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Legitimate survey

Patrick W

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Mar 17, 2015
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This survey showed up via snail-mail.

Has anyone else here received it? Is it legitimate?

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murphyS90D

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Jul 2, 2016
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If the company conducting the survey did not identify itself, I would consign it to the trash.

I have received surveys from well known companies that clearly identify who they are. Making the statement that it is a legitimate survey does not make it legitimate.
 

Patrick W

Active Member
Mar 17, 2015
1,478
889
SLC, UT
If the company conducting the survey did not identify itself, I would consign it to the trash.

I have received surveys from well known companies that clearly identify who they are. Making the statement that it is a legitimate survey does not make it legitimate.

Ah, looks like I forgot to add that the other side of the card did say who they are: Research Design Specialists.

I'm thinking I'll sit on it for a while to see if any other Tesla owners have completed the survey.
 

boaterva

Supporting Member
Apr 2, 2016
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Northern Virginia, USA
I ran through the whole thing, it's a long comparison of 'what would you buy' given your preferences in car manufacturers, costs for chargers, etc. Not sure why you wouldn't do it, it's a survey, They got your info from when you bought your car, it's public info. :D

You don't need to give them your email if you don't want to get the reward. I can run my own email and filter things I don't want, and gmail does an excellent job of trashing things that are trash, automatically. By the way, this isn't one of those Marketing course things we get here all the time, it took weeks to create this survey. Looks like something for a car manufacture to decide what to sell.

One of the main options items is: would you purchase a car that has the option to use (? perhaps let you rent for free?) an ICE car for X weeks a year. Like that's the only option for some trips? They still don't get it....
 
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andyaycw

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Oct 1, 2015
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I can confirm Research Design Specialists IS legitimate - although I've never received an email solicitation. Only ever received via snail mail USPS.

I used to get these on an annual basis when I had my Mazda from 2010-2014. You show up to their office, fill out surveys/answer questions about different vehicle specifications and designs...which one you liked better, what you thought about it, how much more would you pay for a vehicle that goes 50 miles further, etc...and they give you a check at the end of it. The email/mail you get should say how much you'll be compensated and how long it should take. The ones I got were usually for $100-$150 or so and they usually only took about an hour.

It seems like car companies hire these research companies to conduct surveys and use that data to determine how to best build their next vehicle based on what people have said in the surveys. So if I remember correctly, you also have to sign some sort of NDA because you're seeing what could potentially be the next Audi...or the next BMW...or the next Honda etc. etc.
 

boaterva

Supporting Member
Apr 2, 2016
7,567
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Northern Virginia, USA
There was no NDA that I recall because this was not about car features per se but about what range/charging/cost/did you want an ICE car for X weeks a year. Very interesting survey. Others I’ve taken recent were about ‘how do you like your new car’ and ‘would you purchase it again’.

This was 100% brand loyalty/affection and mileage needed (range anxiety) and charging (L2 and High Speed and cost) and that weird ICE substitute thing.
 

TexasEV

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Jun 5, 2013
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Austin, TX
The question about home charging didn’t include an option to install a 240V outlet. It gave choices of 120V charging on existing outlet, installing a new 120 V outlet (why would anyone do that?), or paying >$1000 to install a charging station. Whichever legacy auto maker is sponsoring this survey still doesn’t get it.
 

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