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    Well done mate. I hope it goes well for you.





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    Quote Originally Posted by -Matt- View Post
    So when I interviewd nearly 12 months ago with a Dealer Principal I have kept in contact with him - he recently made me an offer too good to refuse and now I'm working for AHG at a Nissan/Suzuki & Used Cars where I'm training to be 2IC have my own office on a higher retainer and good commission and bonus.
    Nice one.

    Is it harder working for one brand vs another? Ie if you had to sell LingLongs vs Commodores?
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    Skoda/Peugeot buyers are like Saab purchases they need a hug when they purchase and tend to make a few visits before they finally purchase.

    Nissan/Suzuki are great - good gross in the cars most finance and have aftermarket as well - small team here and the numbers are climbing.

    1% finance and good selection ie Qasqhai, X Trail & Navara pity I'm driving a Juke but I like quirky cars

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    So close to 2 years in better provide update.

    I'm now the 2IC for a Nissan/Suzuki dealer grossing deals, closing sales and working hand in hand with the New Car Manager and going well. Sales are good expect for April which is an orphan month. Got some good cars either here now or on the horizion - new X-trail, Pathfinder and new Swift in June and Swift Sport in September which will have a better power to weight ration than a Golf Gti - should be good.

    Vitara Turbo & RT-S are selling well but always get shopped against other cars like the AS-X and they go for that on price alone - Swift is going well and only have a few current shape left until next month - last Swift Sport manual sold yesterday and Nissans are going well especially Navara & Qasqhai.
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    Good to hear you're liking what you're now doing!
    Soft roaders represent an excellent compromise between the needs of the hardcore 4x4 user and the convenience of a city hatchback. Its clear to see why they have become so popular in todays society.

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    Update

    I've had some good results over the last 18 months and now I have been appointed New Car Sales Manager for Nissan/Suzuki got a good team of 4 guys with plenty of experience and just got to get results

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    Great stuff Matt!!!

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    Well done

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    So after a few months of being New Car Sales Manager with AHG - Ass Hole Group I've moved to Ferntree Gully Motor Group to run Suzuki - FTGMG is one of only 2 GTR dealers in Victoria is the#1 Nissan & Holden/HSV Dealer in Australia we also have VW, LDV, Isuzu and Used Cars

    So far loving the move and the numbers this place pumps out are incredible - one guy in Nissan did 74 last month none being fleet

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    So when are we getting the new Jimny?
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    They strike me as a total piece of shit.

    So definitely right up my alley.

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    Good to hear mate (I had to read back from the start, awesome progress bloke!).

    So when the Mrs is looking for a new car in the next 6-9 mths you're the cunt I hit up yeh?
    Hide yo' wife!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sideways View Post
    So when are we getting the new Jimny?

    I have a white auto current shape coming sometime in the next 2 weeks new model will be here by Christmas apparentley

    Piss98 though you are in QLD I can workout a price minus on roads, registration etc....small world sold a car to Air force Aviator today that flies with an old school mate of mine - purchased from NSW

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    Without being too nosey what's the base retainer like for a car salesman and what does it increase to as you move up the ranks?
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    It's the PF way. "Put a twin turbo LS in it brah, you'll have it converted and running in 2.5 hours and make an eazy 1000rwkw, lulz" All while the same people who suggest this stuff drive around in a corolla and have a fucked VN sitting in the garage for the past 3 years as a "project car."

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    Depending where you work

    Sales man $42 - $55k plus commissions and bonuses like finance penetration aftermarket delivery bonus etc

    Manager start $50k - $80k again bonus like delivery customer satisfaction

    When I left I was equal #1 Nissan customer satisfaction in Australia

    Basically you should be earning double your retainer

    Overall I really enjoy it sure I miss financial services and the higher income but I still have nice cars at home a holiday house and stil go overseas itís just I hardly ever drive my own cars and drive demo cars. Ut good for me I use all of my fuel allowance and drive all sorts of cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Matt- View Post
    So far loving the move and the numbers this place pumps out are incredible - one guy in Nissan did 74 last month none being fleet
    Fuck, that's 2.5 cars a day.

    He's probably the only bloke to sell an Altima too.
    Quote Originally Posted by brewdles View Post
    In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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    So end of my full month in and ended up selling 23 new Suzukiís against a target of 20 not bad with no database of clients relying on walk ins phone inquiry internet leads and me trolling service customers

    The whole place is excellent Nissan due huge numbers so do used and VW is going strong

    Holden numbers dropped given we are the biggest HSV & regular Holden dealer in Australia we are relying heavily on Colorado Astra not much inquiry on new Commodore which is a very nice car to drive
    New Commodore is getting a lot of looks and test drives but not much purchase

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Matt- View Post
    Holden numbers dropped given we are the biggest HSV & regular Holden dealer in Australia we are relying heavily on Colorado Astra not much inquiry on new Commodore which is a very nice car to drive
    New Commodore is getting a lot of looks and test drives but not much purchase
    Thats interesting. Wondered how the dealers are going. Colorado is bang for the buck and drivetrain is pretty good. Can you see Holden getting other product in that will sell?

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    Is there any scuttlebutt about getting the Titan at all?

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    There are already orders for the Silverado and HSV Colorado top spec released this month

    August the Camaro is released and they have deposits and orders on that too

    As for Nissan the new head of Australia isnít letting much out - what ever Nissan is released overseas the same old line is drummed out that we are looking into it

    Nissan effectively has a handful of models Qashqai Xtrail Pathfinder & Navara so Titan would be great

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    Thanks, same old its not here till its here I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Matt- View Post
    trolling service customers
    More info please? What do you do to get service customers to buy new cars?

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    Look after them.
    Quote Originally Posted by brewdles View Post
    In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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    Put them in demo loan cars for the day get a valuation on their car and give them a weekly payment amount and change over

    Also refund the cost of there scheduled service

    I target cars 75000km plus and look at old Swift for new Swift or Alto to Ignis etc

    I get the service list for the week and contact customers before they are due to arrive

    I usually get 2 or 3 sales a month this way I also loan out demonstrator cars overnight and even arrange service pick up if itís on the way to work

    I will also do demoís at work or come to you, I find if you just provide customer service and give the customer a win eg mats, fuel etc thrown in it really gives them no excuse to go elsewhere
    Last edited by -Matt-; 01-04-18 at 04:38 PM.

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    Definitely can't argue with those tactics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Matt- View Post
    Put them in demo loan cars for the day get a valuation on their car and give them a weekly payment amount and change over

    Also refund the cost of there scheduled service

    I target cars 75000km plus and look at old Swift for new Swift or Alto to Ignis etc

    I get the service list for the week and contact customers before they are due to arrive

    I usually get 2 or 3 sales a month this way I also loan out demonstrator cars overnight and even arrange service pick up if itís on the way to work

    I will also do demoís at work or come to you, I find if you just provide customer service and give the customer a win eg mats, fuel etc thrown in it really gives them no excuse to go elsewhere
    Quote Originally Posted by da9jeff View Post
    Definitely can't argue with those tactics.
    Holy fuck, a car salesman with a sales strategy and half a brain.

    At least you have the nouce to do this. Most sales guys struggle to find salt water, in the middle of the pacific ocean.

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    yes but the difference here is that matt is the sales manager and therefore has the ability to encourage and influence this method of selling. the stand alone chimp on $50k can barely navigate carsales com then alone allocate stock to service and have their used manager value a bunch of cars in for the day.

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    Iím a selling manager and sit in the Suzuki showroom by myself with the group fleet manager

    I have no authority to put on demos etc but I do have input to my manager on what stock we should get colour and spec eg I sold 3 Grand Vitara 3 doors because I had them where previously I wasnít allowed to order them

    The other salesman for VW and Holden have the same if not more opportunities than me due to more demo cars and location to service along with volume of customers

    I just think what would I my no pics or honestly people like PF members who may or may not frequently purchase a car do and make it a easy and stress free process if they donít purchase after a test drive or want to go home and think about just have the courtesy to tell me yes Iím interested or no Iím not and life goes on without me ringing texting emailing- my time is just as important as the customers and if I provide good service I have earned the right to ask for your business

    Most customers think car salesmen are cunts so Iím starting behind the 8 ball so if you just listen offer coffee and a no obligation test drive in a demo you tend to earn some sort of trust. Most times especially on Saturdays I send them out by themselves I only go if I need to use trade plates

    Sure I still ask questions myself eg reasons for update budget in mind what is the most important feature in your new car you want but you canít please everyone all the time and some customers are cunts and know it all to the point they would tell Neil Armstrong about the moon
    Last edited by -Matt-; 02-04-18 at 07:01 AM.

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    You sound like a good bloke and a good salesman, a combination which is very rare when any sort of sales are involved.

    I spent (too) many years hiring, training, coaching and firing salespeople. I saw so many dodgy shitcunts you wouldn't believe it. The worst ones had been in sales for a while before I hired them, so they were well versed in dodgy shitcuntery. I always moved them on because I liked to be able to look at myself in the mirror, so to speak. And in the long run they weren't good for my business. I had quite a few guys and girls who I thought had potential to become good salespeople, but they nearly always left when they saw they had to work a lot harder to compete with the dodgy shitcunts (both within my business and competitors) while remaining on the straight and level. I used to tell them (the good ones) a Star Wars quote: "The easy path leads to the dark side."

    I ended up leaving that industry, as the other franchises I was compared against were lauded for their results, while turning a blind eye to dodgy shitcuntery.


    Quote Originally Posted by -Matt- View Post
    we also have VW, LDV, Isuzu
    I wouldn't have anything to do with LDV. Not suited to Australian conditions with what looks like a single core radiator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Matt- View Post
    Most customers think car salesmen are cunts so Iím starting behind the 8 ball
    I haven't found this. Only one has been dodgy to me. The biggest issue I found with car sales is the sales person just doesn't know the product they are selling.

    Quote Originally Posted by mondo2000 View Post
    I wouldn't have anything to do with LDV. Not suited to Australian conditions with what looks like a single core radiator.
    There are shed loads in Perf. Only seen two courier vans but LOTS of luxury limo vans. Quickest way to tell if they are any good is wait two years. Like the first Alloyetch shaped Rodeos which vanished over night here. Perth summers kill anything quickly.

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    Product knowledge is a big thing having MBís at home a Suzuki is easy to explain the features and benefits

    As for LDV I thought they were pretty good and are popular here in Melbourne with couriers and day trip companies got tourists

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