When it comes to owning a tow truck shop and being a tow truck operator, it is inevitable that your car carrier, wrecker or heavy duty truck will break a part or require a major overhaul at some point during the life of the vehicles. Due to the nature of these machines, your local parts store does not carry all of the parts necessary to keep your rig up and running. They may have the belts and brake pads for example, but winch cables, hydraulic cylinders and chains are harder to come by in a bind.
There are a few options to get your truck up and running after it brakes. Chances that you know the exact name of the part are probably slim. When you are looking for the proper part, its best to Google the tow trucks parts manual, from there just find the part. In the parts manual, you will find the part name, model and any other parts in the surround area that should be replaced during the repair. The tow truck website that you find your part number at can be of great assistance in this search. After learning the tow truck part number, the most efficient way to get the parts order would be to simply call the website you found the part at. They can suggest how to install the part, explain the difficulty or ease of the install and know the timeframe that the part can be delivered. In ideal situations, the tow truck parts distributer has the part readily available in their parts warehouse. If say you live in Texas and you order your tow truck part from a parts distributer in Massachusetts, you can probably expect the part the very next day with Next Day Air.
It is important to keep in mind that some parts may require weeks of lead time to be made by the manufacturer. Such items include the car carrier beds or truck frames that require additional welding and prep time. If you contact the right truck equipment company, it is possible they have used parts available. Often a mature truck business will buy brand new tow trucks and modify them before they take the truck home. Often the parts that come off of these trucks are available and are as good as new. With a little research and some skills on Google, the cost of doing business with your truck shop can be greatly reduced. The less time down, the more time up creating profits for your business; and paying for the repairs quickly so that interest does not accrue.
It is also suggested that you use manufacturer parts from the manufacturer of tow truck. If you try to put a Miller product on Jerr-Dan, you are bound to encounter numerous install issues. In addition, the product will probably not last as long as a manufacturer specific part that was created exactly for that make.