10th November, 2017 · Media Release

Consumers the losers from spread of
fake parts

The Australian Automotive Dealer Association has expressed concerns over new reports that counterfiet car parts have been sold to Australian consumers.

The seizure of hundereds of fake oil filters from a distributor is only the latest in a series of disturbing reports which indicates the supply of counterfeit car parts in Australia is becoming widespread.

AADA CEO David Blackhall said that consumers who unknowingly have counterfeit parts fitted to their vehicles run the risk of significant repair bills and potentially unsafe vehicles.

“Motorists who have no knowledge that a counterfeit part is fitted to their vehicle are vulnerable as they could face significant maintenance and repair costs. Furthermore, as these parts are not fit for purpose, they could pose a safety risk, ” Mr. Blackhall said.

“It can be incredibly difficult to tell the difference between genuine and counterfeit parts, and reports that these parts have not only been supplied by distributors, but are being sold directly to consumers online are very concerning, ” Mr. Blackhall said.

“I urge consumers who suspect their vehicle may have been fitted with a counterfeit part to bring their car into a dealership.  Authorised dealers are well placed to check the authenticity of a part as they are an important link in a credible and robust supply chain in which parts are distributed directly from the manufacturer to the dealer,” Mr. Blackhall said.