#BecauseTruck: Perea Truck Accessories & Body Parts
April 4, 2018
Why do you drive a truck? Whether it’s to haul parts, tow a classic car, or just because no woman ever said, “I’d like to take a ride in your Prius,” we get it. Pickup trucks are as American as apple pie, and they’re a part of life here in Pomona. If you need parts for your truck, or if you’re looking for upgrades, look no further than Perea Truck Accessories & Body Parts. A Pomona regular for nearly ten years, you can find Perea Truck on Road 28, Spaces 16-18-20, at every show. We recently caught up with company founder, Jaime Perea, to find out a little bit more about his business:
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Pomona Swap Meet: When and how did you get started in this industry?
Jaime Perea: I used to be a driver for a company. Working there, I learned a lot about auto parts. As I learned more and more, it became a passion of mine, which made me want to sell parts for myself.
PSM: What’s the best part of your job?
JP: The best part of my job is providing the best service and help to my customers… qualities they can’t find just anywhere else.
PSM: If you won the lottery tonight, what kind of classic car would you buy?
JP: While I haven’t always been in to classic cars and I don’t currently own one myself, if I were to win the lottery, I’d definitely get a 1972 Ford Pickup!
PSM: Any favorite memories of the Pomona Swap Meet that you would like to share with us?
JP: The best memories I have are just being at the swap meet. My family and I go out together, we barbecue, we bond, and we have a wonderful time.
PSM: So Ford or Chevy, or ???
TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY
PSM: How can customers contact you?
JP: Customers can come to our shop: Perea Truck Accesories & Body Parts, 7520 Eastern Avenue, Bell Gardens, CA 90201 or they can call us at (562) 927-9955.
PSM: Tell us a little bit about your company and its history.
JP: We started in 2003 with a few sales out of my garage to a few acquaintances. Then, as the business began to grow, we outgrew the garage and moved to where we are today in Bell Gardens.
PSM: What exactly do you sell?
JP: We sell aftermarket parts for cars and trucks including headlamps, fog lights, taillights, HID kits, LED kits, bumpers, mirrors, bed covers, grilles, and the list goes on.
PSM: Are all of your products sold new? Or do you sell used as well?
JP: We mainly sell new products, but there are some original parts that we can get used.
PSM: What car makes, models, and years do you sell products for? Do you sell products for classic cars?
JP: Typically we sell more truck parts than anything else, specifically Chevy and GMC trucks, but we also sell products for most cars too. We don’t really carry too many classic car parts, but we do have a few specific lamps for classic cars.
PSM: Can you buy products on your website? Or is the best way to see your full inventory to find you at the swap meet or stop by your shop?
JP: We do not sell online, but you can stop by the shop, or find us at the Pomona Swap Meet or the Long Beach High Performance Swap Meet.
PSM: Do you do installations as well? Or just sell parts?
JP: Yes, I provide installations for most of the products I sell.
PSM: Do you offer all your products and services at the swap meet?
JP: I offer almost all of my products at the swap meet, but I don’t do installations there.
PSM: How long have you been coming to Pomona?
JP: I have been coming to Pomona for about 10 years.
PSM: What are your most popular products at the swap meet? What sells the fastest?
JP: The OEM taillights for all 1973-1987 full size trucks is what I sell the most. I also sell a lot of my LED lights.
PSM: Do you offer any swap meet specials or discounts?
JP: Yes, we always try to provide discounts to customers if they buy two or more items.
PSM: Any new products or offerings that we should know about? Any changes on the horizon?
JP: We are now offering new telescopic mirrors for Chevy, Dodge, and Ford trucks!
PSM: Anything else customers should know about you or your products?
JP: We are also distributors to many great aftermarket companies including TYC, T-Rex, Spyder, Aries Automotive, Street Scene Equipment, Undercover Bed Cover, BAK Industries, and many more at the best rates!