Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd supports #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

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.


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EVERY PART IS VITAL – Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. against Counterfeiting

The companies that are responsible for manufacturing hundreds of vehicles every day play a significant role in their product’s functioning too. Every manufacturer promises lifelong premium quality service at an affordable cost provided customers opt only for authorized service centers for servicing their vehicle and choose only authorized retail outlets for buying genuine parts. The companies guarantee proper functioning of the vehicle if only genuine parts are used in consultation with the authorized dealers.

How to identify an MGP

How to identify an MGP

Mohan the Mechanic warns the customers to be very careful about the unauthorized and unregistered dealers in the market who sell imitations of the original spare parts. These FAKE parts look exactly like the original parts and are often available at a lower price. For a naïve/unaware customer the deal seems plausible but using such parts is a threat to your and your vehicle’s life.

What started out in 1982 in the quiet suburbs of Delhi now alone makes 1.5 million family cars every year! For over three decades now, Maruti Suzuki India Limited manufacturers cars that are sold in huge numbers not only in India but globally as well.

In order to ensure that only genuine products reach their customers, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.(MSIL) an esteemed member of SIAM(Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) had started an initiative known as MARUTI GENUINE PARTS (MGP).  Maruti Genuine Parts ensures consistent performance of your car by delivering genuine parts only that assure longer life of your vehicle.

Want to know how?

Maruti Genuine Parts are designed and engineered to the specifications of every unique model hence gives the optimum performance to your vehicle. Maruti maintains its high quality check by ensuring that these parts go through a rigorous tests depending on the type & functioning of the parts.

Below are a few security features you should check to ensure that you are buying Maruti Genuine Parts (MGP) only:

  • Look for the holographic strip

    How to identify an MGP

    How to identify an MGP

  • Scratch the strip to find MARUTI GENUINE PARTS written in bold letters
  • Scratch the marked areas with COIN to spot Maruti Genuine Parts logo.
  • Only buy from authorized outlets/service centers, details of the same can be checked on MSIL’s website.

With Maruti Genuine Parts you not only experience superior vehicle performance but also safe and trouble free driving.  Maruti has more than 1140+ dealer workshops across the country. Also, to ensure availability of genuine parts to the customers, Maruti has introduced a hub & spoke distribution system through which Maruti Genuine Parts (MGP) are made available at various MGP distributors & MGP exclusive Retail Outlets.

Use only MARUTI GENUINE PARTs because “Every part is VITAL”.


#BuyGenuine, #BeGenuine!

Be real and stay safe.


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With the growth of Original Equipment Manufacturers there is a tremendous increase in the market of spurious parts also.It is often said, “All that glitters is not gold”, and similarly all the spare parts that look original may not be genuine. This happens when you service your bike from an unauthorized dealer. The problem of Counterfeiting of spare parts is being faced by the OEM’s across the world.

To tackle with these issues Hero Motocorp, an esteemed member of SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) has started an initiative known as GENUINE HERO TWO WHEELER PARTS. Hero MotoCorp Ltd. is the world’s largest manufacturer of two – wheelers. In 2001, the company achieved the coveted position of being the largest two-wheeler manufacturing company in India and also, the ‘World No.1’ two-wheeler company in terms of unit volume sales in a calendar year. Hero MotoCorp Ltd. continues to maintain this position till date.

Here are a few ways by which you can Identify Genuine Hero parts:

  1. Check the following features on the MRP Label :
  • Exclusive green colored background
  • GENUINE word -Printed once & twice on small & medium size of labels respectively (On rubbing it disappears and re-appears on leaving, in 15 seconds)
  • Color-shift Ink Band, Overlapping GENUINE word (On tilting, Cream color tone changes to Blue color)
  • Invisible-Ink-Printed Hero Genuine Parts Logo (Glows under the Ultra Violet (UV) Light

    MRP label showing Features

    MRP label showing Features

  • Serrated Edges (Showing die-cut peaks and valleys on the top edge )
  • Guilloche Text Pattern (‘H’ icon of our logo printed in Hi-tech computerized line pattern)
  • Unique Serial Number Printed in Invisible Ink (Visible under Ultra Violet (UV) Light)
  • Unique Serial Number Printed in Invisible Ink (Visible under Ultra Violet (UV) Light)
  • Guilloche Pattern (Scan-resistant unique pattern
    of random-lines printed horizontally, alongside serrated edges, as back-ground to the Hero MotoCorp Ltd. name & address)
  1. Look for these features on the Holographic Label :
  • 2D Background & 2D Text (Uniqueness in design (2D printing of
    ‘GENUINE PARTS’ and ‘H’ icon of our logo )
  • Expanding & Shrinking Effect (‘Hero’ word mark of our logo and
    ‘GENUINE’ word – where one expands and other shrinks on tilting )
  • Kinetic Effect ( Rainbow )
  • True-color 3D Embossed Logo (Floating Image of ‘H’ icon of our
    logo in true color)
  • 90-Degree-View Effect (‘GENUINE’ word shows up at
    90-degree angle on tilting with animated ‘H’ icon of our logo )
  • Scratch the holographic strip to see the 2-colour Hero Genuine Parts Logo (Printed once & twice on small &medium size of labels respectively )
  • Letter Lens Effect (Mirror like images showing ‘H’ icon of our logo )
  • Nano Text ( ‘Asli Purze’ written in Hindi, in smaller fonts,
    visible with 20X magnifying glass)
  • Switch/Flip Flop Effect (Overlapped images of ‘Hero’ word mark of our logo and ‘GENUINE PARTS’ visible one after another on tilting)
  1. Watch out for the following in the 3-Colour Laminated Pouch (Regular) / (Centre Seal) and 3- Colour Duplex box packaging :
  • Continuous border with Hero logo
  • Hero logo printed in the background as watermark effect

    3 Color duplex box

    3 Color duplex box

  • MRP Label with Holographic strip having security features pasted on the back-side of regular pouch and front-side of centre-seal pouch/ duplex box

Hero’s extensive service networks and sales span over 6000 customer reach points through authorized dealerships, service and spare parts outlets.Life is priceless;regardless of the fact that you ride a two-wheeler or a four-wheeler.  The use of genuine spare parts ensures safety. Don’t fall for fraudulent parts. Buy #original products and protect yourself, the pillion rider and the people on road.

#BuyGenuine, #BeGenuine!

Be real and stay safe.



In case of any doubt, feel free to know the Real Deal.

DialCustomer Care Toll Free Number (Hero MotoCorp)
1800 266 0018


How to Identify TGP

Features to Identify TGP

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.

This growing market not only targets the consumer but the manufacturers as well. To tackle with this menace of the escalating counterfeit market, many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) are taking up initiatives. One such initiative has been taken up by India’s largest automobile company , Tata Motors by the name of Tata Genuine Parts.


Tata Genuine Parts is an arm of Tata Motors, an esteemed member of SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) dedicated to provide original spare parts to all the consumers that will help the Tata Motor Vehicles to live a longer and better life. TATA GENUINE PARTS is a full-range commercial vehicles parts brand that offers long life and reliable performance to single truck owners and fleet owners of TATA vehicles as its parts are made of superior quality material and conform to OE specifications. Every Tata Genuine Parts product is built to provide longer uptime and service life than any non-genuine spare part. Not only is every part designed as per exact vehicle specifications, but it also has to pass multiple quality control checks.

Features to Identify TATA Genuine Parts:

  1. Laser Marking

“Look for Laser Marking” engraved on all transmission and differential parts using high end Laser machines.

  1. TATA Dhaal

A multicolored hologram featuring the Tata Guru Mascot with Tata Motors logo in the background on each packing carton /pouch

  1. MRP Sticker with the following features:
  • Unique 2-D bar code
  • Distributor code
  • Tata Motors helpline number and E-mail ID
  1. Under UV light, Tata Motors logo will be seen on the MRP Sticker and on TATA Dhaal hologram

Tata Genuine parts has one of the largest networks in India, with the 40,000+ retail outlets backed by five warehouses and over 230 original equipments distribution points.

Be it a car or a motorcycle, I request you to always use #Original spare parts, for your safety is in your own hands.

#BuyGenuine, #BeGenuine!

Be real and stay safe.



Bajaj,  a member of SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) and the world’s largest three-wheeler manufacturer,world’s third-largest manufacturer of motorcycles and the second-largest in India respectively,has been facing the

Parts worth 25 lacs seized

Parts worth 25 lacs seized

problem of the auto parts being counterfeited. In order to curb the problem Bajaj took some vigilant measures.

Various measures to fight this issue in different areas by Bajaj Auto Limited:

  • They had started this initiative with police extensive raids in Mumbai & Pune which took place during the month October-November 2010.
  • This was followed by a blitz Krieg of Police Raids on counterfeiters in all major Indian cities such as Delhi, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Kolkata, Patna, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Indore, Raipur, Mumbai, Baroda automobile markets in last three years.
  • Every year around 10/12 raids are conducted on packers, printers, wholesalers & Retailers dealing in counterfeit spare parts of Bajaj Auto.
  • Bajaj Auto Ltd. is committed to conduct such raids in all major cities to protect Bajaj brand & the customer

So far, duplicate parts worth 10 crores & duplicate packing material suitable to pack parts worth 20 crores has been seized. To avoid its customers being fooled by counterfeiters, Bajaj encourages customers to keep the following points in mind while buying any product.

  • Buy Bajaj Genuine Parts from our Authorized Dealers
  • Check for Genuineness by Ensuring that the Package has MRP Sticker/ Label
  • Check for Original Hologram & Other Features as advised by Bajaj on their website.

Details of “How to identify a genuine Bajaj part” are also available on Bajaj Auto Ltd’s website.

Follow the link:

Raid on a Packer-wholesaler in Delhi

Raid on a Packer-wholesaler in Delhi

Counterfeited parts do not guarantee safety. We insist customers not to buy any counterfeited parts.

Fake parts that look just like genuine may be available at a cheaper price but it brings a lot of threat to your safety.

#BuyGenuine, #BeGenuine!

Be real and stay safe.






CNG vehicles are plying on roads since 2000, but some vehicles having CNG are facing technical problems.

Is the problem due to the negligence of factory fitted kits?
The answer is NO. 

The main cause of the problem is CNG kits purchased from unauthorized dealers. More than 1 lakh vehicles have suffered fire cases due to CNG from fake CNG kits and/or fitments.

Mohan – The Mechanic is here to tell you the consequences of using fake CNG kit fitted in your vehicle and suggest you tips to overcome these problems.

 Tip 1: Start your car only on petrol

Start your car on petrol and let it be idle for a while. Don’t switch to CNG even if your kit allows you to for at least one kilometer. This helps to lubricate the engine, and reduce wear and tear. If your car is equipped with a fake kit there are high chances of your car catching fire when you start the engine.

Tip 2: Service regularly

Perishable parts such as air filters take a beating on CNG, so get your vehicle serviced more frequently. If your service is due at 15,000 km, it’s better to get the service done when your vehicle reaches the 12,000km. This will spare you from the threat of a vehicle breakdown, due to simple issues like lack of engine oil or coolant.

Tip 3: Get CNG tuning done by a specialist

Always get the CNG kit tuned by a specialist. If your car has a factory fitted CNG kit, go to the authorized service center. At the hands of unqualified mechanics, your CNG cars can face have problems like increased engine vibration or irregular acceleration. There are also high chances of the mechanics replacing original kits with the fake one.

Tip 4: Replace spark plugs

Spark plugs meant for petrol vehicles wear out fast when driving on CNG. There are two ways you can combat this issue: either use special spark plugs meant for CNG cars or you could request your mechanic to reduce the gap between the metallic tip of your plug and the actual source of spark. Never go for fake spark plugs.

Tip 5: Never drive till tank is empty

The CNG cylinder’s pressure falls as it empties, and can cause the valve to explode. Also, replace the valves regularly and use only the original ones.

Cars are designed to run on petrol, so extra caution and care has to be taken on adding the CNG kit to keep your car healthy. These are the things that you should keep in mind while driving a CNG car.

Avoid buying a fake CNG kit; there are high chances of your car catching fire if any sort of leakage takes place.

Always prefer OEM (Car Manufacturer) fitted CNG Kits.

Stay Safe. Be Genuine Buy Genuine.

Counterfeited Airbag Prevention

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.

SIAM Fighting FAKE at the 12th Auto Expo 2014


The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) rolled up their sleeves to combat the issue of Counterfeiting of Auto-Parts by forming an Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG). The group was determined to educate and create awareness amongst public at large by spreading the word at the 12th Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2014.


In this SIAM initiative an online interactive activity called ‘Say it with a slogan’ was launched to connect with the young and tech savvy visitors. SIAM engaged visitors via three ‘SIAM Fighting Fake’ stalls which were placed at prime locations aroImageund the venue. Every stall had an interactive digital kiosk with Social Media integration to engage visitors in the campaign. Visitors were asked to share their slogan supporting use of only genuine parts and best of the slogans were rewarded on the spot. 

A painting competition based on Real v/s Fake theme was also conducted at various schools in Delhi and Mumbai for kids of class 5th to 9th. The best of the paintings were rewarded and displayed at each of the three stalls.

Further to the above engagement activities three Pledge Walls were placed at the venue, two of which were Visitor Pledge Walls placed next to the stalls and a SIAM Pledge Wall placed near the VIP Lounge. The Visitor Pledge Wall motivated visitors to sign and promise to only use genuine spare parts for their vehicle. Industry Leaders, CEOs and Senior Officials such as Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, (President SIAM), Mr. Rajesh Bagga (Chairman SIAM ACG) and Mr. R S Kalsi (Co-Chairman SIAM ACG), Mr. Takashi Kikuchi (President ISUZU) and many more participated in the initiative by signing on the SIAM Pledge Wall.

Spreading the message in an entertaining and fun way always proves to be impactful, so was the Groovy, high-octane, professionally choreographed, crowd pulling dance performances based on Anti-Counterfeiting theme, staged on 8th and 9th February 2014. In support to our message of only opting for genuine parts, the performers displayed placards relaying the campaign message throughout the performance. An emcee acted as the voice of the activity, communicating the essence of the ACG campaign. Various freebies were also distributed, in all SIAM ACG activities, to the participants.

We urge you to join hands with SIAM and support this cause. Help us save the country’s economy from such fraudulent practices.

Let’s stop using Fake and promise to BE GENUINE-BUY GENUINE!!

I was ecstatic on my visit to the SIAM Fighting Fake stall!! How about you?

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. So, you might end up buying a fake part. But, Mohan – The Mechanic is here to share some easy tips with you and help you choose genuine parts.

Most common fake auto-parts that have splurged market are;

  • BrakesOriginal v/s Fake
  • Steering arms
  • Windshields
  • Wipers
  • Bumpers
  • Oil filters
  • Air filters
  • Fuel filters
  • Bearings
  • Oil pumps
  • Spark plugs
  • Lubricants
  • Alternators spares
  • Head lamps& Tail lamps

Some parts are very crucial from the safety perspective for example Brakes, Windshield and Steering arms. Using fakes here can be a huge threat to your life.

Identifying fake auto-parts is difficult but not impossible!

Technology is improving every day. Counterfeiters have been misusing this improvement to deceive consumers. They use improved technology to make fakes parts look exactly like a genuine part.

In such a situation, a visual inspection of the part may not be enough to distinguish genuine parts from the fake. You can use following tips to save yourself from picking fakes unknowingly.

Tip 1 – Look for unique features of the genuine parts

You can look for some unique features that most of the brands develop for the parts they manufacture. You should visit the manufacturer’s website to identify such features.

Tip 2 – Visit Brand’s website

Visit manufacturer’s website to identify the difference between original and fake parts.

Tip 3 –  Call on manufacturer’s customer care numbers or email them

If you face any issues regarding the identification of fake and genuine parts, you can seek advice from manufacturer’s customer care team.

Tip 4 –  Guarantee and Warranty

Parts lacking guarantees or warrantees could be fakes. Ask for a warranty card when you buy a spare part for your vehicle.

Tip 5 – Buy parts from authorized dealers and retailers only

When getting your vehicle serviced or repaired you should insist for parts from authorized dealers and retailers only.

Tip 6 – Always visit authorised service centres.

The best way to avoid fake parts is to always visit an authorized service centre for service or repair of your vehicle.


Beware & ask for genuine, always.