BE AWARE OF FAKE AFTERMARKET 'BRANDS' for your Jeep Wrangler (and 4x4s) in SA!
JEEP Wrangler Aftermarket Fakes are EVERYWHERE in South Africa and you are not being told. This extends to almost ever famous Jeep aftermarket brand in the world that are seemingly available in SA, but things are definitely not as they may seem and you are being illegally conned.
As a start, Genuine TOPFIRE hardware for Jeep is only EXCLUSIVELY available from ANGRiJeep throughout Africa. If you are offered it for sale or see it advertised anywhere else (often with the actual product photos taken from ANGRiJeep or Topfire), it is categorically not genuine and not from the Topfire factory. At Topfire, everything is handcrafted in aircraft grade aluminium and stainless steel to exacting specifications with the finest hand-smoothed welds and rigorous stress and safety checks and then exclusively imported with all of the appropriate duties and taxes paid by ANGRi. If you don't get it from us (or if your dealer did not get it from us), it's not Topfire and is a cheap inferior (and unsafe) copy.
Here are some pictures of an unsuspecting Jeeper's bumper who was duped by a well know SA Jeep aftermarket company into believing the 'Topfire Products' they were selling were real. The same retailer sells a large range of big-branded Jeep bumpers and hardware, all of which are 100% inferior copies. Worse still, your so called reputable Jeep installer is more than likely on-selling these to their clients or recommending these companies!
It extends far beyond Topfire and also includes other global Jeep brands such as Poison Spyder, Fab Fours, Rugged Ridge, EVO, Smittybilt, Gibson, MagnaFlow but the list is endless and we have even seen it extend into Teraflex Suspension kits, Black Rhino and Fuel wheels.
So you think you are getting a bargain, and so what if the welding is not as smooth and there are visual quality issues.... this is your beloved Jeep, there are huge safety issues! On the picture above, just look at the recovery points on the fake bumper. Those will snap taking a high speed flying metal cable with it and killing everyone around. Although not shown above, the winch plate mounts were ill fitting and only held in with M6 bolts. With a winch mounted there pulling 12000lbs what do you think will happen?
Since when has a genuine imported product into South Africa ever been half the price of the same genuine product back in the US or wherever the Genuine Brand is based? Just check the US equiavalent price to see if there is parity (and roughly multiply by about 25 to get the equivalent landed Rand amount).
If your 'dealer' still insists your 'branded' aftermarket hardware is genuine, please feel free to get in touch directly with the original manufacturer or the official listed distributor in South Africa to verify it (Or we will do it for you). A genuine dealer who puts heart and soul into getting dealer accreditation from teh brand and brings you the 'real' stuff will have no problem validating anything for you. There should be no such thing as a difficult question and we are happy to help point you in the right direction of who to speak to for validation from the world's biggest Jeep aftermarket brands.
Official importers of genuine brands for Jeep can be counted on one hand in SA so please be very aware what you are potentially buying and get proof of authenticity regardless of the price they are asking. The fake aftermarket in SA is getting completely out of hand as is totally unpoliced and price conscious SA Jeepers are the unsuspecting target. This is also not GREY/PARALLEL importing, as GREY importing is still genuine product from the official brand, but simply not brought through the home country's official channels. These are pure and simple counterfeit products from sweatshop factories which break the law, in the same way that a R2000 Gucci bag is counterfeit. Not only is it illegal to import and sell counterfeit, it is obviously a further illegal and highly immoral matter for your dealer to pass it off as 'genuine' and take your money (no matter how cheap).
There is only one loser in this... and that is you the Jeeper (and your kids when something critical breaks)! An inferior branded fake is not a bargain, it is that price because it is an inferior fake and you are not being told! We all know that there are very few 'bargains' for genuine branded imports into SA so why do you think Jeep stuff would be any different? The Facebook and WhatsApp groups you belong to are full of fake goods being sold as real. That is illegal in South Africa and if you have been mis-sold something you are entitled to your money back and can lay a police charge, it's that serious!
Get proof that what you're buying is genuine. It's a fair request to your dealer and no legitimate dealer passionately selling genuine brands would have a problem with providing you with that. Neither will they have a problem with the contents of this Facebook post. There are no grey areas as to whether something is genuine or not, and you as the consumer have the right to know. We hope this makes you ask the right questions or even perhaps take your time to hunt down and pay just a little bit more for the real thing and the legality, quality, reassurance and backup that comes with that.
THE DIFFERENCE UP CLOSE! A fake Topfire Fury rear bumper on the left.... the Genuine one on the Right! It might be 20% cheaper but it is 100% shoddier!
Take a look through www.ANGRiJeep.com and see the quality of the brand names and the products on it and also take note of the pricing. We at ANGRiJeep make the very best stuff available to you at the lowest prices for trusted brand names. If you see them, or any other similar type of genuinely branded bumper, flares, exhausts, electronics cheaper then double check! When you see a 'Fab Fours' Vicowl for sale for in SA for R7000 but it is $1900 (R30,000) from FabFours in the US, surely that should ring some alarm bells!
If you have any doubt on what you have bought, please call us on 021 180 4990 or email HQ@ANGRi.co.za and we will gladly give you some advice or put you in touch with the actual manufacturer for clarification. This blatant abuse of you the unsuspecting consumer MUST STOP!
We will be publishing actual invoices from these dealers clearly showing the sale to consumers of their illegal products soon. (including invoices for the examples shown above)
You can read the South African 'Sale of Counterfeit Goods Act' act HERE