Replacing old or obsolete parts with new ones is a form of periodic maintenance that must be carried out by each vehicle owner. The availability of a variety of spare parts, or even some choices for each type on the market make consumers so confused as to choose. And the lack of guarantee for the authenticity of a product forces consumers to be careful.
In general, spare parts that are short-lived with a fast turnover period (fast moving spare parts) such as spark plugs, oil filters, gasoline filters, and air filters consist of three classes, each of which has a different price and quality.
First is the original spare parts that have good quality but are priced at an expensive price. Second is Japanese-made spare parts with pretty good quality but the price is slightly cheaper. A number of automotive practitioners stated that these types of spare parts were imported from suppliers of original parts, except that the brands were different. The price is a little cheaper because the brand does not have to buy. Third is local spare parts, where this component is a genuine domestic product priced at a low price, but unfortunately, the quality is not good.
For consumers who are still unfamiliar in differentiating these types, can become victims of fraudulent practices from the seller of stubborn spare parts who take advantage of this situation to sell low-quality parts at high prices, such as selling third-class spare parts at second-class prices or even class one.
Although the possibility of purchasing counterfeit parts cannot be avoided completely, there are a number of things that can be done to minimize the occurrence:
Buy at the Official Store
Make the official shop the main choice for buying replacement parts. Purchases at official stores can reduce the potential for purchasing fake parts. Although there is no guarantee that the product purchased is 100% authentic, but if it is proven not or there is a problem, the consumer can immediately submit a complaint to the store with the consumer rights.
Know the Character
The easiest way to distinguish between genuine and fake parts is to pay attention to the packaging. Original tribes are usually labeled hologram stickers, while fake parts are not usually labeled hologram stickers. In addition, the corners or arches of counterfeit parts usually look rough, in contrast to genuine parts that are really smooth. As for the original alloy wheels, it feels lighter than the local wheels that feel heavy.
Make sure that the purchased parts get an official guarantee for replacement if the product has a problem for a certain period. This minimizes the possibility of obtaining counterfeit goods