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Buyer beware: Cos at auto fair give lesson on fakes
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Automotive Industry News >> Buyer beware: Cos at auto fair give lesson on fakes

Buyer beware: Cos at auto fair give lesson on fakes
Source From : The Times of India
Publish Date : 11-Jan-2010
Car manufacturers say if you want to learn how to increase the life of your vehicle, visit Asli Naqli pavilion at the ongoing auto expo. There, the companies have come together to tell visitors the difference between genuine and spurious spare parts and how to identify fakes.

As the name of the pavilion suggests, these manufacturers are displaying their own genuine products alongside low-quality duplicates to make visitors aware of the problems of fakes so that peolpe will be more alert the next time they take their car to a mechanic.

According to the manufacturers, busting the network of spurious auto parts makers by creating awareness is their aim. "The spurious automobile parts market is flourishing in Delhi, mainly in Kashmere Gate and Karol Bagh areas," said Narendra Sehrawat, a representative from Bosch Limited.

"We show people visiting Asli Naqli stall the differences in packaging colours, the product numbering and the hologram." The manufacturers also tell visitors to look at the date of packaging on the box, which should be the same on the lid and on the side or the bottom of the box.

According to a study conducted in 2007 by Automotive Components Association of India, spurious parts market runs into Rs 5,300 crore in the country while the total size of the vehicle parts market is Rs 16,500 crore.

Sehrawat added spurious parts are available in the same packaging as the genuine ones, but come at a much cheaper price one of the reasons for their huge sale. ''We tie up with the police to conduct raids at various places. Last year, we carried out 1000 raids in Delhi, Meerut, Ghaziabad in which several people were arrested. But the trade of spurious parts remained unaffected,'' Narendra added.

According to the manufacturers, the car users should be especially careful while getting new filters, clutch plates, gears, piston rings and spark plugs. ''The price difference between spurious and genuine parts is up to 70%,'' said S K Gupta, a manufacturer from Jaipur. ''For instance, a genuine spark plug may cost Rs 50. But a fake one sells for just Rs 10-12.''

"People do not mind using spurious parts as they are cheaper. Even the retailer makes a lot of profit because of high margin," said Rakesh Kumar of Goetze, a company that makes piston rings. "But that reduces the life of the vehicle. Even the average mileage given by the car is affected. The car starts making noises, emissions increase and the maintenance becomes expensive."

Added his colleague Pawan Kumar. "The problem is particularly bad outside Delhi as people are not aware of how much damage spurious parts can cause to vehicles."

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Buyer beware: Cos at auto fair give lesson on fakes
Buyer beware: Cos at auto fair give lesson on fakes