BEWARE of Counterfeit Electrical Parts!

BEWARE of Counterfeit Electrical Parts

Make Sure Original Equipment or Equivalent Parts Are Used When Electrical Repairs Are Needed

The aftermarket parts industry is being flooded with cheap electrical parts used in ignition systems, fuel injection systems and charging systems. Usually they have brand names on the packages that have a reputation for making low cost alternative repair parts. Most low cost alternative parts work fine in an emergency situation, if good parts aren’t readily available, but should be swapped for good parts as soon as possible. Especially electrical parts! We’ve cured a number of almost un-diagnosable symptoms just by substituting original equipment parts in place of parts that had brand names we recognized as sub standard.

Symptoms like hard starting when cold, no start or stalling when in high humidity conditions, and jerking at highway speeds can be traced to cheap spark plug wires. Sure, they have a “lifetime guarantee”, but are you willing to replace them every month just to keep from spending a little extra for a good set? We’ve had cars with bogus ignition modules give us problems trying to figure out why our scope readings are perfect yet the dwell doesn’t vary with rpm and the engine won’t fire up in cold weather. We just install a quality ignition module and everything is fine. Another good one is every sensor in the car tests out good with the engine shut off but as soon as you start it up the readings change to unrecognizable garbage. This is usually caused by a cheap rebuilt alternator leaking alternating current (AC) into the direct current (DC) electrical system. Some of these alternators have been known to over charge and cause thousands of dollars worth of electrical damage. (I’m sure the parts store that sold it to you would be perfectly willing to exchange it for another one but guess who pays for the damage caused by the bogus part? Most warranties state that they are NOT RESPONSIBLE for peripheral damage caused by their faulty parts.)

I know it’s tempting. I’ve seen alternators that are worth $200 from a reputable remanufacturer for sale at cheap auto parts stores for $65. (!) How can this be? Could it be they cut some corners in the remanufacturing process? Could they have used some sub standard electrical components? Could it be they are hiring cheap help? You can draw your own conclusions but it has to be one of the above (or all of the above).

So how do these places stay in business? Usually if you get burned a few times you never go back. Right? Well, it’s been my experience that the same people keep going back over and over again, hoping that the next cheap part they buy will work even if the last one didn’t. And, believe it or not, most of the bogus electrical parts I return to people (after I replace them with high quality parts) go into the trash. They don’t even bother trying to return them. Even if they do try to return them there is usually a big intimidating sign over the counter that says “absolutely no returns or refunds on electrical parts”. And if you argue they try to convince you of something you did wrong in the installation.

The obvious way to avoid these situations is to always go to a parts distributor with a reputation for high quality-not low price. In the long run you will definitely save time and money. Make sure they understand what you are looking for and ask about their warranty. If there is no warranty or no return if the part is defective then it may be more cost effective to have the problem diagnosed and repaired by us. We can return defective electrical parts and we stand behind our work. We also use only original equipment or equivalent electrical parts.