Navistar said Wednesday it is rolling out a program to help fleet customers manage end of life, wrecked trucks and surplus components.
The company’s Core Advantage Program helps fleet owners reduce overall costs by aiding management of core and remanufacturing activity through new tools like the Navistar proprietary Core Management System (CMS).
Navistar defines a core as “used or failed parts that have been returned by the customer at the end of its product life.”
Joel Larsen, Navistar vice president of parts product management, says cores are a key part of the business and he expects the Core Advantage Program to increase the company’s product and service offerings, including Navistar’s private label Fleetrite parts and OnCommand suite of value-added services.
“A good core return program is key to a successful reman program,” he adds.
Cores are employed to remanufacture a returned part and restore it to like new condition. Remanufactured parts carry the same features and functionality as new parts and come with the same warranty.
“Remanufacturing is great for the environment and great for business,” adds Chintan Sopariwala, general manager of core and remanufacturing operations at Navistar. “Remanufactured parts offer a low cost alternative to new parts without sacrificing on product quality or warranty. Last year alone, Navistar recycled over 70 million pounds of used truck components and we have even more aggressive plans to increase this number.”
With the new Core Advantage Program, fleets can have their own account number and location codes within CMS, which streamlines their ability to see and run reports on purchases, return history, core eligibility and core fallout rates across multiple locations. Fleet owners will be able to find answers to questions like: Which locations have the most fall-out? Are you buying the correct part? Which core eligibility will expire soon?
Estes Parts Manager Jim Cliborne, who was part of the pilot program, added, “The new program from Navistar has worked well for us. It’s been instrumental in increasing recovery on end-of-life trucks and reducing our maintenance costs.”