Never Buy These Cheap Car Parts

Never Buy These Cheap Car Parts


rev up your engines, today I’m talking
about Chinese car parts the good the bad and the ugly, so today I’m gonna start by
telling you the Chinese parts that you should definitely avoid buying for your
car, and numero uno do not buy Chinese parts that are unbranded that don’t even
have a name on them, I’ve had customers buy parts for the cars online they bring
it to me, and I look at it and I say there’s not even a name on the part, it
might come in a box that says made from China cuz here in the United States they
have to tell you the country of origin of the parts, but there was no name on the
actual part, all real manufacturers put their names on the parts, so you know who
made it, when the box says Made in China and there’s no name on the part I would
definitely stay away, I’ve got a customer who actually does business in China he
runs a factory there and he said there’s some really horrible factories in China
and there’s some really good ones too, you want to stay away from the horrible ones
and often they won’t even put their name
on the product, now my second warning when it comes to Chinese parts is stay
away from high-tech electronic parts on your car if they’re made in China
like this airflow meter, the air flow meter is a very crucial part to your car
it tells you how much air goes in the engine so the computer can put the right
amount of fuel, these things are highly accurate instruments, you buy some cheap
knockoff it’s not gonna work right don’t get me wrong I’m all for saving money
when you get your car fixed, but if the part doesn’t work you’re not saving any
money and the worst thing of all possible bad things that can happen is
that you actually have figured out what’s wrong with your car, then you go
buy one of these cheap parts, put it on it doesn’t fix it, and you think I must
have been wrong it wasn’t that, but in reality it was that but the cheap part
you got was no good, you put the power down but the part was bad and it can
create a true rat’s nest of repair when you get bad
parts, there are also bad counterfeit parts that come from China, they are made
to look like the original equipment one but they’re counterfeit, and in 2013 here
in the United States they had cases that went to court and won
counterfeit airbags that came from China, and realized that you don’t want to put
your safety at risk, here is an example there’s some Chinese brake pads, now they
get certified by the Department of Transportation, now I’ve seen Chinese
brake pads that came in the box that said they were certified eco-friendly
meaning they didn’t have asbestos and stuff, they did not have the DoT the
Department of Transportation seal showing that they are safe for stopping
your car, they weren’t certified by the Department of Transportation as being
good for stopping your car what do you care if it’s friendly to the environment
if you get killed because the brakes don’t work right actually stopping a car
now ironically enough a lot of manufacturers days make their original
equipment brake pads in China, but they’re certified like I said there are
some good companies in China, but you want to stay away from the unbranded
cheap ones that haven’t been tested and sometimes they’re just flat-out
counterfeits, just like those fake Gucci bags, I actually had a customer that bought
a fake Gucci bag she knew it was fake and her friend had a real one and they
put them side to side and really they look pretty much the same, but then again
you’re not riding around in a Gucci bag and it isn’t stopping you and saving
your life, and my last big warning is generally just stay away from
chinese-made tires, over the years I’ve had customers buy Chinese made tires
I even inadvertently bought some on my wife’s car and they kept going flat
because they were so soft, nails went through them even though they were
steel-belted radials, there have been various suits against various Chinese
tire making companies it just seems that the quality control isn’t there for
their tires, I mean the biggest thing for safety on your car is the tires you’re
driving the tires, you don’t want them to slip when you slam on the brakes you
want them to grab the road not slide all over the place
it’s very important to have good tires in that respect personally I just say
stay away from Chinese tires period I wouldn’t buy any of them, there are so
many valid tire companies out there in the world why take a chance with the
ones made in China that have a history of bad track records, fast separation the
tires they wear out too fast they get flats more often, but now I’ll talk about
the good of Chinese parts, they have factories that makes them very good products at a
very low price, we’ll start right here in my garage
here’s my Daytona Jack it’s made in China it works perfectly fine, here’s my 20-ton
press on under all the junk here, it’s made in China and it works fantastic
yesterday I put a radiator in a customer’s car it was made in China
they’re plastic tops plastic bottoms and aluminum in the middle, they
cost tons less sometimes a factory one is $600 and the Chinese one is $89
their just plastic and aluminum and they’re made by machines just crimped in
none of that stuff’s done with hand work anymore, when I was young they used to
hand solder things, now it’s all done by machines so they make excellent
radiators, so there’s decent Chinese parts out there but as I said you want
one that has an actual name on it when you buy this stuff your best to buy it
locally, there’s an Auto zone over there three blocks away, I buy a lot of stuff from
them, a lot of it’s made in China but they pick which people to use, they gotta
figure out which ones are good and which ones are bad, and they give a really good
local guarantees, buy it online from who knows where and what company made it
that’s potluck, now I’ve never had to exchange any of the CV shafts made in
China that I bought at autozone they all work perfectly fine, if I ever got a
radiator it didn’t fit right or if it started to leak early, they stand behind
it locally give you another one no questions asked, you’re not gonna get
that if you buy the stuff online, Plus let’s face it your radiator is out, your
car’s overheated, your drive shaft is broken you can’t drive it, if they send you the
wrong one, or one that breaks then your car’s gonna be up for a long time while your
waiting for the parts to go back and forth, it’s always better to buy
local, because the local guys hey they want feedback too, if they find out that
a certain brand of Chinese made stuff isn’t working
out, they put it on their computer they get enough complaints, out goes that
company and they’ll find another one, these companies have to do a lot of research
it’s a competitive world and if they’re selling nothing but junk to people guess
what they’ll go out of business, they have to keep their finger on the pulse
of who’s making good parts who’s making bad parts, and yes it does change all the
time, when I was a young mechanic nobody wanted Chinese parts everybody in the
business knew that they were junk, but today hey there’s some very good
factories out there that make stuff, you just got to make sure that you get it
from the correct one so you don’t get one of these counterfeits or just a
cheaply manufactured part, because let’s face it everybody wants to save money
when they’re having their car fixed but you’re not going to save money if you
get an inferior part, or one that doesn’t even work and then you’re confused that
gee I thought it was that but the new part didn’t work, now you know the good
the bad and the ugly about Chinese parts so you can make a wiser decision
yourself, so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos
remember to ring that Bell!

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  2. 6:30 I had an 1997 model Mercury Villager repaired at a local,independent shop. Tune-ip,hoses,etc. Replaced alternator proactively,and replacement "had a pulse" visible in dash lights. Re-replacement,same story. Paid up-charge to get a rebuilt,used one. What's that tell us about quality of new ones? Shop owner said many of his parts came from Malaysia . He told me that when he replaced an alternator just before a road trip in his pov that he ordered two of them,to carry a spare in his trunk,in case the new one dog not make the trip.

  3. I purchased a new laptop motherboard for my trusty old HP L750, the sound card stopped working. The new MB came from Sunshingservices in China but they sent the wrong one. They asked me yo send my original MB and heatsink along with the wrong MB back to them and they promised to refund the cost and will repair or replace my MB with a correct one. Long story short, they stole my MB and heatsink and did not send me a replacement or refund. Never deal with fn China, they are arseholes.

  4. That's why I only buy motor craft parts for my ford. That way I know am not getting a bad part or cheated on.

  5. Ok, now I'm open to an education here if someone wants to give it to me. I'm not a fan of Chinese parts anymore than Scotty, or probably 95% of anyone else here. However, I've purchased no name Chinese parts (like a MAF sensor) that worked great! On the other hand, I've purchased brand name parts that were junk! I also know someone who used to work in packaging and some of the things he packaged were auto parts. He told me that a fair amount of auto parts are the exact same part, in a different box! I mean, how do you even know WHAT you're buying anymore? Back in the day when you bought something for your car it worked! Nowadays (at least from my experience) it's all hit and miss. Actually, I had to return a Borg Warner starter solenoid twice before I got one that actually worked the way it was supposed to! I told the guy at the auto parts store, someone should open up and auto parts chain called "Hit and Miss Auto Parts." They'd be rich!! And even HE told me at the time that he's on his second alternator in as many weeks. Sorry to ramble on, but I don't get it! So, if anyone has any logical input they'd like to share, I'm all ears! Thanks! 🙂

  6. The name on the part means nothing. For instance it says "Acme" but it could actually be made by anyone. Acme owns the design. They log onto Alibaba or some similar site and they job it out.

  7. How often does the no-name parts gambit occur anymore though? Not very often. China stopped being the ultra-low cost parts source decades ago. These days, Chinese parts are usually as good as – and even oftentimes better than – the same parts produced in North America and Europe.

  8. Sorry to say your advice is worth about as much as most cheap chinese parts. Most name brand parts are made in the same factories by the same people in, you guessed it, China. Yeah, buy from Autozone, pay the mark-up they charge and still have to change it out twice.90% or more of what Autozone sells is Dorman which is garbage.

  9. Hey scotty what do you think of 1aauto parts?please do a video on it or just respond to me with your personal opinion

  10. Btw, those super cheap safety gloves (and most probably the handbag Scotty mentioned) are something you shouldn't be buying either but not because they don't work (for a couple uses anyway).

  11. Chinese (whatever)= junk!!! The only reason they are build is china is because taking "shortcuts" makes them APPARENTLY cheaper!… But, all in all… mainly junk!!!

  12. Have had nothing but trouble with Chinese radiators. Finally Went with a dense one from rock auto and 150,000 miles and still perfect

  13. hello love yr video..i expect rraappttuurreee end of september..2019..get a ticket so not ddiiee..a terrribblle death…ask ggooddd for a free ticket..do it secretly…xxoo

  14. I rarely buy from brick & mortar. Their price is double or more usually than rockauto or Amazon. Example 2006 Ford Focus lower ball joint $75 at AutoZone, $15 for name brand on rockauto. Their are many more examples I have. I research and buy only certain brands, if the box doesn't match, it gets sent back. I do buy brake pads, at AutoZone. I rarely buy anywhere else, customer service sucks at other places. I ordered a freeze plug set at O'Reilly last week. I wasn't able to get there right away, they sent the parts back after 3 days! This wasn't an expensive part, why send it back so quickly? I ordered it from rockauto and got it next day. Horrible service from O'Reilly…

  15. I have put Shinko 777's on my Harly's and the back tire lasts around 10k miles. I put Dunlops on my bike and the back tire lasts about 10k. The only tire that seems to last around 15K on my bikes is Michelin tires. Now the Shinko's grip the road and are decent tires and there are plenty of good reviews on them. You can pick up a rear tire for 65 dollars on eBay. The Dunlops are HD OEM tires and you can pick up a rear tire for around 250. The Michelin rear tire would go for around 350 -400. Unless I'm getting the deal of the century on the former two the Shinko's are the best bet. My point is the Shinko is a Chinese Tire but they are well made. Of course right now I"m running Dunlops front and back because the Dealership gave me a good deal on them while doing other work on the bike. The Dunlops really look great with the whitewalls but the rear tire will only las 10k and that's it. The Front tires on all these brands last 3X longer than the back tires.

  16. Had a customer buy online northstar engine camshaft sensor had no electric internal parts i asked him what did you learn from trying to save a dollar lmao i should kept it but he wanted to return it online i also refused to put another one on from the internet

  17. Thank you Scotty to inform us so could you do a story about two American company tire manufacturers including Cooper. I can't think of the other one it might be Firestone BF Goodrich. Perhaps you could do a story an american-made tires and why they're better the non American tires thank you very much I like your memes I like your different display of pictures and people do radiate and come and talk to you I got to go thanks a lot Scotty for looking out for the American public

  18. I regret selling my Daytona. I loved it. Only issue is that I lived downstairs in an apartment complex and carrying that sucker was heavy

  19. I once replaced a universal joint twice in one week. Took the first one back to the parts store. The owner hung it on the store wall with a sign that read "American Made". From that moment on he had a bounty on any defective american made part. He nearly went out of business a few years later because manufacturers wouldn't stand behind their own products.

  20. I have had great experiences getting my parts from rockauto. The only part I had issues with was a headlight bulb and they overnighted me a new one no charge. oh and the part was from the usa

  21. Guess I've been lucky. I always buy Chinese parts online yet to have any issue with them. Even tires, which cost me half the price, they last the same as some big name brand. That being said I don't drive like a crazy person or in the snow.

  22. I actually bought a name brand temperature sensor for my car and still had the same problem turned out that the temperature sensor I bought was faulty you can get faulty parts even with name brand stuff

  23. I try to stay away from China cheap crap as much as possible with EVERYTHING! The chineese lie all the time and counterfeit everything.

  24. I miss the days when alot of products were made in Japan. Always quality. Chineese always junk cheap crap.

  25. Truth when it's electronic don't even try and cheap out. I thought it was just cuz I had a bmw that I was having problems with camshaft sensors but no! My friends Nissan with the 3.5l v6 got an aftermarket sensor didn't work at all! Oe oe oe only!!

  26. i am going to get hate for this but any more I buy all my car parts online even tires my local auto parts places think everything is gold plated example Kelly tires set of 4 950 dollars and not made in USA lets guess where ordered 4 on amazon made in Huston Texas a average mark up of 250 to 1000% is flat BS worked in retail you can move a lot of stuff and make good profit at 30 to 40 % so haters hate wont matter to me because I still have money in my pocket and great running vehicles one other thing is the we don't stock it( hear that all the time )I am working on fords it will be 3 to 4 days before we get it here got prime 2 days from amazon

  27. I bought a nameless chinese exterior door handle. IT WAS BETTER QUALITY THAN THE OEM! OEM was full plastic (even parts under tension) and the knockoff was cast aluminum where it counted. Was also less than half the cost. Know this isn't the norm but I was pleasantly surprised.

  28. I reckon another golden rule is don't buy Chinese Bearings, they are no where near the quality of Japanese or European ones, I have heard to many horror stories about them.

  29. You are right 100% Scott, Chinese used very low quality material to make car parts and most of the time don't fit right. They don't want responsible if you have a broken wheels, a burning engine, and most of all you get kill, they don't care . They know they will make money from a greedy American. Metal get rust like tools , bolts and nuts , plastics broken a part even just lay in garage.  Think about it real hard to save your time and money and don't let Chinese thinking about American are stupid.

  30. I think sound advice if you are trying to save money skipping factory made parts is always read sh*tloads of online reviews of China parts before purchasing.

    So you saved some money buying a CrapChina belt tensioner, water pump, starter, or whatever, instead of a factory part. Do you really enjoy tearing your motor apart so much that you want to take that chance? Do you really want to go through all the work of dropping your fuel tank to put an "iffy" China fuel pump in? I know I don't. The last part I bought was a top motor mount. The China ones were one third the price of a Motorcraft. Even had a lifetime warranty. But nearly every reviewer had to remove the new China mount for warranty claim. Some lasted a couple weeks. Some lasted a couple months. Some reviewers had replaced multiple ones in a year. Do these people really enjoy installing and removing motor mounts that much? I know I don't. My original mount lasted 120,000 miles and I had no problem spending $89 to guarantee another 100,000.

  31. On a side note, regarding Scotty's faith in China knock-off radiators. My brother has three semi trailers, a barn and hayloft, and an old farrowing house full of factory parts for every kind of car, truck, tractor, motorcycle, and ATV out there. He purchases them at auctions of dealerships that have closed, and sells them online domestically and internationally.

    He often hears customers' stories of how they wasted time and money on aftermarket China parts and wish they had found his listing earlier. The biggest complaint by far; China radiators and heater cores that spring leaks within weeks or months of installation. Just an FYI.

  32. Scotty ..you might consider a video about the how OEM parts vs. OEM 'spec' parts are different..there are a lot of OEM 'spec' parts on ebay etc. and people think they are getting OEM parts…

  33. I avoid buying alternators from Auto Zone. It took 3 of them before I got one that worked. You can make a mistake anywhere with a car part. Auto Zone won't refund any electrical part. (most places won't either).

  34. i hate chynä just för their fake run ´´mäny´´? years watches -.-
    but hey i also like brütän saxöny and suisse ^ ^
    1:35 nöt swedish steal ^^
    well you could sit in a Gauchi bag being pulled buy an elefant ^ ^ öslö giffs you rite öff vvay ^^

  35. Take a look at good durable machines like a Yamaha/KTM dirt bike or a Can am quad…… none of the parts are made in China, even the plastic fenders aren’t made in China. All parts made in Japan, USA, or western Europe.

    Same goes for cars. Buy the low quality stuff at your own risk

  36. Great advice. My former Mercedes CL600 V12 had a damn plastic radiator that was junk!
    It eventually fell apart and cost lots of $$$$.
    BTW, Scotty, why are you flopping your arms around like you are a cheer leader at a football game?

  37. I chuckled at the Chevy Bow Tie shown when he said "Don't buy Junk"! One of my Uncles was a Mechanic for 50 something years & used to call GM >> "GENEROUS MOTORS" << "They give you the LEAST, for your $" (& he was knocking their products of the 1930's to 90's) Even the beloved "57 Belair" was cheaply built. "Chevy's in (I forget what year..1947?) came with Babbited Rods, while Fords had Floating Bearings" (the former was a very cheap process & wore down quickly where the latter would hold up the life of the Vehicle). Today, "they ALL go the "cheap route" ..even Mercedes went cheapo. Cheapo as in "complete Lamp Assembly" over "replace the Bulb" True Quality Products you replace the single bad part.

  38. >.> side-eyeing the unnamed front, right ABS sensor I bought from China for $20us when it cost $200us in my country >.>

  39. I feel like most insurance companies will require Chinese parts at times. Last time I needed to use them they would only pay for a Chinese made hood for my Honda. For parts that don’t move I guess I’m okay with it. Anything else I couldn’t do.

  40. Toyo tire factory is here in Georgia. I wonder what the quality is like if made here in the States? I did buy some coil packs for a Kia , they were supposed to be OEM & they looked legit but the sticker come off like a year later so I now believe they're fakes/counterfeit.

  41. We put Diamondback tires on a semi and the same jumped all over the place we took it to a different tire shop to find out the problem and when he went to balance it it was a pound and a half off on one side.
    When he jacked the truck up the tire itself rotated down I don't think they can put enough weight on it to fix a pound-and-a-half off.
    We switch to BFG.

  42. Spend your hard earned money on these 4 things in proper order first 2 for life, 2nd 2 for lively hood.
    Tires $150 each
    Brakes $ 120 best you can buy all around
    Shoes $ 200 pair ( Working Men) your lively hood is in how long you can work with your back and sole 🙂
    Bed $ 2000 every 8 years
    Spend wisely and live as long as you can, don't skimp on these 4 things

  43. You hit one out of the park, Scotty, concerning counterfeit parts. I bought what I thought were name brand wheel bearings for my pickup. 22,000 miles later the left front failed on me (on a two lane road while towing a trailer)…. ZING! Half a land divergence before I got things back in line. I bought from a known, reputable retailer in town, but THEY got snookered. I replaced them with marked, MADE IN USA, TIMKEN bearings and seals.

  44. BUY A FOUNDRY AND MACHINE SHOP. HIRE 1,000 ENGINEERS. 1 MILLION IMMIGRANTS NEED JOBS.
    I BELIEVE DETROIT HAS LOTS OF AVAILABLE, EMPTY BUILDINGS.
    ASSEMBLY WAGE= $7.25 FOR NON UAW.

  45. as a chinese, I buy car parts with eyes open big. Even parts with brand on it may aslo be counterfeit. World factory has too many maunfacturer, must be careful.!

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