When it comes to repairing your car, genuine parts are the only way to ensure your car protects and perform as the manufacturer intended.
In this post, we take a look at six non-genuine repairs that fluctuate between downright dangerous, to quite inventive (also still downright dangerous).
1. Replacing a rear windscreen wiper is one of the more inexpensive repairs a car could require. A quick trip to the local BMW dealer for a replacement would have been a clean sweep, and done an infinitely better job at keeping rear vision clear. Especially compared with the broom and cable tie solution they have rigged up to save a few bucks.
2. In crowded parking lots and even city traffic, wing mirrors are often the most exposed part of your car. Sometimes they fall victim to a careless driver or rider or get scraped against obstacles. Our driver here has elected to remedy to their mirror situation with a hairbrush and duct tape. It might be the right-ish shape, but next time they need to merge into a left lane they might be brushing a truck.
3. You’re probably thinking, ‘well this does the job, and it looks kind of cool’. Maybe, but the fact is that in a collision this bodged repair job could make your interior a very dangerous place to be.
4. A busted headlight from an evident has been replaced with… wait for it… a print out of a headlight. This probably isn’t going to cut it once the sun goes down.
5. A broken window can be a pain, but a genuine replacement might save your life. Especially if the alternative is a poorly fibreglassed house window frame ready to shower passengers in glass shards and splintered debris.