- July 31, 2018 at 11:21 am #161837
Mike Ruff, GW editorKeymaster
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is this week warning motorists about the dangers supplying their own car parts to a garage for fitment. The t
[See the full post at: Customer supplied parts: consumers warned as fake parts campaign gathers pace]July 31, 2018 at 1:29 pm #161867
We used to fit customer supplied parts of we had to but not any more in light of some prosecutions that we’ve been made aware of where the garage was deemed liable for the whole jobJuly 31, 2018 at 6:36 pm #161868
I simply refuse to now. There was a time (years ago) when I would do it but tell the customer that there was no guarantee on the repair but that no longer holds water, and probably never did!
If you want your car repaired safely and correctly then I’ll do it for you. But if you’re going to moan that you can get the part cheaper off Ebay then get someone else to do it, or do it yourself. I’m not interested.July 31, 2018 at 11:54 pm #161872
Would you take your own steak to a
restaurant and ask the chef to
cook it?August 3, 2018 at 8:11 am #162028
From what I experience regularly, it seems that the aftermarket parts supply of the motor industry is suffering from poor quality and incorrect specification parts, some sold as OE parts which is just not true! There needs to be a crack down on parts labelling by trading standards so everyone knows exactly what they are buying, garage owners and their customers alike.
When did cheap parts become the priority and who decided this? It is just common sense that an engine sensor sensor that costs a tenth of the price of the original is probably not going to be as good!
Also consider the long term cost of cheap parts, especially when garages have to warranty their work. Who looses out when you have change the same part several times and in some cases pay for the correct parts out of their own pocket to rectify the problem? Also consider the customers impression of the garage when this occurs, it’s not likely to be a good one. Who gains, cheap parts supplier, no one else!
Do not fit customer supplied parts, you are responsible for the job and take on the liability of that part when you fit it. Is it worth it?August 4, 2018 at 12:01 pm #162173
Had a guy (not a current customer) came in the other day wanting me to fit his own rear springs, when I said no he got fairly irate telling me how he thought garages were there to fit parts not be a “retail outfit” …. he would have done it himself but he couldn’t get the rusted bolts out … ha ha tough ti**iesAugust 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm #162378
I feel the important point in all this is being missed. We have always advised that
If we accept the part we are saying it is fit for purpose’
if we fit the part we are taking over the warranty of said part(s)
if we fit the part our public liability wont cover us
we politely advise that it is not something we do as we would not take a meal to a restaurant and ask them to cook it for us.