Installing counterfeit parts into your car is never a good idea, no matter how much cheaper it is over original manufacturer equipment. Simply because they are inferior in quality and can jeopardise the safety and performance of your vehicle.
Recently, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has found an auto parts dealer in Gombak and Puchong have been selling fake Hyundai and Kia parts as reported by The Malay Mail. The raid carried out by the ministry seized items such as air filter, oil filter, timing belt and more. Some even packaged as “Kia Motors Genuine Parts”.
Intellectual property Manager of Hyundai Mobis, Jaeho Lee who was present at a press conference said: “Hyundai Mobis views this offence of selling fake parts as very serious as compromise the safety of the consumers.”. Lee added that the auto parts dealers were selling the counterfeit parts at the same price as originals.
Lee advises consumers to be wary of these counterfeit products and urged them to purchase parts from authorised resellers to ensure that they are guaranteed 100 per cent genuine parts.
We would like to also add, you can source your parts from authorised service centres as well as approved stockist from the principal. If you are unsure whether the part you are getting is genuine, you can always refer the label and cross check with information available online. Remember, if you come across a deal that is too good to be true, then it probably is.