Genuine vs non-Genuine Parts
One of the great things about a Novated Lease through ProNovate’s Car Care Plan is that you can service your car from any licenced mechanic, whether it be through a dealership’s service centre, a franchise or the family-owned mechanic on the corner. Whilst this choice is fantastic to help you keep costs as low as possible whilst enjoying the convenience of a local repairer, it’s important to consider options on what parts your mechanic uses on your car.
Motor vehicles are engineered and built using genuine parts, and have therefore been rigorously tested and selected to meet highest performance, safety and quality levels. By fitting non-genuine parts when servicing your vehicle, you may be taking a risk to your vehicle performance or safety, and you could even void your warranty. Whilst non-genuine parts may be cheaper (although this saving does not always get passed onto the consumer), this can also result in further repairs being needed, and can fast end up being a costly affair.
The severity of potential problems when using non-genuine parts are so important for consumers to recognise that the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) launched a new website in 2015 to help ensure that cars are repaired using genuine parts.
Chief Executive of the FCAI, Tony Weber, said the Genuine is Best website will help consumers make sure that their car functions and protects them in the way the manufacturer intended.
“A genuine part is made or selected by the vehicle maker and is tested as an integral component of the vehicle to ensure quality and safety,” he said.
“Non-genuine parts can’t necessarily promise this quality and safety.”
The Genuine is Best website lists out some steps to take to ensure that genuine parts have been used on your vehicle as follows:
- Check to see if your insurance policy guarantees genuine parts.
- Ask the repairer to show you the invoice which itemises the parts used.
- Always have your car repaired or serviced by a repairer approved by your car’s manufacturer.
- Always ask that genuine parts be used in repairs and maintenance
- Look for the genuine parts approved tick on the wall of the repairer
The Genuine is Best Website can be found here.