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Car sales as a profession.

I'm in the job market at the moment and I've noticed that it seems like 1/4 of the entire classified sections is "sales" and half of that is car dealerships.

And I wondered.

Have any of ya'll been car salespersons, and how was the experience?

I know lots of people have bad experiences at dealerships, but I personally had a good experience, so it doesn't seem as mandatory that a car salesman is as much of a vulture as popular stereotypes suggest.

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this is NOT a thread about your experience buying a car. I am looking for input from people who have actually worked as car salespersons, or are closely related to someone who has.
I do not want to hear stories about how you went to a dealership and got screwed, or how dealerships are the devil, or anything like that.

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I work with a guy who was a car salesman for a couple years...he once made like $10, 000 in a one month which is twice as much as he has made selling beds...however some months he only made $1, 500 so take that with a grain of salt if you think would make a good salesman you could do very well but the cheques are not exactly consistent.

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Car sales as a profession.

I almost went to work as a Honda salesman, but I decided I don't have what it takes to bargain for the last dollar some poor family has, all for a 1999 Ford Windstar. You have to be willing to screw over anybody if you want to be really successful at most dealerships. I couldn't do that.
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Car sales as a profession.

I know a few guys that work at Prestige Audi/Porsche. So happens that dealership is the leader in Audi/Porsche sales in the nation.

Anywho, they were pretty damn consistent. Both the guys that I know that still work there make close to $100k a year net, but you can clearly see their stress. Neither is married or is even dating and almost never go out and have fun. One drives a Porsche and other drives a RS6 wagon. I dunno, they are kinda weird. Its evident they make a shitload of money by toys they have and their pads. But they have no life. And they are always (90%) on their cellphones. They know absolutely nothing, except how to sell the cars on their lots.

Money is definately there. But I dont know the tradeoffs.

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Car sales as a profession.

check out

http://www.edmunds.com/advice/buying...ng.buying..4.*

They have a article from a guy they sent "undercover" to be a car salesman, both at an import (high volume) dealer and a domestic (no haggle) dealership. It is aimed for people trying to buy cars, but you really get a sense of what car salesman go through.

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just read that whole article.. damn good!!
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Car sales as a profession.

I'd shoot myself if that was my profession. Trying to squeeze money out of people on a daily basis sounds very depressing.

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Car sales as a profession.

The no haggle, no pressure place sounded like the only place I could ever work, so I'm not surprised to see the guy didn't like it. Pressure sales just seem so...sleazy.
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