How can you be sure the parts you are installing are not counterfeit?

Counterfeit parts can put your business and your customers at risk—and you may not even be aware that the part you are installing is counterfeit.

Counterfeit auto parts are continuing to infiltrate the automotive repair industry, putting companies and customers at risk. It is a serious problem that falls under the investigative resources of the Department of Homeland Security. Collision repair facilities could end up unknowingly receiving counterfeit parts when ordering what they believe are OEM parts.

The Automotive Anti-Counterfeiting Council (A2C2)  is an automotive association composed of representatives from North American vehicle manufacturers whose mission is to eliminate counterfeit automotive components that could harm U.S. consumers. According to the A2C2, it is difficult to trace what percentage of parts are counterfeit.

The use of counterfeit parts poses a significant risk to public health and safety. Counterfeit parts put the car owner and their passengers at risk when they do not perform as intended or fail to perform.  This could result in break downs, accidents, or vehicle fires.

The counterfeit part that probably gets the most attention is the air bag, however other common counterfeit parts can be also be critical such as seat belts. control arms, crankshafts, suspension parts, steering linkages, ignition coils, clutch housings, and oil pumps. Failure of these parts can cause serious damage to the vehicle, not to mention serious injury.

Counterfeit parts are designed to look just like the original genuine OEM parts, and even carry an imitation of the OEM brand. But you have no idea what type of inspection process, if any, was used. These parts don’t perform to the same as the OEM part, they don't have the structural integrity, and they don't have the precise fit. That all can affect not only safety, but may void a warranty and impact resale value.

I know that you would not knowingly take the risk of using counterfeit parts—but what about “unknowingly”? How can you trust that the parts you are purchasing are not counterfeit?

The best way to protect yourself is to use a reputable parts supplier that you can trust, one with a good process to ensure that counterfeit parts cannot make their way into their inventory for resale to you. Here are a few tips for keeping you and your customers safe.

  • Use caution when purchasing auto parts on the internet that are shipped from outside the U.S.
  • Be wary of prices that are way below market price. If it is “too good to be true” it probably is.

 How Original One Parts ensures that the part you are receiving is certified OEM

At Original One Parts we source parts nationwide through an expansive network of recyclers that we know and trust. Once a previously used part arrives in our facility, it is inspected against a control plan for fit, form and function. Each part is run through an extensive certification process.

Once the part is found to have the same fit, form and function as a new part, it is accepted and re-finished. After the refinishing process, quality control is performed, and each part is packaged in high-quality packaging to prevent damage in shipping. Then it is labeled, and ready for sale.

At Original One Parts, we work hard to earn your trust, and protect your business, by only supplying certified, refinished OEM parts.

Wade Hilburn

President and CEO

Original One Parts