BUYING PARTS FOR YOUR DIESEL TRUCK: BETTER PRICE vs. MORE VALUE OVERALL

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Most people love to save money.  After working a 40+ hour week for their paycheck, no one wants to waste part of it that could be used to do something more fun than paying bills or buying parts for your diesel truck.  With the goal to save money in mind, you might be focusing on low prices and sales whenever you have to buy parts for your diesel truck.  The problem with this approach to savings is that a low-cost item may actually end up being a worse value and costing you more money in the long run. Buying cheap diesel parts could actually land you a visit to a diesel repair shop!

Take a moment to think about this.  Let’s say you are in the market for a used diesel truck because your old one finally died. You head out to a truck lot and see two vehicles that could suit your needs. One of them costs $5000 less than the other one, but it has a few problems.  Maybe it has a lot more miles on it or it’s blowing a bit more exhaust smoke than you’d like.  You could save money on the initial purchase, but this truck would not be a better value over its lifetime.  You would have to buy another truck much sooner than if you had spent more and bought a better one to begin with.

The same idea goes for parts and accessories too.

BUY ONE NEW TRUCK TIRE

  • TIRE 1
  • $40 initial price
    Tire lasts for 25,000 kilometers

    $40 / 25,000km = $.0016 for each km it drives

  • TIRE 2
  • $80 initial price
    Tire lasts for 50,000 kilometers

    $80 / 50,000km = $.0016 for each km it drives

When you’re standing in the store trying to buy tires for your diesel truck, it may seem like the $40 option is your best bet.  This is only true if you really like buying new tires every two or three years instead of every six or seven.  With the example above, there really isn’t much of a change.  However, whenever you’re buying any parts for a car or truck, you have to take into account more than just the price of the part itself.

REPLACE ALL 4 TRUCK TIRES

  • TIRE 1
  • $160 total price for four tires
    + $240 for total installation

    Lifetime cost for 50,000km = $.0112 per km.

  • TIRE 2
  • $320 total price before tires
    + $240 for total installation

    Lifetime cost for 50,000km = $.0112 per km.

This chart includes installation of the tires and thus represents a more accurate view of what you will actually end up paying over the lifetime of the tires.  If you spend more at the beginning, you end up paying less in the long run.  In the case of this example, you save $80.  You also don’t have to take so much time out of your busy schedule to get new tires put on the truck.

PRICE PER BALL JOINT

Here is an example that pits two different brands of ball joints against each other.  Ball joint #2 costs more because it carries a lifetime warranty with it.  Always check for warranties and special offers that include things like lifetime installation charges for free.  If you do the math, you can see that paying only for labor will save you money every time you need to replace the.

BALL JOINTS WITH WARRANTY

  • BALL JOINT 1

  • $100 initial price
    + $120 for installation

    Cost for 50,000km = $220 charge each time one ball joint is replaced.

  • BALLL JOINT 2
  • $130 initial price
    + $120 for installation only one time

    Cost for 50,000km = $250 the first time, but only $120 for all future replacements.

The longer your diesel truck lasts, the more money you will save in this example.  The same holds true for most lifetime warranties and other savings programs that continue to work overtime.  If your diesel engine holds out for 200,000 kilometers, you could save a couple hundred dollars.  That’s like free money just for being smart enough to make the right choice about which product to buy in the beginning.

BALL JOINTS WITH WARRANTY

Because we want what is best for your diesel engine and truck, we only manufacture our 6.0 fuel injectors with 100 percent brand-new spool valves.  To us, it all comes down to value rather than cost savings, unlike other companies that put used spool valves in their injectors.

Spool valves wear out over time.  This allows oil to sneak past and cause problems.  The first and most obvious problem is that not enough pressure will build up in the chamber because less oil is in there to press against.  Lower pressure equals lower power, carrying, or towing capacity.  As the spool valve continues to wear out, more and more oil gets displaced and your diesel engine starts to fail.

How do the competitors get away with using used spool valves?  Unfortunately, the benefits of new ones are not immediately obvious when you turn the truck on and start to drive around.  Also, too many people are concerned with initial price and not overall value.  Why buy an injector with a spool valve that is just on the edge of wearing out when you could get one that will last for years?

BOSCH COMMON RAIL INJECTORS

Bosch recently conducted a study to test how well non-OEM rebuilt fuel injectors stood up to the test of time.  They found that over half of them failed.

Almost any type of problem with your truck’s fuel injector used to show up as exhaust smoke.  These days, engines include particulate filters that make it nearly impossible to notice unusual fumes coming from your tailpipe if something is wrong.  Diagnosis of problems gets harder, and things that should get fixed quickly sometimes get missed. No one wants to drive around in a diesel truck with low power, towing capacity, and diminished fuel economy.