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Old 19th September 2007, 14:08   #1
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Rediff has posted this article where it claims that India is becoming a hub for auto parts.

India, a global hub for fake auto parts


I think this is a serious problem, now how do we make sure that the components we buy are original and not fake. Any advise, recommendations?
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Yes we do find a lot of spurious auto parts in India. Best way is to buy the parts at the authorised spare parts dealer itself.
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thats rite ,always buy from company appointed stockists or dealers to be on the safer side ...........
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Good, we overtook China
Buy from the company service centers to avoid getting yourself fake products
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I'm curious how Mercedes-Benz bought fake parts into its US warehouse
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The question here is do authorized service centers know about this problem and are there any authorized service centers knowingly passing on these fake parts to Indian customers.

Mercedes in US may have identified the problem and addressed it, but how do we say that same measures are taken in India given the easy accessibility to these parts and absence of an effective legal mechanism to prevent this.
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Dont trust rediff.com articles, they are like news published in "Punjab Kesri".
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Dont trust rediff.com articles, they are like news published in "Punjab Kesri".
I would be more than happy if its true.
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Well trust me the fake parts are used even in authorised service centers.
Once had given my esteem for service at sagar in coorg and they had used parts from HM and also did a very shoddy job. So only way to deal is to go to a good mechanic and buy the parts from a known dealer.
I know mechanics who take the oil drained from the oil filter and then sell it as he claims that people recycle that too!!!
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Well trust me the fake parts are used even in authorised service centers.
Once had given my esteem for service at sagar in coorg and they had used parts from HM and also did a very shoddy job. So only way to deal is to go to a good mechanic and buy the parts from a known dealer.
I know mechanics who take the oil drained from the oil filter and then sell it as he claims that people recycle that too!!!
Oil recycling is very common and most of the spurious ones carry recycled oil So have to be very careful where you buy oil and service your vehicle.
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I know mechanics who take the oil drained from the oil filter and then sell it as he claims that people recycle that too!!!
They use the burnt engine oil for various non-automobile uses as well.
I have seen people using it to paint the builing/compound walls facing the monsoon rain for protection, instead of paint. Especially in areas where rainfall is so high to cause damages to walls etc.
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Steering column joint for the Baleno are no longer available from either SGP or MGP. So all the dealers and service stations are using a product manufactured by the local market.
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I have friend working in the R&D devision of one of the leading bearing manufacturers. He says one thing the companies themselves cannot prevent is the intrusion of fake parts into the market with their label. Refurbished bearings are very hard to identify... even for them. Then you can imagine about dealers and service centers...
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Dont trust rediff.com articles, they are like news published in "Punjab Kesri".
What's wrong with Punjab Kesri (not that I read it, but I'm just wondering what kind of publication that is)?
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Default Re: Is India a global hub for fake auto parts?

There is no doubt that there is fake parts all around. You can get washers to body parts as fakes or originals. The thing we have to be concerned is not fake parts actually. It is the low quality parts that needs to be looked into.
In my opinion, some fake parts like headlight/ Tail light assembly does the job and looks really identical. When it comes to engine parts, fake ones are never to be recommended.
So we should be looking for reliability and low cost over being obsessive over original parts ( just my personal opinion )
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