Where to shop for Nissan truck parts
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As a truck driver or fleet manager, there are many situations where you need to source parts. It might be for regular maintenance, to repair damage, or to comply with new regulations. Either way, it helps to know the right people. You don’t want to buy counterfeit parts that will end up costing you even more money. After all, they may seem cheap, but they could damage your vehicle further, or cost you in regulatory fines.
Know your model
The first step is to get really familiar with your car. If you’ve been managing or driving the truck for a while, then you already know all its quirks. You can tell what that strange sound means, or when it’s handling a little to the left. So you know the exact part you need.
However, there are other factors you might not consider. Think about the model of the truck, the year it was manufactured, the region it was imported from, and the relevant regulations. Is your vehicle still in production? Are the Nissan truck parts available locally? Is there an original manufacturer or distributor near you? That’s the best place to begin your search.
Check the Nissan website
The easiest place to find this information is the official Nissan website. It might have a localised version that’s relevant to Australia, but even if it doesn’t, it’s likely to list nearby distribution partners. You could also visit a showroom and talk to the sales teams.
Shopping at original manufacturer outlets gives you the best chance of finding genuine parts, but they’re likely to be expensive. Depending on how old your car is and how rare the part, you may have to wait a few weeks or months for them to order the relevant part. On the upside, they will probably install the part at no extra charge, if it’s covered by your warranty.
Talk to your mechanic
After your car manufacturer, your next best option is your mechanic. Their garage has serviced your truck over a period of time, so they know it almost as well as you do, probably better because of their technical skills. You already have a relationship with your mechanic built on trust, so you know you’ll get a good deal.
At the same time, your mechanic has networks and contacts across the vehicular sphere, so they will know the best place to get reliable, affordable parts. Of course there’s a chance their personal sources might void your truck warranty, but since this is the person that services your truck, they can probably resolve any issues that arise from non-standard truck parts.
Drive to a salvage yard
If you’re the kind of trucker that loves to tinker and DIY, then a salvage yard is a great place to source parts. They can be quite convenient because you’re sure to discover a few along your regular trucking route. Even when you don’t need anything, you can develop a habit of swinging by, talking to the owners, and creating rapport.
Just by walking around the yard, you’ll get a good idea of what’s available. Salvage yards often have the bodies of written off vehicles and abandoned trucks. Sometimes these wrecks have parts in excellent working order, and you can get them on the cheap if you’re lucky.
Make a few calls
Another option is to do a quick Google search or browse the yellow pages. Find listings for parts sellers and call them up. If they have offices along your truck route, pass by and talk to their in-house mechanics. This is an easy option and only takes a few minutes, but you need to be extra careful and run due diligence. Not everything on the internet is what it appears.
When you visit their website or pass by their offices, ask the right questions. Seek testimonials from previous customers. Online, don’t just click on their website. Type their name into the search bar and add ‘complaints’. It’s a quick way to find out what people are really saying about that particular parts dealer.
Check with a reliable aftermarket seller
It’s reasonable to be sceptical about aftermarket parts. They’re more affordable, and more easily available, but you’re never really know what you’re getting. Find a reliable supplier that has a good track record to match their low prices.
Some aftermarket distributors source their parts straight from the original manufacturer, but because they buy in bulk and have strategic shipping systems, they can still sell at aftermarket prices. You should also check that your seller has a wide network of outlets so that you can source parts at your convenience.