By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: June 2010
Nancy Yingst and General Manager Rusty Magiera at United Ford Parts Distribution Center.
Shade tree mechanics may not be as numerous as they were prior to the highly computerized modern vehicle, but there are a lot of you who still enjoy the pleasure and satisfaction to be found in working on your own car or truck.
You may have driven right past the 80,000-square-foot warehouse with an additional 60,000-square-foot mezzanine as you’ve headed east or west on 61st Street between Garnett and 129th East Avenue. Located on the north side of the street, United Ford Parts Distribution Center provides parts service to not only northeastern Oklahoma residents, but to 29 states and five countries, including Canada and Mexico.
The company has been in business in the Tulsa area for more than 30 years and was originally known as Fred Jones Parts Warehouse. They have been doing business as United Ford Parts Distribution Center for the past eight years at the 61st Street location.
United Ford Parts Distribution Center is owned by Penske Automotive Group, the second largest publicly traded automotive retailer in the United States. Penske owns and operates 156 franchises in the United States and 148 internationally.
The Tulsa-based Parts Distribution Center carries $6 million in Ford, Lincoln and Mercury parts, with a total of $12 million in total parts. “We warehouse over 78,000 individual parts in our state-of-the-art warehouse,” says General Manager Rusty Magiera. Chances are if you need a part for your car or truck, gasoline or diesel powered, United Ford is going to have it in stock. They always keep a large inventory of Ford medium and heavy truck parts on hand.
United Ford carries a full line of global air conditioning parts for all makes of cooling products, including air conditioner compressor kits, condensers, dryers, expansion valves, radiators, flush kits and more. These are high quality new parts, not remanufactured, and they are reasonably priced. The parts will meet or exceed OE (original equipment) specifications. United Ford also carries a nice inventory of new and remanufactured engines and transmissions – gasoline and diesel, plus rear end assemblies.
A new phase of the business is United Ford’s ability to provide service to its customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week through www.fordparts.com/unitedford. They can ship any item weighing 10 pounds or less anywhere in the United States for $9.95. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus new hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. You now have the ability to place an order online and pick it up Saturday morning or first thing Monday. And as always, your United Ford Parts Distribution Center ships the next working day after receiving an order.
As an interesting sidebar: The United Ford Parts Distribution Center is the national distribution center for Smart U.S.A. Every Smart Car part in the country goes through this local distribution center. United Ford is the fifth largest privately held Ford warehouse in the nation, and ranks number three in diesel parts sales for the entire country.
“We have the ability to stock the parts that our customers need, and we always sell wholesale to the public,” says Rusty. Call, visit online, or drop by United Ford Parts Distribution Center the next time you’re in the mood to do a little wrenching on your car or truck under a nice shade tree. Chances are you’ll find the parts you need.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.