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11-19-2012 , 10:42 AM
Can you provide us with some standard salesman spiel and tell us the true meaning behind some of the phrases or word use? (e.g. quaint = old and battered).
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11-19-2012 , 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by vvtli18
Have you ever been tempted to work for an exotic car dealership, such as Ferrari or Porsche? If yes, why haven't you taken that step? Would have thought being in Cali you'd have a good chance of some serious sales bonuses...
The car business is all about volume, the more expensive the car the less volume. Higher priced car doesn't always mean more profit. Much harder to make a living at an exotic dealer.
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11-19-2012 , 02:31 PM
Is the new pathfinder selling well? or will it always be third place behind the highlander/4runner and the pilot?
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11-19-2012 , 05:58 PM
how long before we see a genuine technological forward leap with windscreen wipers?
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11-19-2012 , 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Microcuts629
Is the new pathfinder selling well? or will it always be third place behind the highlander/4runner and the pilot?
Just came out, but will always struggle to keep pace with Toyota and Honda. The 2013 is a huge improvement though.
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11-19-2012 , 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by ilovedonks
how long before we see a genuine technological forward leap with windscreen wipers?
It's all about cost, so nothing is pressing them at this point.
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11-20-2012 , 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by ilovedonks
how long before we see a genuine technological forward leap with windscreen wipers?
Just get new wiper strips every year and it wont be a problem. Cost 5 bucks and much safer when it starts pouring.
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11-20-2012 , 03:43 PM
I've read a few of these car salesman threads over the years. I still have never seen any real insight given into the industry. Not sure if it because they are protecting their interests or they've never held a position above salesman. I spent 20 years chasing bumpers. I've held most positions except General Sales Manager on the sales side. Car Salesman, Desk Manager, Finance Manager and Used Car Sales Manager. Maybe I'll do a thread one day and spill it all. I'm not sure it is all that helpful. At least not something that would help you get that much better of a deal.

To me, it was the most fun I've ever had working. Fun in a strange way but fun. I never drank more in my life. I quit when my bar tabs were averaging $500 - $600 a week.

In the '80s, I would make in the $90s as a salesman. I averaged $200K as the Used Car Manager by the time I was done. I don't think there is that kind of money in the car business anymore. Not sure, but I think the internet and the availability of information has sucked the money out of the industry for the average person. There will always be money to be made for hustlers but everyone else takes it in the nuts.

Sorry, don't mean to derail the thread. Maybe I'll start a new one at a later time.
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11-20-2012 , 06:22 PM
A thread like this cant really get derailed lol.

Just sitting here waiting to see if my pounder comes in and buys. Fingers crossed.
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11-20-2012 , 08:05 PM
He has arrived! If it sells the way I have it $1,200 bucks to me. Wish me luck 2p2
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11-20-2012 , 10:33 PM
Work that magic. Score one for the gipper as the former governor of your great state once said.
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11-20-2012 , 10:41 PM
wish I lived down the street...would be a quick $350 to not show this thread
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11-20-2012 , 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Sufferinsuccotash
wish I lived down the street...would be a quick $350 to not show this thread
I actually checked California blackmail / extortion law after reading this. I was surprised to see that you would NOT be committing a crime if you did that.
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11-20-2012 , 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Sufferinsuccotash
wish I lived down the street...would be a quick $350 to not show this thread
How much is your health insurance deductible? Lol
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11-21-2012 , 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by rrinker
How much is your health insurance deductible? Lol
yah yah

So did you make the sale?
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11-21-2012 , 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Sufferinsuccotash
yah yah

So did you make the sale?
Yep just finished it up
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11-21-2012 , 03:32 PM
How close do dealerships come to Kelly Blue Book on trade ins and I assume there is no negotiating what they offer you for your trade in?
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11-21-2012 , 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Crozbee
How close do dealerships come to Kelly Blue Book on trade ins and I assume there is no negotiating what they offer you for your trade in?
Great question!

Depends on the car. Hot cars like Honda, Toyota, Nissan yes pretty close. Take the good value and go down about 5% and that's the goal. Big trucks or BMW or MB it can be way under!!

Yes it is totally negotiable. We always start low to leave room to haggle.
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11-21-2012 , 03:38 PM
Also if there is no money in the deal we will take in the trade for less
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11-21-2012 , 04:27 PM
People want all the money for the car they don't want anymore, and the car they want to purchase isn't worth anything. Do the math people!

Common sense customer and common sense dealer can make a deal pretty easy
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11-22-2012 , 07:53 PM
Have you ever thought about hate ****ing a customer who wasted a lot of your time and didnt end up buying?
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11-22-2012 , 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by fezjones
Have you ever thought about hate ****ing a customer who wasted a lot of your time and didnt end up buying?
No lol maybe putting a dead fish under there seat
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11-23-2012 , 06:28 AM
Do you even drive a GT-R ?
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11-23-2012 , 12:04 PM
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Do you even drive a GT-R ?
Driven one lots. Own one? No, waste of money, not practical.
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11-23-2012 , 02:57 PM
I want to sell a summer car in the winter, and I don't want to take a considerable hit on it. How do I do this? Public auctions? Just a simple private sale?

Probably not the best for the prospective buyer to test drive with the current winter road conditions where I live.
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