You’re more at risk of buying fake auto parts than you may have realised. Unscrupulous dealers are everywhere, in the streets and online. They’re the reason you keep hearing about cases of blown tires, faulty ignitions, and bad airbags. The danger is real, but how do you tell if the car part you’re about to purchase is a counterfeit? Here are a few signs:
The packaging is flimsy
Whether you’re driving a Primera or a Skyline, genuine car part makers go to great lengths to ensure that their merchandise is packaged properly. Counterfeiters, on the other hand, often compromise on many things, including the packaging. If the item appears shabbily packed, doesn’t properly fit in the box, or the packaging material uses a substandard material, then that’s a dead giveaway.
They are suspiciously cheap
Sure, genuine dealers will do everything to attract more customers and offer competitive prices for their products. However, if there’s an extremely large difference between what a dealer is charging for their product and what other dealers in the area are offering, chances are the parts could be fake.
The logos and fonts are flawed
One of the frequent giveaways of counterfeit is wrong spelling or faulty grammar. Even if the counterfeiter gets that part right, chances are there will still be a problem with the logos and fonts. They’re easy to detect if you know the original logos well. Trust your eyes to know of the slightest variations. Compare a picture of the original logo from the manufacturer’s website with the item you’re about to buy. If there’s a variation, don’t even think about making a purchase.
Counterfeit car parts may come at an irresistible price, but they cost you more in the long run. To keep yourself from being duped, you need to know how to tell the real thing from the counterfeit.