The supply chain crisis is expected to drag on into next year. This means shortages and long lead times for new vehicle purchases. It's better to get your order in sooner than later, because when you need a truck quickly, “If you're not first, you're last.” And, the view from the rear isn't so great.
If you’re just starting shopping; been quoted a vehicle delivery date that's just too far out; or a price that's too high, get in touch with us. We may be able to help you get your new glass truck or rack sooner, or provide a solution to haul more glass without purchasing a new vehicle. Here's how:
We Have Trucks “Coming Soon” from Our Network of Dealerships
MyGlassTruck has a network of truck dealers we’ve always relied on to help us provide turnkey glass trucks right off the lot. While we don’t have as many glass trucks in stock as in the past, we do have truck cab-chassis, vans, and pickups on order for delivery as soon as possible. This lets us cut down the wait-time for getting new glass trucks to our customers.
If you've already ordered a truck, or know what model you'll be purchasing, to save time we often can build your truck body on a "trailer" while your truck is being manufactured. We then install it when your cab-chassis arrives.
Click Here for a list of what's coming soon and approximate arrival dates. We have plenty of glass racks in-stock now for immediate installation or ship out. Please get in touch to find out more.
Increase Capacity with a Glass Hauling Trailer or Interior Rack
We have plenty of options that will let you increase capacity without adding new vehicles, The SideKick is a purpose-built, tow-behind glass transport trailer that can add as much capacity as a double-sided van or pick-up rack. Interior glass racks are available for vans and pick-ups in fixed-position and slide-out models. They are an affordable way to add capacity without adding a new vehicle to your operation.
Here are some general strategies customers are using to keep their glass truck orders rolling forward.
1. If you’re not first, you’re last...get in line now! Get the deal done soon as you know you will need to order new trucks in the near future. With demand high and supplies low build spots are filling up fast. Orders for 2023 are already breaking records, so the sooner you get in line, the sooner you’ll be able to take delivery.
2. Future-proofing is key. Truck operators will benefit from thinking more like business forecasters — strategically crafting orders to meet predicted needs up to 18 months in the future when the new trucks will actually arrive. Simply replacing aging vehicles spec-for-spec could mean your new trucks may not be able to get the job done when they finally arrive.
3. To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you can get what you need.” There may be some options you want that the manufacturer has removed to keep their assembly line producing. If you can get what you need to get the job done and that model truck matches your specs, grab it while it’s available.
4. Be diligent about preventative maintenance (PM) for current vehicles. It’s often said, “the best offense is a good defense.” Extending the life-span of your trucks through PM will buy some extra time to cope with delays. It will also reduce breakdowns and cost of ownership, while pushing revenue to the bottom line and paying a dividend in safety.
5. Carefully consider used equipment and rentals. Pre-owned trucks and rented equipment don’t have the long procurement lead times that new vehicles do, but you may have to be flexible about some features. Plus, long lead times for new trucks have created demand in the used and rental market pushing up prices. Added maintenance costs, surcharges, and inflated prices may cause you to owe more than the truck is worth over the long haul.
One thing you can count on to remain the same in business is that everything changes...evolves. The same delays, shortages, and price increases that are the norm today will be the catalyst for a stronger truck and equipment manufacturing industry tomorrow.
We're rolling in the right direction.