Excerpts from counterfeitmini.org:
• "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."
• "Many fakes look good at first glance. But look closer. Be certain the bonnet stripes are not fashioned from ordinary duct tape."
• "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."