Adventures In Car Sales

by Meredith on September 24, 2013

Those of you closest to me know I am writing a book. I Wish Bitch Slapping Was a Form Of Management is sure to be a best seller. The title alone is spectacular. It’s a collection of short stories from the HR trenches, and a look inside the brain of every HR person and manager ever.

But that’s not my new job.

My ultimate goal is to become a professional writer and speaker. I need to learn how to sell things if I plan on selling my book and services.

So… I am going to sell all the cars for a few years. Maybe longer. Just depends on where this adventure takes me.

That’s right, folks! I am going to learn how to sell things in an extremely lucrative and cut throat environment. I figure having a business of my own one day will be extremely difficult, and I need to learn what it’s like to live on a 100% commission pay plan.

And dammit, I will be so freaking good at this. I’ve never met a stranger, so it works.

Starting Monday, I will begin working as a Pre-Owned Sales Consultant at the #2 volume used car lot in Toledo.

CORRECTION: Last minute game change! I am going to be selling Chevy’s at Thayer Chevrolet in Bowling Green!

It is pretty much unheard of to step into a used car sales role without previous car sales experience in this town. All of the other dealerships I spoke to only offered me new car sales. Used car sales is harder, the product is everything under the sun, so I have to learn all about all kinds of cars.

And as scary as that sounds, I couldn’t be more excited to step out on that lot and move some metal.

I know some of you are probably like WHAT THE FUCK IS MEREDITH THINKING?

Well, I don’t care if you’re thinking that. I don’t have to manage anyone but myself, the money is spectacular, my boss is laid back, and I’ve grown to love cars like you wouldn’t believe.  I know what I’m doing. It’s all part of the plan. And if anyone can break the stigma of “Sleazy Used Car Salesman”, it’s a former HR Director.

SO THERE.

My new boss, Herman, said I have to sell a car on my fist day. Uh? Sorta pissing my pants about that, Herman.

If you need a car, I AM BEGGING YOU to come and see me on Monday. Hell, if you don’t need a car, come and see me on Monday so Herman thinks I am rock star, and I’ll just practice on you.

CORRECTION: MY NEW BOSS IS TONY! HE’D ALSO LIKE ME TO SELL A CAR ON MY FIRST DAY. WHICH IS NOW TUESDAY!

And guess what! I’m their only girl! I like to call that an instant leg up, since women typically sell more cars than men.

I’ve already picked the car I want to sell on Monday Tuesday.

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This is a fun whip, right? CLICK HERE for details! I’m sure Tony will give you a great deal!

Anyway, come see me for all of your vehicle needs at Franklin Park Lincoln Mercury on Monroe Street Thayer Chevrolet in Bowling Green on Main Street. If it isn’t bolted to the floor, I am going to sell it you!

So what do you think? Car sales? Super good idea, right?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

William Tincup

watch this now…

http://youtu.be/zqHZWdFVyyQ

and good luck…

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steph gas

omfg thank you. i have no idea what movie that is from, but i am now on a quest to find it.

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Jayme

Good luck on your new adventure! As you may or may not remember, my dad sells Used Cars at Charlie’s and it can be hard but he is a rock star at it and you will be too!

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Little Miss Sunshine State

YOU GO, GIRL!
My hubby the VW guy tells me there is way more $$$ to be made in used cars
Also, don’t piss off the guys when it’s snowing…DO NOT go to work in a skirt and stilettos and say ” oh I can’t go out on the lot. I didn’t bring boots.” He has had way too many female salespeople sit at their desks with a magazine and a diet coke while the guys are out on the lot moving cars so the lot can get plowed.

GOOD LUCK! AND HAVE FUN!!

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Kirsten

Break A Leg!

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Nicole

WOW! I have enjoyed reading your HR stuff, and it looks like I will enjoy reading your CarSalesGirl stuff too. Apples to Apples I guess. Buena suerte!

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Becky

uh the first step to selling “used” cars is to start calling them “pre owned” but you know that. Actually pre owns are easier to sell becauze the customer is more prepared to buy.
but you know that.
So good luck! You’ll be amazing!
But you know that too.

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Chrisor

Meredith, the words brave and courageous come to mind when I think of you. You took such a big leap leaving HR behind to start a new career! I have no doubt you will be a success at selling cars. You’re one of those people who could sell ice to an eskimo. ;-) Good luck and can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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chrisinphx

First-the book title is pure genius! Second-Good luck! Third-I’ve always preferred a sales lady when I’ve been looking for care, they always seem less “car salesmanish”

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Krystal

Can we say waste of study loans…lol I am so glad for you and proud that you are going the route that YOU want and not want you THINK you need. You will be spectacular, and if and when i need a car i will come to you. Good luck and just remember have fun.

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Allison Zapata

I’m so happy his name is Herman.

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Robin

Change is awesome. And you’ll kick ass.

Good luck!

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