FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Fitzgerald Truck Sales is a family owned and operated business. We treat each individual like a part of the family and take time to consider your needs and concerns. We don’t have pushy salespeople telling you what you want to hear or have fancy gimmicks to pull you in. We don’t have to! We are all working toward one goal, serving you and making your entire purchase experience as comfortable and easy as possible. Below are some frequently asked questions we get so please read through them. If you don’t see the answer to your question below, reach out to us here on the website or give us a call.

WHAT IS A GLIDER KIT?

glider-assemblyA rolling glider kit is a new cab and chassis with rear axles and without an engine, transmission or accessorial parts.We install one of our pre emission engines, reman Eaton Fuller transmission and all other necessary components in our Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner and Western Star Glider Kits.  The standard truck we keep in stock and order is basic owner-operator and fleet specifications and can be modified.

Glider Kits have been around for almost 50 years and are used for a number of applications, both on and off the highway. Gliders are less expensive than new trucks and offer a more economical option for fleets and owner/operators to maintain the reliability of their commercial trucking operations. The reused drivetrain components constitute approximately 30-50% of the value of a new truck, which generates significant cost savings for small businesses and owner-operators. With improved aerodynamics and low rolling resistance tires on trucks assembled from glider kits, these rebuilt vehicles actually have better fuel efficiency than when they were new. Wrecked or otherwise damaged trucks can be put back on the road economically by placing the undamaged powertrain components in a new cab/chassis.

Hundreds of small businesses have come to rely on gliders over the past 50 years as a cost-effective way of doing business. These businesses include glider distributors, glider assemblers, small fleets, owner/operators,and other small businesses in the commercial trucking industry.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A GLIDER?

The benefits of a glider kit are endless; starting with the initial purchase by saving you up to 25% off MSRP on a new truck. The added savings of the fuel efficient rebuilt 12.7 Liter Detroit 60 series are very substantial with an average of 6.8 – 7.5 MPG.  Less maintenance and downtime + Less maintenance costs + Less cost for fuel = more time and money for you.

WHY BUY FROM US?

For over 20 years, Fitzgerald Truck Sales has been the largest glider kit dealer in the country. We have refined our production of gliders into a steady enterprise, which earned us the name of “The Glider Kit Specialist”. Our hard work has advanced us to build gliders with unbeatable performance and reliability. We constantly test new technology and products to ensure that our trucks are the ultimate choice that is unsurpassed by any competition. We offer several different types of modifications available for our trucks to accommodate you. Some modifications we offer include shortening the frame or wheelbase, custom paint options, changing tires, adding accessories or chrome, and much more.

WHAT TYPE OF WARRANTIES DO YOU OFFER ON YOUR ENGINES?

We install rebuilt Detroit 12.7 Liter 60 series engines. The Detroit engine includes a 3 Year/300,000 mile structured warranty, we also offer several upgrades to our standard warranty. The warranties are provided by Fitzgerald Glider Kits and are honored nationwide by our vendors. Fitzgerald’s understands the importance of keeping your truck up and running and make every effort to work with your repair facility to get you back on the road. We also have our own repair facility on-site that can perform warranty repairs as well as general service repairs.

WHAT TYPE OF WARRANTY IS OFFERED ON YOUR TRANSMISSIONS?

We install re-manufactured transmissions from Eaton Fuller. They include a 3YR/unlimited mileage warranty provided by Eaton Fuller. This warranty is honored nationwide at any authorized Eaton Fuller dealer.

REAR AXLE WARRANTY?

All our gilders have factory installed rears and are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Peterbilt has a 5 year 750k mile warranty, Kenworth has a 3 year 750k mile warranty, Freightliner has a 3 year 300k warranty.

WHAT ABOUT THE WARRANTY ON THE CAB?

The cab, front suspension, lights, and accessories include a 1 year / 100,000 mile nationwide warranty provided by chassis manufacturer & and accepted at authorized OEM dealer. *Read warranty documents for complete and accurate account of exact parts and components included in warranty package.

CAN YOU HELP WITH FINANCING?

Absolutely! We work with many major lenders enabling us to get you the best possible finance options – we do not offer in house financing. Please call or email us to request a credit application or you can download one under the Financing tab on our website.

WHAT'S THE DOWN PAYMENT?

When ordering a Fitzgerald Glider Kit a deposit is required on all orders, in most cases the deposit is put towards the down payment. Some purchasers may qualify for 0% down from their lender in which case the deposit would be returned to the customer.

HOW IS A GLIDER KIT TITLED WHEN I BUY IT?

All Fitzgerald glider kits will be titled in the state of Tennessee as a new truck and you will receive a title to transfer to your state.