Auto parts, especially those for premium vehicles and especially those made by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), can be expensive. So it can be tempting to go for a cheap part when you find it online. However, Mercedes warns that you won’t want to.
Automaker reports authorities seized more than 1.86 million fakes in 2021 alone Mercedes-Benz products in more than 650 raids. This is six percent more than last year.
“The fake the industry has organized criminal structures and is often more profitable than the drug trade,” said Renata Junga Brünger, head of legal affairs at Mercedes. “We are working closely with authorities around the world to bring down these structures and tackle the threats to road safety.”
Through the pandemic, Mercedes says counterfeiters are increasingly moving online. Using social media channels, groups can post items online and sell them quickly, making these techniques very difficult to monitor.
That’s why Mercedes says it is expanding its strategic and operational measures to combat counterfeit products and their online trade. The campaign’s efforts will be based on three measures: detection, attack and prevention. To that end, it will appoint “brand protection experts” to sniff out suspicious offers online.
“Trade in a fake of products on online platforms and social networks continues to grow,” said Jungo Brünger. “Our brand protection experts have quickly adapted to the business model of the growing counterfeit industry. More than 126,000 counterfeit products were removed from online platforms in 2021.”
If Mercedes the commitment to this seems a little excessive to you, but it may not be after you learn that some counterfeiters sell auto parts that may be of lower quality than the original parts. In fact, the automaker claims that the quality of these parts is often so poor that they don’t even meet minimum legal safety requirements, as can be done in the aftermarket, putting drivers at risk.
Parts are also often manufactured under inhumane conditions. In some cases, environmental standardsprofessional standards and even human rights are not respected, which makes it important to stop these operations.
It can be difficult for customers to know whether they are getting genuine parts or not, but Mercedes says buyers should look out for extremely low prices and avoid buying from dubious online sources.
Mercedes steps up anti-counterfeiting measures after 1.8 million illegal parts seized in 2021
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