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Now I'm not talking about fake parts here, but how important is it to be able to say I've got xxx part?
Let's say there are two identical parts, both do the same job and look very similar. One has a company logo on it and costs £500 (I'm making this up by the way), the other is from a different company so doesn't quite have the same coolness as the first part but is only £300.

Which would you go for?
 

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The Guru
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Both have good levels of quality.

For example would you pay the extra for Brides over Corbeau seats?
 

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i weigh up gain v price 8kg rota wheels for 600 quid v 7kg works wheels for 1500 quid = rota purchase, (this is an example i havent done my research) dont care that they are fakes arent jdm etc etc they serve a purpose in reducing unsprung weight by circa 4kg a corner and the extra 900 for another kg wasnt worth it in my book. same with my intercooler its a cheap chinese ebay job but the design is spot on the welds and construction are good, its not forge but i dont care. I highly doubt that the forge ic would be better as the proof is in the numbers and my ebay ic delivered.
 

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cheaper all the way as long as the difference in quality is minimal.

for example, I replaced all my speakers bought an amp and a sub from Inphase audio.
much cheaper than the likes of alpine but i am extremely impressed with the quality.

Also- soundproofing, found a company called SoundX got enough to do my WHOLE car including boot for £40 and you would not be able to tell the difference between the likes of Dynamat.

Also- i bought a huge roll of cheap window tint for cheap, took my time and did it myself.
looks like a proff job.

Also- bought grooved discs and mintex pads for *£80 on ebay- fitted myself big improvement.

I think it depends what you want. Some people are proud to have a name on their car.

Me, i just like changing things to look or sound better and if i can do it myself for a lot less than that makes me Proud.

The only name that matters to me is HONDA
 

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depends on who you're trying to impress / how much money you have.

When it comes to car parts, my opinion is - if you can afford it then do what you please. I work excruciatingly hard for my money, and so I can do what I want with it.

There is nothing wrong with going for a different brand that does the same job but costs alot less.

Having premium brand name parts isn't going to get you any more respect than the next man/woman. If you're a c**k then having Mugen car dripping in custom bits by top names isn't going to change the fact that you're still a c**k.

My general rule of thumb is, I buy whatever I think makes my car look good and perform well. If other people like it, cool, if not I don't really care. If I choose to buy a really expensive part with a top brand name, then I have done it because I think it's worth it.
 

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I think it all boils down to quality and how good they look to me. If the price for the cheaper product was significantly lower than the more expensive branded product but the quality in the products was very similar then I would most probably go for the cheaper alternative. Although if quality is significantly better in the more expensive product I would probably pay the extra if I could afford to.
 

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Given a choice of (say) four very similar items, as a rule I normally avoid both the cheapest and the dearest ...

Then I go with the one that seems to offer the best value for money, and \ or is the most appealing ...

Brand name alone is no guarantee of quality - although I generally steer well clear of unbranded and \ or generic products, which tend to be "made to a price" ...
 

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When money means nothing to me I will buy the brand name. Until then I will buy what I can afford
 

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It depends, the globally accepted brands like Mugen are very popular. Other brands like seeker are a lot less known, but are equally as expensive, sometimes more. Some people want exclusivity, others want well known brand names. All are pricey. But even coming down to Bride and Corbeau, you may be getting good quality, but some people prefer to pay a bit more for the JDMness and rarity. Everybody is different. Thats what makes the scene so full of different and great looking cars! As long as there is no blatant counterfeiting or anything like that then everyone should feel free to do what they want to their car...it is theirs...but JDM is the way!!!!!
 

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I buy what works.
Function over form for me :D
Prefer stuff to look as if it has some effort and pride put into it though :lol:
 

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I build a car for me not for anyone else, I like to think some things are worth spending the money on, others not so much. But it if you can afford it and it makes you happy do it but common kids do it for yourself not for someone else. :popcorn:
 

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some will argue that original will last longer and be better quality,its all down to what you can afford as long as its got warranty on the part doesn't matter.
 

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for me its like buying a ford compared to a honda people look at you in a different way when in most cases the do the same fuction get you from A to B just the Honda might get you there a little faster :p
 

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depends what your buying ... if your buying HI-Fi where the sound not looks is the main reason ( in Home) you go for a name or (naim) so it depends!! brand names have their names because they have built it through quality ( not in all cases) but somthing thats visual and looks identical and does the job cheepest for me!!

(Cheep skate) go on dave say it lol;)
 
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