Counterfeits, Duplicates, Mock-ups, Lookalikes are some words that are used to describe the unauthorized spare auto parts that we will be discussing below. The fakes of the original spare auto parts have a market of their own. It is called the secondary or the aftermarket. As mentioned above about an Indian states net worth of fake spare auto parts industry, we can only imagine how big it is and its impact on the market of genuines and originals.
“The fakes, OME’s and the genuines, they cannot be easily separated until someone really recognizes the real ones.”
The duplicate spare parts in Nepal and all over the globe look so promising and real that normal buyers can be easily tricked through simple manipulation about the fakes being genuine spare parts. The look of it is sold to the buyer. Its quality, durability, reliability and performing abilities are not even in measurable level with the original ones. Once the buyers here in Nepal are manipulated by their “known sellers”, they eventually regret their decision to purchase such cheap spare parts here as it shows how defective and harmful it is in the long run. These counterfeit spare parts directly affect the engine failure, break failure, electric hazards, weak protective screens and more. To be more aware about what is genuine and what is fake, NepaliWheels has curated a list of critical points that helps one recognize the originality of a spare part in Nepal.
a. Uncommon Packaging
- If there are any misspellings and unsettling phrases in the packaging then these sort of spare parts are duplicates. As the duplicates are made to replicate the originals they are made in a way that is an exact lookalike of the genuine packaging but they definitely lag in the simplest things such as spellings, color accuracy, design placements, company logo and ID placements, phrasing mistakes and more. This will simply determine and differentiate the fake spare part from the original.
b. Serial/Batch Number
- All genuine and OEM spare parts in Nepal and globally come with a specified serial or batch number. This serial number will help the buyer trace back the originality and genuinity of a product. A counterfeit will not have a real serial or batch number that is used as an ID for the spare part that is to be sold. This is an important determining factor for a genuine spare part.
- These are illuminating stickers on the packaging of the spare part that showcases a camouflage image of the company’s logo and branding. This along with the serial or batch number is important to determine that these spare parts have come from a genuine manufacturer either the original company or the OEM manufacturer.
d. QR Code
- QR Codes are scannable codes that trace the genuinity of the spare parts. When the spare auto parts are actually genuine, each of these spare parts actually have their own unique QR code that can be scanned for details about the product and its manufacturer. If the spare part is fake, the QR code cannot be scanned by a smartphone.
e. RFID Tags
- RFID or Radio Frequency Identification are the electronic tags that are printed onto the packaging of the spare parts or the spare parts themselves. These RFID tags are majorly seen on the more expensive and higher value OEM spare parts which is generally tracked by the manufacturer of the spare parts. These RFIDs help the customers get the genuine spare parts, as it is a sign of verification from the manufacturer that this product is real and reliable.
f. Asymmetrical auto part components
- One very obvious way to recognize the fakes is the spare parts themselves. Counterfeit and duplicates are manufactured in mass and in a hurry without any prior attention to the quality of the spare parts and the materials used. As they are literal copies of the original company made and OEM spare parts, the build of the look-alikes are completely different and not durable at all in comparison to the originals.
g. “Made in ....” Labels
- This may look minor but the “Made in ...” tag plays a huge role in customers' belief and their understanding of genuine and fake. If these tags are written as “Made in India”, “Made in Japan” or “Made in USA”, customers are likely to believe that the spare parts would be genuine. But counterfeiting these “made in ...” tags are very easy to print. If a duplicate spare part is labeled as “Made in india”, consumers here in Nepal would happily purchase the spare part. Misinformation is the key to customer confusion.
h. Wide price difference
- The other most obvious way to recognize a fake spare part would be the unbelievable price gaps between the genuine spare part market price and the duplicates. If the discount rates on important spare parts are aggressively high then it is a matter of concern as the genuine spare part’s market price is not saying so. Counterfeits are a BIG NO!! No matter what to elongate the health of one's two-wheeler it is essential to take good and accurate care of it. Feeding in unreliable spare parts and auto parts into the vehicle's system would affect its long-term performance and would be a burden to the owner themselves. Thus, it would be wise to research a bit more and invest a little more into genuine and OEM spare parts in Nepal.