Genuine parts have been used to build your car or motorcycle. Genuine parts are made or selected by the vehicle’s maker and rigorously tested by that maker as an integral component of the vehicle to meet high quality, safety and performance standards. This ensures that your vehicle will drive, function and protect you the way it was intended.
If your vehicle needs replacement parts following a collision or during servicing and maintenance, it’s essential that genuine parts are fitted. Genuine parts are new and the only parts approved and warranted by the vehicle’s maker and you can only guarantee you will get genuine parts by sourcing them through the vehicle maker’s authorised supply chain — use anything else and you may be taking a risk.
Non-genuine parts might look like the real thing but they have not been made, selected or approved by the maker of your car or motorcycle and have never been tested as an integral component of your vehicle by the manufacturer. Non-genuine parts can’t necessarily promise the same quality and safety attributes that come with a genuine part.
If your vehicle has been repaired after a crash or as part of general maintenance it’s possible that non-genuine parts have been fitted without your knowledge.
There are different types of non-genuine parts, and it’s important to know the difference so that you don’t get caught out. These are the main types of non-genuine parts that could find their way onto your vehicle.
- Parallel parts: are made by the car or motorcycle manufacturer or with its approval but are not necessarily produced for Australian vehicles, and yet have somehow entered the country. The risk posed by parallel parts is that they have not come through the correct supply chain so they may not fit Australian vehicles correctly or safely and may not function properly in Australian conditions.
- Counterfeit parts: are illegal imitations sold as genuine parts. They may be stamped with serial numbers and the logo of the car or motorcycle manufacturer in order to deceive consumers into thinking they are genuine parts. They can be an enormous safety risk as most counterfeit parts are poorly produced and are made using sub-standard materials.
- Salvaged parts: have been removed from a damaged car or motorcycle and ‘cleaned up’ for use in the repair of other vehicles. The risk with salvaged parts is that they may have been damaged in the accident, sustained wear and tear from previous use or have degraded due to exposure to the elements while sitting outside in the wrecker’s yard. All these factors could stop the part from working properly. There is also no guarantee that the part was originally genuine without knowing the full repair history of the vehicle. Other names for salvaged parts include ‘green’ parts and ‘recycled’ parts. The only situation in which a reused part should be considered is in the case of remanufactured genuine parts in which the car-maker itself has reconditioned the part to its strict specifications.
- Aftermarket parts: are not produced by the car or motorcycle maker and have been produced by another company as an addition to existing equipment or an alternative to a genuine part. Aftermarket parts pose a risk because they were never tested by the vehicle’s manufacturer as an integral component of the vehicle and can’t necessarily offer the quality and safety that comes with a genuine part.