The Turkish Competition Authority decides that recommending the use of a certain engine oil brand in authorised service centres does not amount to a vertical restraint (Castrol / Dogus Oto)

This case note analyses the decision of the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA) in which it has decided that recommending the use of only Castrol branded engine oils in service centres authorised by Volkswagen and Dogus Oto, coupled with the practice of voiding the manufacturer’s warranty for motor vehicles when other brands are used, does not amount to a vertical restraint. Backgroundv The case was opened upon the complaint of a consumer whereby he/she alleged that he/she had taken his/her Volkswagen branded vehicle to a Volkswagen dealer and service centre to have its engine oil changed during the course of routine maintenance. The consumer brought his/her own engine oil (Valvoline Synpower XLC3 5W30), but the service centre refused to use the engine oil in question as it was not

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  • University of Sussex (Brighton)

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Ahmet Fatih Ozkan, The Turkish Competition Authority decides that recommending the use of a certain engine oil brand in authorised service centres does not amount to a vertical restraint (Castrol / Dogus Oto), 13 October 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2016, Art. N° 83554

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