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So what is the difference between the expensive "Genuine" parts in the lovely grey box with the Mercedes-Benz symbol on it and the parts we sell?? Take for example the two oil filters on the left both made by Hengst.

Well, one of them has a Mercedes-Benz part number on it, but apart from that the answer is nothing!  

One of our favorite sayings here at MB Spares is that Mercedes-Benz don't make cars. They assemble them from parts brought in from many different manufactures. Sure they press there own body panels and do there own trimming work, but there are more out sourced parts in your Mercedes-Benz than you might think. 

Here are some examples of how the same brands Mercedes-Benz use are the same brands that we sell here at MB Spares.   By dealing direct with the manufacturer we can keep the prices down.    


Beru Ignition components

Mercedes-Benz use a number of different manufacturers for there ignition components. One of them is Beru who make this coil pack for a M271 series engine. Beru also make distributor caps, rotor buttons, spark plugs, glow plugs,…

BOSCH Electrical components

BOSCH is the world's largest supplier of automotive components measured by 2011 revenues.  The company was founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886 the same year that Karl Benz patented the Motor car. So it is no…

DELPHI Ignition and electrical systems

Delphi Automotive PLC  is an automotive parts  manufacturing company headquartered in Gillingham, Kent in the UK .   It is one of the world's largest automotive parts manufacturers and has approximately…

GKN Driveline components

The origins of GKN (Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds) goes back to 1759 at the start of the industrial revolution. Today GKN Driveline is the world's leading supplier of automotive drive line components and systems.   GKN…

Hella lighting components

HELLA is a globally positioned, independent, family-owned company with a history spanning more than 100 years.We develop and manufacture lighting technology and electronic products for the automobile industry  Pictured here…

INA Bearings and engine components

INA is another division of the Schaeffler Group and was founded in 1946. They supply Mercedes-Benz with a wide range of bearings pulleys and engine components.  INA pioneered the Hydraulic variable cam timers that…

JURID brake components

JURID product made for Mercedes-Benz includes disc and drum brake linings for passenger cars and commercial vehicles and brake drums for passenger cars.  Pictured here are a set of hand brake shoes for a Mercedes-Benz…

KNECHT filters

KNECHT filters is an Austrian company and is part of the MAHLE group of companies. They produce a wide range of filters for Mercedes-Benz and also distribute them under there own name and under the MAHLE brand.  This is a…

LuK Hydraulic pumps

LUK is a division of the  Schaeffler Group and was founded in 1965.  LuK make a wide range of Hydraulic pumps like this power steering pump for Mercedes-Benz. LuK also specialize in clutch plates and other drive line…

Textar Brake components

Mercedes-Benz use a wide range of brake pad suppliers. Amongst them is Textar. The "Genuine" brake pad in the picture suits a W126 coupe. Part number A001 420 80 20. As you can see quite obviously not made by Mercedes-Benz. …

ULO lighting and side mirrors.

ULO is part of the Odelo-group and is another major supplier to Mercedes-Benz.  The spare parts supplied by ULO, such as head and rear lights, side mirrors and daytime running lights, which are distributed to the…

Valeo

Valeo was founded in 1923 and has grown to having over 78000 employees and production plants in 29 different countries. The list of parts that Valeo make for for Mercedes-Benz is impressive. Everything from indicator switches (as…

Wahler cooling products

Wahler is part of the BorgWarner group of companies and is one of a number of cooling system manufactured who supply parts to Mercedes-Benz. Check out the picture where the Mercedes-Benz part number is quite obvious and the star…