Many people have been duped into buying inferior quality copy power equipment in the last few months. Police, the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs and the Office of Fair Trading are urging consumers to beware of people selling electrical goods, generators, small engines, pressure cleaners and the like from the back of vans.
In recent months, a band of about 50 travelling Irish traders have been selling their wares in this manner and trying to pass off their inferior quality products as the genuine article. Moving from town to town, the scammers offer equipment at discounted prices compared to the genuine product, and do not provide a warranty or any contact details, and promptly leave the area for their next location before they are traced.
Popular items being peddled by the scammers are copies of Honda generators and pressure cleaners, prompting the Honda MPE to issue their own warning to consumers.
According to Honda MPE, discounted power equipment is being sold by Irishmen, Scotsmen, Englishmen or even Australians. In the case of the Honda products being offered, the sellers have gone to considerable lengths sourcing Honda decals and affixing them to the non genuine products to assist in passing them off as the real thing.
Honda MPE say that these shady salespeople are telling consumers that if they remove the fuel tanks, they will see a Honda logo on the crankcase to prove that they are genuine Honda products. The consumers may realise that the products are fake once the scammers have left.
Honda MPE reinforce that beyond the attractive facade, consumers are getting nothing more than inferior quality Chinese copy products with no receipt or warranty.
According to Honda, a sure way of identifying a genuine Honda product is through the serial number which is stamped on the crankcase on the side of the engine. An example of a Honda serial number for the popular GX160 engine for instance is GCAFT-1000001, which will be visible on the crankcase.
Other genuine Honda engine types will show a similar serial number formation in the same location. Copy engines normally have a simple five digit serial number.
Consumers can purchase a genuine Honda product from one of the 400 plus specialist Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide and if purchased elsewhere, they are likely to be fakes.