My car's 22 year warranty is about to expire!



  • Here I am sitting at my desk peacefully working away and my phone rings with some unknown number I've never seen before. I go to answer it and I get this message telling me my car's warranty is about to expire and I need to answer immediately to extend it, this is my last chance!

    Wow, and here I thought the 3 year warranty on my 1986 Pontiac Fiero expired in like 1989. I wasn't aware that Pontiac had warranties back then that would go all the way to 2008.

    So just for the fun of it, I press "1" to talk to someone that can assist me with my new warranty! Some girl answers and I inform her that I'd like to extend my warranty on my 86 Fiero. Her answer: "What's a fiero?" So I explain to her, it has 2 doors, an engine, 4 wheels, a steering wheel and is commonly referred to as a car. I then asked her if she'd like to extend my warranty of my 22 year old car?

    Oddly enough, she only asked if I'd like to be taken off their calling list. I'm not sure why she didn't want to extend my warranty...



  • A Fiero?  Ewww.. 



  •  @morbiuswilters said:

    A Fiero?  Ewww.. 

    What's wrong with a fiero?



  • @Kermos said:


     So I explain to her, it has 2 doors, an engine, 4 wheels, a steering wheel and

     

     

    and it is great at burning up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_Fiero#Engine_fire_reputation

    An old friend of mine had his burn up (And he did take care of it and ensured the oil was always at the correct levels...)

    We were in high school at the time, and the thing that struck me was how often people would think it was a  Ferrari - usually girls made the mistake, and he was not too quick to correct them.  



  • So are fords. Matter of fact, more fords have been recalled due to fire issues than fieros were ever produced. http://fordfires.com/

    The fiero issues actually only affected one model year and only the 4 cylinder model at that. There was no V6 version in 1984. Major WTF to even put a 4 cylinder engine into that car in the first place...




  • @Kermos said:

    Oddly enough, she only asked if I'd like to be taken off their calling list. I'm not sure why she didn't want to extend my warranty...

    Oh, that's just National Auto Warrantee Services, Inc. They're pretty notorious scam artists, and around here they call everyone, usually at least five times a week, even the people who already bought into the scam. Since they always start off with a recorded message about how your warrantee is about to expire, the calls are so cheap for them to make that there's no incentive to actually manage their call list.

    I usually get a couple of calls a day. I live in an urban area with acceptable public transportation, and thus have never owned a car. It doesn't stop them from calling the phone number I've had for 5 years and telling me that my warrantee is about to expire, though. I've asked to be removed 4 times now, to no avail. (If you speak to a live person, they hang up on you the minute it becomes clear that you aren't going to buy. I only know the name of the company because I insisted on asking "who I should make the check out to" after the first two failures to be removed...)



  • TRWTF is that the 1988 model (last year it was produced) had oddball parts that only applied to that year.



  • @kswanton said:

    @Kermos said:

     So I explain to her, it has 2 doors, an engine, 4 wheels, a steering wheel and

     

    and it is great at burning up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_Fiero#Engine_fire_reputation

    An old friend of mine had his burn up (And he did take care of it and ensured the oil was always at the correct levels...)

    We were in high school at the time, and the thing that struck me was how often people would think it was a  Ferrari - usually girls made the mistake, and he was not too quick to correct them.  

    Hey, it makes sense ... "Fiero" is Spanish for "fierce" ... appropiate behavior for a fierce car! But I think it would be the Ford Pinto who tops off on that infamy list of flaming cars!



  • @kswanton said:

    We were in high school at the time, and the thing that struck me was how often people would think it was a  Ferrari - usually girls made the mistake, and he was not too quick to correct them.

    The great thing here is that you know they're already complete morons for thinking some loser in high school had a Ferrari.  Must've been like shooting skanks in a barrel. 



  •  Was the number 1-304-324-8040? I've gotten 2-3 calls from them offering home insurance, home satellite installation, etc

     100% scam, according to Google.



  • @KNY said:

     Was the number 1-304-324-8040? I've gotten 2-3 calls from them offering home insurance, home satellite installation, etc

     100% scam, according to Google.

     

    Yup, that's them!



  • @KNY said:

     Was the number 1-304-324-8040? I've gotten 2-3 calls from them offering home insurance, home satellite installation, etc

     100% scam, according to Google.

    My wife and I have both gotten calls from these guys, but from various numbers around the country, one of which was listed as a house in BFE, New Mexico.

    Only reguarding car warranties, however.



  • There was a teacher at my school in the early nineties named Mr. Fiero who drove a red Fiero. I'm not sure if it impressed the ladies, but it was easy to spot him around town since one headlight never went down.



  • I got a similar WTF call from Ford once, along these lines.

    "Hello, . Our records indicate that your is due for service at." etc. I don't remember the wording, but the point is they played this automated message telling me it's probably time for a tune-up, but neglected to fill in the variables.



  • TRWTF? I thought the subject was about his CAT's warranty. Much more interesting, if y'ask me. 



  • I regularly get this same call on my work line.  It's been getting really annoying as it happens a couple times a week.  Sometimes it is about car warranties and sometimes it is about lowering the interest rate on my credit card.  All they want is your personal information.  I don't know how these guys haven't been arrested yet... 



  • I get these guys, and the guys who tell me that my credit card debt is out of control. When I ask them to help me find out where I can find this credit card carrying a debt, they get very flustered and insist it was a mistake.

    Of course, every time they call, the automatic message insists that this is my last call(and I should press 1 if I want to be taken off the list. If it's really my last chance, why do I need to be taken off the list?)



  • @SuperousOxide said:

    I get these guys, and the guys who tell me that my credit card debt is out of control. When I ask them to help me find out where I can find this credit card carrying a debt, they get very flustered and insist it was a mistake. Of course, every time they call, the automatic message insists that this is my last call(and I should press 1 if I want to be taken off the list. If it's really my last chance, why do I need to be taken off the list?)
    I've found some ingenious ways to deal with cold calls:

    - I was once offered cable TV. I replied that I don't even own a TV, which ended the call pretty fast. (Same thing happened when offered SKY.)

    - Credit cards. I answer that I'm in the "Buro de Credito", basically synonymous with "I'm in delinquent status!" so they just don't bother.

    - "Wrong phone" callers. My phone number was assigned previously to at least 2 other people before me, but telemarketers seem to still have 'em on list. Every single call I've gotten searching for these guys are from telemarketers; so when someone asks for them, I simply say "He doesn't live here" and hang up.

    - Car insurance: Um... I don't have a car. Quick and easy.

    - Life insurance: Ah, good! Just be quick, I gotta go to my chemo in half an hour.



  • Alot of people are confusing Dealer Services or National Auto Warranty Services with other companies. They do NOT dial outbound to their customers. The best way to figure out who is calling you is to do something like this:

    1. Answer the call nicely and sound interested
    2. Play along with the rep, the first person you speak to is probably just screening calls so you may have to agree to speak with specialist or a sales person.
    3. Go through the sales pitch and tell them you need to call them back with your credit card
    4. Get their callback number and post it here. I'll check back every so often. I can look to see who the phone number belongs to and also verify it with the utility company.



  • @Jim_Vandiver said:

    Alot of people are confusing Dealer Services or National Auto Warranty Services with other companies. They do NOT dial outbound to their customers. The best way to figure out who is calling you is to do something like this:

    1. Answer the call nicely and sound interested
    2. Play along with the rep, the first person you speak to is probably just screening calls so you may have to agree to speak with specialist or a sales person.
    3. Go through the sales pitch and tell them you need to call them back with your credit card
    4. Get their callback number and post it here. I'll check back every so often. I can look to see who the phone number belongs to and also verify it with the utility company.

     

    Alright... WTF are you talking about??

    You do realize everyone here is talking about scam artists and telemarketers right?


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