This is a widely held popular belief. Any car manufacturer would be obliged to provide any spare part on its vehicles for a period of 10 years, from the date of its discontinuation.
The consumer code does not mention it. The obligation is limited, in practice, to imposing an information obligation on professionals.
There are many testimonials from motorists or mechanics having all the trouble in the world to find certain parts on models which are nevertheless widespread from the 90s or more recent.
Brands are born, live and disappear
Economic crisis, change of strategy, takeovers or mergers, punctuate the news of car manufacturers.
Sometimes some of them disappear overnight, leaving the French market or simply going bankrupt.
In recent years, the examples of Saab, Daewoo, Lada, Rover, or more recently Infiniti are still remembered.
The brand has disappeared, how is it going?
The good news is that the spare parts business for mainstream brands is lucrative enough not to be completely abandoned.
In the case of Saab, three of the group's four subsidiaries went bankrupt, but Saab Parts AB, which specializes in the brand's spare parts, survived.
Thanks to an agreement with the Swedish government, this entity was able to continue supplying parts for Saabs still in circulation around the world.
In the case of Rover, an English brand that disappeared in 2005, its parts division had been sold to the Caterpillar group, which had been committed to supplying parts for at least a decade.
The company continues to equip Rovers on the road to this day.
The brand is part of a still existing group
In the case of Lancia, or Infiniti for example, don't panic. The Italian brand has certainly disappeared from the French market but continues to live in its country of origin.
It is part of the FCA group and you will find spare parts in the Fiat network. Same story for Infiniti which is in the process of leaving the French market.
A member of the Renault-Nissan alliance, the manufacturer is committed to continuing after-sales service and the supply of spare parts.
Use parallel networks
If the brand of your vehicle is more exotic, and is definitely no longer present in France, other solutions must be used.
If you have a Daewoo, the network no longer exists, but you can contact your mechanic. This one has its suppliers who will be able to advise it.
If this fails, the internet remains. Today with your simple registration number, online sites offer you the spare parts adapted to your car.
Don't neglect the second-hand piece. A mirror or a bumper that cannot be found will surely be available in a scrapyard. The wreckers are now organized and nationally inventory the available stocks.