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#1 posted 03-30-2019 10:02 PM

The manufactures have played this game for decades. Many different brands of oil come out of the same refinery and just have label differences, World wide auto manufactures use a lot of the same parts . batteries for auto etc, have many brands and less than a dozen manufactures!

Tires are another example of this too.

- ralbuck

Common suppliers and look-alike components do not equate to common quality in the global auto supply chain. Materials and machining mean everything, and typically there’s a good reason for the lower price on many of the options. Good entertainment is seeing a driver or dealer worked up when a replacement part fails miserably: “yeah, that’s not OEM spec, so you gambled to save a few bucks…” Another factor is the near-piracy committed by Chinese copycat manufacturers: they’ll buy an OEM part and create one that looks identical. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes ok, and a lot of times they’re junk like a copy of a copy of a copy. Given what I know of China from my day job I do what I’m able to minimize the “China” in my hobby.

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