Other Sales Jobs in Automotive
Believe it or not, the above careers are not the only jobs available if you want to break into an automotive sales career. Here are even more opportunities:
Vehicle Order Manager – This will require some knowledge on manufacturer models and packages offered. Here, you’ll order all the new cars, trucks, and SUVs for the dealership, and you must know your customers and your market so you can select a good line of both loaded and base units in a variety of colors.
Title Clerk – Most dealerships will register and obtain the title and license plates for all vehicles sold. That means they need a title clerk! A title clerk is a very trainable position and is an essential part of the sales team.
Lot Attendant Manager – As a Ford dealer, I often say my front line lot attendant Thomas Martinez is the one who makes the sales department shine. It is he who orchestrates his staff on the cleaning, prepping, and layout of the vehicles on my lot that are for sale. Without his team, I’d have dusty cars that weren’t clean and radios that weren’t tuned to a popular station, and possible buyers would be entering cars where clocks and other options weren’t operating correctly.
There are many benefits to looking into automotive sales careers. Most dealerships don’t require higher education such as a two- or four-year college degree (just a high school diploma or equivalent) and all positions receive manufacturer training, even lot attendants.
The automotive sales industry is also one where you can pick and choose what type of dealership or private used car lot you'd like to work for. There are large metropolitan dealerships that have many sales associates and more than one assistant manager and then there are the small Mom & Pop dealerships where you may only be competing with one or two other sales associates.
To begin your career, all you need to do is look at your local newspaper classifieds; almost all dealerships advertise for sales associates each week and for other jobs. Take a trek to the dealership and ask to speak to the general manager about job openings. Be sure to have a resume that speaks loudly on your personality or selling skills, and if you've work for previous dealers, that's even better!
If you think a career in automotive sales is right for you, stop by a dealership and see what they have to offer.
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