The counterfeit industry has evolved so much that it is hard to spot one. Be it technology, accessories or apparels, almost everything has a hard to detect counterpart. The automotive industry is no different.
Here are a few tips on how to detect an automotive spare part.
The automotive manufacturers have devised new ways to ensure that customers are able to detect counterfeit parts.
1. Serial Number and Hologram
All genuine spare parts from the OEM/OES is attached to a particular serial number. This can be used to track down the part to its origin and thus its genuinity can be verified. Besides, you can find a specific hologram of the manufacturer on the car spare parts in UAE that cannot be duplicated.
2. QR Code
Majority of the spare parts comes with a QR code that can be scanned using a smartphone to make sure that the part is genuine. Each spare part has an individual QR code which can come in handy to keep tracking the product.
3. RFID Tags
The valuable parts from OEM/OES comes with an RFID which can be tracked down to the manufacturer. RFID tags can be of great help. The maker can check whether the customers received the original parts or not.
What to do if you locate a counterfeit/fake spare part?
It is an obligation on your part to communicate to the OEM as quickly as possible about the fake parts. Major companies have an Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Team.
They seize such counterfeit products and ensure that such parts does not enter the market.
Also, if someone attempts to sell you counterfeit parts saying that they are almost the same and you will save costs, please ignore them. Because the small amount that you save now can result in something really hazardous.