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Vehicle Service Contract Marketer Engaged in Misleading Telemarketing

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted a Florida-based telemarketing operation that the FTC alleged was deceptively promoting so-called “extended auto warranties” to consumers nationwide. The court has issued a temporary restraining order against Fereidoun “Fred” Khalilian and his company, The Dolce Group Worldwide, LLC, d/b/a My Car Solutions. Khalilian is well-known to the FTC from ... Read More »

Local Television Station Wants to Sell Me Subprime Car Loan

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Last night I was watching television when the following advertisement came on. What struck me was that my local television statement was so interested in marketing a subprime loan to viewers. The ad lead me to the local television station site with a banner to the subprime lender. The car lender site led me to Getty Advertising. Apparently Getty Advertising ... Read More »

Should I Lease My Next Vehicle?

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Searching for that perfect car or truck is not such an easy task anymore. Every auto dealer has a special deal just for you — and that deal is not all that easy to understand. Before you go shopping for your next vehicle, think about whether you want to lease or buy and make sure you understand both options. What ... Read More »

Auto Loan Modifications From Auto Relief Group, Consumers Call Them a Scam

Here is a comercial from an entity that advertises themselves as the Auto Loan Reduction Center. The problem is, after searching, I can’t find any company really named the Auto Loan Reduction Center. – Source. And quite frankly, I’m not surprised. [flashvideo file=/wp-content/uploads/AutoLoanReductionCenter.flv /] Lately I’ve noticed more advertisements and mentions of auto loan modifications or truck loan modifications in ... Read More »

When You Can’t Make Your Vehicle Payments

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If you find yourself unable to make your vehicle payments, you’ll want to act quickly. In most states, if you miss a payment, whether you have bought or leased the vehicle, the lender has the right to repossess it almost immediately. Here are some strategies to consider when your vehicle payments become too much, including what to do if it ... Read More »

Will Many Debt Settlement Marketers Start Selling Extended Warranty and Vehicle Service Contracts?

I have to tell you I have the greatest readers in the world. Before I even have time to find the next area of concern, generally someone sends it to me. If you have a tip you want to share, send it to [email protected] Vehicle service contracts or extended auto warranties have come under fire as the Federal Trade Commission ... Read More »

Bad Credit Car Loan Marketing Company, Direct Marketing Associates, Settles Charges With FTC

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A marketing company that solicits prospective customers for automobile dealers has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it falsely told low-income and “credit-challenged” consumers that they were pre-approved for auto loans and improperly obtained their names from a consumer reporting agency. According to the FTC, the company prepared sales solicitations for automobile dealers telling consumers that a specific ... Read More »

Repo Men Recovering Cars On The Fly With High Speed Cameras

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Some amazing new technology out lets the repo companies snag repos on the fly without having to do it the old fashioned way of hunting the car down. New technology by MVTRAC allows repo vehicles to read license plates of cars parked or passing them. When the system goes “ch-ching” the driver knows they have a car to pick up. ... Read More »

How to Buy a Car With Marks on Your Credit and Not Get Taken for a Ride

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If you have any negative marks on your credit such as a late payment, default, repossession, foreclosure, lien, judgment or bankruptcy you probably think you’ll have a hard time buying a car (or truck or van). Think again. There are many options available to you, but you’ve got to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each. Consider the following: You ... Read More »

Repossession: Why it happens, what you can do, and your rights before, during and after repossession

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The following information guide you through dealing with a car lost through repossession. It is critical that you understand if your vehicle is repossessed the car will be sold at a dealer price at auction and you will be responsible for the difference you owed on the car plus repossession expenses minus the very low sales price. People are hit ... Read More »

Car Loans Falling Further Behind

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TransUnion.com released today the results of its analysis of trends in the auto lending industry for the third quarter of 2009. The report is part of an ongoing series of quarterly consumer lending sector analyses focusing on credit card, auto loan and mortgage data available on TransUnion’s Web site www.transunion.com/trenddata. Information for this analysis is culled quarterly from approximately 27 ... Read More »

Repo Men Shot By Car Owners

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An interesting article worth reading is a recent USA Today article titled “Violence up between repo men, car owners“. Alone in his mobile home off a winding dirt road, Jimmy Tanks heard a commotion at 2:30 a.m. just outside his bedroom window: Somebody was messing with his car. The 67-year-old railroad retiree grabbed a gun, walked out the back door ... Read More »

Consumers More Intelligent Than Automakers Think

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“Little Three” Detroit automakers seem to be consumed with fear that people would not purchase a new car from an automobile manufacturer that was or has gone bankrupt and that the fear of bankruptcy is scaring buyers away. I think this just shows how out of touch that Detroit is with the American buyer. It is not the thought of ... Read More »

So What If GM Goes Bust. Let’s Just Hope You Don’t Own a New GM Vehicle.

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There is more to worry about if GM goes bust. Sure, nobody likes yet another bailout but the repercussions in job losses will rocket through not only the car company but all the suppliers, local economies, GM dealers, and so much more. But here is a subject that I have not heard talked about. If GM goes bust and you ... Read More »

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