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The correct maintenance of a vehicle over its lifetime plays a key role for road safety, reducing significantly accidents, fatalities and injuries.

The replacement of some parts, through the lifetime of a vehicle, is essential to maintain its safety performance. For example, brake pads need to be replaced regularly to maintain safe braking distance.

By offering competitive services and solutions, the independent aftermarket, and in particular the distributors of spare parts, make this repair and maintenance work more affordable for the customers. If there were a monopoly on a brand-specific aftermarket, these operations might be more costly, discouraging the customers to regularly have their vehicles checked and fixed, and reducing their overall safety.

With over 320 million vehicles on European Union’s roads – not to mention the other road users – it is essential that all leverages are used to improve road safety – including the affordability of the related operations.