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Old July 21st, 2001, 06:27 PM   #1
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Would You (Could You) Sell Porsches?...

Sorry for the name and no email address, but - RETAIL?

Does your Porsche salesrep own a Porsche?

Seems to me like most people that post here know more about Porsches than your average Porsche salesperson. I include myself in that group.

I recently lost my job in high tech and am looking for other work. I will probably stay in high tech, but would like to get out of it.

Could I sell Porsches part-time? How much commission could I earn? Would I get four weeks vacation/year? Is there a 401K plan? Do Mercedes salesreps earn more?

Would I also have to sell Audis?

Thanks for any input, and hints on how to create a career changing resume
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Old July 21st, 2001, 07:02 PM   #2
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Re: Would You (Could You) Sell Porsches?...

As you probably know, there's more to selling than product (Boxster) knowledge. To be successful, you've got to be good at qualifying and closing while working well with people as you move them towards making a decision that is a win-win for both the customer and you.

I guess the real question is can you sell? Do you have the desire to? Can you handle rejection without taking it personally? Can you deal with prospects and customers without letting them get you down?

"A career in selling is a double-edged sword. On the plus side, your sales job is the gateway to the highest levels of earnings in most companies. On the negative side, your sales job is also filled with more stress and daily challenge than most any other."
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Old July 22nd, 2001, 04:18 PM   #3
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Heh.

Good quote. As someone whose entire career has been in sales I can affirm that statement.

If you are thinking about getting into car sales, or virtually any sales job, you should be motivated primarily by the money and only secondarily for your love of the cars. If you are not motivated in this way, you should consider another career option.

Virtually all sales jobs reduce you to your raw performance. The sales manager won't care how much you love Porsches or how much you know about them. All he will care about is if you made your number this month. And if you did, I'm sure you will be paid well for it. If you didn't, and continue not to for more than two months, you will be fired.

As for me, the money has ceased to be the motivational factor it was for my five years ago and I'm burnt and yearn for a more fulfilling career and would gladly give up half my annual earnings to find it.

There is one other very powerful perk in a sales job, and probably the one thing that really keeps me doing it: virtually 100% control of my schedule. But I don't know if you get that with car sales. My guess is no.

-Brian
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