Thousands of counterfeit Mercedes-Benz spare parts worth over EUR1.5m have been seized and destroyed after a major raid in Sharjah.
More than 65, online 000 fake commercial vehicle parts including brake pads, check turbochargers, alternators, oil coolers, piston rings, gasket kits and belt tightners were recovered in a joint operation between law enforcement authorities, a law firm and Mercedes-Benz Middle East & Levant.
“We believe that this raid sends a strong message to the others dealing in fake auto parts,” Ivo Kapitski, vice president and director of after-sales at Mercedes-Benz Middle East & Levant, said in a statement, quoted in local media.
“These parts are manufactured solely to make a quick profit. They use low quality materials and are not subject to the extensive quality tests that we perform at Mercedes-Benz,” added Kapitski.
“Although the customers may think they have a good bargain, we advise them to report any kind of suspected parts to their local Mercedes-Benz distributor,” he added.
The fake parts are believed to originate from a Chinese counterfeiter, who has a record of copying other brands and was earlier this year prevented from exhibiting at the Dubai Automechanika exhibition, according to local media reports.