You likely won’t do as much research on a part for your forklift as you did for the purchase of the actual forklift, but that may be a mistake
. Check out the five most common mistakes people make when purchasing parts and make sure you avoid them.
- Not purchasing genuine parts. It’s tempting to go the seemingly less expensive route and buy generic or “will-fit” parts, but that could be a huge mistake down the road.
- Not using a certified technician to install them. If you’ve had a Toyota Certified Technician install a part that fails, your warranty will cover the part and labor to replace it. Plus, only Toyota Certified Technicians have been trained specifically to work on your Toyota forklift.
- Thinking only about the present and not about the future. Like most things, you can get parts at lots of different price points. Don’t make the mistake of thinking all parts are created equal. They aren’t.
- Purchasing a-la-cart only. Depending on the forklift part needing serviced, you may need other, complimentary parts serviced or replaced as well. Sometimes buying a kit is a better option than purchasing a-la-cart.
- Not getting advice on what you actually need. This piece of advice applies more to accessories than anything else, but you really need to get advice on what to add and what not to add to your forklift. Putting additional accessories on your forklift can be beneficial if you’re working in an environment that requires them, but different applications warrant different parts and accessories.
Don’t skip doing research on your parts purchases. Buying parts may seem like something that requires less thought, but not doing your homework could cost you big time in the long run. For more information, contact your local Toyota forklift dealer
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