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Old 11-04-19, 01:07 PM
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Crisis Here: The Warranty on my Car has Expired!!!

Ok, so I've only been partly car-free. And, now back to car-light, and driving maybe 50% of the time. But, never without cars, just not always driving them.

I just got a call today saying that records indicate the the warranty on my vehicle has expired.

Time for a full blown crisis?

Ok, so I hung up on the caller. Perhaps I should try to have a little fun next time.

Which car do they really want to offer a warranty on?

My "NEW" car is a 1999 Ford F150 with 200K miles. It is the era of vehicle that has the blowing Spark Plug issue. It has already blown the #3 (repaired). But Ford won't even warranty the vehicle. What do these clowns expect?

Then there is the 1965 Fiat 500.

Perhaps the 1939 Ford Pickup that was damaged in a flood in 1964, then left out in a field for decades?

Man, I'm really bummed that the warranty has apparently expired on at least one of my vehicles (the caller didn't say which one).
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Old 11-04-19, 01:16 PM
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I seem to only get the robots, can't have fun with them.
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If you'd just return the emails from that Nigerian princess who's been writing to you for years trying to get your help with stashing the gold from her deposed dad's kingdom, she'd be happy to set you up with a good extended warranty for your vehicle, as well as a sweet timeshare and some CBD spiked with Viagra.
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Is there anybody in the world that hasn't already heard of the Nigerian Inheritance Scam?
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Is there anybody in the world that hasn't already heard of the Nigerian Inheritance Scam?
Yeah, probably the same people who get really bummed about robocalls about the Car Warranty Scam.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Is there anybody in the world that hasn't already heard of the Nigerian Inheritance Scam?
Believe it or not, people still fall for it.

BTW...My car warranty did expire back in July. Mostly, anyway. Subaru voluntarily extended the transmission coverage for a total of 10 years. That makes me nervous.

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Old 11-04-19, 02:47 PM
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Yeah, probably the same people who get really bummed about robocalls about the Car Warranty Scam.


I imagine they're hunting for people with cars, say 5 years old or so. And, really don't know or care what people are driving.

I have to think the warranties are real, but designed to take in much more money than they pay out. Or, perhaps a few hoops to get the coverage. Do I have to drive a broken vehicle from Eugene to LA to get it covered?
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post


I imagine they're hunting for people with cars, say 5 years old or so. And, really don't know or care what people are driving.
You're giving them too much credit -- I think they're just calling any phone number they can. I've gotten calls on my work number.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I have to think the warranties are real, but designed to take in much more money than they pay out. Or, perhaps a few hoops to get the coverage.
No shirt, shirlock

This is a CA-specific guide from the state agency that regulates insurers, but the information in there is probably useful for all consumers.

Many consumers mistakenly believe that a vehicle repair agreement will cover anything and everything that might break. This is never true! All repair agreements have a section called "what is not covered" or "exclusions." Before you buy a repair agreement, read this section slowly and carefully! You must disregard any coverage that is verbally promised by a sales person but is not contained in the written repair agreement!

You will probably pay thousands of dollars for a VSC. All you get in exchange is a piece of paper. You need to confirm with your own eyes what the paper says; you cannot rely on what the dealer tells you it says, or a brochure that summarizes the VSC. Brochures usually emphasize what is covered, and may not thoroughly describe what is not covered.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
You're giving them too much credit -- I think they're just calling any phone number they can. I've gotten calls on my work number.
I had a good time with a couple of those... spoke to them in the best India accent I could muster... kept them on line for about 10 min. They were the basic "lower your credit interest" type calls.

The third caller I just did not have time for, so I put on the sternest voice I could, and almost a Dragnet Joe Friday line of questions, and got the guy to admit it was a scam. I ended with a stern "remove this number from your database and never call again."

I have not had another scam call.
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This is why I don't pick up for unknown numbers.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
This is why I don't pick up for unknown numbers.
This is the rub for the cell and landline phone providers trying to get a handle on spam calls. Lots of legitimate calls use numbers you may not recognize, as many business use a whole lot of lines that don’t match what you might have in your phone book. Doctors offices calling with test results ?, car repair shop calling to tell you your car is ready ?, and so forth.

The easy ones to deal with are what is known as “neighbor numbers” - I.E. an exchange similar to your own that implies a local call, so won’t be Spam ?, LOL.
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It's not that hard. If they're legitimate, they leave a message.
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And if it's something important (doctor with x-ray results, etc), I'll call them when it's convenient for me.
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This is why I don't pick up for unknown numbers.
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If caller doesn't leave a message it is not important. If caller leaves a message it still may not be important, but at least you don't have to talk to 'em.
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My "NEW" car is a 1999 Ford F150 with 200K miles. It is the era of vehicle that has the blowing Spark Plug issue. It has already blown the #3 (repaired). But Ford won't even warranty the vehicle. What do these clowns expect?



I had a 2005 F-150 where the spark plugs get stuck! I knew about that so never had them changed until around 140,000 and guess what? They were stuck! 3 days in the shop as they soaked them. Ford knew about it and should have recalled the problem. Instead I get hosed! They also knew about the passenger side exhaust manifold warping and the replace the manifold they would have to lift the engine! That was it got rid of it at 176,000 I was wanting to milk 300,000 miles. Always had good trucks from Ford until they sticking exploding plugs and other things Ford should have fixed.
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My friend mostly a smart guy but will do stupid things. In one day he got the Acme or whatever extended warranty thinking they would rebuild his 1997 Ford F-150 later that day he bought a time share! I believe alcohol was involved and his wife was extremely angry. I don’t blame her for getting that divorce lawyer
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I had a 2005 F-150 where the spark plugs get stuck! I knew about that so never had them changed until around 140,000 and guess what? They were stuck! 3 days in the shop as they soaked them. Ford knew about it and should have recalled the problem. Instead I get hosed! They also knew about the passenger side exhaust manifold warping and the replace the manifold they would have to lift the engine! That was it got rid of it at 176,000 I was wanting to milk 300,000 miles. Always had good trucks from Ford until they sticking exploding plugs and other things Ford should have fixed.
The problem is that the blowing spark plugs aren't causing fatal accidents, so no forced recall. And, an issue that nobody wants to deal with.

The advantage of the stuck plugs is that invariably it happens in the shop (or I suppose for the home mechanic). But, at least you're not out on the road somewhere.

I'm going to replace all 8 plugs shortly. Torque them down and hope I can get another 100K out of them, finger crossed.
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OTOH when I bought my last house my agent insisted we make the seller buy a 1-year home warranty. "Whateves", I thought, I went along but I'm not a warranty kind of guy. Eleven months later, the roof-mounted AC unit went out, then the dishwasher.

IIRC, I had to pay a couple hundred for the crane to come out, but everything else was covered.

Better lucky than good, I guess.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
This is why I don't pick up for unknown numbers.
In my younger years, I worked graveyard shift. I had no set sleep schedule, and wanted my friends to be able to call whenever they wanted. Inevitably if they tried to guess when I'd be asleep, they'd be wrong.

But, I made a personal rule to never buy anything from an unsolicited telemarketer call. There is nothing more frustrating than to get woken up for a sales call.

So, answer the phone or not, they're not getting my credit card info.

That has also carried over to E-Mail SPAM, although I do make an exception for businesses that I have previously purchased from sending ads.
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Up until we got rid of our land line I was probably getting 3 calls a week from "Windows" service center. Those calls from the "IRS" are so fake that I'm surprised people take them seriously.
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It seems people have wised up to the Nigerian Prince scam:

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I have an out-of-area phone number, so it's easy for me to tell when a call is spam. They'll use my number's area code to make it look local, but I don't answer unless the person is in my contacts. Seems to work pretty well.
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