By Harriet Kaplan
Page Import/Export is a parts distributor affiliated with an import dealer group. The company is a division of Page Imports, Southfield, Mich. The company is one of the leading parts distributors in the United States. It offers a one-stop source for Toyota/Honda parts and accessories. The company distributes anything that is available through Toyota/Honda, including Genuine parts, remanufactured parts and accessories as well as Toyota Racing Development (TRD) components. This includes Genuine replacement parts, remanufactured engines, and transmissions. The company specializes in engine controls, fuel injection components, engine management, ignition modules, switches, relays, sensors, lock actuators, lock cylinders, seals, and gaskets.
We spoke with Mike Shive at Page Import/Export to learn what’s selling in the Toyota/Honda aftermarket and what the various wholesale customers for Genuine parts are looking for.
“We are able to get all the TRD accessories, and of course, the Toyota/Honda accessories,” said Shive. “For the past few years, because of the economy, it’s been slow in that regard. But now that things are picking up, people are tending to spend more money on accessories. We offer some very good buys on the TRD Parts and Toyota/Honda Accessories. Obviously anything with TRD, as a Toyota dealer, is available through our company also.
“We have a lot of demand for engine controls, lock actuators and lock cylinders; ABS sensors, knock sensors and engine sensors; ignition coils, EVAP canisters, switches and lock cylinders,” Shive said. “Those are product lines that we sell to some of the parts manufacturers. The parts manufacturers that we deal with, buy from us because they want the OE quality and that’s our specialty. The parts manufacturers’ reputation is based on everything being right the first time, so they want everything to be as good as, or better than factory.
“For the private or independently owned parts store, special order parts for Toyota are available through Page Import/Export,” Shive said. “For example, a customer comes into a parts store and wants a captive part only available through Toyota. We’re willing to work with a very modest profit margin and would drop ship the product to their customer. If they had a customer right at the counter and he wanted an armrest for his car, the store could contact us and we could get pricing on it and including freight to the customer’s door. They can sell it to the customer and we drop ship it and bill the parts store.”
MTC was also interviewed for the article. Sameer Mission discussed the range of parts the company offered for Toyota and Lexus overall, in terms of categories of parts offered and the model/model years covered; if there are some particular products or product lines for these vehicles, offered by the company that they want to highlight; if there is anything else MTC offers for Toyota/Lexus they would like installers to know about in regard to tools and diagnostic tools they offer.
MTC has a large and wide range of products for Toyota and Lexus. The company offers a nearly complete range of engine and transmissions mounts, oil pans, suspension products including control arms, ball joints, tie rod ends and sway bar links, antenna masts (standard and upgradeable aluminum antenna masts) and more. They also carry a large line of sensors such as air mass sensors and more. MTC covers car models from 1965 to present. “We have extensively developed our coverage for 1990 and up vehicles.
“Where we really shine is our engine and transmission mount coverage,” Mission said. “We stock nearly 3,000 different engine and transmission mounts for the Japanese/Korean range and are able to put together on demand type motor mount kits for our customers.
“Our engine and transmission mount range is the crown jewel of the MTC offering. We offer products that are far superior to our competitors because manufacturing is controlled exclusively by MTC. We use 100% virgin rubber and never use recycled rubber to cut corners like other cheaper mounts available in the market. We want to provide our customers and their customers with an ease of mind that they are selling a far superior product. Our mounts come in many different versions from solid rubber, hydraulic filled to vacuum electronically controlled mounts and even polyurethane mounts for racing enthusiasts.
“We have offer our customers highly accurate fitment data for the products as well as multiple image views of the product so that they are 100% sure the part is what they need. Some of our products also come with items we recommend to use such as new nuts, bolts, grease, and/or instructional guides.”