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Auto Warranty Scam Targeting Utica Area

A new car warranty scam is targeting vehicle owners in the Utica area as if the repeated ‘extended car warranty’ robocalls weren’t bad enough. This time, the scam is coming in the mail.

The letter or call tries to trick consumers into buying a service contract for their vehicle. Often, scammers pretend the offer is from the car manufacturer or dealership.

Vehicle owners in the area are receiving notices on pink paper advising them to ‘activate a vehicle service contract’ on their cars or trucks. Consumers are encouraged to call an 877 number that reportedly connects them to ‘SAP – Service Agreement Program’. A simple Google search of the BBB reveals this warranty company is a scam. The ‘warranty’ it hawks provides little to no coverage to buyers.

Unfortunately, warranty scams are not uncommon. The government is continuing efforts to stop fraudulent calls and letters. The FTC has paid out millions of dollars to thousands of people who were duped by these scams.

Get a Warranty Scam in the Mail?

If you receive a letter or phone call from someone suggesting your vehicle’s warranty is about to expire, or needs to be activated, call the dealership where you purchased your vehicle or the manufacturer. Consumer Reports says you should not call the number listed on the letter. It could be a warranty scam.

Like any phone or mail scam, never give your personal information to someone online or over the phone. “Do not provide any personal information, such as a social security number, credit card information, driver’s license number or bank account information to any caller unless you can verify you are dealing directly with a legitimate company with which you have an established business relationship,” advises the FCC.

Bottom line: if you get a call, hang up. If you get a letter, throw it away.

If you have any questions, call us at 315-733-2277 or call your vehicle’s manufacturer, or your dealership.


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How to Avoid the 5 Most Common ‘Staged Accident’ Scams

The Federal Bureau of Investigations estimates that staged accidents cost the insurance industry over $20 billion every year, and adds nearly $300 to your annual insurance premium. How do you avoid becoming a victim?

Scammers typically target women driving alone, and senior citizens, under the assumption they will be less confrontational at the accident scene. Scammers will also intentionally choose more expensive vehicles.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) lists 5 common staged accident scenarios:

  •  DRIVE DOWN (or THE WAVE IN)
    The victim merges his vehicle into traffic, after having been motioned by the seemingly helpful criminal. As the innocent driver begins to merge, the criminal speeds up and causes a collision. When questioned, the criminal denies motioning the victim to merge.
  • PANIC STOP
    The criminal is typically driving an older vehicle filled with passengers. The criminal pulls in front of the victim’s vehicle, and a backseat passenger in the criminal’s car watches for the victim to be distracted by something. Once the victim appears distracted, the backseat passenger tells the driver to slam on the brakes, causing the innocent motorist to rear-end the criminal’s vehicle. The victim’s insurance company then typically must pay for vehicle damage and any injuries the criminal’s passengers claim to suffer.
  • SIDE SWIPE
    This type of crash typically occurs at a busy intersection with dual left-turn lanes. The criminal positions his vehicle in the other lane, and side swipes the car in the inner left-turn lane.
  • SWOOP-AND-SQUAT
    This typically involves three vehicles, two driven by criminals and the third by an innocent victim. The driver of the “squat” vehicle pulls in front of the victim’s car. The driver of the “swoop” vehicle pulls in front of the squat vehicle, causing the driver of the squat vehicle to hit his brakes. The victim cannot react in time and rear-ends the squat vehicle. The victim then typically is responsible for any vehicle damage and personal injury to passengers in the squat vehicle.
  • ADDING DAMAGE
    After a collision, staged or not, the scammer goes to another location, causes extensive damage to their vehicle and claims the damage happened during the original accident.

How do you avoid getting scammed? 

In these situations, your phone is your friend: use your phone’s camera to document the damage on your car and the other vehicle, as well as the number of passengers in the other vehicle.

  • Avoid tailgating.
  • Immediately call the police to an accident scene.
  • Avoid “runners” and “cappers” – people who suddenly appear at an accident scene to try to direct you to particular doctors and attorneys, as they are typically part of the criminal scheme.
  • Be wary of physicians who insist you file a personal injury claim after an accident, especially if you are not hurt.
  • Steer clear of tow trucks that appear when you have not called for service, as they are often “cappers” for body shops.

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We hope these tips have been helpful and informative. If you’re looking for any more assistance on the road, check out our blog for more tips and tricks. For those looking for a great used vehicle or any car service, stop in to Rich Nimey’s New Generation Cars for help. You can contact us by phone or in person. Our sales team is happy and ready to help you with all of your automotive needs!

Which Is Worse for Your Car: Rock Salt or Brine on Roadways?

Anyone who drives a car in Central New York knows that winter is a car killer. If you’re not sliding or slipping, corrosion is having its way with your vehicle.

With many municipalities switching from sand and rock salt to brine, or a brine combination, you may have experienced corrosion that seems worse than in previous years. You’re not imagining things.

Brine may be more effective and cost less for your town, but it’s much worse for your vehicle. First, brine is able to penetrate into the nooks and crannies of your vehicle’s undercarriage – places rock salt wouldn’t generally reach. Second, and we’ll have to reach back to high school chemistry for this, is that brine forms an acid when humidity reaches 20-30 percent.

In most states, brine is a mix of sodium chloride and magnesium chloride dissolved in water. “That’s a very important point, because magnesium chloride is much more corrosive than sodium chloride, the rock salt,” said Bob Baboian, an auto industry consultant and a fellow at the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, in comments to the Washington Post.

When that magnesium salt is dissolved by the humidity in the air, it creates an acid. That acid eats your car. Once the temperatures are above the teens, there is likely enough humidity in the air to create that acid. That’s especially true in your garage.

What can you do to help protect your vehicle?

  • Invest in an undercoating for your vehicle. It will help protect your investment from the corrosive properties of salt and brine.
  • Wash your car regularly – and always include the undercarriage wash, especially if you know you’ve been driving on brined roadways.
  • It sounds crazy, but if you can’t rinse your car, keep it out of the garage, and in the cold, until you can.

Find More Driving Tips at Rich Nimey’s New Generation Cars

We hope these tips have been helpful and informative. If you’re looking for any more assistance on the road, check out our blog for more tips and tricks. For those looking for a great used vehicle or any car service, stop in to Rich Nimey’s New Generation Cars for help. You can contact us by phone or in person. Our sales team is happy and ready to help you with all of your automotive needs!

Winter Forest Road

How Do I Stay Safe when Driving in the Winter Weather?

Tips for Winter Driving on Snowy and Icy Roads 

Unless you’re living in the sunny south, you’re going to have to deal with snow when winter comes. This means heavy coats, shoveling snow, and, most of all, winter driving. As the weather starts to get worse, it’s time to get ready. But what can you do to stay safe when driving in the winter?

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The 5 Worst Car Logos of All Time

What Makes a Car Logo Bad? 

Many like to think of car companies as paragons of business professionalism and class with their billion-dollar industries and fashionable designs. But the truth is, everyone’s human. Every company makes mistakes. Some car companies can roll out a bad model, some can make terrible advertisements, and others can cling to bad logos they’ve had for decades. We’ve gathered up the 5 worst car logos out there that could use a new draft: the unoriginal, the messy, the boring, and the ugly. 

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The 5 Best Car Logos of All Time

What Makes a Good Car Logo? 

A car logo should be creative and classy, but also simple, and strong. The best logos should give an immediate sense of power and class, and be distinctive, eye catching, and pleasing to look at. With that in mind, we’ve sorted through all of the car companies out there to find which ones have the best designed logos that help to represent their company with pride. 

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Group of Runners on Wooded, Dirt Running Trail

Where Are the Best Trails in Upstate New York?

Where To Find the Best Hiking and Biking Trails Near Utica NY

Are you looking for the perfect way to be more active this summer? Do you love family adventures that will take you off the beaten path? With countless hiking and biking trails available to us in upstate New York, you will find no shortage of scenic views and family fun this summer. Take a look at where to find the best hiking and biking trails near Utica, NY with this brief guide provided by Nimey’s New Generation Cars. Read the rest of this entry >>