PIAA Philippines recently issued a warning to consumers of fake parts passed off as genuine.
According to the company, knock-off versions of their OTO Style Horn have flooded the market. They are priced cheaper than authentic PIAA products but don't have the same level of quality. However, there are ways to spot if what you are about to purchase is fake.
First and foremost, check the packaging. A genuine OTO Style Horn has higher-resolution pictures, as well as more details showing the product. Fake ones, on the other hand, have a stretched and flat image that has no depth.
Next, check the decals on the horn itself. The authentic horn comes with a stylized 'R' on its decal and has a thin and glossy sticker. Meanwhile, a knock-off horn doesn't have a stylized R and has a thicker sticker.
Another way to spot a fake OTO Style Horn is by checking the logos and etches on the horn. For the horn to be a genuine PIAA product, the logo itself has to have wide letters. There should also be no spaces between the last three letters. More importantly, the >ABS< etching must be upside-down, and the body design of the horn itself has to be slim.
PIAA Philippines is now in the process of taking legal action against the sellers of the fake OTO Style Horns. In the meantime, the company is urging the public to buy genuine PIAA products from legitimate sources only.
Fake parts may be cheaper to buy, but these will not be of the same quality as the real products they're imitating.