Counterfeit Auto Parts & Fake Car Parts | ACDelco


Imitation auto parts have become a serious problem in recent years. And it doesn’t just hurt brands such as ACDelco – it hurts you, the person buying the parts, as well. It’s worth your while to read on and find out more about this problem.

What Are Imitation or Counterfeit Auto Parts?

Imitation parts are manufactured, packaged and represented in such a way as to mislead the public. Imitators often duplicate a trademark exactly, or alter it just enough so that the average customer won’t notice the difference. The people who make and sell these fakes want you to think you’re getting a part produced by a reputable brand such as ACDelco – but you’re not. Also, most counterfeit auto parts distributors use trademarks without obtaining the owner’s permission. This is a criminal offense that can land them in jail.

Why Should I Care?

While counterfeit auto parts may be cheaper, they could cost you a lot more in the long run – and we’re not just talking about money. Imitation parts typically don’t last as long as genuine parts, making it necessary to replace them more frequently. Also, considering these parts typically aren’t built to your car’s specifications (as ACDelco parts are), they can lead to mechanical problems and system breakdowns. Worse yet, fake car parts could cause major safety problems for you and your loved ones.

How Do I Spot a Fake Car Part or Ensure I Have a Genuine One?

It isn’t easy to spot a fake. That’s because the really good counterfeit-parts makers work long and hard to fool consumers. Here are a couple of tips to help you tell a phony from the genuine article:

  • If you’re not installing the part yourself, ask the person who is if you can see the part and package.
  • Inspect the packaging. If it appears flimsy, lacks the name brand or logo, or has graphics or a name that is similar to, but not quite the same as, those you’re used to seeing (i.e., AZDelco instead of ACDelco), it could be counterfeit. Counterfeiters often use colors, artwork and type fonts on their packaging that are similar to the original.
  • A competitive market drives variation in price among reputable manufacturers; however, extremely large differences in price should cause you to be suspicious.
  • Remember, because counterfeiters have become very sophisticated as technology has improved, a visual inspection of the product may not be enough to distinguish genuine parts from the fake. Insist on ACDelco parts from authorized dealers and retailers.
  • In an effort to make counterfeiting even more difficult for imitation parts producers, ACDelco is now affixing a distinct mark on certain parts. This mark will assist officials in distinguishing genuine products from their fake counterparts.


ACDelco is concerned about counterfeit auto parts for a number of reasons. First, fake parts cast a shadow on our reputation as a provider of high-quality replacement parts. Second, they lead to a loss in sales as well as jobs. Since we at ACDelco have worked hard to establish and maintain our reputation, we take it personally when counterfeiters jeopardize our status. We are working side-by-side with law enforcement agencies, as well as other automotive manufacturers, to battle counterfeit parts makers. We’re also working with investigators and prosecutors to help convict anyone caught counterfeiting.

What Do I Do If I Suspect a Part Is Fake?

Take it back to the place where you purchased it. Most legitimate dealers/retailers consider their customer service and reputation to be the most important parts of their businesses. And most will do whatever is necessary to make good on the purchase. If you suspect a part you purchased is fake, or if you know anything that could lead to the conviction of counterfeiters, please contact the Global Brand Protection Team and report your suspicions.


If you suspect that the automotive parts you have purchased are counterfeit, please send an email to:

Be sure to include as much information as possible as well as pictures of the part and with the packaging you have purchased.



Please save the part, the packaging, the invoice and the receipt until we contact you (if you choose to be contacted).



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