More Bang For Your Buck: Trucking Industry Deals from Around the Web

hot-dealsWhether your gut needs to be downsized, your empty belly filled or your alternator replaced, there’s probably a deal out there that can help you keep more of your hard-earned cash in your pocket.

LTL.com has searched the web for savings opportunities for truckers. See what we’ve found and click the red button in the upper right to add a comment if you know any good ones we haven’t listed here.

Free Fitness

It’ll cost you some sweat, but Travel Center of America’s and Petro’s fitness rooms, walking/running trails/maps, basketball hoops and outdoor fitness areas (as shown on this map) won’t set you back even a dime.

Explore 120 walking/running trails, shoot hoops at 17 sites, or workout at any one of 45 fitness rooms. And TA and Petro continue to add new trails, hoops and fitness areas so stay tuned for even more places to get pumped up for free.

Restaurant and Lodging Discounts

If you own a fleet, you might want to look into The Corporate Lodging Card, which can get you up to 40% off lodging rates at a wide variety of motels, including Super 8, Days Inn and Best Western. There’s a lengthy discussion here, on the TruckersReport.com forum, about whether or not it’s worth the investment.

It’s not just for retirees. Anyone age 50 or over can get an AARP card, and it’ll get you discounts at dozens of restaurants, including Denny’s, Dunkin Donuts and Papa Johns – and at dozens of motels, including Best Western, Days Inn and Econolodge.

There are more restaurant deals on ParkMyRig.com. Go to their site and click on “Trucker Discounts” in the navigation bar at the top of the page for deals at Golden Corral, Ryan’s, Dairy Queen and more.

Parts, Labor, LTL Space Deals

On Surplus-Solutions.com, operators can save as much as 40% on heavy duty trucks parts costs over a dealer shop’s direct price. The site also offers discounts on repairs labor. Read more about both these deals in this Overdrive.com article. Also in that piece is info about OneMorePallet.com, a company that offers a Priceline.com approach on LTL space, letting shippers name their price.

Car Insurance

Save some dough protecting the other vehicle in your life. If you’re a member of AITA, OOIDA or any other professional organization, be sure to call and ask if they can give you a special discount code to enter when filling out your quote for car insurance.

And read this article on Yahoo! for more ways trucking industry folks can get the best deals on insurance for their cars.

Free Parking Sites

Some TA locations offer Preferred Parking sites. The first two hours of parking in these sites is free, and if you need more time, there are a few ways get it – also for free:

Get 24 hours of free parking for every 50 gallons of fuel you buy, up to a maximum of 72 hours of parking (3 days), at a single location.

Get up to 24 hours of free parking when you spend a minimum of $20 in the store, restaurant or service area at the Preferred Parking location.

TA UltraONE Platinum Members receive 24 hours of free parking per month at participating Preferred Parking sites.

Deals for Newbies

If you’re just getting started with long-haul, you’ve probably noticed how much gear long-time long-haulers use in their home away from home. Some things are just indispensable for living comfortably and economically on the road.

At GotTruckerStuff.com newbies can find package deals that put all those must-haves together in one box and then ship straight to your home or a terminal. They also offer deals deals that long-time truckers can appreciate on this page.

Find free iphone apps for truckers on their site too: scroll down to the bottom of the page to find apps for weather, traffic, road conditions, fuel price tracking and even an app that provides mobile scanning so you can get paid faster.

In the Market for a GPS Unit?

TruckersStore.com sells truck accessories and on-the-road gear. You can see a list of their email specials here. They also sell discount open box and overstocked items, for example, a PC Miler 750 Truck Routing GPS with 7″ LCD Screen with list price of $225.95 was returned in the original box with all accessories and manuals and is marked down to $195.95. And just to sweeten the deal you get free shipping on open box and overstocked items.

Discounts for OOIDA Members

If you’re an OOIDA member, you qualify for dozens of discounts on everything from tires to gauges to Jeep vehicles, tax services and expense tracking software. Membership is $50 and you can see a full list of all OOIDA’s trucker deals and discounts here.

Membership in the American Independent Trucker Association is Free…

…and that membership allows you to sign up for one of two programs to get discounts on NAPA parts:

For Independent Owner Operators

Get a NAPA Preferred Customer Card when you sign up online or by phone. The card gets you fleet pricing on parts at any of the 1600+ participating NAPA locations nationwide.

For Fleet Owners

To get started on this program you only need an account with your local NAPA location. AITA Fleet Affiliates get discount pricing on day to day purchases at their primary NAPA location. They also get a quarterly 4% rebate, which is paid on qualifying purchases once minimum requirements are met (see your NAPA store for details).

This program also allows fleet owners to take advantage of the NAPA stocking program, which offers obsolescence protection, overstock protection, line changeovers and other features.