Top 7 Things to Add to Your Trucks Cold Weather Preperations List

It's that time of year again! Daylight savings time for 2019 is November 3rd. Shorter days and colder weather are fast approaching. Are you prepared? Make sure to perform a routine maintenance check on your truck to ensure it is performing at its best this winter.

Here are a few things to check:

  1. Lighting - make sure your headlamps are not cloudy and the bulbs do not need to be replaced. This will ensure clearer visibility during questionable weather or dark hours on the road or field. 
  2. Wiper blades - if the wipers are flapping all over the place, it's probably time for a fresh new set.
  3. Antifreeze & coolant - don't get caught on the road with low levels of anti-freeze or coolant.
  4. Washer Solvent - keep your windshield free of salt and debris this winter by ensuring you have enough windshield washer fluid.
  5. Batteries & Battery Cables - make sure your battery is holding a good charge by getting it tested. Also check that your cables are safely secured. 
  6. Air dryers & cartridges - check the condition of your air dryers and cartridges. 
  7. Fuel additive - this is a treatment that you can add to your fuel tank which prevents carbon buildup. It will also work to clean various parts of your fuel system components, such as your fuel injectors.

Vander Haag's offers routine service checks at six of our locations. We also offer fluids and parts to help ensure your safety on the road or in the fields. Give us a call at 888-940-5030 or shop online at

October Employee Spotlight


At Vander Haag's, we know to be able to provide our customers with the best quality products and services, we need to have a team of talented individuals dedicated to similar goals. Each month, we will be featuring one of our employees on our website and social media. We challenge you to get to know our team, not just the products we sell. The knoweledge, experience, and hardwork these individuals bring to Vander Haag's does not go unnoticed. 

Meet Rod

Rod Sheldon has recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with Vander Haag’s, Inc.!  Rod began his career with VHI on September 28, 1979, in the Body Shop department.  Today, Rod serves as the Whole Unit Sales Leader for our location in Spencer, IA. 

Over the years, Rod has seen a lot of changes to the business and enjoys the variety of different jobs that he’s held over the years.  In the early years of his career, Rod took pride in fixing wrecked trucks and delivering the fixed unit to the customer.  Some of the most memorable trucks were units that had to be towed in… Rod got busy taking them apart, ordering parts, and then putting everything back together.  There was always a variety of work to be done – from frame straightening and body repair to painting.  Rod’s even painted a few combines in the past.

Today, Rod works in the Sales department and enjoys working with a wide range of employees, customers, and vendors in the Whole Units Sales department.  “I have never come to work and had to worry about finding something to do.  There’s always been work to be done and we can do it all!” 

In his spare time, Rod enjoys walleye fishing, pheasant hunting, deer hunting, and just being outdoors.  He’s even driven the bus a time or two during the annual VHI pheasant hunt in South Dakota. 

Congratulations to Rod on his 40 years with us!  We’re blessed to have you as a part of our team!

How Much Do You Save Buying Used Truck Parts Vs. New Truck Parts?

Did you know that purchasing quality recycled truck parts instead of new truck parts can save the average truck owner approximately 50% each year? Vander Haag's fully inspects each recycled part twice over before it hits our warehouse shelves. We understand the importance of getting your truck back on the road in a timely and efficient manner. We want to save our customers money and give them peace of mind that there truck will perform at its' best with each item we sell. We even offer excellent warranties. What better way to have assurance than by getting to know our inspection process! 

Below is an outline that walks you through our parts inspection process. 

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

September 8-14 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. At Vander Haag's, we want to show appreciation to the drivers that keep America moving everyday. We do not want their hardwork and committment in one of the most demanding jobs to go unnoticed. Afterall, drivers are the ones responsible for delivering our every day goods and even life-sustaining medical supplies to our communities. Their job helps keep us all alive and delivers most of your favorite items straight to our door!

Facts you may not know about Truck Drivers

Here are a few facts about truck driver and the trucking industry that really shed light on their impact on the economy and everyday life. 

  • Drivers can have a duty period last 14 hours. This is known as the 14-hour rule. They are allowed to drive up to 11 hours during a duty period. However, after driving for 8 hours, drivers are required to take at least a 30 minute break. Many of these trips take several days to complete, which are hours spent away from home, family, and friends.

  • There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States.  Did you know, women make up 6.2 percent of all truck drivers as of 2017? This number has went up from 4.9 percent in 2008.

  • Truck drivers log 432 billion mile annually.

  • The average long haul driver will log around 100,000 miles per year. 

  • More than 80% of U.S. communities depend soley on trucking for delivery of their goods.

Thank you Drivers!
From everyone at Vander Haag's, THANK YOU to the 3.5 million men and women who deliver our medical supplies, the food we eat, and the materials that build our homes and communities. Thank you to the other 8.7 million people working in the industry that help keep our drivers safe on the road.

Vander Haag's Freight

Freight Charges Include

  • Lowest negotiated shipping rates
  • Custom packaging or crating by our experienced shipping team
  • Insurance of all items against damage in transit
  • Tracking information so you can follow your order

Even though Vander Haag's works hard to negotiate cheaper rates with shipping companies, we understand that freight may seem expensive at times. With the increase in demand for shipping and the shortage of truck drivers, freight companies are constantly increasing their rates. Here at Vander Haag's, we try to give you the best value for your money! Included in your shipping charge is the materials used to package your items, the handling time in packaging your items, and the insurance on your shipment. In order to ensure that every package arrives undamaged, our shipping department will take the time to custom build whatever package/pallet/frame/crate is needed to keep your items safe. We also protect our customers from receiving damaged items by personally insuring every shipment. If your items arrive damaged due to mishandling during shipping, please note it on the BOL and call us as soon as possible to start a freight claim. We will do our best to get you taken care of right away!

Taking all that into account, if the freight charge is still unreasonable it could be a fault in the algorithm we use to calculate freight. As we constantly work to refine this algorithm, there are still times when it returns faulty freight amounts. If this is the case, either select the "Manual Freight Quote" shipping option and complete the checkout process or give us a call at 888-940-5030 to let one of our sales representatives manually calculate freight on your order. We're sorry for this inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we try to create the most enjoyable experience possible for our customers!

If you live near one of our 7 locations, we offer free in-store pickup. Select the "In-Store Pickup" shipping option and continue the checkout process to have your items shipped to the most convenient store. 

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