Even if you are using an expensive product, it cannot be completely ruled out that it is not a fake. Naturally, not a single driver wants to risk the condition of his engine, especially if he spends a lot of money on the purchase of engine oil, and receives a fake instead of the original. Therefore, you should learn to distinguish between good quality oil and low-grade fake.
All manufacturing companies indicate certain data on the packaging:
- when the product was spilled (date);
Thus, before buying a product, a person can check it. To some extent, verification is not a difficult process. You need to go to the company's website and enter the batch number indicated on the container in the appropriate section. An automatic oil drain check is in progress. Provided that there was such a batch, the system also issues the date of its release.
A trick used by counterfeiters and sellers
Both the first and the second intentionally spoil the sticker on the container with oil. The counterfeit product has a fake batch and date when it was bottled. Naturally, when checking on the site, a person will understand that the product is not original. If the sticker is damaged, it will not be possible to check it on the official resource, which means that he will not be able to file complaints with the seller. Externally, damage to the label looks like a scratch accidentally made during transportation. Nobody can prove that it was done intentionally.
If you see that at least one of the elements on the label, for example, a number or a QR code, is damaged, then there is a high probability that they are trying to sell you a fake under the guise of the original. Better to abandon the purchase and visit another store.
As statistics show, in our country about twenty percent of motor oils are counterfeit and can be sold to you at almost any retail outlet. Therefore, try to test the product and then buy. It will take about five minutes of time, but this way you can keep the engine of your vehicle in proper condition and avoid costly repairs.
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