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Old 04-01-2009, 09:48 AM
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I am thinking about making a career change to automobile sales:

With the worries of Chrysler going out of business and GM filing Bankrupcy, how are the sales in the Denver area?

I'd say working for a import car company would be a safe bet.

I have a friend who works for a GM dealership in a smaller town and sales are horriable, yet he knows of a person who works for a GM dealership in Chicago and sales are strong.

Any opinions??
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:01 PM
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I have a good friend who has been a very successful Colorado new car dealer for decades. Back in the 1970's, when his children grew up, he encouraged them to be in the auto business. He is now counseling his grandchildren to go into any career EXCEPT the car business--and none of those grandchildren do work in the car business now. His take is that the auto business is now an irreversibly declining industry, and that it is now a game of "last man standing." He has been financially prudent and conservative man all of his life, so he probably will survive in the business when most of his competition fails. He has already outlasted what was once a cadre of over a half dozen new car dealers in my community to where he is now only one of two in the town. So, the number of new car sales people in this area of over 30,000 residents can pretty much be counted on one's two hands now. Draw your own conclusions.
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:32 PM
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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I think being a dealer at a casino would be a wiser choice LOL. Seriouslly, the casinos need roulette and craps dealers. You can make $40-60k depending on the casino and hours you work (all tip money of course). These skills are transferable, so you can go to any state that has gambling (over 40). Not a bad way to make money if you have no education.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:27 PM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Problem with Auto Sales is that there is little value added. Internet customers never even see a sales person and there is so much competition that margins are very slim. You will work 70 hour weeks and be lucky to make $30K per year.

If I were you, I'd look for another career. Nursing?

Oh, and in case you haven't heard, car sales are in a slump because of the depression we're in. I know a car sales guy who used to sell about 20 cars per month. Last month he sold 1.
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