Site helps find specific models, dealers
Newly named International Truck and Engine Corp. unveiled an e-commerce site that will enable customers to search for new trucks via the Internet at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville. The company also introduced Diamond SPEC for severe service vehicles, as well as a truck "package" aimed at the owner-operator market.
The Web site, www.InternationalDelivers.com, allows customers to search for a truck model by application and specifications, and then by state or zip code to find the dealer nearest them.
The site is designed to alleviate the need to spend hours making phone calls, scanning dealer Web sites, and walking dealer lots just to find the truck wanted before negotiations even begin. International's new Internet "truck locator" lets customers find the exact make, model, and specification package they want and gives them a dealer contact who can get it for them.
Steve Keate, International's president, says the new Web site will let customers "search the complete list of stock trucks in our inventory nationwide to find a truck that fits their needs. Then they can call the dealer nearest them to help them obtain the specific truck they want."
Keate stressed, however, that International does not intend to sell new trucks direct to customers online. This new Web site merely speeds up the truck selection process for customers and helps get them to the proper dealership.
On/off highway fleets will now have access to International's Diamond SPEC severe service, an application-based spec'ing system designed specifically for those in construction, forestry, refuse, and such.
This program will make ordering equipment like the International 5900i, which sports a severe-service truck chassis and a vocational cab, faster and easier.
International's 9000i Class 8 tractor is at the heart of the Owner's ValueChoice program, which also provides owner-operators with $18,000 in value-added products and services for a price of just $6,000.
The program include s a debit card worth $5,000 to purchase fuel at Flying J truckstops; a 5-year/ 500,000-mile warranty; free emergency road service for 5-years/500,000 miles; free towing and wrecker service for
5-years/ 500,000 miles; a starter maintenance kit; and a Sprint phone card.