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 1392 Articles for Truck Parts & Service

News makers: A look at the new trucking equipment released in 2015

The following comes from the January 2016 issue of Truck Parts & Service. To read a digital version of the ...

Trailer transition

The following comes from the January 2016 issue of Truck Parts & Service. To read a digital version of the magazine, please CLICK HERE. The trailer market was busy in 2015 as well, with nearly a dozen new trailer and truck body products entering the market. In February, Crysteel Manufacturing unveiled its redesigned A-Tipper aluminum dump ...

Automann debuts landmark online parts imaging tool

Automann is doing its part to remove excess trips into the warehouse with its new online 360˚ parts visibility tool. On display for its distributors last month at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW), Automann says its new 360˚ parts visibility tool allows distributors to virtually view a component as if ...

Industry report: The State of the Independent Aftermarket

The following comes from the January 2016 issue of Truck Parts & Service. To read a digital version of the magazine, please click the image below. While it won’t be remembered as the best ever, 2015 was a solid year for the heavy-duty aftermarket. Buoyed by a still aging vehicle ...

Top Challenges facing the aftermarket

Finding service technicians remains far and away the largest challenge facing independent heavy-duty aftermarket operations entering 2016. According to Truck Parts & Service's November 2015 reader survey, nearly 56 percent of aftermarket operations cited technician availability as one of the three biggest challenges they face in their business. That number was ...

What would you fix, if you could fix it today?

If time and money was of no concern, nearly 38 percent of respondents a November 2015 Truck Parts & Service reader survey say the first thing they would improve about their business is its use of technology. That number was nearly double the second most popular answer, improving the service department ...

The Great Unknown

Economic uncertainty remains one of the aftermarket’s biggest hindrances in preparing for 2016. In November 2015, Kiplinger’s pegged expected 2016 GDP growth in the United States at 2.8 percent, while IMF was slightly more conservative at 2.4 percent. Many in the aftermarket seem to agree. Nearly one quarter (24 percent) ...

Dana acquires Magnum Gaskets business

Dana Holding Corporation has completed the acquisition of Magnum Gaskets, a U.S.-based supplier of aftermarket gaskets and sealing products for automotive and commercial-vehicle applications. Magnum Gaskets will enhance Dana's sealing product offerings and complement the company's Victor Reinz and Glaser global sealing brands, the company says. "This acquisition aligns with Dana's growth ...

Automann releases 2016 Air Brake & Wheel Catalog

Automann has presented distributors with its 2016 Air Brake & Wheel Catalog. The comprehensive 1,136 page catalog brings air systems, foundation brake, and wheel end and hardware into one handy reference tool, Automann says, and contains detailed product information on more than 6,500 parts and hardware kits. It also includes more than 3,500 individual ...

The tortoise had the right idea

If you missed Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue last week (or our coverage of it), one theme that resonated through most of the economic discussion was the relative consistency of the aftermarket. It was mentioned that while new truck sales regularly flow in cycles—we’ve just dipped into a slight downturn, ...