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Your Moment of Trust

Release Date: 11/12/2020

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Your Moment of Trust

With winter weather and Covid-19, most people are spending a lot of time at home. All this time at home means that record numbers of people are shopping online and using streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu. BBB scam tracker indicates that many people are receiving text messages which promise free streaming services for a year. Browsers beware! Scammers are always looking to phish personal information and finances. This week’s Ayers Automotive tip of the week informs us about what to do if the brake warning light turns on. Often the brake warning light means that it is time to...

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Your Moment of Trust

The start of a new year is a great time to clean your house and get rid of unwanted items. There are great opportunities in the modern age to sell used household items. Depending on what you want to sell online, being selective about certain venues like Ebay and Facebook Marketplace is important. Selling goods online is not without it risks and challenges. Consider the different ways that you can sell items online, whether through in-person exchanges or mailing packages. If you are in the Santa Barbara area and need auto repair, contact Ayers Automotive Repair. Thank you to Ayers Automotive...

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If you are in the Santa Barbara area and need auto repair, contact Ayers Automotive Repair. If you take your vehicle in for a regular service, the technician should check the condition of your air filter. Clean air filters do have an effect on your overall gas mileage. Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for their automotive tip of the week!  Every year millions of consumers fall prey to scams. Some consumers lose money immediately while others are victimized by identity theft and it can take years to recover. As part of your new year’s resolution in 2021, listen to this full...

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Your Moment of Trust

This week’s Ayers’ automotive tip of the week reminds us to check your engine fluid and tire pressure at least once a month! If you are in the Santa Barbara area and need auto repair, contact Ayers Automotive Repair. Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for their automotive tip of the week!  Returns and exchanges are never easy. Stores are not required to accept returns or exchanges unless the merchandise was misrepresented. Return policies are highly variable from one retailer to another. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear more tips that can help make your returns and exchanges...

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This week’s Ayers’ automotive tip of the week teaches the importance of checking your brake pads! Brake pads tend to wear down somewhere between 30,000 – 50,000 miles. When driving your vehicle, remember that safety comes first. If you are in the Santa Barbara area and need auto repair, contact Ayers Automotive Repair. Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for their automotive tip of the week!  When budgets are tight, especially around the holidays, who can say no to gift cards offered during social media giveaways? However, before you make a comment on a social media giveaway...

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This week’s Ayers’ automotive tip of the week reminds us of the importance of checking your tire pressure. If you are in the Santa Barbara area and need auto repair, contact Ayers Automotive Repair. Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for their automotive tip of the week! BBB’s scam tracker is informing you of a scam which claims that your Amazon, Paypal, Netflix or other account has been compromised. You receive a call or email stating that one of your accounts has been compromised and you are told that you need to take immediate action! But remember that scammers will try to make...

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Your Moment of Trust

This week’s Ayers’ automotive tip of the week reminds us of the importance of regular engine maintenance. If you are having engine problems, there is a chance that you may need new spark plugs. If you are in the Santa Barbara area and need auto repair, contact Ayers Automotive Repair. Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for their automotive tip of the week! https://www.ayersrepairs.com/ As the United States and Canada are closer than ever to releasing a COVID-19 vaccine, scam experts are warning of potential fraud surrounding such treatments. Watch out for anything from phony treatments...

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This week’s automotive tip of the week states the importance of cleaning your battery terminals, even if your battery is labeled ‘maintenance free’. If you are in the Santa Barbara area and need auto repair, contact Ayers Automotive Repair. Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for their automotive tip of the week! https://www.ayersrepairs.com/ Every year there are always a few toys that are on a child’s must have wish list. This year’s most popular toys include, a Star Wars ‘Baby Yoda’, and an animatronic dog. Buyers beware, as popular toys become increasingly hard to get,...

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Your Moment of Trust

This week’s automotive tip of the week describes what to look for when it is time to replace the old tires on your vehicle. If you are in the Santa Barbara area and need auto repair, contact Ayers Automotive Repair. Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for their automotive tip of the week! Holiday shoppers are always looking for bargain deals to save money when buying gifts for their loved ones. With the popularity of gaming consoles on the rise, and the new release of Playstation 5, scammers are taking advantage of people’s interests by posting false advertisements about limited time...

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Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for their automotive tip of the week! If you are in the Santa Barbara area and need auto repair, contact Ayers Automotive Repair.  The holiday season is already upon us. Many in-person events, like holiday markets and craft fairs are now hosting their events online due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, some scammers are creating phony online market places that charge for admission and steal your credit card information. Watch out for fake event pages on social media, where imposters post counterfeit marketplace listings. Do not give out your personal credit...

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Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for their automotive tip of the week! This week Ayers Auto Repair shares the importance of replacing the air filter in your vehicle. If you are in the Santa Barbara area and need auto repair, contact Ayers Automotive Repair. https://www.ayersrepairs.com/

If you thought COVID-19 scams were over, think again! Many people are being contacted via text message which tells them that they qualify for research studies related to COVID-19. Participation promises financial reward. Beware that if you click on the link in these messages, you could unknowingly download malware.

To report or investigate a potential scam, visit Scam Tracker, or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657.

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