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Old 06-26-2013, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I kept a job fair ad to be a salesman at a Nissan, Subaru, or Infiniti Dealer - all from Berman Auto Group. I'm thinking about maybe I should try auto sale because I'm nearly 5 years unemployed now trying for any Mech Eng, Mech Designer, CAD, or Tech Writer job. I have sales experience from a freshman year college sales internship with the famous Southwestern Sales CO. But I think I only lasted 10 weeks selling kids books, a study guide, and a cookbook door to door. I'm kinda hesitant being an Infiti car salesman because that would be to upscale buyers and maybe I don't get along with rich people well.

Because if I wanted to be a car salesman I would sell Fords, Dodges, and Chrysler vehicles instead. I don't know if Nissan or Subaru make any good selling / good vehicles.

So what do you say?
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:06 PM
 
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Of course. Both Nissan and Subaru make excellent cars.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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Go for it...

A buddy of mine got a job as a salesman at a jeep dealer when he was 23(?)....with no experience and did very well. I will say that hes a good talker and would know how to sell anything
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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How do you apply at big dealerships? Through their websites or you walk in in a suit and tie. Would a polo and slacks do too?
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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Go to a dealership and see how the employees are dressed, as well as the managers and finance people. Most dealerships I know are a minimum of business casual. Smaller independent dealerships it can be anything.

I think I would work for Subaru over Nissan. I've never owned a Subaru, but my own perspective is that their car buyers are a bit more laid back, more fun, and younger than the Nissan demographic. They're known for the WRX and their offroad prowess for their other vehicles.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Subaru also has a cult following, to a degree, such that the cars tend to sell themselves, not requiring sales technique to persuade potential customers to buy the vehicle. Also, Subaru buyers in my reference tend to be better educated in terns of what they want out of a vehicle, and seem to attract a more affluent demographic, overall, because Subaru does not compete with Kia, for example, as Nissan does with the lower-priced vehicles. With Nissan, it is a mixed bag, as in you could end up with a customer who wants a Versa and is very price and finance sensitive, or you may find one who is not price sensitive and wants to buy a top-of-the range Maxima, Z, or Armada. I do not, and have not, worked in vehicle sales, but when I think of the two brands in my frame of reference, I would look to Subaru, provided the dealership does not put too many salespeople on the floor who are competing for customers.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:06 AM
 
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Go to a dealership and see how the employees are dressed, as well as the managers and finance people. Most dealerships I know are a minimum of business casual. Smaller independent dealerships it can be anything.

I think I would work for Subaru over Nissan. I've never owned a Subaru, but my own perspective is that their car buyers are a bit more laid back, more fun, and younger than the Nissan demographic. They're known for the WRX and their offroad prowess for their other vehicles.
The flip side is that Nissan has a much higher demand since their primary demographic is Young families. There's also a lot more competition in that space, however.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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If I were you I'd see which cars you like better. A prospective customer will be able to tell if you actually like the car you're trying to sell them, or if you're just putting up a front.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:16 AM
 
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If I sold Nissans, I'd be selling a lot of Versas. I don't care for too many nissan products ... but I really like the Versa for some reason.

Subarus are a major plus because most of their vehicles can be had with a manual transmission. Manual trans wagon =
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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If you want to sell sticks, you should be selling Mazdas.
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