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Dec 6, 2023 - 4:02:35 PM
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5005 posts since 2/20/2016

My ancient van gave up the ghost in October, and I purchased a low-mileage four year old used vehicle from a reputable dealer later that month. The purchase included an extended drive train warranty.

In the last 3 days, I've received 4 postcards in the mail warning me my warranty was about to expire [it isn't], and urging me to call immediately for an extended warranty. Each card had a pre-paid stamp from a different state.

So I googled one of the phone numbers, and yep, not only are these warranties scams, but I was also warned that if I called one of these numbers, I was in danger of being a victim of identity theft.

I was just going to throw these cards out, but when I got the fourth one in the mail today, I decided to fish the earlier ones out of the recycling bin, keep any others that are yet to come, and send them off to the Federal Trade Commision. Although my place is cluttered with paperwork and I need more paperwork like I need a hole in the head, this sort of stuff rubs me the wrong way and the stuff is going to go to the gov'mint. If the package is big enough, maybe they'll go after some of these guys.

At any rate, if you get one of these "urgent warning" cards in the mail, do not call the phone number under any circumstances.

Dec 6, 2023 - 5:02:48 PM

bill t


347 posts since 12/14/2012

You'll very likely continue to get them. I've got a car that I've had for
eleven years and I still occasionally get cards wanting to sell me a
warranty extension.

Dec 7, 2023 - 4:44:19 AM
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29818 posts since 8/3/2003

You will be plagued by these warranty companies (legit or not) forever. You can't get away from them once they have your address (G)

I'm still getting mail from them for a 2010 Malibu, a 2014 Honda CR-V and a 2018 Honda CR-V. No doubt when I trade this new car in I'll start getting warning about that car, too.

I usually don't even open the letters, just drop them in File 13.

Dec 7, 2023 - 5:47:30 AM
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There is a school of thought that considers the "extended warranty" sold by dealers to be a scam.

Dec 7, 2023 - 6:08:01 AM
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Originally posted by Joel Hooks

There is a school of thought that considers the "extended warranty" sold by dealers to be a scam.

Yup ....... I'm in that school!  I'm on my third Tahoe, starting in 2002.  None of them have ever been in the shop except for tires and brakes.  I would probably still be ahead financially if I had to replace a motor than if I had bought warranties.

Dec 7, 2023 - 7:26:30 AM

61671 posts since 12/14/2005

Got one yesterday, urgently advising me to get the van undercoated, BEFORE THE PRICE INCREASE in January.

Oaf or Fox Aches!
The van is 30 years old, and with ANY luck, it will outlive any need for undercoating.

Oh, FUN fact: My neighbor Dave, a full-time auto mechanic, undercoated HIS vehicle with some kind of black tar driveway sealant.

Dec 7, 2023 - 7:57:42 AM
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2920 posts since 11/3/2016

Two of our biggest annoyances on TV , mail ,& garbage ph calls are Car warranty & leaf filter gimmicks ---- yes leaf filter in the winter !

I took a friends advise last fall & put in snap in plastic gutter guards from Lowes teetering on a 10 step ladder & the d---m things didn't work ! The rain come off the roof , skated across the guards & went on the ground w/ no leaves present .
Took them back for a refund , ordered a roll of metal screen w/ 1/4" sq openings from Amazon , cut 3' pcs w/a little bend to give some rigidity & fit them in basically like the ones from Lowes & they work great . So for 20 some bucks I made my own w/ lots of screen left . If u try this , wear good gloves ,

Also use the conical filters that stuff into the drain outlets in the gutter ----  not the crappy plastic ones , but the metal mesh ones u can shape ---- they were only about $ 4 ea ---- a must .

Edited by - heavy5 on 12/07/2023 08:04:52

Dec 8, 2023 - 12:12:28 PM

3628 posts since 4/5/2006

Junk mail, such as expired car warranty scams, are quickly dismissed & deposited straight into file 13, along with all the other junk mail. There is so much junk mail, these days, file 13 requires a separate waste-basket!

What is really disgusting is junk phone calls, texts & emails. Unsubscribing is a waste of time. Like said, once you're on the hit list, you're doomed. I have a spam filter for email, + a voicemail app on my cell phone. The phone still rings, once or twice, but the app identifies spam & disconnects.

Although, I got a call last night from a friend who having the same problem with a cricket phone. Anyone have an answer for those things? 

Edited by - monstertone on 12/08/2023 12:13:28

Dec 8, 2023 - 1:05:31 PM
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14558 posts since 6/5/2011

Bob : " ...  w/ no leaves present."      Isn't that what they're supposed to do ... separate the leaves from the water?  We don't have humongous trees overhanging our house and I've never used gutter guards, so << that question is  only 1/2 smart-azzed.  When the leaves are filtered out at the top, where do they eventually go?   .... If they aren't separated out, and come down the down spout, then what?

Jd: ".... a separate waste-basket!"    I realize most don't/can't/?? have one of these, but for me it sure simplifies things.


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