Aftermarket brand, Mintex is warning independent garages about the dangers of fitting counterfeit parts and says it’s important that garages know how to spot a fake and understand the consequences of fitting fraudulent parts.
According to Mintex, the first step to keeping your customers safe on the road is being able to spot the tell-tale signs of a counterfeit part.
Mintex said: “It’s important to thoroughly check all of the packaging, logos, batch codes and part engravings.
“This may appear to be stating the obvious, but it’s surprising how easily misspelt markings can go unnoticed, as some fake parts are very well concealed.
“Checking the spelling of brand names can also help.”
TMD Friction uncovered a counterfeit part of its Textar brake pad, which was marked with TAXTE T490 FF as opposed to TEXTAR T490 FF.
Mintex advises garages to use a trusted supplier and “not be lured into purchasing parts based purely on price”.
To avoid fakes getting to market, Mintex ensures that all of its products are sold in protected packaging with a hologram seal.
The brand also assists EU regulators and customs authorities with the identification of forged goods, consistently using the same shipping routes, channels and supply chains; as well as working closely with dealership and garage networks to ensure a secure distribution chain is in place.
Mintex added: “Even though using a trusted manufacturer should remove the risk of being supplied a non-genuine product, mechanics should always take responsibility at garage level, and refuse to fit a part provided by a customer.
“Naturally, the authenticity of a customer-bought item cannot be guaranteed, which can throw a garage into disrepute should a fake part be fitted and more importantly endanger the lives of road users.
“In a world where fake brake parts unfortunately exist, it’s crucial that the automotive industry remains vigilant and continues to take steps to flush counterfeit products out of the market.”
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