This electronic catalogue and its contents replace all previous versions issued and distributed in whatever form for any trade and legal purpose.
This catalogue is aimed to enable the owner of a car to easily identify the spare part needed for the repair. At this moment in time, externally visible spare parts for French cars may not be sold in France and in the overseas French territories. The brands ALFA ROMEO, AUTOBIANCHI, AUDI, BMW, CITROEN, DACIA, CHRYSLER, DAIHATSU, NISSAN, CHEVROLET, FORD, FIAT, IVECO, FIAT, IVECO, HONDA, HYUNDAI, ISUZU, JEEP, JAGUAR, KIA, LANCIA, LADA, LAND ROVER, LEXUS, MITSUBISHI, MERCEDES, SMART, MERCEDES, MINI, MAZDA, OPEL, PIAGGIO, PEUGEOT, PORSCHE, ROVER, RENAULT, SAAB, SUBARU, SKODA, SEAT, SSANGYONG, SUZUKI, TALBOT, TOYOTA, VOLKSWAGEN, VOLVO, used in this catalogue are of the car manufacturers’ ownership to which they make reference. The brands used in this catalogue as well as the mentioned original numbers are only an aid in identifying the car model which the spare part must fit to. Our items, though they are not genuine, are perfectly adaptable to the cars they make reference to.
Externally visible O.E. equivalent quality spare parts that fit on French branded cars, such as CITROEN, PEUGEOT, RENAULT, DACIA, produced and/or distributed by PRASCO S.p.A., cannot be sold to and/or resold directly by the customer, by people on their behalf and/or their customers, nor by third parties, in France and all countries where the French regulation on industrial and intellectual property is applicable.
According to the sentence of the EU court of justice dated 26/09/2000, the mere transit of such products, legally manufactured in a member state of the European union to be legitimately sold in another EU member state through the French territory and/or through the countries where the French intellectual and industrial property regulation is applicable, doesn't affect the right of the proprietor of a trademark, design or model, as this action cannot be interpreted as an illegal use of the right of protection. In fact, the intra-community transit is not a specific subject of the industrial and commercial property right on trademarks, designs or models.
PRASCO SPA PRODUCES AND DISTRIBUTES EQUIVALENT QUALITY SPARE PARTS COMPLYING WITH THE DEFINITION FROM PARAGRAPH 20 OF THE GUIDELINES NO. 461/2010 EU REGULATION, AS SHOWN ON OUR CERTIFICATES AND THE CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY TÜV.
In the past the original spare part (in other words the spare directly produced by car manufacturers and/or by their suppliers according to the standards and technical specs set by the car manufacturers themselves, used for the production of the car components) has always been considered a higher quality product compared to the one produced by equivalent manufacturers.
After the application of EC Regulation no. 1400/2002 of bloc exemption regulations (known as " Monti's Law) about the enforcement of clause 81, paragraph 3 of EC treaty (at present replaced by clause 101, paragraph 3 of the EC operation treaty) to categories in the automotive field having vertical agreements and previously accepted practices, thanks to the definition quoted in clause 1, paragraph 1, point u, the concept of "matching quality spare parts" has been introduced, meaning a spare part manufactured by any producer who is constantly able to certify that its quality is entirely correspondent to that of the component used to be fit on a brand new car.
Then, due to the expiry of EC regulation 1400/2002 on 31/05/2010, the European Commission has introduced a new legislative framework for the automotive field, focused on after-market issues.
These new standards, in force since 01/06/2010, are mentioned in the bloc exemption Regulation (EC) 461/2010 and corresponding guidelines (specifically worked out for vertical sale agreement restrictions, car repair and spare part distribution) as well as in the bloc exemption Regulation (EC) 330/2010 and corresponding guidelines on vertical agreements.
The forementioned standards, in force until 31/05/2023, concern the production and distribution of car spare parts, as well as the maintenance and repair of passenger cars, light duty vehicles and lorries.
Paragraph 20 of the guidelines to Regulation no. 461/2010 contains the new definition of "spare parts of matching quality", i.e. spare parts whose quality is good enough not to spoil the reputation of car manufacturers’ authorised networks.
The liability to demonstrate that a part does not comply with this condition is always at the car manufacturer’s charge.
Therefore, as a consequence of this new definition contained in the Monti Law, and to the modification of the previous one, a matching quality spare part itself cannot be identified according to the quality of the piece originally assembled, even if the quality of the same matching quality spare part can be higher than that of the original one.