In February this year, two mates with a background in truck parts and mechanics – Ian Quaresmini and Nick Wirth – opened the doors to Queensland Truck Spares.
Located in the suburb of Sumner, in Brisbane’s south-west, the business has been two years in the making.
Queensland Truck Spares specialises in truck suspension and steering components, however also offers maintenance and roadworthy truck parts too.
“What we’re starting with is specialising in steering and suspension components, however we’re not just restricted to that. We are an importer and wholesaler but do sell to the public too. The majority of what we do now is wholesale but we’re looking to expand our retail and trade customer base,” explained Quaresmini.
The pair had been working together for over 10 years at a Rocklea based spare parts company, with Quaresmini having spent many years working as a qualified diesel mechanic before moving into spare parts.
“We have both worked extensively in this industry and spent the last two years establishing this business,” said Quaresmini. “What has been a little lacking in the parts department are qualified parts people who have moved on from the tools and into the spare parts side.”
Quaresmini started his mechanical career as a driveline specialist, working his way into workshop supervisor roles, before moving into the office as a parts interpreter and then shifting focus to diesel particulate systems as an emissions department manager.
“Nick and I are good mates and had worked together for years. We had always dreamed of doing this ourselves. We had the capabilities and background knowledge and kept talking about it. Like a lot of people, when Covid hit in 2020, we made the decision to register a business name and start the process,” Quaresmini added.
But what is it that sets Queensland Truck Spares apart?
“Firstly, it would be specialising in steering and suspension components with a trade background. That means we know how these components work and how they are fitted, rather than having to read the info from a book. We can guide people through what they need,” he said.
“With our products, we are also bringing them in direct from overseas. We run a pretty lean ship here – there’s no huge façade, fancy showroom floor or truckies’ lounge. We import direct from overseas manufacturers. What all this means is that we can be very competitive in our pricing.”
Currently the focus at Queensland Truck Spares is on American truck brands, with parts to suit Kenworth, Western Star, International/IVECO, Mack and Freightliner Trucks being the specialty, catering to trucks both new and old. Some European truck parts are also on offer, with plans to expand that offering significantly over coming months.
The business has also begun moving into trailer parts as well.
For more information about Queensland Truck Spares and its broad product range, please head to queenslandtruckspares.com.au.