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Counterfeit and consumer supplied car parts - Government guidance

Counterfeit and consumer supplied car parts - Government guidance

30 April 2019

The IGA has joined forces with the Intellectual Property Office to warn consumers of the dangers of fake parts and the risks of asking independent garages to fit parts bought online.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has issued guidance as part of a cross-government and industry campaign to warn consumers of the serious dangers of fake car parts.

The campaign is the most extensive of its kind and looks at the effects of fake parts across the whole of the automotive industry. The guidance covers:

  • The dangers of fitting counterfeit parts in a vehicle
  • How to identify counterfeit car parts
  • Top tips to avoid, counterfeit car parts
  • Where you can get further advice and report sellers of counterfeit car parts
  • Counterfeits vehicle parts - think before you buy

The IGA worked with the IPO to specifically highlight the dangers of buying parts online and asking independent garages to fit them. We created a video explaining the problem in detail, which you can watch and share with your customers here:


A blog post is also available on the Trust My Garage website explaining why motorists shouldn’t supply their own parts or ask garages to fit them. Read and share with your customers here.

Alongside the campaign, the IGA released a poster in collaboration with the IPO highlighting the safety risks of supplying parts for garages to fit. These were sent to all members last year, but you can redownload them from the Members Area here to print and display somewhere visible to your customers.

Click here to read the full official guidance from the IPO.

We will continue to raise awareness about the risks of consumer supplied parts, and if you have any further questions or concerns please call the direct member helpline number or 0845 305 4230.