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  1. Damn this forum is a golden nugget! I’m learning loads just reading the posts. Would any of you suggest working at an independent dealer to gain knowledge and experience? If so, what would be the best way to go about getting a position. I was thinking about printing off a nice looking CV + covering letter on some higher quality paper in a sexy envelope, shirt and tie and hitting all the independent dealers in my area. Would that be a good idea ? I have no sales experience but worked as a car valeter back in the day which included a meet and greet service. I also worked as a barman in a prestigious venue. Any advice on this will be very much appreciated. I’m gonna study this trade like a medical degree and go all in. It’s funny as it’s something I’ve always fancied doing yet a lot of people I speak to about it aren’t keen on the idea. I think if you can make it work it’s a brilliant business to be in.
  2. Thank you all for your comments and advice. A lot of it is eye opening and makes sense to me. I’m still just at the point of reading about and looking into things to get a clearer picture of how to go about it. I think most people underestimate the amount of effort required to set up any business. In the beginning it is surely about failure and learning from it ? Obviously the goal is to earn a profit but I understand that goals get compromised by the learning curves and you just have to move forward with optimism. My only real serious concern is whether or not the learning curve is too steep and I don’t have the finance for it. I literally have no experience in this business but I feel drawn to it maybe because I love cars and dealing with people is always natural to me. There is so much to consider and it is very daunting. Your answers are all helpful for someone looking into this and I’m sure I’ll have more questions. I respect you guys who make it work for you and have been through the trials and tribulations. Thanks, Joe
  3. I’ll change the name ha Thanks for the comments everyone. This forum is brilliant for a wannabe car trader like me
  4. I hear you as I have the wife, kids and mortgage. But I have a strong desire to buy and sell lately and am willing to do whatever it takes. I’m the son of a business man and most members of my family own businesses I feel it’s in the blood sort of speak. I also have a sickly work ethic. Every business is stressful and risky. I also have some savings and am getting an enhanced redundancy packet. The main reason I want to do this is because I love dealing with people and have been reading a lot of sales books lately and I just feel it’s a good move and a good fit for me personally. Of course that may change as I learn more about this trade
  5. Hello everyone, My name is Joe, I’m 31 and have done various jobs throughout my working life like tiling, barman, car valeting and working in a lab. I’m getting made redundant in September so have a bit of cash. I’m really interested in starting out in this game and would appreciate any advice at all. I think I’m going to try to find a position in sales at a local garage to get some experience etc but am half tempted to learn what I need to online and just start on my own ? I like this forum and see that there’s lots to get through and I will also buy the digital book and have a read of that this evening. Thanks, Joe