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Scam Alert: Auto Repair Scams

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Have you heard about “Auto Grandkid Scams”? According to the Newport Beach Police Department, here’s how they work: You get approached by a stranger (in a parking lot, or at home) who says they do mobile car repairs. They claim they can fix your dents, paint, or other cosmetic or mechanical issues for a fraction of the price of a body shop or repair shop, all with the convenience of on-site service.

Is it too good to be true? YES. These “repairs” often include shoddy workmanship and damaging products that will leave vehicles in worse shape than they began. Beware of high-pressure sales tactics that force you to make a quick decision.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Stop. Don’t enter into an agreement or pay for repairs without doing your research first. Ask questions (like: Are they licensed?), shop around for several quotes, and look online and see what others have to say about the company. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do once you have paid for these services, so the time for caution is before any work begins.

2. Pass this information on to a friend. You may not have received one of these offers, but chances are that you know someone who will – if they haven’t already.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.