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Old 07-07-2008, 02:16 AM   #1
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Default Pros and cons of being a car salesman?

I got a job offer to be a car salesman, and i was just wondering if anyone has any experience in this field? Pros and Cons...do you only work on commission?
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:38 AM   #2
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You were given a job offer and you don't even know the pay policy? Wow.

The list of cons are very long. In this economy, you're going to struggle. You'll burn out quickly most likely. You have to be able to manipulate people to get the price YOU want them to pay, not the other way around. Your job is the butt of many jokes. Hours suck. Lots of standing around harassing people who come on the lot.

Pros: If you sell like a monster, you can make decent money. Ummm...that's about it.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:39 AM   #3
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Depends where... I sold cars for 3 years and made between 50-80k / yr not including my spins so I might have almost hit 100k my top year with them. I also sold Honda and Nissan. If you are excellent with people and notice that you are a very likeable person and don't mind fiving people over when you see the chance then go for it. I would only recommend selling Honda / Nissan / Toyota right now due to the price of gas and peoples urgency to buy a hybrid or gas efficient vehicle. I would never go back due to the hours / abuse but I guess everybody has a different taste than I do.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:39 AM   #4
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from what my buddy does, they get a draw of like 1200 a month. you get that if you sell no cars. yous ell cars, anything over 1200 gets added to your take home.


What dealership you looking at? I suggest avoiding american and other nonselling car brands, and sticking to ones that are actually selling a lot now (aka japanese)
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:43 AM   #5
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from what my buddy does, they get a draw of like 1200 a month. you get that if you sell no cars. yous ell cars, anything over 1200 gets added to your take home.


What dealership you looking at? I suggest avoiding american and other nonselling car brands, and sticking to ones that are actually selling a lot now (aka japanese)
Do not work for a dealership if they give you a draw, it's trouble. Make sure the 1st month you make a min. of $400 / week salary (1st 2 weeks will probably be training if you havent sold cars before so no commission) After that you should still have $400 / wk + comm. After that I would at the minimum expect $250/wk + comm and should go up if you are producing the right #'s
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:47 AM   #6
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pff, that dealership rocks. Dont be afraid of draw.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:52 AM   #7
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pff, that dealership rocks. Dont be afraid of draw.
It did until the new GM came in and expected everybody to work 65-75 hrs a week. Its really like playing russian rollet unless you know somebody at the dealership that has been there for awhile, some are good some are bad. Good luck on your decision!
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:44 AM   #8
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:17 AM   #9
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Try to get into an internet sales dealership - or work for a dealership that has one.

Its a billion times easier to sell cars to people who already know what they want, and you usually have a set price that you can give rthe customer up front.

When the customer comes in its usually to drive and take the car home.

Even though the work is so much easier, and you're usually making some kind of "mini-deal" on the sale...the dealerships Ive worked for were paying me $100-$250 bonus per unit sold from the internet....and thats all I did...but I wasn't going to complain.

Its much nicer spending the day figuring out when to arrange your appointments, rather than staring at the parking lot and sprinting to beat other desperate salesmen to the "up" - who usually is mad that you're approaching since they're "just looking."
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:19 AM   #10
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pros: money (if you get sales)

cons: you are a car salesman. you might as well fly in circles above the dealership and feed off of carrion.

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Old 07-07-2008, 04:53 AM   #11
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Pros: None.

Cons: Many. Car salesmen are the lowest of the low. What few decent salesmen exist are so overshadowed by the absolute scum that populates the industry, that it's impossible to not be a complete lying dirtbag, even if you don't want to be one.

I <3 salesmen!
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:24 AM   #12
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All cons, no pros.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:04 AM   #13
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All cons, no pros.
Truth.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:05 AM   #14
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They can usually get good deals on blow.


Not sure if that's a pro or a con though.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:08 AM   #15
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:14 AM   #16
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The cons are that nobody will like or respect you in a professional sense. I'm not sure what the pros are.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:15 AM   #17
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All cons, no pros.
Not only that, but auto sales are falling like a rock.
People already working there won't have enough work, let alone getting a new guy in.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:27 AM   #18
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Not only that, but auto sales are falling like a rock.
People already working there won't have enough work, let alone getting a new guy in.
People already working there are quitting.

Hence they need new guys.

The business is pure churn anyway.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:34 AM   #19
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Pros: Marking up prices on A Trailblazer by 8k
Cons: lying
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:36 AM   #20
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I'm sure the cons outweigh the pros due to the internet. The buying public now knows all of your tricks and will call you on it.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:38 AM   #21
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it sucks.
lol

pro: you can make alot of money, employee discount on parts/cars, you get to drive cool cars every now and then,free trips to other states for training all inclusive, free food

con: you have no life, constantly stressed out.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:43 AM   #22
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Don't do it.


If you have to ask yourself whether or not you feel comfortable lying to people then this is not the job for you.

I did it for 3 months.

I still hate myself for what I did to some of the people.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:55 AM   #23
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I thought about it

but for the little bit of extra money you make, you're basically living at the dealership. maybe if you're young and single, but if you're older than 25 or in a relationship (which you would like to keep), forget it.

plus lying to people all the time really makes you feel like a jerk unless you have no spine... not that all of them lie, but you sort of HAVE to in order to make money.

if you want to sell cars and not kill yourself, try a place like Carmax. they still suck but at least you make a steady wage and there's no haggling (all of the prices are non-negotiable).
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:57 AM   #24
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:01 AM   #25
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