UK’s oldest salesman?

Time 10 years ago

burgesshondaWHO said that older salesmen have to give up their job to their younger colleagues when they reach retirement age?

One man who’s not saying that is Don Burgess. He’s a salesman at Brayley Honda Group in Hertfordshire where he’s worked for more than 12 years, and he’s just celebrated his 75th birthday!

However, Burgess is an example of a continuing trend in the employment sector. According to news today, 12 per cent of men over the age of 65 has a full-time job.

Burgess usually sells a car each day, and his secret?

‘You have got two ears and one mouth and you learn much more by listening, not talking. Lots of people these days do not talk to others so I get customers talking and it brings a smile to their faces. I plan on doing this forever. Many people my age can’t even get about so as long as I can do it I will.’

James Batchelor's avatar

James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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