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Just Joe

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Stories of being a salesman at a car dealership
« on: September 22, 2017, 09:52:50 AM »
https://jalopnik.com/your-most-appalling-and-bleak-stories-of-working-at-car-1818628384

I think this is a business model that ought to fade away.

We dealt with it ~20 years ago and it sucked badly.

We tried CarMax last time and the experience (and the price) was good.

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Re: Stories of being a salesman at a car dealership
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2017, 10:23:52 AM »
manufacturer / dealer business model is RIPE for creative destruction.

Frankly, I think that's the best thing Tesla is doing: disrupting the model.

Banking should be next.

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Re: Stories of being a salesman at a car dealership
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2017, 04:51:31 PM »
manufacturer / dealer business model is RIPE for creative destruction.

Frankly, I think that's the best thing Tesla is doing: disrupting the model.

Banking should be next.

Or real estate brokers.

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Re: Stories of being a salesman at a car dealership
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2017, 06:35:35 AM »
manufacturer / dealer business model is RIPE for creative destruction.

Frankly, I think that's the best thing Tesla is doing: disrupting the model.

Banking should be next.

The crazy part of disrupting the model is how stunningly powerful individual state car dealer's associations are, and have been for at nearly a century. There have been many attempts to wrestle control from dealers over the last few decades, from Porsche to Chrysler to GM and now Tesla. Every single time it has either been a total failure, or a partial win, that was a huge battle. VW is an excellent example. They spent the last fifty years being one of, an often the, biggest manufacturer on the planet, yet never had a significant market share in the biggest market. One huge factor has been that they have a stunningly horrible dealer network, and an awful rep. for screwing customers. Due to the massive power held be individual dealers, there has literally been little that VW can do about the problem.

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Re: Stories of being a salesman at a car dealership
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2017, 04:08:11 AM »
I think the Internet will make it so Tesla can do it, if they are viable as a business. They can't "sell" in the whole state of Texas but they have some creative workarounds, and I saw lots of Teslas in Dallas when I was there a few months ago.

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Re: Stories of being a salesman at a car dealership
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2017, 04:50:55 AM »
manufacturer / dealer business model is RIPE for creative destruction.

Frankly, I think that's the best thing Tesla is doing: disrupting the model.

Banking should be next.

The FinTech/InsurTech disruption has been ongoing for a few years: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_technology
« Last Edit: September 24, 2017, 04:54:00 AM by Polaria »

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Re: Stories of being a salesman at a car dealership
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2017, 05:53:27 AM »
Carmax is fine unless you like haggling with dealers to get an amazing deal.  No upside at CM.