Dec 2, 2020

History of LKQ Heavy Truck Parts

Heavy Truck Parts


It Began With The Vision Of A Network Of Heavy Truck Parts Experts

Born from a drive to deliver superior service and constant quality, LKQ was founded.  A group of senior managers and longtime investors in the waste management industry came together in 1998.  As a result, the company quickly became America’s largest automotive and light truck recycler.  The company fulfills a much-needed service to provide used and salvaged parts to customers across the country.


LKQ Heavy Truck

LKQ Heavy Truck is now the industry leader in Class 3-8 Heavy Duty Truck Parts.  Basically, the team provides aftermarket, salvage, and specialty truck parts across the globe.  The LKQ experience extends far beyond a world-class selection of heavy truck parts.  Significantly, it stretches into the lives of every customer who comes our way. This commitment to excellence is incorporated into every aspect of LKQ’s business.  It is on full display every day, with every interaction between our company and our customers. The Like, Kind, and Quality that very literally define our brand is reflected in and made possible by the understanding and experience gained through generations of knowledge in the industry.




Growing The LKQ Family

Ongoing progress fueled the need and desire for expansion. In 2008, LKQ entered the heavy-duty trucks and parts business and LKQ Heavy Truck was established.

Evident from the start was an obvious ability to assist companies, fleets, and independent drivers with reliable and efficient quality parts and services.  The initial success of this Heavy Truck division of the company was apparent.  LKQ focused next on a series of acquisitions to further expand the brand. We began acquisitions by seeking out big players and individuals such as Goody’s Truck Parts and LKQ Heavy Truck – Maryland who were leaders in the heavy trucks and parts industry. We also wished to connect with those who shared the vision of developing a national network to provide a large and diversified inventory of truck parts for customers across the globe. 


Knowledge, Service, and Quality That Spans Generations 

As LKQ Heavy Truck expanded to work side by side with newly acquired businesses, the ability to deliver quality service and a diverse assortment of parts grew right alongside. For example, Goody’s Truck Parts in Toledo, Ohio began from the ground up. These dedicated individuals always strive to go above and beyond the needs of their customers. 

By tapping into the invaluable knowledge and abilities that these 3rd and 4th generation family-run businesses possessed, LKQ became the preeminent leader in Heavy Duty Truck specialty and salvage parts.  The connections developed through partnering with such businesses provided the foundation for the future. The expertise and experience gained by working closely with these reliable and reputable business owners afforded not only an already established relationship with clientele but also a unique opportunity to meet further and exceed their needs.


What We Do/Heavy Truck Parts

Today, LKQ purchases vehicles and equipment from individuals, fleets, and companies. We carry trusted manufacturers such as Mack, Cummins, Detroit, Freightliner, International, Fuller, Spicer, Peterbilt, Kenworth, and Caterpillar.

Each and every vehicle that arrives at a yard is meticulously inspected before being disassembled.  We record each part and photograph it before entering it into our Nationwide Inventory system.  This is to ensure an accurate listing of its description, condition, and quality grade.

Everything goes through a full inspection before being available for sale including all engines, drivetrains, transmissions, and differentials. The diversity of LKQ products also extends beyond salvage parts with a large inventory of new OE and aftermarket performance and specialty cooling lines available through Platinum HD.


Locations Nationwide

Our current roster of stores spans across the U.S. Each fully committed to helping customers on every and any unique need with integrity, teamwork, and professionalism. Whenever a customer chooses LKQ Heavy Truck, they always get much more than just a truck part. They get a partner. A partner who will understand their business.  We will get to know their truck and guide them towards a solution that affects their full operation.  We thrive on long relationships that go far above and beyond to help our customers succeed.

No one knows their truck better than our customers.  We want to provide them with quality parts and services to help their operation grow.  Keeping their trucks on the road and at full operating capacity is the goal. The Like, Kind, and Quality model is the heart of our operations.

Let us know how we can help you.  Find your nearest location here or give us a call at 877-557-8782.