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Working As A Car Sales Representative

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Car Sales Representative Do

Retail sales workers include both those who sell retail merchandise, such as clothing, furniture, and cars, (called retail salespersons) and those who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts (called parts salespersons). Both types of workers help customers find the products they want and process customers’ payments.

Duties

Retail sales workers typically do the following:

  • Greet customers and offer them assistance
  • Recommend merchandise based on customers’ wants and needs
  • Explain the use and benefit of merchandise to customers
  • Answer customers’ questions
  • Show how merchandise works, if applicable
  • Add up customers’ total purchases and accept payment
  • Inform customers about current sales, promotions, and policies about payments and exchanges

The following are examples of types of retail sales workers:

Retail salespersons work in stores where they sell goods, such as books, cars, clothing, cosmetics, electronics, furniture, lumber, plants, shoes, and many other types of merchandise.

In addition to helping customers find and select items to buy, many retail salespersons process the payment for the sale, which typically involves operating cash registers.

After taking payment for the purchases, retail salespersons may bag or package the purchases.

Depending on the hours they work, retail salespersons may have to open or close cash registers. This includes counting the money in the register and separating charge slips, coupons, and exchange vouchers. They may also make deposits at a cash office.

For information about other workers who receive and disburse money, see the profile on cashiers.

In addition, retail salespersons may help stock shelves or racks, arrange for mailing or delivery of purchases, mark price tags, take inventory, and prepare displays.

For some retail sales jobs, particularly those involving expensive and complex items, retail sales workers need special knowledge or skills. For example, those who sell cars must be able to explain the features of various models, manufacturers’ specifications, different types of options on the car, financing available, and the details of associated warranties.

In addition, retail sales workers must recognize security risks and thefts and understand their organization’s procedures for handling thefts—procedures that may include notifying security guards or calling police.

Parts salespersons sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts. Most work in either automotive parts stores or automobile dealerships. They take customers’ orders, inform customers of part availability and price, and take inventory.

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How To Become A Car Sales Representative

Typically, there are no formal education requirements for retail sales workers. Most receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months.

Education

Although retail or parts sales positions usually have no formal education requirements, some employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent, especially employers who sell technical products or “big-ticket” items, such as electronics or cars.

Training

Most retail sales workers receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months. In small stores, an experienced employee often trains newly hired workers. In large stores, training programs are more formal and usually conducted over several days.

During training sessions, topics often include customer service, security, the store’s policies and procedures, and how to operate the cash register.

Depending on the type of product they are selling, employees may be given additional specialized training. For example, salespersons working in cosmetics get instruction on the types of products the store offers and for whom the cosmetics would be most beneficial. Likewise, those who sell computers may be instructed on the technical differences between computer products.

Because providing exceptional service to customers is a priority for many employers, employees often get periodic training to update and refine their skills.

Advancement

Retail sales workers typically have opportunities to advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Some employers want candidates for managerial positions to have a college degree.

As sales workers gain experience and seniority, they often move into positions that have greater responsibility and may be given their choice of departments in which to work. This opportunity often means moving to positions with higher potential earnings and commissions. The highest earnings potential usually involves selling “big-ticket” items—such as cars, jewelry, furniture, and electronics. These positions often require workers with extensive knowledge of the product and an excellent talent for persuasion.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Retail sales workers must be responsive to the wants and needs of customers. They should explain the product options available to customers and make appropriate recommendations.

Interpersonal skills. A friendly and outgoing personality is important for these workers because the job requires almost constant interaction with people. 

Math skills. Retail sales workers must have the ability to calculate price totals, discounts, and change owed to customers.

Persistence. A large number of attempted sales may not be successful, so sales workers should not be discouraged easily. They must start each new sales attempt with a positive attitude.

Selling skills. Retail sales workers must be persuasive when interacting with customers. They must clearly and effectively explain the benefits of the merchandise.

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Car Sales Representative Career Paths

Car Sales Representative
Sales Person Account Executive
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Account Executive Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Account Executive Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Specialist Consultant
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Consultant
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Specialist Sales Specialist
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Specialist Credit Analyst
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Merchandiser Sales Specialist
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Consultant General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Sales Specialist Account Manager
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Executive Assistant General Manager
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Business Developer Sales Manager
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Sales Manager
General Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Vice President
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Foreman Owner
Owner And Founder
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Foreman Owner/Manager
Internet Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Foreman Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Sales Assistant 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Car Sales Representative
Cashier 8.0%
Manager 4.6%
Owner 3.1%
Internship 2.5%
Assistant 2.5%
Server 2.3%
Top Careers After Car Sales Representative
Manager 4.2%
Cashier 4.1%
Owner 3.9%
Server 3.4%
Driver 3.2%
Supervisor 2.9%

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Top Skills for A Car Sales Representative

  1. Car Sales
  2. Customer Service
  3. Suitable Vehicle
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Work with customers on all aspects of the new and used car sales process, including evaluating leasing and financing options.
  • Provided exceptional customer service to all clientele; negotiating variations in price, delivery and specifications with managers.
  • Discussed customers' needs and advise them on the most suitable vehicle.
  • Participated in various incentive programs and contests designed to support achievement of production goals and also store sales goals
  • Greeted customers, Set goals and exceeded the goals by selling vehicles, some cold call sales, some Internet sales.

Car Sales Representative Demographics

Gender

Male

65.8%

Female

23.8%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Hispanic or Latino

21.4%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

French

8.9%

Russian

7.1%

Greek

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Turkish

1.8%

German

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Samoan

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Serbian

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Bosnian

1.8%

Hebrew

1.8%
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Car Sales Representative Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

University of North Texas

6.1%

The Academy

6.1%

University of South Florida

4.9%

Montgomery College

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.9%

Howard Community College

3.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

Northwood University

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

Florida State University

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

Oakland Community College

3.7%

University of the District of Columbia

3.7%

Northern Illinois University

3.7%

Georgia Southern University

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

38.4%

Criminal Justice

7.2%

Communication

5.3%

Management

4.3%

Accounting

4.3%

Computer Science

3.7%

Marketing

3.7%

Psychology

3.5%

General Studies

2.9%

Sociology

2.9%

General Sales

2.9%

Automotive Technology

2.7%

Biology

2.7%

Political Science

2.7%

Education

2.4%

Culinary Arts

2.1%

Real Estate

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Health Care Administration

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

40.8%

Bachelors

31.8%

Associate

15.4%

Certificate

4.0%

Masters

3.3%

Diploma

2.2%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

1.2%
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