CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Are you getting any unwanted robocalls on your cell phone this year?
Many of us are and it turns out many of them have to do with your car.
With everything we are dealing with this pandemic, marketers and scammers still are calling our cell phones.
And the number one unwanted call in 2021 has to do with – your car's warranty.
Have you ever answered your phone, and heard something like this?
"We are calling with an urgent message about your car's warranty," the call intones.
It seems every day, someone needs to reach you about your warranty expiring.
Sometimes they even know the make of your car.
How do they know that?
They buy it from manufacturers and the state.
But the Federal Trade Commission says buyer beware: in many cases, these are shady companies that may sell you a warranty your dealership won’t honor!
And from the doesn't that stink file, the worst thing you can do when you get these calls is pressing 1 or 2 to opt out.
That tells them you are a live caller, and you may get even more calls! And that stinks.
Do you have an Apple iPhone? There is a secret setting to now block them: go to settings, then phone, and look for call silencing.
You can then silence unknown callers and they'll just go to your voice mail.
Have an android phone? Check with your cell provider on how to block unknown callers.
And if you want an extended warranty, talk to your dealer about which warranties they will accept in their shop.
That way you don’t waste your money.