When shopping for auto parts, it’s easy to spot certain red flags for counterfeit products whether you plan to buy Toyota Corolla or Nissan Skyline spare parts.
The prevalence of online retail also made it more convenient to buy certain parts, but it’s better to transact in person to see the product up-close since counterfeiters have become present in the online trade.
Cost remains one of the biggest reason why some people fall victim to counterfeit products. Be wary of companies that offer heavy discounts on their items. Likewise, it’s important to compare prices among different dealers. This allows you not only to save money but also find out the market rate where a discount would apply reasonably.
Since car parts are normally heavy, genuine dealers use quality materials for packaging their products. Counterfeiters, however, skip this part to save on costs. If you are still suspicious of a product even with good packaging, you can cross-reference it to the original equipment manufacturer’s website.
Cost of Replacement
The consequence of buying fake car parts, whether or not by accident, can result in a need for replacing your car either due to a faulty ignition or engine. In New Zealand, it would be quite expensive to replace a car even if you have no plans of doing so.
For instance, it may cost at least $2,000 to buy a second-hand car. This doesn’t include the taxes and registration fees. The price becomes higher when you look for a brand new replacement.
Cost and quality packaging serve as some of the factors that may provide a clue on the authenticity of vehicles parts. When in doubt, it’s better to pay a premium on car parts. The extra amount you pay would be smaller than the cost replacing your car due to counterfeit products.