also gathered plenty of tips and advice for maximizing your health and safety during life out on the road. If you are going to take the time to find the perfect used parts for your truck, you should also be taking the time to take care of yourself.

Stay Healthy

Life on the road can be tough. Long hours of driving with only a few truck stops along the way can make it difficult to eat healthy and exercise. But no matter how tight your schedule is, finding ways to maintain your physical health is essential. Whether that means doing push ups while your tank is filling up or finding time for sit ups before bed, choosing creative ways to stay healthy ensures that you can be at your best while you are on the road. Another important aspect of staying healthy is choosing a proper diet. When it comes to eating on the road, fast food can feel like the easy option. However, taking a few extra minutes to pack some healthy groceries before you leave can help keep you performing at the highest level while on the road.

Slow Down

Time is money, especially when you’re racing against the clock. But as truck drivers, your first responsibility is to keep yourself – and everyone else around you – safe. Speeding while carrying heavy loads of precious cargo is a recipe for disaster for you, your boss, and other cars on the road. Do your best to meet your deadlines, but remember to always drive within the capabilities of yourself and your truck.

G.O.A.L. (Get Out And Look)

When it comes to driving a truck, backing up can be a difficult challenge. Maneuvering your vehicle into a tight space with a giant load blocking your vision requires the utmost care and expertise. There is no shame in getting out of your truck to ensure safety for your truck and everyone around you. Take the time to be the best driver you can be, in every scenario.

Do the Little Things

You’ll never be too experienced to take care of the little things. Constantly checking your truck will keep you updated on the needs of your truck, and will limit the possibilities of unexpected issues. Pre-Trip and Post-Trip inspections can identify the small issues that could potentially become major problems down the road if left unchecked. If you see something unusual, or discover that a part isn’t working correctly, call your truck part specialist to determine the best solution.

Keep yourself entertained

No matter how experienced you are, driving long hours can become monotonous. Sing along to your favorite playlist, call up friends and family, and do anything that will keep your mind off the day of driving that’s ahead and behind you. Staying motivated during your downtime is just as important. Watch a movie or read a book to relax and rejuvenate. Staying well rested will ensure that you have the maximum amount of energy to be the best driver that you can be.

Here at Active Truck Parts, we’re all about making life easy and efficient for truck drivers like you. Call us today to check out our used heavy truck part inventory, or check out our website to learn more about how we can help you!


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Choosing Truck Parts: A Quick Start Guide

Looking For Truck Parts, But Not Sure Where To Start?  You’ve come to the right place.

When it comes to finding replacement parts for your truck, the amount of options can seem overwhelming. This guide can help you comfortably navigate the process of shopping for truck parts to ensure that you receive the highest return on your investment.

Step 1: New or Used?

The first decision that you’ll have to make is the choice between new and used truck parts. Popular opinion would encourage you to consider new truck parts as the superior option. And while buying new truck parts can provide the benefits of quality and customization, purchasing used and remanufactured truck parts is a valuable investment. When highly monitored and proven processes are utilized in the remanufacturing process, choosing used truck parts allow you to save money without sacrificing on quality. Not only this, but  recycling used parts creates sustainable processes that foster a healthy environment.

Step 2: What Kind of Part Do You Need?

Here at Active Truck Parts, we have a massive inventory of parts. Individual truck parts can come in a variety of makes, models, and sizes, so it’s essential that you do the proper research and analysis of your truck to ensure that you know the exact truck part that you’ll need. It may seem like a hassle to spend extra time collecting the details, but we would not want to see you order a part that doesn’t fit the needs of your truck!

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Step 3: Where is the Best Place to Buy?

Researching salvage yards and truck part dealers in your area is always a great place to start. Many of these dealers have websites that can provide you with information about their truck parts and remanufacturing processes. Ensure that you choose a location that has the type of truck parts you need, and that proper remanufacturing and recycling procedures are being used. Do your due diligence to make sure that you purchase from a dealer who has you – and your truck’s – best interest in mind.

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Step 4: Start Making Calls!

After performing the research, calling the dealer directly is always a great way to locate the exact part that you need. If you have the necessary information and details, one phone call is a quick and easy way to ensure that the your truck parts are available at that dealer.

Here at Active Truck Parts, we have a “One Call, That’s All” approach. Call Us today, let us know the part you’ll need, and our truck part specialist team will work hard to ensure that we locate the perfect replacement part for your truck.

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8 Myths About Heavy Duty Truck Parts

The trucking industry is rife with misperceptions about parts that make it difficult for fleet managers to be sure they are getting the parts they need.

The world of aftermarket parts can be quite murky. The fact that the same part made by the same manufacturer can be available in several different boxes is just part of the problem. There also seems to be no standardization on what is meant by the various terms used to describe the type of part being purchased.

All this makes it difficult for fleet managers to know which type of part — genuine, factory replacement, aftermarket replacement, will-fit, private label, all makes, white box, rebuilt, or remanufactured — is best for a truck at various points in its life cycle.

Myths and misconceptions about parts options abound in the aftermarket. Here’s a look at some of the more common ones.

1. All parts are created equal.“Just because a truck part looks the same as a genuine part does not mean it’s the same quality,” says Amy Kartch, director of North American Vehicle Group Aftermarket, Eaton. “Fit and functionality cannot replace the years of testing, engineering and system level understanding that goes into genuine parts.” She adds that the differences between the various types of parts comes down to the specifications they are built to and whether the part manufacturer understands the application that part will be operating in.

According to Juan Hernandez, international marketing and sourcing manager, aftermarket business unit at SAF-Holland, original parts are typically components of a system that have been designed and engineered to work together as a system. He believes variables such as tolerances and mechanical properties, among other things, are what separate original parts from other types of parts. “A safe system is the result of all its components working together the way they were designed and engineered. Altering the system’s components presents a threat to the system’s ability to operate safely.”

Consistency and after sales support are two distinguishing factors.

“Design standards are either known or they are not,” says T J Thomas, director of corporate marketing at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. “The manufacturing process is known or it is not. The quality control processes are known or not, and the knowledge of the OEM requirements and the technical specs are known or not known.”
After-sale support of the part — including warranty, available training, available technical support and documentation and whether the part manufacturer has product specific experts — is a critical differentiator.
Jim Pennig, vice president of business development for Vipar Heavy Duty, explains that manufacturers of branded parts have invested a lot in the product they sell, including more field support, marketing support, research and development, engineering, and training.

Rob Speed, president of aftermarket and trailers and chief procurement officer for Meritor, contends that “OEM manufacturers create tolerances and specifications to ensure longevity and performance of their parts.” Adjustments, no matter how small, will reduce the cost of manufacturing and the price the fleet pays – but also can affect the performance of the product.

“Value line” parts may not have the same kind of quality control, the same number of inspections, and may not be made of the same material, according to Bill Wade, managing partner of Wade & Partners, a consulting firm serving the used and aftermarket truck parts market.

​Steve Miller, vice president, national fleets at Haldex, says he is seeing a trend in which parts are being considered commodities. “All parts are not created equal. Same fit and function does not mean you are buying a quality part.”

2. The price matters most.The value in parts really comes from the availability, not just the price, according to Phil Taylor, vice president of maintenance for Central Oregon Truck Co. in Redmond, Ore. “We look at the value parts bring to our fleet, not necessarily just the cost. Cost is a component of value. The value is getting the truck back on the road in a timely manner. This allows our drivers to remain productive.”

He says there is a danger in choosing parts solely based on price. “When we need replacement parts for our tractors due to accidental damage, we only consider OEM proprietary parts for the chassis, body and interior of the truck.” He explains that is not solely because of the requirements of his fleet’s fair market value leasing program. “It’s also because we know we will get more value and better performance out of those parts and our trucks when repairs are completed,” he adds.

Jerry Conroy, North American vice president, aftermarket sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle systems, notes that repair time needs to be a factor when selecting a replacement part. If a technician is going to spend hours replacing a part, the fleet manager probably does not want him to have to replace it again in a month.
In addition, choosing the wrong type of part could result in premature failure, an on-road failure and another trip to the shop. “We all know that what one failure can cost in terms of impact,” Eaton’s Kartch says.

Pennig says it comes to total cost of ownership “While choosing a value-priced part may be cheaper in the beginning in terms of initial investment, if you have to replace the part three or four times over the life of the equipment it may not be such a great deal.”

He adds, “Cheaper products are not always better. The acquisition price once installed versus what the uptime is on the vehicle comes into play. If the product fails sooner, the price just went up.”
Wade says when a fleet has spent $100,000 [or more] for a truck, taking a chance on an unknown supplier who is offering a part that is $10 cheaper does not make sense. “The relationship of the savings to the value of the vehicle should be the guiding principal in parts selection.”

Pennig encourages fleet managers to take a holistic view of their goals. “Ultimately this puts pressure on the fleet manager to make decisions based on safety and keeping the trucks on the road running efficiently so they can make deliveries on time.”

Haldex’s Miller contends that fleet managers understand that they can use will-fit, white box or price point parts that are not critical to the operation of the vehicle. “However, there are areas where the fleet should purchase a genuine part because a will-fit part may jeopardize a warranty or impact the safe operations or reliability of the vehicle.”

The life cycle of the vehicle does have to be taken into consideration. John Blodgett, vice president of sales and marketing at aftermarket researcher and consultant MacKay & Co, explains, “If a fleet typically buys trucks new, keeps them for six years and then sells them, they may consider putting non-genuine parts on the vehicle in the fifth year if the part is not going to affect the performance of the vehicle for the balance of the time they will own the vehicle and will not impact the resale value.”

Hernandez believes fleets should use original parts throughout the vehicle’s life, but also believes “OEM suppliers and manufacturers should be able to reduce the price of the spare parts as the years go by, thus maintaining the relation between cost of repair vs. residual value of the truck.”

3. The age of the vehicle is the only factor to consider.Just as with the price of the product, the age of the truck should not be the sole determinant in what type of part to use in a repair.
Fleet managers try to maximize uptime at the lowest prices with the least amount of risk, Kartch believes. “They can consider application, the age of the vehicle, trade cycle, performance of the part, quality of the manufacturer, [and] criticality of the component to uptime and safety when they choose their parts.”
However, she understands that truck life cycle is a factor. “During the truck life cycle, the definition of the value changes. First or second replacements may value highest quality to keep the truck optimized,” she says. “A later life cycle owner may choose to migrate to a price point part as the vehicle ages.”

What a fleet does with its trucks when it is ready to dispose of them plays a role in the parts selected. If a repair is made in the 47th month of a 48-month trade cycle, the part chosen may depend on who is buying the truck. “If you have a trade-in cycle, what [the next owner] cares about will influence the quality of the part you are going to purchase,” Conroy says. “If all you need to do is slap on anybody’s brake shoe so the truck is able to stop, the fleet may make a compromise, but if there is an expectation on the part of the second owner about performance, then you need to make a different decision in terms of what you put back on that truck.”

4. The name on the box is what’s really important. Wade contends that the name on the box is secondary to who the fleet is buying that part from. “It is up to the dealer or distributor to do the due diligence as to where the part comes from, the quality of the part and everything else. I do not think the fleet manager should have to do this.

“If he recognizes the brand name, that is great, but even brand names can sometimes put wrong stuff in the box. It is up to the distributor [or dealer] who calls on every fleet in his regional area and therefore will better know what is working and what is not. Who better to know where the trouble is?”
Eaton’s Kartch cautions, “Do not be fooled by a pretty box. Check the quality inside.”

5. There is a minimum standard for truck parts sold in North America. “For many of the parts being imported and sold, there may or may not be any testing to ensure the safe operation of those products in the truck owner’s vehicles,” Speed says.

Bendix’s Conroy notes, for instance, that there is no criteria from an aftermarket perspective for what friction material needs to do or what requirements it has to have. “You can grind up cashews, mold it and put it on a brake shoe and that can be your friction material,” he says.

Hernandez says, “Safety should always be first” when fleets are replacing parts. He advises fleet managers to “stick with what was engineered to go with the system you need a part for.”

6. A fleet can be its own sourcing manager. The Internet has made it easy for fleet owners to find truck parts, but that may not be the best avenue for parts procurement, Speed says. “Many [fleet managers] think they can go online and order truck parts from low-cost countries and then just plug and play the parts into vehicles. Where is the testing and validation? What happens if something goes wrong? Saving a dollar today is not worth risking someone’s life tomorrow,” Speed cautions.

Rather than sourcing their own parts, Wade suggests fleets source parts from someone they trust. “It is not up to the fleet manager to know what is in the box,” according to Wade. “It is up to the guy who is selling it to him to know what is the box.”

7. Parts must be obtained and replaced at the dealer. Pennig says fleets don’t always realize that a part is available through aftermarket distribution and that the product is often the same, just as good, or even better than what is available through the OE dealer channel.

Tina Alread, director of sales at HDA Truck Pride, believes sometimes the aftermarket has even gone further and solved a known issue found to be present in the OE application. “It is important for truck owners to have all the facts when making purchase decisions for repairs.”

She believes differences between types of parts can be infinite and include manufacturing process, testing, supplier qualifications, etc. “That is why it is critical to have excellent supplier quality programs. Varying degrees of quality and price may exist depending upon the product category. Ultimately the decision rests with the service provider to ensure that the end customer is satisfied.”

Wade says the OEs have done a good job advertising that dealers have the part that was put on when the truck was being built. “The truth is, so does everyone else,” he says. He adds that the dealer may have better diagnostic equipment for the truck brand he represents, “but beyond that the whole aftermarket has access to the world’s greatest assortment of parts.”

8. Rebuilt and remanufactured parts are the same thing. Tim Shaw, national sales and product manager, remanufacturing, at Haldex, says there is a big difference between rebuilt and remanufactured. A rebuilder takes a component and fixes what is wrong, replacing damaged parts. The fleet might get back the same core part it brought in.

“With remanufacturing, the component is completely taken apart and different parts of it go to different sections of a manufacturing facility. Each part has to stand on its own merit,” he says. Each piece of the component is inspected to make sure it is suitable for remanufacturing. The fleet does not get back the core part.

There is a corresponding belief that remanufactured products are not as good as new. Pennig disputes that. “One of the products we sell is a remanufactured brake shoe. We have a thorough process we follow to clean, coin and coat the shoes. What you get is as a good as new or even better and often at a lower price point.” He adds, “Depending on the product category, buying a reman part is a very viable option.”
Shaw says he doesn’t think fleets really understand the difference between a rebuilt and a remanufactured part. “With remanufacturing you increase the quality of the part, but we have not made it clear enough what the true difference is.”

​To avoid falling prey to these myths, Kartch suggests fleets state the brand or specification they are looking for vs. what is on the shelf and how fast they can get the part. “Understand what is being put in your vehicle. Understand the product that might be sold to you. Ask questions if you are not comfortable or not familiar with the product or the brand to make sure you are getting the performance you are expecting out of the product.”​


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9 Tips to Buying Used Truck Parts Online

Buying used truck parts can save you a lot of money on repairs and improvements. Sometimes up to as much as 80% over new truck parts. Oftentimes the dealerships may not have a ready supply of new parts available for older trucks, or the parts may be obsolete altogether. Furthermore, for those wanting make a positive impact on the environment, its notable that purchasing recycled parts from responsible and reputable salvage yards contributes immensely to that cause. Increasingly, individuals and corporations are joining the “green” revolution!

Learning how to quickly and efficiently work with parts facilities to search for and find your parts can be process. Here are some general rules of thumb and helpful tips for buying used truck parts:

1. Part numbers: If you know the part number of a part you need, write it down and contact your used truck parts specialist. Every single mechanical element of a truck will have its own part number. This number will save you and the seller valuable time.

2. Tag numbers: Most used truck parts facilities create unique reference numbers during the inventory process. They might be called reference numbers—but more commonly—stock numbers or tag numbers. If you find a part on a website, make a note of this ID number to help the facility find that part in their system quickly and efficiently.

3. Take a picture of the part: If you are unable to find the part number for your part, take a picture of it to show to your parts seller. Most professional salvage yards will be up to speed and have email, and will sometimes work with texting via cell phones. While the picture doesn’t tell the whole story, it will enable the seller to find similar components and, hopefully, the right one.

4. Visit your seller’s physical location: Most websites don’t list all their products. This is especially common for salvage yards where much of their sellable inventory is not inventoried, for practical reasons. Whenever possible, it’s always best to visit your part supplier’s site in person and talk to them directly about your part. If you’re unable to visit them physically, give them a call! Some companies, like Active Truck Parts, go as far as making a goal to get back to you within 60 minutes with availability and pricing.

5. Request photos when shopping: Online marketplaces are helpful resources when it comes to buying used truck parts. Sites like and give the customer the ability to look through multiple vendors’ inventories, including photos, prices, details, all at one time. These sites are a great way to weigh all options quickly. Many of the vendors posting on these sites will have photos for most of their parts. If they don’t have photos, call and ask for them! Photos can provide clarity concerning the part’s condition and in making sure its correct. Be wary of online vendors not providing photos either on the website or when requested.

6. Knowledge and expertise of the parts specialists. Do not be afraid to ask questions when buying used parts. A great parts specialist will welcome them because they know communication is essential in find the right part. Some questions might include:

  • How long was the truck part in use?
  • What vehicle was the part previously used on?
  • What is the part’s condition?
  • Is the part refurbished in any way?
  • Was the part installed on vehicles that were used for rough terrain, industrial work or long commutes?
  • How can we make sure it’s the correct part?
  • Is there anything I need to do before installing this part?

7. Large inventory: The more trucks and parts the seller has in stock, the greater the chance they’ll have your part. These facilities tend to be more organized by necessity, and will likely have a great deal of information and knowledge available within reach of their desks.

8. Look for a warranty: You may want to look for parts that come with warranties. These are usually short-term warranties, but they can provide some peace of mind and can give you time to make sure that the part works. For example, a condition might be that the part must be professionally installed. Make sure to read the warranty’s fine print! Many times they’ll show up on the back or front of an invoice.

9. Speed. It’s important to all parties that your truck is down for the least amount of time possible. If you haul for a living, you know the cost of downtime can be substantial and painful. That’s why finding and developing a relationship with a reliable seller for used truck parts is critical. Their parts specialists should have the expertise to:

  • Know what is in their inventory
  • Get the right information from you, to make sure they get you the right part.
  • Find your part for you, if they don’t have it in stock. Many yards have connections all around the country.
  • Provide you with shipping options. This includes expedited options on ground carriers like UPS and FedEx, and Freight trucks as well.

You’re set! With these tips you can now locate and buy the correct part, from a pro, in a timely manner, with a warranty, and get back to work!

–Written by Ryan Hochmiller, Manager, Active Truck Part, Inc. “Active Truck Parts has 40 acres of trucks and parts, we’re a family owned company, and have been in business for over 40 years. Our Parts Specialists and staff are well-trained in knowing how to ID your part, and get you the right one in a timely manner!”



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5 Tips On Finding Your Parts Online!

Written by Ryan Hochmiller, Manager, Active Truck Parts, Inc

As of 2014, within 3 days, Google was processing more information than all written works of mankind created since the beginning of recorded history and in all languages! On the flip side, it would take one over 95,000 years to do a manual search of Google’s 50 billion web pages, at one minute per page! Old or young, tech savvy or not, the internet is the easiest way to find your truck parts, regardless of its complexity and behemoth-ness. Given the magnitude and amount of possible search results, there is a learning curve and a method to searching for truck parts in a way that maximizes your results and gets you the answers you seek.

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For those ‘do it yourselfers’ we offer the following hints when searching online for used or aftermarket truck parts:

1. Search Terms. When using a search engine like Google, enter the 2-4 most important terms into your search. For example, if you are trying to find EGR Valve for a Cummins ISX engine, you might start with searching “EGR Valve Cummins ISX.” Keep in mind that Google doesn’t care in which order you enter the search terms. Also, 2-4 terms is just a recommendation. The point is, keep the number of terms you use to a minimum, but just enough to produce great Google results! The results will, much of the time, produce content directly referring to the keywords you’re searching. And, if these were the most accurate keywords the results will likely include parts you can view by simply clicking on the listing.

Google Search for EGR Valve Cummins ISX

2. Specificity. Sometimes being specific with the wrong keywords in search engine searches can produce poor results. Here’s a scenario to help explain the point. Let’s say you’re told by your mechanic that you need a pitman arm for your Ford, and he mentions it has a part number E8HT-3590-EB. Based on the previous tip, you might be tempted to search by details: “1989 Ford F600 Pitman Arm.” But specificity here will lead your search astray! Google loves to lead you to answers, but you must give it love first, by entering the most accurate and relevant keywords! In this case, the results you get will be clouded with multiple part numbers and part listings of plenty of pitman arms that have nothing to do with your intended search. Let me also say as a side note: Searches for Ford parts can be a black hole of effort, leaving you with nothing after wasted time of Googling because there is not as much literature and part information, comparatively, as that of other manufacturers.

Here’s the scenario that includes the appropriate specifics that will produce relevant results. Of course, knowing the truck is a Ford, you are somewhat safe to assume it to be a Ford part number. So, start with Googling the part and typing in “E8HT-3590-EB Ford” or “E8HT-3590-EB pitman.” Now, if this is a good Ford part number, and there is some type of demand, supply, literature, or inventory posted to the internet with this part number, you should get some great, even surprising results.

Pitman Arm

3. Incomplete information. If you have an incomplete number of EHT-3590-EB (vs. the complete one, E8HT-3590-EB), try searching it. In most cases, since the part number is not complete, your results will be skewed, and you’ll quickly hit a dead end in your Google journey!

Enter, once again, broad searches of 2-4 relevant keywords! Remember, in this scenario our part number, EHT-3590-EB, is incomplete, but it’s all you have! Now what? Well, think of other relevant keywords to go along with it the incomplete number, or don’t include the incomplete information, if you feel it would help. Let’s try “EHT-3590-EB Ford steering” or “EHT_3590-EB Ford pitman,” since we know it’s a component of the steering assembly. This type of search will put you right back in the neighborhood of very helpful answers!

4. Second chances. When lacking great search results, it’s all about giving a search engine two or more chances with a combination of different critical keywords until you find the results you were hoping for. Remember, specificity can hurt or help. If you are super specific, and get no results, broaden the terms a bit more.

5. Best sites locating parts and info. Sites like or are the premium sites to locate your used and new parts anywhere around the U.S. and Canada. These sites post the inventories of hundreds of salvage yards around the country, and depending on the salvage yard, will include pictures, details, prices and more. If they don’t generate the results you are looking for, use Google for everything from part images, part number info, and part diagrams. Google is the big kahuna when it comes to search engines, and generates better results than Bing, Yahoo and AskJeeves.

Hopefully these hints help you find your used or aftermarket truck parts easier and faster! Googling and searching parts sites are great but what is most important is finding a truck parts specialist that you can trust to find the right part. This is the fastest way to get competitive quotes, and get your truck back on the road making money!

-written by Ryan Hochmiller, Manager, Active Truck Parts, Inc. “Our specialists are here for those hard to find parts and those that have multiple part numbers that might apply to the part for which you’re looking. Google, many times, does not have the results you are searching for. Our specialists have a wealth of resources within our reference library for things like interchange, and part number crossover, and are experienced in treating customers well.”


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Finding the Perfect Truck Parts

Used truck parts are an affordable alternative to replacing truck parts in your medium to large-sized trucks. These parts provide the durability, quality, and effectiveness necessary to keep your truck running efficiently while keeping money in your wallet. The recycled truck part market also offers a wide range of possibilities and selections, making it easier to obtain the perfect replacement parts for your truck. But before beginning your search, here’s a quick breakdown of the different types of used parts on the market today:

OEM parts: OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer truck parts are new or used parts that are manufactured by the same manufacturer as the truck. The manufacturing process and materials are identical to those of the original part. The primary advantage of an OEM part is a guaranteed and genuine fit – a perfect pairing straight from truck heaven. These parts are certified as high-quality and boast proven performance due to their source and production methods.

OE parts: Often confused with OEM parts, OE or Original Equipment truck parts, are also from the same manufacturer as the truck. These are generally cheaper, however, as the manufacturer subcontracts the manufacturing while overseeing the assembly. These have the same quality as OEM truck parts but with a smaller price tag- sweet music to your wallet’s ears.

Aftermarket parts: The cheapest and most accessible new truck parts are aftermarket truck parts. These neither originate nor are assembled by the manufacturer, but are built to fit- and last. The design of aftermarket parts is an exact replica of the OEM and OE parts that originally came with the truck. These are generally more affordable when buying new, due to the number of manufacturers involved in the process. These truck parts are also readily available as they are carried by many dealers.

Easily accessible, certified as reliable, durable, and high-quality, with the added advantage of affordability, these aftermarket truck parts are tough to beat. A level of assuredness is associated with OEM and OE parts but aftermarket truck parts can meet and even exceed the quality and functionality of original manufacturer truck parts.

Active Truck Parts has some of the largest stock of aftermarket parts in the Rocky Mountain region, including hoods, bumpers, down to door handles, headlights, and more. Our facility boasts tens of thousands of verified truck parts in inventory.  Click HERE to browse our inventory.

We pride ourselves on fast service that caters to our customers immediate and long-term needs. We understand the importance of reliable, properly functioning parts with the apparent conflict of a new truck parts price tag, so we offer our clients a variety of quality truck parts at reasonable prices. From high-quality aftermarket parts to used OEM from our specialized division, we have a range of options for you to choose from based on your budget and needs.

With over 40 years of experience in meeting and exceeding client’s needs, we know how to provide the perfect replacement parts for your truck. With top-shelf quality and performance, recycled truck parts from Active Truck Parts are the affordable solution to getting your truck back on the road faster.

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Healthy Environment, Quality Parts

Increasing support for environmentally healthy practices has caused complexity within the truck part industry. The harmful impact of manufacturing and disposing of new parts offers a compelling reason to pursue alternative methods for truck part replacement.  

Equipping your truck with recycled parts offers a solution to this dilemma. The used truck part recycling process omits harmful environmental practices and follows strict standards and processes to ensure affordable recycled truck parts that are able to maintain the quality, durability, and effectiveness of new parts. The result? Money-saving alternatives to new parts that protect and sustain the planet.

Check out this brief guide to learn more about the process of truck part recycling, and gain key insights into the value of recycled parts:

Rebuilding Parts: Many truck parts, including certain transmissions, are not available directly from any new truck part manufacturers. They only come new within the trucks themselves, which is why rebuilt parts are important. Recycled transmissions are disassembled, inspected, repaired, and reassembled according to the factory specifications of the original manufacturer. They are then equipped with new clutches, gaskets, bands and seals and then ready for installation. This process of recycling truck part ensures both high-quality and affordable truck parts without sacrificing the health of the environment.

Engine Oil: Engine oil is a leading contaminant in soil, groundwater, streams, rivers, and other bodies of water. The best place to dispose of engine oil is your neighbourhood collection center. Fully equipped with all the gadgets and gizmos, these centers ensure that best practices are used and municipal guidelines are met. Once properly disposed and tested for performance, the engine oil can be collected and reused at maximum levels of effectiveness.

Oil Filters: Like many other everyday filters, oil filters can be easily recycled if disposed of properly. Oil filters are made with three primary items: paper, steel, and plastic. Each of these resources can be effectively recycled, refined, and repurposed when properly handled by the facilities that recycle engine oil. As with the recycled truck parts mentioned above, these processes are designed to ensure the maintained quality and efficiency of each recycled filter.

Choosing to recycle and purchase recycled truck parts creates a sustainable cycle of high-quality, money saving truck parts that protect the environment. Click here to learn more about the advantages of recycled truck parts, and how Active Truck Parts can get you back on the road faster.

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