Car Warranty Scams by Phone: How To Avoid Car Warranty Scams

If you are reading this car warranty scams by phone review, likely you have received a call or 2 from some company trying to sell you a car warranty. If you are like me, you have probably not only received phone calls, but also solicitations by mail. So you may be asking if these solicitations are legit or scams? Keep reading to see what to consider FIRST before buying a car warranty! If you don’t, then you will smack yourself later!

 

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What to Expect in This Car Warranty Review

Although this website is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs to create websites online, today I wanted to cover this topic.

In this car warranty review I will tell you about what to look for before buying any offer by phone or mail. This is very important to know so that you won’t spend your money on so-called products that are fake. This unfortunately is the way how many people get scammed because they don’t research before pulling out their credit cards.

Do You Need A Car Warranty Anyway?

Has your car ever broken down and resulted in crazy costs out of pocket? Yeah you know what I am talking about. We have all been there some time or another, right? Every car no matter the make, model or age will require normal maintenance on it from time to time. I have even noticed on the side of the road brand new cars that have broken down.

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I have a VW Jetta that I absolutely love. In fact, to be truthful I have always had foreign cars just about all of life due their reliability. However, again with any car comes costs. If your alternator dies, it could costs you an upwards of $300. If you your engine is blown, then this could literally run you THOUSANDS of dollars to repair it? What repair did you have to do recently and what did it cost you? Let me know below in the comments.

I know that with some people when it comes to hearing noises that come from a car, that in itself is scaring. Sometimes, it’s not if you will have a car issue, it’s a matter of when.

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These are just a couple of many problems that any owner could potentially face with their cars. And I don’t know about you, but money doesn’t grow on any of the trees in my back yard. This is were car warranties come into to play to your benefit. They can help you save potentially hundreds or thousands of dollars during the coverage term.

So as you can clearly see, there is true value with getting a car warranty to protect your investment.

Some Common Car Warranty Scams By Phone

I bought my VW Jetta a few years ago and the warranty on it was nearing its end. The car dealership that I dealt with gave me coverage up to 100,000 miles or 5 years. Interesting that I am just about 100K soon. I guess it’s all part of the timing of your coverage ending and that companies buy names and numbers to sell you their services. However, you should know that NOT ALL companies promoting car warranties by phone are legit. Many, if not all are scams. Let me explain why I say this and then later detail some simple ways that you can protect yourself.

Today I got an voicemail from 980-525-4982 that said:

“We sent you manufactures warranty in the mail that you have yet to extend your warranty. You pass the cut off and this is a courtesy call to renew your warranty before we close the file. If you are interested in renewing your auto warranty now please press 5 now or press 9 to be removed from our list. Hi my name is Susie calling with the vehicle service department”.

Have you received a message like this? I assume so if you are reading this car warranty scams by phone review. This is just one example of many that has slight variations, but it’s typically messaged like this. You will notice when these scammers leave you these voicemails, they are trying to create a quick sense of urgency. They do this by by saying to press this number or that number “now”.

Be especially careful with this because these scams try to get consumers to make fast or rushed decisions. When you press certain buttons on your phone, you could be giving the scammer permission to keep calling you. Or by pressing buttons or links you could even be giving scammers access to your phone. Don’t do it!

Also you will hear words like like this is a courtesy call to renew your car warranty before “we close the file”. In the minds of many recipients this would give the idea that you have actually done previous business with the company. However, this is not the case, rather are skilled individuals who know how to grab your attention with these car warranty scams by phone.

The absolute BIGGEST mistake that you could ever commit would be to press buttons on your phone or actually call them back. Don’t do it! It’s a SCAM!

How to Protect Yourself From Car Warranty Scams

Something that you should know off back is that when you purchase a car from a dealership, they usually will offer car warranties to you. This is just part of the business to help protect your investment for possible future repairs.

However, you should know that your information can be found online by scammers. There are databases that by paying a fee, a person can get a list of individuals who have car or manufacture warranties expiring. This is primarily how scammers get your info in the first place to then call or mail you their propaganda.

Now the question is..how can I protect myself from car warranty scams by phone? This is question that you need answered to avoid losing your money online dealing with someone that you know. Although you may need a car warranty, there are few things that I always FIRST before pulling out credit card to confirm if something is legit or a scam.

What I am about to show you right now has saved me THOUSANDS of dollars and frustration. It’s quite simple, but often something that people are either unwilling to take a few seconds to do.

First, I perform a search online to find honest product reviews. This is great to especially good to do to see what other people may think or have experienced with the company in the past. How can you do this?

Google Search

Yes, just like you did today to find ways to avoid car warranty scams by phone, you can also do footwork with companies that call you. What do I recommend? First, type the phone number or company name in browser and see what results you get. If in fact it is a legit company, then there should an official web page the appears. You also see tons of other reviews about the company.

Something else that you can do that takes a quick blink of the eye is to enter the name of the car warrant company + complaints. These are longtail keywords that will give you specific results of complaints from previous customers who have used or been scammed by the company in question. If people have been scammed by phone with the car warranty, then you will learn about this and thus avoid wasting your money.

Better Business Bureau

Another thing that you can do is go directly to the BBB website to research the car warranty company or type in google the name of the company + BBB. This will pull up a report that you can read if the company is legit or if people have been scammed by them.

Trustpilot

Trustpilot is another place I frequent often to check companies that I am not familiar with. When you arrive to their official page you will be able to type in the name of the company or url if provided. Once you click Enter button you will then see a rating system used based on past experiences and reviews left by real people. I have used this websites times over it had save me tons of time, frustration and money.

Another thing that you can do if you haven’t done so already is signup for the do not call registry. This will great minimize how many unsolicited sales related called that you receive. Also, if you a company and phone number of one continues to call you, then you can report them. You can block unwanted calls or even use good mobile apps to block robo calls.

In my opinion, there are several steps that you can take before buying a car warranty for your vehicle, but these some quick ones. Once you have done your research, then it’s time to make a decision.

Ask yourself, how old is my car? Do I really need to buy an extended warranty when my current one expires? And if you do decide to buy one, always go with a REPUTABLE established company that offers the service.

Conclusion

As you guys can clearly see with review, you MUST be vigilant when receiving phone calls from supposed companies that try to push car warranties on you. There are many car warranty scams by phone that you may encounter. The idea is to do your research FIRST to see if the company is reputable or not.

There are some really reputable companies that are actually good to deal with for car protection. I have used Zurich on VW Jetta in the past, but prefer CarShield.  CarShield has been around for a long time and has great customer support.

I hope that the information that I shared today in this review helps you to make good solid decisions about your car protection. Comments below.

 

Uhaul Truck Rentals Review: Why We Never Use Uhaul Again! Read this first!

It’s not often that one must move, but when you do then most think of renting a truck or van to do so.. Uhaul has been around from decades and we have used Uhaul truck rentals several times, but my last 2 experiences have made us just go to their competition!!!

What to Expect in This Uhaul Truck Rentals Review? 

Today I will tell you about our experience using their services and what we think about today.

If you are thinking of using Uhaul truck rentals to move, I think you better read this review first! When it comes sharing experiences online I am not one to bash companies nor focus on the negative, but when a company makes a clear mistake and blames you for it, then that’s a problem:(

Today I wanted to share 2 experiences that me and my wife had while using Uhaul truck rentals. I am firm believer that we all have bad days and that we deserve a second chance, but sometimes customers lose trust in companies and decide to go elsewhere.

Our Uhaul Truck Rentals Experiences..

Some time ago, me and my wife rented a Uhaul truck to move some items between 2 states. We booked everything online as usual, but decided to drop off the Uhaul to a different location from the pickup location. If you have ever rented a Uhaul truck before, then you know that this is not uncommon. After the service rep printed out our rental contract and all, we left with our Uhaul truck.

However, something interesting happened after finishing with the truck. We were driving using GPS to the drop off location that was listed on the uhaul.com which for some reason DOES NOT EXIST?? Me and wife are like..how is it that a location is listed on a website that actually doesn’t exist?

What do we do to drop off this truck? We contacted the Uhaul customer service and the rep claims that we have it all wrong and says that they will charge us $$ if it is not dropped off X address (address that doesn’t exist). This would have equated to leaving on the side of the bypass. Why?

Through our research, it turns out that the Uhaul office was closed down and the building was no longer at this given location. However, this was not updated on the uhaul.com website. We decided to drop it off at the next closest location which took us out our way and guess what? You would think that these guys would consider this inconvenience. No, nothing. They were going to charge us for dropping at another Uhaul location. It’s irritating when you when you speak to a “rep” on the phone who tells you that a place exist that doesn’t exist? Empty lot.

Another Bad Experience..

Our second experience occurred in Virginia using Uhaul truck rentals. This time, versus booking online, we decided to CALL Uhaul customer service and speak to a live person. The female representative quoted us a price over the phone that we thought was a deal, but we would have to drive a distance to get it.

We located this Uhaul truck dealer who rang us up and all and noticed that the price printed differed a lot from what was quoted over the phone. The quoted price was $118. The cashier rang the reservation up at $128 vs $118 + other charges which brought it to about $169? We asked the cashier why is it not $118 as promised? He replied that this is way it comes up in the computer and can’t change it?

We contacted Uhaul customer service to complain about this matter. The representative said that the difference was supposedly for taxes and this money can not be refunded? You mean to tell me that for a $118 truck rental it has that much in taxes? It doesn’t make sense at all. If you quote a customer a price by phone and give a confirmation for it, then we should be charged that amount and nothing more. I expect to pay takes on items anywhere I go, but how does this service jump from $118 to $169?

Thinking about these experiences and other reviews found at BBB, Consumer Affairs, and PissedCustomer.com make me appreciate one thing that someone has always told me.

“Going CHEAP is not always the BEST way”.

Do you agree with this statement? I’m sure you do if you have had a similar experience.

Sometimes it’s better to spend more money upfront on quality if it means you will get the service right the first time. Going the cheap route trying to save money and cut corners only finishes with headaches as was our case. Having to move is already stressful enough, but dealing with bad customer service is a headache.

It actually cost us more money to book using Uhaul truck rentals than if we would have gone with their competitor Penske that actually was closer to us. Sometimes you want to be loyal to a brand that you know, but that’s not always the best decision.

Conclusion

After all is said and done, we finished our move and are all settled in our new place. But what I must say is that when a company has customer service that doesn’t respect its customers and doesn’t reveal or disclose information that may help a consumer to make better informed decisions, then it is not good.

Uhaul truck rentals was our preferred go to truck rental product in the PAST, but now we will look to other truck rental companies going forward. Uhaul, you have lost a good customer:(

After this reading this Uhaul review, what have been your experiences using Uhaul truck rentals? Have they been favorable or do you have an experience to share with us? Your thoughts below…

Once Driven Review – A Scam or Legit? Read this first!

If you are reading this Once Driven review, likely you have received a call or 2 or 3 from these guys trying to sell you their unsolicited car selling services. Keep reading to see what I discovered about this Once Driven Scam!

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What to Expect in This Once Driven Review:

In this Once Driven review I will tell you about my personal experience with Once Driven, what I really think about them and some things you can do to stop their car selling calls.

Recently, I placed a classified ad on Craigslist to sell one of my cars. This is not the first time that I have sold a car on the site, however the first time it has resulted with multiple calls from this company Once Driven.

The caller Aaron has phoned several times at different hours leaving the same sells-driven message about how his company Once Driven can sell my car fast with a list of buyers that they have ready to purchase my car. The first 2 calls from Aaron came from 18889416515. The following phone calls were BLOCKED with a voicemail left stating that I could call him back at 15409044838.

In one of his messages Aaron states that it won’t cost that much to get my car sold. However, in another message he says that there is a small charge of $200 which will be worth my while and get me guaranteed results! The first thing that I asked myself is..how can you deliver anyone guaranteed results on a car that you haven’t seen or driven before? Not logical.

Has this been your experience with these guys? I am guessing so if you reading my Once Driven review. Let me know in the comments section below what you think. If this has been your case, then I am quite sure that you did not solicit their car selling services.

What to do?

Whenever I place an ad on CL I always select the box at the end to specify that I do not want any sells-related calls. This usually works to avoid these types of unsolicited sells calls.

I am not sure if you are already registered on the Do Not Call List. If so, one thing that you can do is file a complaint & report Once Driven for not respecting your privacy here. Telemarketing companies have to respect this or else they face a hefty fine!

Another thing that you can do to stop unsolicited calls from Once Driven or other telemarketers is to block them on your smart phone. If you have an iPhone, when you look at your call log and then click on “Block this Caller” and it will block them.

Should you use Once Driven or Not to Sell Your Car? 

Being that we live in an era of BEWARE, I decided to do some research online to find out more about Once Driven at www.oncedriven.com. Also, I stopped by the BBB site to see what they thought about the company and to my surprise I saw this report here. (This link will open in another tab to view).

The purpose of my Once Driven review is not to tell you what to decide. If I have sold my previous cars on CL without any problem in the past, why do I need to pay someone to do it for me now?

Supposedly they have a list of buyers ready to buy per messages left, but my reasoning then is why pay nearly $200 fee ($189 per site) to list my car when I can do that myself? There is no guarantee that your car will be sold. They guarantee that they will continue to market it until it is sold beyond the 45 days. Any advertiser who places an ad on CL can repost for free. There is no charge to do this so I don’t see why I would need their car selling services, nor why they feel they have the right to call you several times soliciting unwanted business.

Once Driven Review Conclusion…

Once Driven is a 100% SCAM! There are tons of negative comments online about these scammers on sites like Yelp, and Rip Off Report just to name a couple.

You DON’T need this company to sell your vehicle online. You can do it all by yourself just like I did! I hope you much success!

After reading this Once Driven Review, what do you personally think? What has been your personal experience with these guys? Your comments below please…