Counterfeit auto parts have been flooding the market. They can fool even the most experienced eyes because they often carry trademarks and packaging of trusted brands. Instead of meeting an automaker’s official standards, counterfeit parts are often dangerously inferior.
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, part of Immigration and Custom Enforcement, warns: “Law enforcement has identified a trend of counterfeited parts that is growing at an alarming rate.”
According to Bruce Foucart, NIPRCC acting director, “at best these parts will not performs as well as authentic parts. At worst, they can fail catastrophically with potentially fatal consequences.”
The results from counterfeit parts can be inconvenience at best, and as bad as catastrophic failure, an accident, or injury. Parts seized by the authorities have included maintenance items such as oil filters, air filters and spark plugs, and can quickly get into dangerous territory. Critical safety equipment including brake components, steering linkages, suspension parts, and engine parts are no place to take risks, and suspect parts have identified in all of those categories. The parts that are specifically designed for your vehicle are important in keeping you and your occupants safe.
How do you protect your vehicle, yourself, and your loved ones? One of the best ways is to use your dealer’s service department. Not only can you expect the shelves of its parts department to be stocked with the most trustworthy parts, but the factory-trained technicians will know the ins and outs of your specific model. They work on vehicles like yours every single day and know exactly what needs to be done. Having a finely-tuned sense of caution can be helpful, as well. Carefully investigate offers which seem too good to be true.
Considering that your vehicle is something you use almost every day, and you trust it to get you wherever you need to go safely, so you need to be vigilant. With the support of your car’s manufacturer, the service department at your dealership is the best way to ensure you’re getting exactly what you paid for. Stop by today to find out if there are any specials going on and make sure your vehicle is being fitted with all the right parts.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.