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06/07/24’s Confessions of a Car Salesman

Filed under: Consumer Activism — Jared @ 9:15 am sent a reporter under cover as a car salesman, and he tells all. The article is a very well written, and is a must read for anyone even considering braving the sales lots. The basic points are ones I already knew, but it’s nice to hear them from an insider: the salesmen might be assholes (although I know not all are), but the real culprits are the managers that push them and treat them like dirt. All the more reason to outlaw those kinds of buisness tactics, free-market be damned.

No, I’m not serious about outlawing commission-based car sales, but I think the world would be a better nicer place if we did.

The real lesson in the article is one that my roommate told me already: deal with the internet managers. Let a bunch of dealers compete for your business at near-invoice prices. even has an engine that’ll help you out. Don’t let yourself get ripped off at a dealer.

Most importantly, educate yourself before you make a multi-thousand dollar purchase. That one should be a no-brainer.


1 Comment »

  1. I see no reason why we cannot simply trust car salesmen. They are a goodly folk or morals and standards that would rival many religious leaders. I for one would rather have faith in the car dealerships and be taken advantage of from time to time then to just go through the entire experience jaded and untrusting. What could they possible have to gain by lying?

    Comment by Scott C. — 06/08/9 @ 2:43 pm

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