The Pitfalls of Non-Genuine parts
When you’re getting your car repaired – you just want it in and out as quickly as possible. At least we know we do! You probably don’t think about the thousands of individual parts powering your Holden’s daily commute, coffee run or weekend road trip. And why should you? As long as they’re ‘fit for purpose’, that’s all that really matters. Right?
But ‘fit for purpose’ means different things to different people. For Holden, only Holden Genuine Parts can guarantee you that 5-star level of safety that you had when you drove away from the dealership.
Here’s why the next time you’re arranging a repair – genuine Holden parts should be front of mind.
What are genuine parts?
Like you, Holden takes car safety very seriously. It’s why every time we put a Holden on the road, we aim for it to have a 5-star safety rating. For us that means only using Holden Genuine Parts. These are parts that have been designed, manufactured and, most importantly, rigorously tested by our skilled Holden engineers for every Holden vehicle. All so we can sleep at night knowing that your Holden will perform as expected, should the unexpected ever happen.
Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for the other types of parts that are sold on the Australian market. These other parts may look the same but if they haven’t been purchased through the Holden Dealer Network, they can’t be the real deal. These other parts (or non-genuine parts) come in many disguises and are called a variety of names to make you feel safe, like “Parallel”, “Certified Aftermarket”, “Certified Copy”. “Salvaged parts” can be especially risky - parts that have been taken from accident damaged and written off vehicles. The exact origin of some of these parts can be uncertain, meaning that using them casts doubt over the true safety of your Holden and more importantly your safety. If your repairer uses parts like these, the top-notch safety of your vehicle may be at risk. They could even prevent the car from crashing as intended should you be involved in an accident.
So what’s the big deal?
Often insurance companies will use non-genuine parts for repairs as a way of keeping the overall cost of their motor insurance policies down. While this sounds cost effective, it can end up being very expensive for you further down the track. If you think about the overall value of your car, its safety level, and how your car might perform in a future crash – non-genuine parts can make for a more expensive repair. More importantly, there is additional risk to the safety of you and your family.
But don’t just take our word for it…
Recently Holden and Mecedes-Benz Australia teamed up to test fake wheels that began to appear in the Australian marketplace. During a routine pothole test the genuine wheels sustained no visible damage, whereas the fake wheels disintegrated at just 50km per hour – often propelling metal shards into the distance.
Non-genuine parts might look like the real deal and fit like the real deal, but how do they really perform when it comes to crunch time? Why take that added risk? That’s why we always recommend using genuine parts.
Do you have access to genuine parts, your choice of repairer and a repair guarantee? Check your Policy Disclosure Statement. Bear in mind that ‘new’ doesn’t always mean ‘genuine’. It can be a ‘new’ imitation part. If the PDS (policy disclosure statement) is unclear – call your insurer. If they don’t offer genuine parts, then it might be time to consider Holden Premier Motor Insurance.