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Little white boxes.

Posted on 1st Jun 2016 @ 8:18 PM

I felt compelled to write about the little white boxes that some of us seem to see from time to time when receiving our VW parts. As a VW parts reseller AND someone that wrenches on their own cars, I'm always looking out for what's being sold and for how much. Recently, I had a customer place an order for brake components that were for a 1966 VW bus. The customer is a "restorer" of VW buses and of course has to be budget conscientious, which is understandable, but when the order for the brake parts was canceled due to a $100 difference, I had to ask myself, what's the pricepoint for safety.

As more parts become obsolete, we have to look to manufacturers that are dedicated to reproducing parts that are going to meet our needs. As a VW gearhead, I have high hopes that the manufacturer is going to adhere to the same specs and tolerances that the original manufacturers had when it came to the production of the similar parts. Unfortunately though, this isn't always the case and many of you reading this may concur. How many times have we had a part that came in a clean/white box fail. Just for the record, these didn't come from me, however I found it interesting that it was me that got the phone call asking me why their parts (purchased elsewhere) didn't seem to be working. First question I ask is.....did your part come in a plain white box. For example, just this last month, I have had a couple of phone calls pertaining to dual circuit master cylinders that have failed.....and yes, they came in white boxes. Unfortunately, there are some vendors out there that have ponied up the money to have some parts made overseas, but haven't really done their homework and consequently the end user has paid the price. 

So, the take-away from all of this is somewhat simple. Give it some real thought the next time you decide to make a purchase. Place safety first, then cost. Just because you can save a few bucks on some bus wheel cylinders doesn't mean you'll be able to stop when it's truly necessary.