June 1, 2016 Maurice Donovan

Counterfeit Parts – What’s the Real Story?

ACCORDING TO MOST dictionaries, “genuine” means true and authentic, or in other words, not a fake or counterfeit. Notice there’s nothing in that definition about who makes the part.


Allautos always looks for value for money for their customers and we only provide quality genuine or well reputable aftermarket parts for our customer’s cars. An article from Practical Motoring caught our eyes and we have high a few of their points, you can click on the below link to visit the full web article.

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Quality Aftermarket part However, the FCAI (Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries), says “genuine parts are made or selected by the vehicle’s maker and rigorously tested by that maker as an integral component of the vehicle to meet high quality, safety and performance standards.” That is true, but another, more widely used and more accurate term for such parts is OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts, or sometimes just OE parts.

Then there are a range of companies who produce parts that are not manufacturer approved or supplied, and the usual term for these parts is “aftermarket”. Reputable aftermarket companies absolutely do not want their goods passed off as OEM, and in fact go to great lengths to market their name and products as different to, or better than the OEM equivalent.
There are fake versions of some well-known aftermarket parts too, so you can have genuine aftermarket parts as well as genuine OEM parts. What you definitely want to avoid is counterfeits of any part.
How to avoid fake parts? It’s pretty simple, just use your brain, just like you’d avoid a $25 set of “Ray Ban” sunglasses. If for example the OEM wheels are $400 each from a dealer, then the OEM wheels are not going to be $100 each brand new from Joe’s Car Parts. Logic says those wheels are either stolen or counterfeit. However, aftermarket wheels – not branded, or even resembling the OEM wheels – may well be cheaper than OEM. Simply, if it looks too good to be true then it is. Again, work with a trusted mechanic who will know what’s what.
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