You know the saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is”? Well, it also applies accurately in the world of car replacement parts cause if it’s way cheaper than what most others are quoting you, safety should be your concern – not savings.

Mercedes-Benz has issued a statement on the increase of fake replacement parts sold online, sparked mainly by pandemic.

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The left is a fake, the authentic brake pad is on the right.

“Over 1.7 million counterfeit Daimler products were confiscated in 2020. We initiated and supported over 550 raids by the authorities. This is a slight increase compared to the previous year,” said a representative from Daimler.

According to a report by trade association Unifab, these counterfeiters often achieve higher margins than drugs. In many cases, these were produced under inhumane conditions without any consideration for environmental standards, workplace safety, or human rights.

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The car with the fake brake pads (above in the picture) has a significantly longer braking distance.

“All in all, we were able to remove 138,000 fake Daimler products from online platforms. This is around three times more during the same period before the pandemic,” Daimler said.

The brand protection experts within the company often inspect suspicious products on online platforms or at trade fairs around the world to track down counterfeiters. Typical signs of fake products are unusually lower prices, anomalies in product description and quality, or goods being sold by unknown sellers.

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The same is true in the local market as well. With new sellers emerging on almost every imaginable e-commerce platform, it’s hard to tell who’s real and who’s not.

One simple way is to give these sellers a background check on Facebook, through owner’s club or enthusiasts group pages. It’s the most foolproof way to purchase items from reputable sellers as most of them in there, know their stuff.

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