Articles by Lucas Deal

Lucas Deal is the editor of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer. He can be reached at lucasdeal@randallreilly.com.

Lucas Deal has posted 1292 Articles for Truck Parts & Service

Global Parts Network launches RSD awareness campaign

Global Parts Network has launched an awareness program to promote the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Reduced Stopping Distance ...

Trucking Efficiency produces Confidence Report on lightweighting

Trucking Efficiency released its second Confidence Report in less than a month on Tuesday in publishing a report on lightweighting. The report, produced by the North American Council For Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room, explores the benefits and challenges of lightweighting for Class 8 tractors and trailers. While the majority ...

Coolant maintenance not ‘set it and forget it’

Cooling system problems cause 40 percent of all engine service, making it one of the most misunderstood systems on a commercial vehicle. Many coolant suppliers attribute that confusion to the number of coolants available in the market and the monitoring each require. Providing expertise on coolant and cooling system maintenance ...

Update your TP&S Buyers’ Guide listing today

Believe it or not, the 2016 Truck Parts & Service Buyers' Guide will available in less than four months. Our annual edition cataloging the comprehensive list of heavy-duty aftermarket suppliers is scheduled for a December 2015 arrival. Our print guide is filled with more than 100 product categories and sub-categories, and ...

Remanufacturing gaining market share

Remanufacturing has served a purpose in the heavy-duty aftermarket for a long time. But after decades of being categorized with rebuilt and repaired components as the modest, low-cost option in the aftermarket parts food chain, remanufacturing recently has been invigorated. Suppliers have zeroed in on the process as a way ...

The real commitment to reman

Remanufacturing is an incredibly green process, but when it comes to aftermarket sales, the environmental benefit is still an afterthought for most customers. “I think reman is gaining marketshare because many vehicle owners see the products as a cost-efficient alternative and functionally equivalent to new,” says Gene Damron, general ...

Core management

Becoming a successful remanufactured parts distributor also requires an ability to manage the cores that drive reman production. The industry does not exist without them. Damron says the GPN’s Coman Centers rely on VIPAR Heavy Duty’s nationwide distributor base to source the majority of cores used in its remanufacturing operation. ...

Marketing the value of remanufacturing

Quality control is the biggest selling point for remanufactured products in the heavy-duty aftermarket today, says Henry Foxx, director of remanufactured products at Bendix. Remanufacturing does not equal rebuilt, and Foxx says most reman components available from OEs today are tested against the same quality standards as their new ...

Building an online presence through video

Buoyed by the ubiquitous monolith that is YouTube — the No. 2-ranked search engine in the world behind Google — online video marketing is now the second- highest grossing ad revenue format on the Internet. Only the catch all “mobile” format can claim better numbers. And unlike other marketing options, ...

Striving for excellence

Have you ever won a trophy? I’m not talking a medallion you for coming in third, or a participation certificate that said you completed a challenge. I’m talking an honest to goodness “you finished in first place” trophy. I have. Twice. The first time was in sixth grade. I had a ...