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Diesel Parts Has Gone Mobile

Learn about an industry changing tool for heavy-duty parts identification.

Episode 103: Identifying heavy-duty truck and trailer parts is not easy. Supplying parts for work trucks and trailers that are built to different specifications depending on the vocation of the first owner makes it complicated. For decades you either called the dealer with your VIN or you relied on an experienced aftermarket parts technician.

There must be an easier way!

Tyler Robertson is the CEO of Diesel Laptops, a repair efficiency company that sells diagnostic tools, software, and industry specific apps. Diesel Parts is the application we are going to talk about today.

To sign up for your free account; go to Parts.DieselLaptops.com on desktop or download the app on your Apple or Android device. 

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Show Notes 

Overcoming Hurdles with Parts Cross References

“First of all, no manufacturers wanted to work with us, so we just steamrolled and pushed through it with an army of data entry people… we were going to build this one way or another,” said Robertson.

  • Had to scavenge for all their data.
  • Found out that some manufacturers have bad data.
  • Tons of prefixes and suffixes for the same parts made the data hard to manage.

Parts Look-Up Without a VIN

“After creating our parts cross tool, we started getting feedback from customers saying they still had problems getting the part number,” recounted Robertson.

  • Industry needed a way to look-up parts without a part number.
  • Myth in the industry that every truck has completely different parts.
  • Set out to build a year/make/model/engine lookup tool for trucks.

Exploded Views 

“That’s something the aftermarket has never had before,” explained Robertson.

  • OEM’s have it for their own parts, but it was missing in the aftermarket until now.
  • Takes lots of work to catalogue all vehicles, part lists, and graphics for each one of those exploded views.
  • Customers can clearly see the part they need and can even cross it to aftermarket alternatives.
  • Exploded views gives the part number of the entire part, as well as detailing all of the individual parts down to the nuts and bolts.

Component Search

“Every OEM puts things in different categories and calls them different things, so we decided that we need to make this easier,” said Robertson.

  • We created a reverse look-up tool.
  • A simpler way for common parts to be found.
  • The component search starts with a component group, then the component type and then the year/make/model/engine to easily find parts.

By Measurement

“Someone told me you could never replace parts people with software, because eventually someone will throw something on the counter and you just have to match it up,” explained Robertson.

  • We’ve taken every common component where you measure something to identify it and put it in this measurement tool.
  • Show a picture and asks some questions to filter the results down to the part you need.
  • Easy to cross to aftermarket alternatives as well.

What Does it Fit? 

“It’s never been done or seen before… when I was working in service and parts I would’ve died for a tool like this,” exclaimed Robertson.

  • A tool that is designed to start with a part number, and then it tells you all the trucks that part goes on.
  • Works with OE and aftermarket part numbers.
  • Shows exploded views as well.
  • It works very well, and new data is being inserted daily.

Complete Transcript of Episode:

Jamie Irvine:

You’re listening to the Heavy-Duty Parts Report. I’m your host, Jamie Irvine. And this is the show where you get expert advice about the heavy-duty parts you buy and sell and keep you informed about what’s happening in the industry. Welcome to Episode 103. Identifying heavy-duty truck and trailer parts is not an easy thing to do. If you work for a dealer, you have a VIN for the manufacturer you work for, but not for everyone else. And if you work for an aftermarket, you have to rely on aftermarket parts technicians who really know their stuff. One of my mentors once said it takes 20 years to get 20 years experience in heavy-duty parts – there really isn’t a shortcut. One of the big challenges of course, is that with commercial trucks and trailers, they are built to a specific specification usually by the vocation of the first owner. But then that truck gets sold to a second owner or a third owner and things get complicated for decades. Now we’ve had to rely on either the dealer VIN lookup, or we’ve had to rely on aftermarket parts technicians. And unfortunately they’re retiring faster and faster and faster and there just doesn’t seem to be enough people to replace them. So there’s got to be an easier way. I’d like to introduce you to Tyler Robertson. He is a recurring guest on the Heavy-Duty Parts Report. He’s the CEO of Diesel Laptops, a repair efficiency company that sells diagnostic tools. They sell software and they also develop specific apps for repair and parts. Diesel Parts is the app we’re going to talk about today and I’d like to welcome Tyler back to the show. Tyler, welcome back to the Heavy-Duty Parts Report. So glad to have you back here.

Tyler Robertson:

Awesome. Thank you again, Jamie, it’s always a pleasure to get to talk to you. And anytime we get to talk about truck parts, truck repair, I love it. Let’s do it, man.

Jamie Irvine:

Well, the Heavy-Duty Parts Report is growing fast. We also are now broadcasting our show on TNC radio live. So we have access to a whole new segment of listeners. And so for those who don’t know, where did the idea come from to build a heavy-duty parts cross-reference lookup tool? Like what’s the origin story.

Tyler Robertson:

Yeah we didn’t plan for any of this. So probably almost like four years ago, maybe three years ago, whatever it was, I had a great person working in tech support and he was previously working in parts departments. That was his whole career. We kind of convinced him to come work for Diesel Laptops and he really wasn’t digging the whole tech support thing. And he’s like, man, I really love truck parts. I’m like, I’ll tell you what we don’t want to lose you so let’s build this universal cross-reference tool that allows anyone to cross-reference OEM and aftermarket parts, I think we can do a better job than what exists out in the marketplace. And in hindsight, I had no idea the doors of opportunity and the road that would lead us down that we would go through here. But that’s where it got started – I didn’t want to lose a great employee and I had a kind of a dream about doing something and here we are.

Jamie Irvine:

So what was some of the hurdles that you faced at the beginning with just cross-referencing one part number to the other?

Tyler Robertson:

Yeah, it was everything. So, I mean it was every little thing, literally. So first of all, no manufacturers wanted to work with us, right? We’re some little diagnostic tool company, everyone we talked to was like, “Nope, we’re not giving you our information.” So we’re like, fine, we’ll go get catalogs, we’ll go get PDFs, we’ll just, we’ll just steam roll and push through this with the army of data entry people and OCR scanners and whatever else we need to get our hands on, we’re going to build this thing one way or the other. Some manufacturers did come aboard, they came aboard and helped us. But then we quickly found out a couple things. One, manufacturers have bad data. So once we get our system built and we started looking at different aspects of it, we’d find, Hey, those things we think they crossed to each other, our system does, nobody ever did it in a book. And then you go and look at the root data and you’re like, man, that’s wrong, I need to go find the source, the OEM catalogs or PDFs they’re wrong too. So we were like, man, even the OEMs have bad stuff. So we had to work through that. Prefixes and suffixes – you can buy that same part, you know, take like an Eaton part. You may go buy it, say it’s an A6909 shift knob valve, you go buy that from the international dealers, they may have it under F U L A 6909 or F U L K A6909 because one’s direct ship one’s through their PDCs. Someone else uses ETN or FUL, or they put a dash or a space. So we really had a lot of conversations on how do we make this easy and seamless and just clean for the user to find all these things. So it took us a long time to talk through all those things and source things and just every little, every little step of the way, it was a lot of conversation, a lot of thinking through and trying to put together a great database.

Jamie Irvine:

So, the parts cross-reference tool was one part of this journey, and that was a big challenge. When did you realize that a parts lookup tool that didn’t rely on a VIN was possible?

Tyler Robertson:

Yeah. So what happened is we put up this cross-reference tool and we had a mobile app, we had a website and we put it out there and we started getting feedback from customers and they all kind of said the same thing a different way, “this is cool, but I don’t know the part number to begin with, I still have to call the dealer, you didn’t fix my problem that I have and the problem isn’t crossing the parts, it’s having to even know what part they need to buy, what part number.” So that’s where we said, man, what the industry really needs is the ability to look up parts without a VIN number. And everyone I talked to was like, Tyler, that’s impossible. They build every truck different they’re built to order, you can’t do it. And that’s the big myth in the industry is people think that, but you also got to think like manufacturer. You can’t build a truck with a hundred different hood latches or 50 different hoods or 50 different grills and a hundred different engine mounts like that. You just can’t do that, the manufacturing process would eat you alive. You have no ability to make money. And that was really what we had to figure out was how different. If I take a Cummins engine – a 2010 Cummins ISX CM2250, which covers 2010 – 12. And I analyze 50 of them down to the bolt and zip tie, how many parts are exactly the same on them based on application and horsepower rating and how many parts are different when I go through and analyze that one engine and surprisingly, a lot of them are exactly the same and that answer changes a little bit depending on the year. And I can tell you looking at a lot of the data now, as truck manufacturers got more sophisticated, as the years clicked on, they just figured out they don’t need to change their injectors to for different horsepower ratings because now they can do electronically, they used to have to do it mechanically. So electronics played a big role in the ability of manufacturers to simplify their process. So that was the next challenge is, “Hey, great. Now we get to go catalog all the most popular make & model engines and trucks ever built.” So that’s a process we’re still working through, but it’s a process that works.

Jamie Irvine:

Right and I remember when I came on as a consultant and a brand ambassador for Diesel Parts, it wasn’t even called Diesel Parts back then. It was like January of 2020, you had several different websites, one for the parts, cross-reference one for the lookup tool. And over time it became obvious that we needed to put all of this into one place. And so that was really the birth of Diesel Parts. And that was available on the desktop, meaning if you logged on online you could get access to all of these features in one central place. How big of a change was that? How much of an impact did that have on the user?

Tyler Robertson:

I mean, I couldn’t explain it to my own wife or my own family. Like what, what this was that we created, like we’ve got this thing and that thing and this thing and that thing. And everyone’s like, what are you talking about? Like, what does, what am I, okay. My own employees were confused, right? So I’m like, we have to simplify this. And it sounds easy now to say let’s take all these things and call it Diesel Parts and all these other things, let’s call this Diesel Repair. Like it seems obvious now, but it wasn’t at the time. And it really made our lives really, really difficult because we just were gun slinging and throwing up websites. And they each had their own login and password for them. They didn’t talk to each other and it was really difficult for customers to figure out everything we even had and how to use it. So now that we have consolidated platforms and we even made it so one log-in that you have works on both platforms and it really clarified the message I think, to users. And I no longer have conversations with people that say, “explain diesel parts.” I can clearly explain that and say, here’s the, log-in go check it out because it’s free. And they have no problem getting through it and using it. So it’s much easier now. And I think the other thing that people, they get excited about one thing, and then as they’re on the platform, they keep clicking and clicking and finding all these other tools and things we’re doing with it. It’s really quite impressive for the users, I believe at the end of the day and what they see and we get a lot of tremendous, great feedback on it.

Jamie Irvine:

So, if you’re rolling down the highway right now, listening to us on TNC radio live, or if you’re on your podcast player, don’t worry, we’re going to include a link in the show notes so that you will be able to find this later. But I’ll also just tell you now that if you want to get to the desktop version, go to parts.diesellaptops.com, that’s parts.diesellaptops.com and links will be in the show notes. We’re going to hear from one of our sponsors, we’ll be right back. Don’t have a heavy-duty part number and need to look up a par? Diesel Parts is a cross-reference and parts look up tool that makes it easier to identify heavy duty parts than ever before. Go to parts.diesellaptops.com or download the app on Apple or Android to create your free account. We’re back from our break. And before the break, we were talking about the history of this great app called Diesel Parts. And this is an application to help you cross reference parts, help you identify the parts that you need to buy for your truck. You know, Tyler, you did a great job of telling us the origin story, and I love hearing those stories, I know the audience will too. But let’s get into the nuts and bolts of the lookup tool that is on Diesel Parts. I shouldn’t say ‘tool’ singular, because actually there’s quite a few. So let’s get started and talk about Exploded Views. What is it? And how does it work?

Tyler Robertson:

Yeah, that’s the thing no one’s ever had before. I came from a dealership. So when you’re at a dealership, customer calls you up or walks in, parts guy goes, “what’s your VIN, they put in your VIN, your last six or eight. And then they see the exploded views, the nice diagrams with arrows pointing at things, and then they can figure out what you need. And that’s been missing in my mind in the aftermarket industry because aftermarket people don’t have access to that OEM information and OEMs aren’t going to give it to anybody. So we said, you know what, if we can’t get in the aftermarket, we know people want this. Everyone loves it. They love the lookups, we need to go build that. So yeah, it was a huge effort because we had to go catalog, not only catalog all these vehicles, figure out what part numbers were the same on all of them, but now we have to go hire a whole graphic design and art team to go draw images for all these things, which is a monster project in itself. And how do you manage tens of thousands of images a month and all the back and forth and that whole thing. So yeah, that’s exploded views, is nice pretty pictures with original Diesel Laptop artwork and customers can clearly see the part they need and they can click it and they can even cross it to aftermarket alternatives very quickly and easily.

Jamie Irvine:

Yeah and what I love about it is that you just go to the Exploded Views and it’s just so simple. It’s year, make, model, and if applicable, engine. You just put in the relevant information and then you pick the category of product that you’re looking for. And this nice diagram comes up with a complete breakdown. It reminds me of when I was in remanufacturing and we had all these bill of materials for parts that we built. So we would have like repair kits, we’d have every nut and bolt in the schematics. And that’s really what the exploded views does, it gives you the part number of the entire part and it breaks down everything inside of that, that you will need. So every bit of information you need, which is just great.

Tyler Robertson:

Yep. Exactly, so simple, easy to use, clean interface. Let’s just keep building content in there as our current plan.

Jamie Irvine:

Yeah. So Component Search, you got Exploded Views, then you got Component Search. What makes Component Search different to the Exploded Views and why is it there?

Tyler Robertson:

Yeah, so if anyone has ever bought a part before and they’ve been to the parts counter and you’ve got a new inexperienced parts guy there and you’re like I need a turbo. And the parts guy is like all over the engine and he’s looking in, who knows what the guy’s looking at. And he’s like, I can’t find it. And then he goes and “Let’s go check the air intake system”, Nope, it’s not there. You know, because in Exploded View, you categorize things and every OEM puts things in different categories and calls them different things. So we said, we need to make this easier for guys looking for a turbo, let’s just make a kind of a reverse lookup essentially, where “it’s okay, I need a turbo and I have a Cummins and it’s an ISX 12 and it’s this year and boom, here’s my part number.” And that way just made it a lot cleaner and easier. So it’s a way for common parts that you would need to look up just in reverse. They’re not going through every single part on a truck. You’re just starting with the top category and working your way down. So it works very quickly and efficiently for fast moving stuff.

Jamie Irvine:

Right, and I know like for myself, I was in heavy-duty parts for 22 years and counting now, but I never really worked for anybody that sold aftertreatment products until I started doing the Heavy-Duty Parts Report. And all of a sudden I realized how big of a deal that was. And I’ve learned more about after-treatment since launching the Heavy-Duty Parts Report than I ever thought I would know. A great example of using Component Search is just start with aftertreatment DPF filter, put in your engine, make and year and there you might have three or four options and you’ve got all this beautiful information with like the measurements of the filter, the year range that it works on. And so for a parts person who knows absolutely nothing about aftertreatment products, they could still identify the part needed within just like 60 seconds.

Tyler Robertson:

Yeah, and there’s a couple of hundred categories in there. So you talked about DPF filters. There’s a ton of them, just filled in with content and every day and on the app or on the website, there’s a little bell icon up there, it tells you all the updates we do every week. So it’s constantly being added, more and more content at a pretty brisk pace at this point.

Jamie Irvine:

Awesome. So let’s talk about By Measurement. One of the least favorite things I had to do as a parts person was figure out the part number for an airbag. I hated that because the guy would bring in the airbag, put it on my counter, there’ll be a bellows number. And that bellows number in the book would go to like 30 different airbags. And you’re stuck trying to figure out which one it is. Sometimes it was just easier to take the old one walk up and down the shelves and just try to match it visually. So how does By Measurement make that whole process much simpler and tell us, is it just for airbags or is it for other products as well?

Tyler Robertson:

Yeah, I mean, first of all, it’s everything and very similar story. I was actually working in a parts department before and I was young and inexperienced. Someone came in with a cam shaft or a slack adjuster. I’m like, where’s, where’s the experienced guy, let’s get him over here, he’ll know what to do here. It’s a daunting thing. And those guys are leaving the industry, as you mentioned earlier. So someone told me that Tyler, you can never replace parts people with software because eventually someone comes up and lays something on the counter and you just got to match it up. And this was a high executive at a very big company. I’m like challenge accepted. So this was our first stab at it. And essentially we’ve taken every common component where you have to go measure something and put it into this By Measurements Tool; brake, drums, slack adjusters, tie rod ends, airbags. The list is endless. And essentially it shows you a picture and it’ll ask you some questions and those questions are different depending on what you’re looking on. And it’ll walk you through and just drop downs, pick this, then pick that, then pick this. And eventually it just filters the results down to here’s the part you need. And again, we take that and we allow people to instantly cross that part to aftermarket alternatives as well.

Jamie Irvine:

Yeah, I love it. Like a slack adjuster, it’s like, measure here, measure there, count the splines and boom, you’ve got the number. It’s just fantastic. Recently you launched a new feature, a new lookup tool called What Does It Fit? And I posted on LinkedIn in response to your posts, the heavy-duty arts industry, just like this is a game changing moment. Things have now changed with What Does It Fit and whether people realize it or not, the whole parts industry changed the day that you launched this. So tell me about What Does It Fit.

Tyler Robertson:

It’s never been done or seen before. Right? Like I would have died when I was working in service or in parts, I would have died for a tool like this because inevitably you end up with a part number, whether you bought too many or inherited some or whatever it is. So we just said, man, you know, we have all these things built, why don’t we just do it in reverse? Like we’re building all these tools to lead you to the part number. Let’s build a tool that starts with a part number and then tells you what it actually fits. So that’s exactly what it is. You can type in an OEM number or an aftermarket number. And that’s a huge thing in our industry. And we will literally give you a result that says that fits all of these things. And you can click on those things and see the Exploded Views, and actually what it is and where it goes on a truck. So never been done before, we have more work to do on the database, but it works and it works really, really well. So we’re, we’re super excited about that. And it solves the problem. I know you’ve talked about in your other episodes, the whole ACEs and PIES thing, and it leads into that and it leads to where we’re going by putting part numbers into repair information. So it’s another stepping stone towards the ultimate goals that we’re trying to accomplish at Diesel Laptops.

Jamie Irvine:

Right, and when I was a sales account manager, one of the things that would happen is as towards the end of the year, you’re coming up to inventory time. You’ve got all this inventory on your shelf you haven’t moved in a while. And the parts manager comes and says, “Hey, sales guys, can you help me out try to sell this stuff before we have to count it?” And it’s like, okay, great, “so what does it fit?” And the parts manager was like, “I don’t know.” And then you’d call procurement and they wouldn’t know either. And so then it was like, what do you do? You drive around and just like, look for customers and say, “Hey, you know, do you want to buy this part?” Like it didn’t work.

Tyler Robertson:

Even the manufacturers don’t know what it fits, right? Because there’s three levels down or two levels down from whoever bought that part. Not even that, I can tell you, there’s the next version of this and this isn’t something probably we’ll get to until next year. But I also have a database of VINs, of vehicles that are out in the field and attached to that is people that own those things. So now, if I know what year, make, model, I have VINs that know what your make model it’s putting all those together. So you’ll see in 2022, we’ll literally be like, here’s a part number, here’s what it fits and here’s people in your market that have those trucks. So that’s just a quantum leap from where we’re at today.

Jamie Irvine:

And the best part is you heard it here first on the Heavy-Duty Parts Report and on TNC radio live. So thanks for breaking that. We look forward to 2022. We’re going to take another quick break. We’ll be right back. When repairing a diesel engine, it is essential to only use high quality engine parts. AFA Industries manufacturers OEM quality, complete in-frame kits, replacement engine parts, and seals and gaskets for diesel engines at great aftermarket prices. To learn more, go to AFAindustries.com, where you can request them to direct you to a local distributor. Check out AFAindustries.com today. So before the break, we were talking about Diesel Parts, the app. It has now gone to mobile. We’re going to talk about that in just a minute, but we broke down all the different parts look up tools that are in there today. Tyler even broke some news about what’s coming in 2022. Very exciting. And what I really like about Diesel Parts is it’s for the owner operator, it’s for the fleet, it’s for the repair technician, it’s for the parts technician. And it has been available for free on desktop. But recently Tyler, you launched this on Android and Apple devices, but it was not an easy thing to accomplish. Can you tell us about some of the hurdles that you had to overcome to make this thing available on mobile in the palm of your user’s hands?

Tyler Robertson:

Yeah, so I mean from the technological side, you know we did a smart thing there. We actually built the Diesel Parts website on a technology stack that can easily port over to Android and to iOS. So we didn’t have to write the thing three times that was a great thing we did, number one. But then you have to submit it to the app store. So we go to submit it to Google. Google’s like, “yeah, sure, no problem”, they take any app essentially. But then we had to go over to Apple. I got rejected at least four times, and it kept coming back to customer privacy. So Apple is really, really concerned about this. They don’t want you collecting customer information unless there’s a really, really good reason for it. And if people are following the mainstream media or the tech community a little bit, there’s a battle going on between like Facebook and Apple, apple saying we have all these millions of devices, you’re collecting customer information, display ads, we want a cut of that revenue and Facebook is saying, it’s our app, our platform. And they’re both battling now. Apple is like saying, “fine, we won’t let you, we won’t show your customer information anymore, customers can opt out.” And Facebook, all of a sudden is like, “oh, that’s a problem now for us.” So there’s some battles going on there, but it relates to us and the fact that we said, look, we built a really valuable database. It’s free, but I can’t just give it to people without a log-in beause we don’t know who’s going to log in there, whose in scraping data. Who’s going to try to steal stuff, we have some bots and some things in the background that monitor it to make sure no one’s abusing it and sending a bot, another bot through it to, to go scrape our data, so we need to protect this data. And we have to do that by making customers have accounts. And if they act like a bot, they’re going to get banned. And that’s how we protect our data. And finally, thank God, I don’t know who it was at Apple that finally listened to our appeal and had common sense. They finally blessed it and we were trying everything else in between to try to get it through. But finally we just kind of were like, what do we do? And the guy’s like, okay, we’ll approve it. So we were super excited to get it out on iOS. It took a month, or month and a half longer than it should have but it’s out there now and it’s on the app stores. So we’re really excited about it.

Jamie Irvine:

Right. And we’re going to include links in the show notes to both the Apple and the Android devices so that you can do one click and then download the app. And at the end of the day, all you were looking for was an email log in. It’s not like you were asking for a lot of really, really detailed pertinent information. So it’s very good that you were able to overcome that hurdle.

Tyler Robertson:

Yeah. I mean, that was a mistake we made with the first version we did two years ago is we were like okay, they’re going to have to sign up. We made them fill out their email, their name, their phone number, their address, you know, like social security. No, we didn’t, we didn’t ask her social security number, but you know it was too much. So we really backed off that on this one. And we’re like we just need the bare minimum to make sure our site’s secure. If people want to engage with us and some of these premier paid services we do, or these other things, then they can give us their more of their information. So I think people are really going to like the app. We also added a new feature in there where they can tag favorite parts so they can actually tag their parts. They always look it up and they have a quick way to retrieve those parts and find crosses and do those things. So we’re constantly adding new features and there’s a, there’s a big team behind this that’s just filling that database up every single day. So it’s a thing we’re really excited about at Diesel Laptops.

Jamie Irvine:

Yeah, and it’s been awesome to just be a little part of that whole process and watch it all develop because this is something that is just game changing for our industry. You know, Tyler, I know you’re not going to like give me an exact number, but people sometimes don’t quite grasp how difficult and how much in the way of time, energy money you’ve had to spend to develop this and it’s free. This is a free app. So like, can you just put it into perspective for people so they understand how much value you’re offering the marketplace?

Tyler Robertson:

I mean, I can’t put an exact number on, on Diesel Parts, but I can, I can say a couple of things. One, Diesel Laptops over the last four years, we’ve spent over $10 million developing products and services that derived no direct revenue to Diesel Laptops. You know, we have a plan for that stuff. We want to do those things. I can tell you that we have about 30 to 35-ish full-time employees just working on content and graphics and database things for Diesel Parts full-time, just actually this morning, we hired another full-time parts professional. So we have a lot more than most places that sell parts. We have parts professionals throughout the entire United States because this team’s a hundred percent remote just doing content and adding to this database. So this is something we’re all in at. And I know everyone’s like, man, it’s free it must suck or why is it free? That’s a question we get. And I always feel a need to address that a little bit. It’s because in my mind, what this really is, is a tool to save time and money. And where this came from is you introduce us the top of the show, is an efficiency company. And when you’re fixing a truck, inevitably, you need a part in order to fix that truck. So what people will soon be seeing is our repair information. We’ll have fault codes, wiring diagrams, all these things we do, we’re going to integrate all the parts information right into that. So essentially we want people to be able to go, within three minutes, from a fault code to a part number that they need to buy to fix their truck. And we had to build this stuff in order to do all that. And you know, eventually, it’s no secret, we want to be involved in a marketplace for connect buyers and sellers. I don’t specifically want to be stocking parts and doing those things, but we have a very big platform of people, both buyers and sellers. And to us, it’s the logical thing to create a marketplace there, to connect those people together and we think we can make money off of it that way. So for us, it’s, you know, hopefully there’ll be people use that feature. If not, it’s kind of like Google, you don’t pay nothing for Google, but we use it every single day and they’re making money a lot of different ways off that platform. And our intentions did the same thing at Diesel Laptops.

Jamie Irvine:

You’ve been listening to the Heavy-Duty Parts Report. I’m your host, Jamie Irvine. We’ve been speaking with Tyler Robertson, the CEO of Diesel Laptops, who are the developers of the Diesel Parts app to sign up to your free account. You have a couple options, go to parts.diesellaptops.com. That’s the desktop version, or go over to Apple or your Android app store and download the free app today. Tyler, thank you so much for being on the Heavy-Duty Parts Report.

Tyler Robertson:

Always a pleasure to talk about commercial truck parts, repair, all those things. So thank you again for letting me come on the show. Jamie,

Jamie Irvine:

Thank you so much for tuning into this week’s episode of the Heavy-Duty Parts Report. I’m your host, Jamie Irvine. And I just like to remind everyone to focus on cost per mile. Let’s keep those trucks and trailers rolling.

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