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TRP Parts opens Ballarat branch

  • Posted on Thursday 12th, April 2018.

Truck and trailer part retailer, TRP Parts, officially opened its Ballarat branch at the end of March as part of an ongoing national roll-out plan.

According to the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad), TRP Parts caters for all makes of US and European drivelines, offering a genuine alternative to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) spares with a guarantee to boot, boasting a 12-month warranty on all parts sold.

The Ballarat branch adds further national breadth to the existing TRP store national roll-out plan, complimenting the locations at Burton in South Australia and Geelong in Victoria, with a more stores currently in development. The new branch is owned and operated by Kenworth DAF Melbourne (KDM) dealership in Derrimut, west of Melbourne. KDM have also been operating the Geelong store for the past fifteen months.

The TRP store’s shelves are stacked with parts that, through extensive experience and dealer inventory management, are the parts most needed at short notice by owner-operators and fleet owners alike. A range of vendor brands, such as Eaton, Dana, Meritor and Hendrickson, are also on display on the shelves of the store, further highlighting the vast availability of parts available. Australian TRP Parts store start-ups are being rolled-out at an increasing pace and they will join an international network that already stands at 134 stores worldwide.

Under the PACCAR umbrella, and positioned as a more affordable quality alternative to their premium counterpart, PACCAR Parts, TRP Parts aims to leverage the core competencies of the parent business. This is reflected in TRP’s commitment to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction through excellent parts availability and offering product backed by PACCAR’s rigorous testing to ensure quality. TRP Parts will actively seek to offer parts to suit the older-vehicle and second or even third owner markets too.

“TRP offers a wide range of high quality parts for all makes of vehicle at a price point that will suit the owners and operators of older vehicles, whatever the make or model”, said National Sales and Marketing Manager, John Everett. “The TRP store offering includes our ever expending TRP range together with a full range of market-leading brands.”

Inevitably, some parts will come from abroad, but a surprising number are made in Australia, according to Adrian Smythe KDM’s Fixed Operations Manager. “For example, the TRP-branded driving lights are built just an hour or so away, right here in Victoria.”

Scott Thomas, KDM’s Parts Manager, has noted that there are more than twice as many trailers than prime movers on Australian roads, yet parts for them are often hard to find at short notice. TRP’s inventory includes off-the-shelf air tanks, dryers, brake shoes and valves.

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