A new remanufacturing truck service will allow fleet operators to purchase like-new remanufactured vehicles for about half the cost of similarly equipped new trucks. IronDirect Reman Trucks is a partnership between IronDirect and Vehicle Reman LLC of Tyler, Texas, to bring remanufacturing services to contractor, corporate, and government fleets.
“Truck remanufacturing is about to become a new, important option for fleet owners to reduce capital spending, improve uptime, and lower total ownership cost,” said IronDirect President Tim Frank. “It gives fleets new life at substantially lower cost than purchasing new trucks.”
The IronDirect Reman Trucks system focuses on class 1 to 5 trucks (19,500 lbs. and lighter). These include pickups like the Ford F-Series and Chevy Silverado, vans like the GMC Savana and Ford Econoline, sport utility vehicles, delivery trucks, and other commercial vehicles. The company remanufactures paratransit vans and shuttle buses, but not ambulances. A typical remanufacturing candidate will have more than 100,000 miles and be six to seven years old, although vehicles up to 20 years in service can also be candidates.
The goal in truck remanufacturing is to save 50% off the cost of a comparably equipped new vehicle. The final savings will depend on customer choices for the level of fit and finish on the exterior and interior. Three recent Vehicle Reman projects demonstrate the savings created by remanufacturing:
- Chevrolet 2500 LS (2005): New, $40,645; Remanufactured, $20,230; Savings: 50%
- GMC Sierra 4WD (2007): New, $36,000; Remanufactured, $20,973; Savings: $42%
- Ford F-350: New, $37,300; Remanufactured, $19,169; Savings: 49%
The company states it can remanufacture a pickup in as little as 48 hours. IronDirect Reman Trucks have a three-year 75,000-mile drivetrain warranty.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of remanufacturing, IronDirect is giving away a fully remanufactured Ford Super Duty F-350 pickup at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.