More fake car parts are sold in Europe than you think
According to www.gov.uk - the UK government's official website - counterfeit 'parts and accessories are seized on a regular basis' in the UK. While about €2 billion is spent in the fake goods market on tyres and batteries alone annually in Europe.
To help combat this, in July 2018 the British government launched a 'Think before you buy' customer awareness scheme. The studies behind the scheme revealed the sheer scale of counterfeiting in the motor parts industry. While the initiative aims to inform vehicle owners about the dangers of purchasing - intentionally or otherwise - counterfeit car and bike parts.
As well as the economic consequences for genuine manufacturers, the practice of buying fake parts increases the risk of accidents on the road. Especially when the counterfeit items being installed are safety features such as brakes.
In 2016, a man was arrested and sentenced to a five-month prison sentence for selling fake airbags. They were advertised as genuine Honda products on eBay. Honda reported and tested the airbags, finding they would not have activated properly in a crash.
Too Good to be True?
It's easy to see why people are drawn to counterfeit products - the bags were reportedly on sale for £170, cheaper than a genuine airbag. Sometimes it is difficult to know which parts are real, and which could risk your life. Shopping from less-than-reputable sites exposes you to products which could fail faster than parts which have been vigorously tested. It is often impossible to know if cheaper alternatives readily available online have so much as undergone minimum-requirement safety tests.
How can Autoxia help?
Autofixa launched as Glovebox Direct in 2017 with the intention of ensuring that everybody can buy the genuine parts they need. We are empowering consumers to buy OEM ('original equipment manufacturer') car and bike parts online. Initially partnering with Suzuki and shortly adding Peugeot to our range, we are continually expanding our scope and aim to become the one-stop-shop for genuine parts for all car models, everywhere.
By shopping at Autofixa, you can be sure that you're buying the highest quality products possible straight from the manufacturer. They will operate in exactly the same way as they would in a brand-new vehicle. All our parts come complete with the manufacturer's original 12-month warranty. We even can organise fitting the part for you, so you can rest easy knowing there's no chance you've bought a fake.