I just saw an ad for this web site called CounterfeitMini.org and checked it out. Is this site a joke? The examples they use are hilarious. For example, check out these photo captions:
Experts can uncover a MINI imposter by tracking its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). But the most effective way to spot a fake is by simply checking to see if the vehicle is ugly.
Here’s another one:
The exhaust tips on a genuine MINI Cooper S should resemble beer cans. If the exhaust tips really are beer cans, contact the CCC immediately. You’ve found a fake.
This one is best. Good advice!
Quite often, the roof of a genuine MINI is customized with a flag decal. Counterfeiters know this and try to confuse buyers. If you find an actual flag on the roof, you’ve got an actual fake.
Wow, that was a close call. I was about to buy a car that did in fact have a flag on the roof. Thank goodness for this site. I’m guessing it’s an undercover Mini web site??