February 2018

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Buy NGK CR9EIX (3521) Iridium IX Spark Plugs Here at Wholesale Price!

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With it being one of the most well-known motorcycle spark plugs out there, we wanted to make you aware of the amazing discounts to be had over RRP prices in our secure online shop. All NGK spark plugs we have available are 100% genuine units. We’re actually one of the very few auto parts suppliers who actively try and fight back against counterfeits every day. You can read our popular blog post here on how to spot fake CR9EIX Iridium IX spark plugs. It’s a growing problem on popular auction sites and we always do our best to make the general public aware of it.

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The Osram Approved Partner & Trust Programs

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Fighting Counterfeits

Today, the global automotive industry is being bombarded with counterfeit Xenon HID bulbs. If you do a quick online search about it, then you’ll see what we mean; it’s shocking.

The fake bulbs in question are sheep in wolves clothing, imitating the real product so well that to any average person they’re just normal Osram bulbs. The worry sinks in however on the first night time drive, where other motorists have been flashing at you constantly due to being blinded. It all begins to make sense when you pull up to a wall or garage back at home and realise the beam pattern is completely all over the place.

Bulb changes commonly means a recalibration of the headlight aim is usually necessary so don’t jump to the worst conclusion straight away. However if the beam pattern is worse than your previous bulbs the chances are high that they’re indeed fake. The unfortunate reality is that fake bulbs are next to useless, completely illegal, a risk to your life and an expense waiting to happen. Fake bulbs are not only a safety worry, but the performance and lifetime are where there’s simply no comparison to that of a genuine bulb. Osram takes this problem very seriously and the result of it all was The Osram Trust and Approved Partner Programs.

 

What is an Approved Partner?

An OSRAM Approved Partner is an online retailer that is approved to sell genuine OSRAM products online. They only stock and sell genuine OSRAM automotive parts and accessories, so if you buy any OSRAM product from them, it will be 100% genuine.

How Do I Know I Am Buying from an Approved Partner?

Wherever you see the Approved Partner Logo youcan be rest assured that they are approved to sell genuine OSRAM products. Every Approved Partner has been issued with a unique AP reference number and logo (which also shows their unique reference).

 

Is Driven 2 Automotive an Osram Approved Partner?

Yes we are indeed! See our official page on Osram’s Night Breaker Unlimited website here. Our unique reference is# AP1001 and our badge is displayed here.

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What Are the Dangers of Fake or Cheap Xenon Bulbs?

  • HID Ballasts can catch fire due to abnormal loads
  • Bulb bases can melt inside the headlight, damaging the reflector and/or bulb mount system
  • Light glare that can dazzle other motorists and cause a collision
  • Premature bulb failures
  • Poor lumen output (brightness) compared to that of genuine bulbs

So How Do I Check My Bulbs?

First things first are as we already mentioned, if you purchase from an official Osram Approved Partner it means it’s an immediate way to ensure you’ll receive a genuine OSRAM product in the post.

Next, follow the guide below to verify the authenticity of your Xenon bulbs:

 

Step 1) Check the Security Label on the Packaging for a 7-Digit Code

Since October 2015, all OSRAM Xenon HID bulbs feature a special 7-digit code which you can use on their Trust Program website to verify authenticity. If you can’t find a label on your packaging it’s possible the bulbs you’ve purchased were produced before the said date. So do take note that some vendors still stock genuine Osram products without security labels added. In this case, Osram recommends contacting them directly if you’re worried.

  • The 7-digit code is located to the left-hand side of the sticker label – Then enter the code here
  • The 3 digits in the bottom right hand corner should be holographic
  • A QR code that’s linked to the Trust verification process website
  • The OSRAM logo with the following URL www.osram.com/trust
  • A security strip featuring micro-sized text which you can read with a magnifying glass

Step 2) Check the Data on the Bulb Bases

After entering the 7-digit code which authenticates the packaging, you’ll see a display of data which includes the Osram order number, product designation and lamp numbers. The important one here is to check the lamp numbers displayed on the verification site match the numbers on the bulbs inside the packaging. The numbers are found in the locations as shown:


But There’s No Label on the Packaging of My Bulbs?

We mentioned before that some companies will still hold stock of older Osram products which don’t have a security label on them. In this case OSRAM states the following:

The OSRAM Trust system was introduced in fall 2015. Since then, the lamp packaging contains the two security features. However, it is still possible that several vendors have warehouse stock older than fall 2015 without the new labelling. Should you have doubts regarding your package, please get in touch with OSRAM.

So there you go, no security label doesn’t mean it’s a fake straight off the bat.

 

Conclusion

In the end we are proud to be part of something which is combating the issue and the two programs are a great step in the right direction.

If you have any more questions, Osram have an FAQ section on their website located here.

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NGK Wholesale Spark Plugs – Buy Here & Save £££!

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NGK Wholesale Prices –

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for wholesale prices on NGK spark plugs! Whether you’re after large quantities or small, we can provide you with the best prices available. For a quote please get in contact with us here and we will be in touch shortly.

All NGK spark plug part numbers are available to order through us with great discounts to be had. We also lead the way when it comes to warning the public of counterfeit NGK spark plugs on the market, so there’s no qualms when it comes to authenticity of the plugs we sell. All NGK plugs we provide are 100% genuine, you can see our highly popular article here on the issue about fake plugs and how to spot them.

Please contact us here for a quote.

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Osram Cool Blue Boost Xenarc Bulbs

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The Modern Looker

Meet Cool Blue Boost Xenarc, Osrams newest contender to the xenon market. The bulb that features a superb colour temperature of up to 7000 kelvin with enhanced brightness.

With an impressive 3200 lumens of light output combined with state-of-the-art beam projection, there’s certainly no qualms with the overall package. Once fitted, the track will be transformed into a high contrast surface which is far closer to daytime colours.

From the sleek, well-refined packaging design to the impressive light output, you’ll soon realise that the whole experience with Osram Xenarc Cool Blue Boost bulbs just ooze quality with incomparable style, yet also providing an overall improvement to brightness. Transform your car into a new era with Cool Blue Boost Xenarc!

These bulbs are available now in our shop!

Up to 7000 K

Illumination with more natural daylight colours which helps reduce fatigue whilst giving incomparable
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Enhanced Brightness

3200 lumens of light to help guide your way

Xenon Hyper Blue

Modern blue tint due to a special filling system

Please note these are not ECE approved therefore they’re for track use only.