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Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails

Posted By: eljefino

Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/23/19 06:47 PM

Just signed up for this as I was curious if they could beat the dealer's own website specials.

Spoiler, they can't.

But my burner smart phone just won't shut up.

Their interface is such that they say, ok, give us your zip code and name, then we'll show you the inventory and pricing.

But as soon as you enter a valid phone number.

Oh and we need your email and mailing addresses.

They are, obviously, a marketing co-op that's probably paid per-inquiry.

If you know some lonely geezer that needs someone to talk to on the phone, sign 'em up!
Posted By: KrisZ

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/23/19 06:49 PM

Get a Google voice number and use that instead of your real number. The beauty of this is that you can always get another number from Google if the old one gets too much spam.
Posted By: slacktide_bitog

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/23/19 08:04 PM

I use a previous telemarketer's phone number hide
Posted By: RayCJ

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/23/19 09:13 PM

The OP is absolutely correct. I highly recommend Avoiding TrueCar.com At All Cost.

Last August, I signed-up and within 1 day, my phone was bombarded with 10-20 marketing/junk calls per day. Prior to that, I would get maybe 1 a week.

In addition, the pricing data provided by that service was nowhere near accurate -not even close!

Avoid Truecar.com. Do not sign-up or register with a real phone number or email.
Posted By: madRiver

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/23/19 09:22 PM

Bummer , I used my google voice number during car buying(dealers) and selling (CL). Nice filter even has text messaging.
Posted By: spavel6

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/23/19 10:18 PM

So funny - I did the same yesterday, and have received at least 3 calls from each of the 3 Mitsubishi dealerships in the region.

I feel bad, because I am definitely not in the market for a new car, but these guys get so little traffic in the store that each of the sales teams is treating this as a live lead on a new car sale!

Funny thing is, all I wanted was a quick-and-dirty average sale price, but they refuse to give me one without asking a million questions..
Posted By: Eddie

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/23/19 11:32 PM

GOOGLE VOICE NUMBER?
Posted By: RayCJ

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/23/19 11:48 PM

Originally Posted by Eddie
GOOGLE VOICE NUMBER?


Yeah, my feelings too... There is absolutely, positively, 100% NOTHING I trust about Google. Getting a phone number from them? LOL... Might as well sell your soul to the devil.

As for SPAM calls....

I feel we are free to express ourselves by forwarding unanswered SPAM calls to our Senators or Congressperson. Very easy to do on all cell phones. The SPAM'ers number will show-up as the dialing number. https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact https://www.congress.gov/members?q=%7B%22congress%22%3A116%7D
Posted By: 2015_PSD

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/24/19 12:35 AM

Originally Posted by RayCJ
Originally Posted by Eddie
GOOGLE VOICE NUMBER?
Yeah, my feelings too... There is absolutely, positively, 100% NOTHING I trust about Google. Getting a phone number from them? LOL... Might as well sell your soul to the devil.
What is the difference between using a Google voice number (https://voice.google.com) or a burner phone? You are going to toss both of them after the transaction. I get a new one every time I put something on Craig's list and toss it afterwards. No big deal
shrug
Posted By: RayCJ

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/24/19 01:02 AM

Originally Posted by 2015_PSD
Originally Posted by RayCJ
Originally Posted by Eddie
GOOGLE VOICE NUMBER?
Yeah, my feelings too... There is absolutely, positively, 100% NOTHING I trust about Google. Getting a phone number from them? LOL... Might as well sell your soul to the devil.
What is the difference between using a Google voice number (https://voice.google.com) or a burner phone? You are going to toss both of them after the transaction. I get a new one every time I put something on Craig's list and toss it afterwards. No big deal
shrug


I just don't trust Google any further than I can throw my car. On an engineering consulting basis with a related company, I had a few months of interaction with Google. Any software you allow them to load onto your phone or computer is sucking your personal information straight into their databases. They will reap and harvest money from your information. They will lie about what they are doing. They will deny any wrong-doing etc... I know there is no way to stop what they do -but I refuse to willingly give in to it. I was under NDA with them. It has long since expired but, I never discuss my business dealings in detail. Take my word for it though, trust them no further than you can throw an elephant.

Ray
Posted By: KrisZ

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/24/19 01:23 AM

Irrelevant if you have an Android phone and even an iPhone as Apple uses Google cloud service.
They have all the info they need, so installing Google voice just as a burner number doesnt make their spying any worse.
Posted By: CKN

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/24/19 02:38 AM

Can't believe the privacy freaks on this forum. I am wondering what character traits go hand in hand with changing one's own oil? Oh I know control....control.

This topic is getting as repetitive as "Dealer thread bash of the week".
Posted By: madRiver

Re: Truecar.com is a great way to get spam phone calls, texts and emails - 05/24/19 12:07 PM

Originally Posted by Eddie
GOOGLE VOICE NUMBER?


You can request from a google another number that allows you to talk, text and get voicemail(with dictation!!! to text/email). You can setup to ring on ANY type of phone including landline, smartphone, flip phone...... All at once even. Also a method of just using computer to answer and make calls with valid phone number.

Incredible way to buy/sell cars especially on Craigslist but always pesky dealers. My mother in law has no long distance on land line so I picked a local number to her and myself to avoid toll charges.
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