ACDelco says it has recently seized 50,000 counterfeit parts in Saudi Arabia.

The company says the scale of parts seized is not only a reminder that counterfeiting in the aftermarket is a global problem, but underlines the need for manufacturers to assign brand protection.

Having taken care of the parts overseas, ACDelco says it is now emphasising the need for vigilance here in the UK.

“The latest haul in Saudi Arabia builds on the success General Motors’ Global Investigations team realised last year across the region, and goes to show how important their role is within GM Global Security,” said ACDelco UK and European Director Lee Quinney: “Given that global automotive counterfeiting is estimated at $12bn according to the U.S Federal Trade Commission, it remains imperative for each and everyone of us to play our part in helping dilute the problem; the ultimate aim being to eradicate it.”

ACDelco has put together some tell-tale signs for prospective buyers to look out for:

•            Significant price differences. Be careful when dealing with suppliers offering prices that are significantly lower than what you usually pay.

•            Unconventional supplier. Do business with reputable companies. When dealing with suppliers from whom you don’t usually buy, proceed with caution.

•            Questionable quality. Closely examine the parts you buy. Look for variations in size, shape and texture from originals you’ve used before.

•            Packaging variations. Make sure the graphics and colours of the box are identical to those you’re used to seeing.

•            Installation problems. If a part doesn’t fit exactly as it should, it could be a fake.

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