It’s hard to imagine the days when people needed to lug their old, used and broken gadgets around in their car.
But for now, that’s what most people do.
But now, an entirely new category of electronic truck parts is available online that are all designed for the same purpose: getting the truck on and off the road.
While the latest offerings aren’t as durable as those made for older models, they still perform the same basic functions, according to experts at the online marketplace Tru-Tru.
“There’s a huge gap between a modern truck and a vintage truck,” says Tru-Trax.
“They have the same hardware, but the difference is that it’s easier to use.”
With more than 3,000 sellers on Tru-Trader, it’s not uncommon for customers to come across items they’ve never seen before, says TruTrader’s Andrew Stoll.
The site has nearly a million listings for electronic truck products, including everything from the most popular trucks to the latest gadgets.
“You can buy all kinds of electronics from all different parts companies, but they’re all pretty much the same,” Stoll says.
Stoll says the best part about TruTraders website is that they’re designed to be used by people who want to buy a lot of different products.
“If you buy a ton of old things, you’ll probably be like, ‘Oh, that makes me feel old, I have to throw those away,'” he says.
“But with this, you’re actually buying a bunch of new parts, so that’s really useful.”
Stokes says he’s noticed a lot more customers have bought electronics from TruTrade.
“People have gotten more interested in the stuff that is new and different and has the best reviews,” he says, noting that TruTrades inventory has grown to include items that customers have never seen, or bought at discount prices.
But TruTrace’s Stoll is quick to add that the site is not intended to be the only place to buy electronic truck components.
TruTrader has been around since 2012 and offers thousands of parts, he says: from the cheapest to the most expensive.
The site also has a separate listing for other types of electronic products, such as GPS units and computer monitors.
“The best part is that you don’t need to know how to make these things yourself,” Stokes adds.
It’s important to note that these are the best products for people who don’t have a lot to lose, Stokys says, but there are other buyers who would prefer to avoid the need to buy used parts and other items that are no longer necessary.
There’s also a growing list of electronic vehicle accessories on the site, which include everything from spare wheels to a remote-control car radio.
For those who want a better deal on electronics, there’s also an option for people with very limited money to purchase parts at a discount.
“We’re trying to get to $25 or $30 for the majority of the electronic truck items on the website,” Stolts says.