2008-09-12
I just received an automated telephone call that informed me that my motor vehicle warranty is going to expire soon and I should press "1" to speak to a representative or I could press "2" to no longer receive call regarding my motor vehicle warranty.

Here are some facts:

  • My motor vehicle is 47 years old: any warranty on my vehicle would have expired before I was born.

  • My phone number has been in the "National Do Not Call Registry" since the registry was created: the last renewal of my "do not call" registration was almost a year ago.

  • Telemarketers are required by law to give the name of the company they are calling for and the phone number they are calling from.


I gave the autodialer the benefit of the doubt and thought I should inform the "representative" that my number is on the Do Not Call List, so I pressed "1". The conversation went like this...

telemarketer: Blah blah blah vehicle warranty division, may I have the make and year of your vehicle?
jezra: No. May I have your telephone number?
telemarketer: one eight hundred go to hell [click - telemarketer hangs up on me]

hmmmm.....
1-800-GOTOHELL is
1-800-468-64355, Hey, that's too may numbers! But I dialed it anyway and was greeted by a recording telling me to check out a diet website.

A quick search on the internet for "vehicle warranty calls" turns up a gaggle of news items and complaints and in almost every article there is a link to the FTC for filing a complaint. So far, the FTC doesn't seem to be doing anything.

Dear FTC and FCC,
The Motor Vehicle Warranty telemarketers are in gross violation of the law. Please fine them out of existence and help fill the Government coffers and reduce the immense debt of the U.S.A.
Sincerely,
Jezra
Comments
2009-01-07 Anonymous:
I received this same call and am also on the "Do Not Call" list. As long as the government does nothing we will continue to receive calls from telemarketers like these guys. I'm sure their legit, NOT! 1-800-468-6435-5 ? Nice telephone number.
I have seached and finally I found that Protection Headquarters is better than others.For vehicles it is the best warranty providers
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