If you’re a driver, you’ll know there’s nothing quite like hopping into your car and setting off on an adventure somewhere. If you’re a driver, you’ll also know that it can be quite expensive when it comes to running a car.
From petrol to your tax and your warranty, the running of a car is pricey, and that’s not including the money you had to pay for the vehicle itself. When it comes to the warranty of your car, you’ll want to ensure that you always have the right one for your vehicle. This tends to be better if you go for one from the car’s manufacturer, meaning a BMW, Mercedes or Vauxhall warranty will be best, depending on the vehicle.
However, with all of thiscomes those looking to scam you out of some cash. This happens with all aspects of cars, from tax scams to warranty scams. To ensure you’re alert when it comes to these scams, we’ve outlined the various warranty scams and how to avoid them below.
Types of Warranty Scams
Like all types of scams out there, car warranty ones come in various forms, so it’s good to know about them in order to avoid one. The types of scams to look out for include:
• Robot calls – This is when you get cold called by a computerised voice
• Pressure – Sometimes, third-party vendors will pressure you into getting a new warranty over the phone before you have a chance to do the research
• Pay toplay – If you’re talking with a sales person over the phone, don’t buy anything without seeing the terms first, as many will try to get you to sign up before letting you see them
• Mailbox – As you can ignore telemarketers, many go for you via the post, often disguised as official documents
• Spoofing – This is when salespeople pretend to be someone they’re not, often calling from a disguised number or sending emails from addresses other than their own – so be weary
How to Avoid a Scam
There are many ways to avoid these types of scams, which can be done by following these steps:
• Caution – Don’t just fall for what they’re saying on the phone, even if they know everything about your warranty, as they could have potentially bought this. It’s usually wise not to do business with people that contact you
• Check Warranty – If yours isn’t about to expire then ignore the call. If you can’t find the warranty, contact the company first before proceeding with any form of renewal
• Research – Make sure you check out the company contacting you to see if they are in fact, legitimate
• Hang up – If it’s a phone call that sounds dodgy, just hang up and then file a complaint regarding them to the FCC
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