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Old 08-22-2004, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default I need advice for a co-worker, he wants to know more about being in car sales.

I told him I know a good place to get information. I remember a thread on this earlier, but I didn't really run a good search.

But what should I tell him? He makes around $700 a week as the head chef of the restaurant I work at, but was asking me if I knew anything about being a car salesman for a career change.

He said when working 11-12 hour days in the heat, 6 days a week, it starts to get to be too much. And would rather get a job that wouldn't require him to go to any more schooling (already went to culinary school).

So any advice you guys have for him?
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Old 08-22-2004, 02:25 PM   #2
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why not have him look for a better chef job...lots of chefs move from place to place getting better money
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Old 08-22-2004, 02:26 PM   #3
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Not sure if I got that but are you saying he dislikes working 6 days a week 11-12 hours at a time?

Car sales is not 5 days a week 8 hours a day. I did it for about 6 months and although I did well I could not stand the odd hours and the bad drivers that nearly killed me on test drives.
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Old 08-22-2004, 02:30 PM   #4
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He wants out of the restaurant business, he said he's tired of being in the kitchen all the time.

So are the hours as bad in car sales as it is being a chef at the restaurant I'm at? Also, I'm sure it's not as tiring as standing in front of an oven for that long.
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Old 08-22-2004, 03:38 PM   #5
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I posted this is the other thread on this topic and consider it to be a must-read for anyone considering that as a job: http://www.edmunds.com/advice/buying...2/page001.html
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Old 08-22-2004, 05:07 PM   #6
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I posted this is the other thread on this topic and consider it to be a must-read for anyone considering that as a job: http://www.edmunds.com/advice/buying...2/page001.html
Ugh, I read that whole thing, makes me glad that I've taken to buying used cars from private sellers.
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Old 08-22-2004, 05:14 PM   #7
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The only time I would go back into sales is if I had really no other choice. If he has a good job, knows what hes doing, and making good money (Id say $700 a week is pretty darn good if you ask me). Being a car salesman is too much of a rollercoaster ride making money wise if you ask me, id rather have a steady income.

If hes getting sick of his job, maybe hes just over-due for a nice long vacation.
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Old 08-22-2004, 08:00 PM   #8
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I posted this is the other thread on this topic and consider it to be a must-read for anyone considering that as a job: http://www.edmunds.com/advice/buying...2/page001.html
Mandatory reading.

I used to sell Subarus at a small, friendly Vermont dealer. Even there some of that story was familiar. The professional kitchen can be a stressful, crappy place to work. If your friend wants to sell cars, tell him he will be working 10 hour days, 5-6 days a week. Have him look around long and hard for a dealer with a good reputation for customer satisfaction. Ask people who bought cars there.

Also, does your friend still love food? Is it now just a commodity to him? If his love for cuisine has faded since becoming a chef, he may have the same experience with cars. If he just wants to get into an energetic, competitive market with good potential for income, working for a busy, ethical car dealer might be a good move.
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