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What is ADAS?
Four letters critical to keeping you safe. ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Their job is to give drivers the best technology to
Is it the Same Car You Dropped Off?
Picking up your car after collision repairs? Galmatic & Collision Safety Consultants NSW tell us three quick checks to make sure your car is
Counterfeit Collision Crooks Exposed
A New Zealand collision repair part supplier has been caught red handed after a former employee blew the whistle and exposed a wide-ranging parts
School Holiday Car Checklist
Don’t spend your annual leave on the side of the road. Before you pack the boot and get on the road, take a moment
Get Ready for the Road!
With COVID-19 restrictions being cautiously eased, you might be thinking about jumping back in the car after a few weeks, or months where it’s
Aren’t Genuine Parts Made by Other Suppliers?
A theme on Genuine is Best social media channels are comments stating: “You say only genuine parts are appropriate for each vehicle.  But, vehicle
Non-Genuine Parts Risking Chassis Safety
Testing by Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) initiative Genuine is Best has found non-genuine utility tray bodies can cause significant damage to the
Counterfeit Car Part Supplier Stopped
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) member Toyota has stopped a major Australian vehicle body part and panel supplier from importing, advertising and selling
Hail Damaged? Read this now!
Was your car one of the estimated 10,000 damaged during the fierce January 20 hailstorm?
The 12 Checks of Christmas
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves over the Christmas period. Shops are packed, everybody wants to catch up and to-do lists can
Genuinely Safe – Parts Check
If you’re having your car serviced ahead of the holiday break, insist that your mechanic use genuine parts acquired through the authorised dealer network.
Clean the car – Interior Check
Yes, this is another safety critical check. No, it may not seem like it. A clean interior is a happy interior, but there’s more
Leave the Leaves – Debris Check
You’ve seen them. Those leaves that have been sitting in the corners of the cavity where your windscreen meets the bonnet. They’ve been there
Takata Check, Today – Recall Check
If your car is fitted with a faulty Takata airbag, it is dangerous.  With 2.4 million vehicles now rectified, 373,000 vehicles are still on
Registration Procrastination – Rego Check
It can be easy to lose notices from your state or territory’s vehicle registration body, especially among thickets of catalogues and Christmas cards clogging
Ho Ho Hoses – Hose Check
Keeping your engine cool is a big job during an Australian summer. Long drives in hot hot heat can push some older vehicles’ hose
Dipstick Dive – Oil Level Check
Grab a clean rag and pop that bonnet. It’s oil checking time! Why is the level of oil in your car important? In a
Stay Chill – Coolant Check
Coolant is tasked with keeping your cars engine well… cool. With furnace like temperatures predicted for the holiday period, your cooling system is going
Don’t Be a Drip – Oil Leak Check
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. It lubricates the moving components of your engine so they can move with less friction. This reduces
Pump it Up – Tyre Pressure Check
Christmas puts us under a lot of pressure, but there’s one type of pressure you need to get just right. Like the tread on
Rubber Side Down – Damage Check
Fixing a flat is no way to spend Christmas morning. It’s hard, dirty work. If you’re doing it by the side of a busy
Get a Grip: Tyre Tread Check
A worn tyre has poor grip. Less grip means poor handling, longer stopping distances and increased risk of losing control of the car in
$10.2M Counterfeit Car Parts Seized
Over AUD$10 million in counterfeit vehicle parts have been seized in the United Arab Emirates this year to date for just one automotive brand.
Click Cautiously or Cop a Counterfeit
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is urging Australians to click cautiously following the release of research showing up to 60 per cent of
The 500km/h Proving Ground
Proving grounds; elaborate top-secret test sites where vehicle makers test the mettle of their metal. In a secret pocket of Germany, there is a
Counterfeit Alert: Fake Spark Plugs
The automotive industry is issuing an urgent alert on counterfeit parts after large batches of spark plugs purchased online have been confirmed as fake.
500,000 Kilometres and Half a Million Smiles
Three decades and 500,000 kilometres later, Dottee’s Prelude is still good as new. 1988 was Mark Avis’ third year as a junior salesman, selling
Counterfeit Spare Parts’ Growth Beats Vehicle Sales
INDIA: The counterfeit auto parts black market has surpassed the growth of car and motorcycle sales, according to a report by The Times of
Counterfeit Hunters
The counterfeit car part market is booming. To protect drivers and their brand, car makers engage Brand Protection Officers, to identify and shut down
Yes, they can
Can body parts affect your car’s safety performance? After a collision, it’s likely your insurer or repairer will fit parts that do not meet
Is this Australia’s hardest working bottom?
Brutal vehicle testing endured by proving ground engineers is celebrated in a new campaign by automotive industry initiative Genuine is Best. Launched during Road
Is this Australia’s hardest working bottom?
Brutal vehicle testing endured by proving ground engineers is celebrated in a new campaign by automotive industry initiative Genuine is Best. Launched during Road
GALMATIC: Drive safer, keep your mother happy
For  Road Safety Week, the Galmatic crew run you through a how to for keeping your cool in traffic This year National Road Safety
GALMATIC: Was Your Car Repaired Correctly?
Are you one of thousands with a hail damaged vehicle? Or recently had a bingle that saw you getting acquainted with your local smash
500,000 Kilometres and Half a Million Smiles
Three decades and 500,000 kilometres later, Dottee’s Prelude is still good as new. 1988 was Mark Avis’ third year as a junior salesman, selling
GALMATIC: Top 4 Tips For When Your Teen Buys Their First Car
You’ve gotten through the L plates and now your kid is about to grab their first big slice of independence. They have a new
Industry Concerns About Post-Hail Fail
The motoring industry is urging drivers to be vigilant about inferior vehicle repairs in the wake of damaging hailstorms in late 2018. With almost
GALMATIC: Spoil your car this Valentines Day
Make the four wheeled friend in your life feel special. If you take care of it right, your car will always be there for
GALMATIC: The top four most irritating passenger habits
Are you guilty of any of these bad passenger habits? Passengers can make a road trip memorable, but they can also exhibit some behaviours
GALMATIC: Is your car holiday ready?
Galmatic share their Top Three Tips to get your car road-trip ready. Unsure whether your car is road-trip ready? Head to your vehicles local
GALMATIC – Dangerous fakes (and how to avoid them)
Every year hundreds of thousands of counterfeit vehicle parts are seized. Counterfeit vehicle parts are rapidly becoming a global epidemic. Manufactured and distributed by
GALMATIC: How to read your PDS
Have you read your car insurance PDS? You know, that 100 page or so document that has all of your policy details in it?
Global Brake Safety Council Warning
In its Information Release on 22 October 2018, the Global Brake Safety Council (GBSC) expressed grave concerns about the “infiltration of fraudulent brakes” The
GALMATIC: WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT GENUINE PARTS?
Galmatic explain why you should be asking for genuine parts. Genuine vehicle parts keep your car’s reliability, safety and performance at it’s best.
AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS PROGRAM A WELCOME INVESTMENT IN THE INDUSTRY OF THE FUTURE
Genuine is Best and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) applaud the announcement by the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen
ACCIDENT PRONE
Do you drive through any of these national crash hot spots? New crash data shows the roads most likely to bend fenders in metropolitan
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MECHANIC
Galmatic break down how to choose a mechanic to keep your car performing and protecting.
GALMATIC JOIN GENUINE IS BEST
Girls-only car-coaches Galmatic join industry initiative Genuine is Best. Over the coming months, Genuine is Best and Galmatic content will arm Aussies with the
BUSTED: PIRATE PART PROFITEERS
Counterfeit sellers risk lives to make 1200% mark up on fake brakes. MALAYSIA: The New Straits Times reports several wholesalers have been exposed selling
$30M INVESTMENT IN VEHICLE TESTING FACILITY
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has revealed a US$30 million investment in Chelsea Proving Grounds. The southeast Michigan facility will contribute to the development and testing
THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO CRASH A CAR
Every collision is different. What happens if a car is damaged in a way a repairer has never seen? Collision repairers have a tough
BLIND MAN RACING
Ben Felten is the fastest blind man on two-wheels, ever. On a desert salt flat in March of 2018, Ben Felten reached the top
$1M COUNTERFEITS SEIZED. AUSTRALIAN CARS LIKELY TARGET.
Tactical sweep raids have captured 178,781 counterfeit car parts likely bound for Australia… Eight raids across the United Arab Emirates, conducted as a joint
KIA TECHNICIANS TUNE UP
With genuine parts and servicing, drivers are assured the utmost in performance and protection from their vehicle. Brands like Kia Motors Australia continually invest
BRAKE TEST – MERCEDES-GENZ GENUINE PARTS VS FAKE PARTS
When it comes to safety, compromises are out of place. This test shows the comparison of Mercedes-Benz genuine brake pads with counterfeit brake parts.
COUNTERFEIT PADS FAIL BRAKE TEST
Testing of counterfeit brake pads has underlined a major danger to Australian road users while the trade in unsafe, phony vehicle parts worldwide continues
MOTORING INDUSTRY URGES AUSSIES TO ‘ASK THE QUESTION’ ON GENUINE PARTS
As summer road trip season approaches, Australia’s motoring industry is urging families to ask if genuine parts will be used in their pre-trip servicing
THE BYPASS VALVE PROBLEM: WHY COUNTERFEIT OIL FILTERS ARE DANGEROUS
Mark Skaife explains how counterfeit oil filters could be putting your engine at major risk Suspect you may have been sold a dodgy counterfeit? Get in
CAR BRANDS TAKE INITIATIVE TO PROTECT CONSUMERS
An inter-brand co-operative operation against counterfeit car parts has resulted in Australian purchasers of fake oil filters being offered free genuine replacements to help
COUNTERFEIT FILTER SEIZURE REVEALS MAJOR THREAT TO ENGINES
Counterfeit oil filters sold to Australians online are placing thousands of engines at major risk, expert analyses have found. Bench flow testing of seized
NON-GENUINE FITMENT FAIL
A bonnet that won’t latch, a grille that doesn’t clip in and panels that don’t fit.                
Five times genuine would really, really have been better
When it comes to repairing your car, genuine parts are the only way to ensure your car protects and perform as the manufacturer intended.
Asbestos in motor vehicles—know your obligations
The Australian Border Force (ABF) has issued a reminder to car enthusiasts and private vehicle and parts importers that Australia has zero tolerance for
HOW TO GET 400,000 KILOMETRES FROM A LAMBORGHINI
A UK supercar owner who has set a goal of racking up 480,000 kilometres (300,000 miles) on the odometer of his Murcielago says using
NEW SEIZURE SHOWS COUNTERFEIT IS OUT OF CONTROL
The seizure of a further 100,000 counterfeit car parts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) demonstrates the scale and seriousness of the counterfeit problem,
TOYOTA GENUINE PARTS COROLLA WINS EUREKA RALLY
Harry Bates has become the youngest winning driver in Australian Rally Championship history by taking out Victoria’s Eureka Rally, the opening round of the
FCAI COMMENDS INSURER’S GENUINE PARTS POLICY CHANGE
Australia’s peak automotive industry body has called on the wider insurance industry to follow the lead of insurance giant IAG, which will urge repairers
LAB TESTING REVEALS RISK OF HIGH SPEED HOOD FLY-UP
Motorists around the country are being exposed to serious crash risks after laboratory testing on non-genuine parts by GM-Holden engineers has revealed flaws and
NEW WEBSITE GIVES CONSUMERS THE POWER TO REPORT CAR FAKES
An online reporting hub empowering consumers to submit a report aimed at assisting investigators in the detection and seizure of counterfeit car parts has
THOUSANDS OF FAKE CAR PARTS SEIZED, HEADED FOR AUSTRALIAN ROADS
Tens of thousands of the fake and counterfeit car parts seized in a raid in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) late last week are
MYTHBUSTING: THE 1000 PER CENT MARK-UP
Recent media has suggested that a mark-up of up to 1000 per cent is being applied to genuine parts. Depending on the size, make
In search of fake car parts
An eight minute documentary offering a rare glimpse into the scale and complexity of the world of counterfeit car parts. Audi brand protectors Serhyi
Beware of Strangers – The importance of using Nissan Genuine Parts
Nissan Supercars driver Michael Caruso talks about his #23 Nissan Altima livery promoting the importance of using Nissan Genuine Parts at the 2016 Sydney
IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGE AT VIRGIN SUPERCARS FINALE
The leading Nissan in the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars series grand finale at Sydney Olympic Park this weekend (December 3-4) will carry an important
AUSTRALIAN ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION ENDORSES GENUINE IS BEST
The Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF), a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving road safety awareness, enhancing driver education and reducing the impact of
LABORATORY TESTING OF COUNTERFEIT ALLOY WHEELS EXPOSES POTENTIALLY LETHAL FLAWS
An Australian test of counterfeit alloy wheels has exposed potentially lethal manufacturing flaws which could cause them to crack and fail in normal driving
FIVE REASONS TO GO GENUINE
  1. ENGINEERED TO WORK TOGETHER Every part of your car is engineered to work together with the parts around it. They are tested
WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
A campaign that cuts to the heart of the genuine issue When it comes to potentially life-saving equipment, price should not be the only
THE COG – GENUINE VS NON GENUINE
The Honda Cog commercial is one of the most popular advertisements ever made. In this clever sequel, Honda Canada asks what happens if you
MERCEDES TESTS FAKE TIE-RODS
Mercedes-Benz engaged their brand protection unit to test a genuine, and a non-genuine tie rod. Tie rods are a vital part of the steering
RACER BEWARE: GUIDE TO SPOTTING MOTORSPORT SAFETY FAKES
Motor racing sees vehicles pushed to their limits. The best drivers are the ones who are able to walk along the ragged edge, maintaining
HANG IN THERE – GENUINE IS BEST AT 900 METRES
If you’ve ever suffered through a restless night’s sleep, spare a thought for Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson. Early in 2015 these intrepid (some
Why The Right Parts Matter
You wouldn’t trust salvage parts in the airplane carrying you 30,000 feet up. Why trust them in your Ford? Not all collision replacement parts
FIVE MILLION KILOMETRES AND 50 YEARS WITH GENUINE PARTS
Irvin Gordon, already the long-time holder of the Guinness World Record for ‘Highest Mileage Vehicle’, has sailed through the five million kilometre mark, crediting
M-B REAFFIRMS ITS FIERCE SUPPORT FOR GENUINE PARTS
Australia’s Automotive Industry Repair professionals gathered in Sydney last week to map the industry’s future. One of the key speakers was David McCarthy, senior
10,000 COUNTERFEITING PROSECUTIONS
China tightens collar on fake peddlers. State-run Chinese broadcaster Xinhua has reported over 10,000 suspects have been prosecuted with the charge of producing counterfeit
Spot the Fake
At first sight, genuine and counterfeit replacement parts can appear virtually identical. But key differences may have serious consequences when it comes to safety.
FOREIGN OBJECTS
Queenslanders might understand this better than anyone else The car is an eco-system. Every part works together with those around it. Everything is in
COUNTERFEIT COMBAT
Dangerous parts penetrate the Pentagon Military aircraft may represent the ultimate in design and technology – complex machines operating in environments where performance at
WATCH OUT FOR FAKES
Cars aren’t the only victims of high level mechanical fakery. With 343,000 followers on Instagram the ‘horological batman’ @FakeWatchBusta spends his days scrutinising the
A CAMPAIGN IN PIECES
You car’s service plan is about to expire, and a simple white mailing box lands on your doorstep. It includes a medium-size jigsaw puzzle
A MILLION MILES WITH GENUINE PARTS
US Toyota customer Victor Sheppard was so satisfied with the reliability of his 2007 Toyota Tundra that even after he had safely driven one
CHILD PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TEST SHOWS GENUINE PART COMES OUT ON TOP
Impact tests comparing a genuine Holden aluminium bonnet with phoney imports have yielded a life-saving best score for the locally manufactured part. Adelaide University’s
CHINESE RAID CAPTURES COUNTERFEIT CAR PARTS DESTINED FOR AUSTRALIA
A massive haul of counterfeit Toyota car parts, a significant proportion of which was destined for sale in Australia, has been uncovered in Guangzhou
COUNTERFEIT PARTS ISSUE HITS HOME
The boom in e-commerce and steady economic recovery following the Global Financial Crisis has re-energised the trade in fake car parts around the globe,
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AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR SAYS GENUINE IS BEST
Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year, motorcycle technician Brenden Williamson, has endorsed the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Genuine is Best initiative, which
GENUINE IS BEST FOR A SAFE HOLIDAY ROAD TRIP
As one of the year’s busiest travel periods approaches, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is reminding holiday motorists to ensure their vehicle
TOYOTA AUSTRALIA CONFIRMS GENUINE IS BEST
A Toyota Australia investigation into the supply of counterfeit brake pads purporting to be genuine, factory-certified parts has resulted in a locally-based online supplier
FAKE WHEELS FAIL THE SAFETY TEST
A set of fake wheels on sale in Australia have been shown to dangerously disintegrate at just 50km/h in testing. The test was carried
THE VERY REAL DANGERS OF FAKE PARTS
The results of the Genuine Is Best wheel test speak for themselves — fake parts can be dangerous. Of course, genuine parts aren’t just
GENUINE IS BEST AMBASSADOR MARK SKAIFE
Genuine Is Best ambassador and motorsport great Mark Skaife OAM says the Genuine Is Best wheel test dramatically demonstrates why using genuine parts is
MARK SKAIFE JOINS GENUINE IS BEST
Australian motorsport great Mark Skaife OAM has joined the call in raising awareness of the importance of using genuine parts in vehicle repairs with
THE REAL RISK OF FAKE CAR PARTS
Brake failure, cracked wheels, catastrophic engine damage and misfiring airbags – these are just some of the serious issues that can stem from the
REPAIR CONCERNS AS LONG WEEKEND SEES MORE THAN 6000 VEHICLES IN CRASHES
Australia’s automotive industry has alerted motorists about the potential for sub-standard repairs and the use of non-genuine parts after it was revealed more than
GENUINE IS BEST
Australian motorists have a new resource at their fingertips with the website genuineisbest.com.au launching today. The website provides consumers with important information about keeping
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