"Engineering evaluation" offer. Anyone else get one?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by reddog99, May 3, 2014.

  1. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    I got an official looking letter from Ford yesterday offering me $50 to let one of their technicians come to my house to test my car for emissions. Frankly, it almost seems like a scam. Why wouldn't they just test vehicles at a dealer for free?
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  3. JustinP

    JustinP Member

    Strange. I would at least inquire about it, more for their reason of why they're wanting to do this.
  4. MasterPooBaa

    MasterPooBaa Member

    Does sound dodgy. Def call the dealer on that one.
    If they wanted to test emissions, they could just do it to cars that are brought to the dealer for their routine service.
  5. wash

    wash Active Member

    Emissions testing takes a laboratory grade O2 sensor and a chassis dyno, I doubt they could do that in your driveway...
  6. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    Yeah, this is the kind of offer I would expect to get in junk email.
    • The Ford division's address is in Canada on the envelope.
    • They didn't get my first name correct.
    • The date of the letter is April 12, 2013.
    • The letter had a phone number to call, but I'm wary of that, too.

    If this is legitimate, I still don't like it.
    I'll be interested to hear of anyone else that gets this letter from a Rebecca Shelby. I did find her name on Linkedin though.
  7. Drifter

    Drifter Member

    Sounds like a scam. Stay away.
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  8. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    This does not make any sense.
    Although they do have completely portable equipment here in California.
    However even if they did not use the dyno, transporting the gas analyzer would be cost prohibitive.
    It would seem more likely they would offer you a free oil change and have you come in to a dealer.

  9. Sekred

    Sekred Active Member

    Maybe a spy from GM who wants to inspected a well designed vehicle?
    Smokin, Paul, reddog99 and 1 other person like this.
  10. DirtyBlueshirt

    DirtyBlueshirt Active Member

    It's not a scam. I got it as well. If you look closely at the wording, they only visit you if there's no engineering facility nearby. I expect I'll have to take mine to the Ford design center in Irvine, possibly.

    The reason they don't use dealers is pretty easy; the dealers are privately owned in almost all cases and this is a corporate evaluation initiative. Dealers won't host Ford Engineers to work on their premises (insurance issues), and it would cost more for Ford to effectively train and vet local resources (for testing, you need to make sure processes are completed exactly the same every time. Contracting dealership employees inserts unknown variables into the evaluation).
  11. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    Is yours dated a year ago, too?
    I don't know of any Ford "engineering facility" in San Diego, so I suppose they would need to come to my house in the mountains.
    I suspect that I wouldn't be "chosen to participate". :suspicious:
    All this excitement for nothing...
  12. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    After all the time spent on this forum,
    You should realize that is all we do,
    Get excited over nothing.

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  13. DirtyBlueshirt

    DirtyBlueshirt Active Member

    I just noticed my letter does say April 12, 2013. I suspect it's a typo. The address for the Allen Park Test Labs is accurate and would be the right group to conduct this. I used to live in Allen Park, the labs are right off the 94 Freeway between the old Smirnoff plant and the Belle Tire (formerly Frito Lay) distribution center.
  14. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    And yes,
    I got a letter too.

  15. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    The more I look at it, the more I realize how disorganized these people seem to be. About 90% of the information that the Reply Form requests is info that they already have, or we wouldn't have gotten the letter to start with, including the VIN, make, model, etc. which is already on the form in the left corner. It's kinda funny to watch the workings of a bureaucracy. And they want us to reply, even if we don't want to participate. They should give us the $50 just for the trouble of filling out the form. :)
  16. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    I am holding out for more money.
    This event is about 70 miles away from me.
    That's about $20.00 in gas alone.
    I am sure it will take about 2 hours or more for the test and other BS.

    NOT worth $50.00

    Last edited: May 4, 2014

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