4 Ways in which you can help Fight Fake

At heart, our initiative is all about powering consumers – we believe that the fight against fake can be won only through consumer awareness – to aid you in this fight, we have a list of ways in which you can fight fake at the consumer level. 

Check your Vendor

The first step to ensuring that you buy only genuine parts and ensure not only your safety, also that you save money in the long term is to ensure that your vendor is legitimate. It’s usually a good idea to get to know the people who are installing the parts in your car and ask them about the parts and make sure you see the packaging. Legitimate vendors pride themselves on customer service, and would be happy to help – while spurious vendors may dodge your questions. It’s not very difficult to check if your vendors are licensed for the brands you’re interested in buying, but it’s entirely up to you to be a responsible consumer and ensure your own safety. Spurious vendors often quote prices that are unrealistically lower than competing parts – just remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Packaging is Key

Okay, you’ve done all you can to make sure your vendor is legitimate – good. But there’s more to ensuring the quality and legitimacy of your products than simply checking with your vendor – even if the vendor is legitimate, there are ways in which they can, on accident or not, get ahold counterfeit products. If the packaging appears flimsy or or the graphics or the logo don’t seem quite right, it’s probably fake. In these cases, it’s probably a good idea to do some research about your products before buying them. Some suppliers of these products often repurpose original packaging to use for fake parts, but there are still ways to find out if the products are legitimate – it is usually a good idea to check the labels. MRP labels with holograms, computer generated security measures such as barcodes and other measures such as addresses or contact details printed can help point out original products. There are other ways, such as identifying hidden features through UV rays, but it usually doesn’t come to that. Many brands, aware of the threat counterfeiting poses to the industry, have some sort of identification mark unique to legitimate products. Be sure to do your research and you’ll be fine.

Checking the Product

If you’ve already bought an auto part and still want to make sure if it’s the real thing, there are many ways. Auto part companies will often have exact specifications regarding size and weight on their website, and you can always compare these specifications with your product – that way, for example, if a brake pad is made from sawdust, the weight and other specifications will have a discrepancy. Otherwise, if you’re having doubts, you can always cross check the product with other vendors to ensure its legitimacy.

Check back

If you’ve followed all the previous steps and have doubts that your product might be fake, check back with your vendor or directly with the auto parts company. Most legitimate vendors are concerned with customer service and having a positive reputation, so they are sure to help you replace the parts with the genuine product. If that doesn’t work, or your vendor is spurious, try contacting the company: companies have a lot to lose from counterfeiting, and will do all they can to help you in such a situation. Regardless, remember that you, and only you can help fight fake.



Counterfeit Industry has been trying their hands in almost every automobile part and one of their latest targets is Airbags. These airbags look identical to the certified and genuine airbag systems—including bearing the branding of major automakers. Tests have shown consistent malfunctioning ranging from non-deployment of the air bag to the expulsion of metal shrapnel during deployment.

Mohan – The Mechanic is here to share some tips with you on how to protect yourself from counterfeit airbags.

Who is at Risk?

  • Consumers who have had air bags replaced within the past three years at a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership.


  • Consumers who have purchased a used car that may have sustained an air bag deployment before their purchase or have accidental history.
  • Consumers who own a car with a title branded salvage, rebuilt or reconstructed.
  • Consumers who have purchased replacement air bags from any non-certified sources, especially if they were purchased at significantly low prices.

 What you can do to protect yourself from counterfeit airbags?

  • While purchasing pre-owned vehicles you need to check its accidental history. Vouch for clues that may have lead the owner to replace the airbags.
  • Ensure that only OEM certified airbags have been done. Contact the authorized dealer if needed.
  • Regarding the cost of inspection and replacement, if you have suspicion about an airbag that was replaced at a repair shop your insurance company recommended, contact your insurance company.
  • If you have purchased replaced airbags online, you may be covered for the expense by their “Buyer Protection” policy.

Counterfeiters work for money not quality. Beware of such parts as they may lead to fatal accidents.

Anti-Counterfeiting Group is here to educate and help you.

Be smart – Be Genuine Buy Genuine.


Automotive components are frequent target of counterfeiters. So, in case of a vehicle breakdown, one must ensure that it is taken to an authorized service centre. Counterfeiters duplicate the spare parts and make them look exactly like the original version.  These counterfeit parts can take a toll on the safety and longevity of the vehicle. Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has rolled up their sleeves to combat the issue of counterfeit auto-parts by forming an Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG). This group is focused on creating awareness and educating the customers about the disadvantages and risks involved in using fake parts for their vehicles.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt, a member of SIAM, has also been targeting the spurious parts market. Honda, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of Two Wheelers, is recognized globally by its ‘Wings’ logo. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) is the 100% subsidiary of Honda Motor Company Ltd., Japan,in India.

One such initiative by HMSI network is the GENUINE PARTS IDENFICATION.Honda genuine parts comply with stringent quality norms and meet the Honda global quality standards.

Mohan, the mechanic recommends you to use only Original spare parts. He shares how to Identify Honda Genuine parts.

4 steps to Identify Honda Genuine parts :

For easy identification, all Honda genuine parts contain a unique high security hologram with 4 security features:

How to Identify Honda Genuine Parts

  1. Full label with “Security Slits”

Look for the complete label, Two security sites are inside the label to ensure that the label cannot be removed without getting torn from the pack.

  1. Floating Wings logo

The alternate wings appear to float in the foreground

  1.  Image switch, Logo to text
    1. While looking at the hologram when the label is straight, you will see the Honda wing logo unit.
    2. Rotate the label 90 degrees anti-clock wise, you will see the Honda flash in between the logos.
  1. Hidden Text (below scratched hologram)

Scratch the hologram with coin and you will see hidden message “Honda Genuine Parts”

Honda’s safety philosophy emphasizes the development of appropriate technologies for its products, so as to ultimately achieve optimum riding comfort for its customers.

Always use Original spare parts. Counterfeit products are a threat to your health and safety. Refrain from using fake spares.

#BuyGenuine, #BeGenuine!

Be real and stay safe.