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If you think all the road accidents is a result or drunk driving or over-speeding then think again. You may be unaware of the vicious market of fake auto parts growing alongside the automotive sector.

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 focussed on creating awareness and educating the customers about the disadvantages and risks involved in using fake parts for their vehicles.

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Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) is an apex industry body representing 46 leading vehicle and vehicle engine manufacturers in India. SIAM provides a window to the Indian Automobile industry to enhance exchanges and expand economic trade through communication and technical cooperation between the Automotive Industry and its National and International counterparts.
The society works closely with all the concerned stake holders and actively participates in formulation of rules, regulations and policies related to the Automobile Industry. Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers has been actively involved in issues like Harmonisation of Safety, Vehicle Safety Regulations, Emission Standards etc.
Find out more about SIAM at http://www.siamindia.com

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Counterfeiting: A Synonym for Copy/duplicate/Fake etc.

Counterfeiting is to create a product that is visually similar and/or packaged to resemble a genuine product. These are the replicas of genuine or original commodity. Substantially cheaper in price and lower in quality, these products are marketed mostly to trick the consumers by selling a fake with the look of a genuine product.

WHY GENUINE PARTS

Counterfeiting: A Synonym for Copy/duplicate/Fake etc.

Counterfeiting is to create a product that is visually similar and/or packaged to resemble a genuine product. These are the replicas of genuine or original commodity. Substantially cheaper in price and lower in quality, these products are marketed mostly to trick the consumers by selling a fake with the look of a genuine product.

A bargain or a costly mistake?

A happy face, when the shopkeeper may offer a lower price or a quick service, may usually turn into a sad one, when you are travelling with your loved ones & your vehicle breaks down in the middle of nowhere due to part failure. Using counterfeit auto parts may save you some money in the short run, as a bargain deal, but in the long run it shall result in costly repairs.

Beware!! It may even cost you your life!

This illicit trade practice victimizes most of us.

Government:

  • The negative impact on innovation & innovation driven industries.
  • Revenue loss to the Government as Taxes: As almost all the counterfeit parts are either smuggled into countries or are manufactured & distributed with forged or invalid documents.
  • Puts a severe strain on law enforcement agencies which may need to be diverted from other priorities to do this job.

Sellers

  • Using a counterfeit part can risk the safety of customers.
  • Using counterfeit parts can lead to lawsuits from customers who have suffered, the government agencies and the original part manufacturer against the fake part manufacturer/supplier/seller.
  • Customer loss due to loss of trust & subsequent negative word of mouth.
  • Constant fear of getting caught & subsequent legal consequences.

Manufacturers

  • Brand value degradation and firm reputation.
  • Dissatisfied customer – who may have unknowingly bought a counterfeit product.
  • Legal suits.
  • Loss of possible revenue.
  • Opportunity cost.
  • Reduced research and development due to non-achievement of planned revenues.

Owners

  • Health and safety risks to those who use counterfeit products.
  • Since non-genuine parts do not meet the same standards as genuine parts, they have a negative impact on the mated parts. They degrade the life of your vehicle and vehicle performance and hence endanger its (resale) value.
  • The cost of lower life expectancy of the vehicle.
  • If you don't use genuine spare parts you may lose your warranty.

Environment

  • Fake parts used in engines & relative systems may lead to excessive fuel consumption. An additional 109 million litres of petrol and eight million litres of diesel is the estimated loss, amounting to Rs 6 billion per annum.
  • Fake parts used in power trains & drive line may lead to excess wear and tear and drop in fuel efficiency due to frictional losses.
  • Emissions may shoot up for vehicles using such parts by about 10 to 15 percent.

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COUNTERFEITED AIRBAG PREVENTION

Counterfeit Industry has been trying their hands in almost every automobile part and one of their latest targets is Airbags.

SPOTTING THE FAKE

It's always been difficult to identify the fake auto-parts. Fake parts are sold in exactly same packaging, price and brand as genuine parts.

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.

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For the launch of our new initiative, we felt it was important to personify the values of customer empowerment and forging a sense of responsibility with new mascot – someone who embodies all these values while also representing the spirit of the common man.

Mohan –The Mechanic

Mohan, the brand mascot of ACG -Anti- Counterfeiting Group , he is the face of Indian mechanics you meet and deal with at authorized service centers. He is an efficient and a wise advisor. His rich experience with automobiles has helped him acquire excellent diagnostic skills. His work reflects high standards of honesty and integrity.

Once you go to Mohan, you will ask for him the next time too. His customers have always found him reliable.

Mohan is fond of automobiles. His love for automobiles has inspired him to raise concern against fake auto-parts that are ruining the vehicles. He is determined to eradicate ill-effects of counterfeiting and fake parts.

Read what Mohan has to say on his blog

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