Stupid things heard from sales people

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by BeardedBlunder, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. inline4

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    I believe I mentioned a co-worker was proud of the fact he traded pickups every two years, and never changed the oil.
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  2. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    I moved on for many reasons. Primarily it was not and is not my preferred profession. Also, I was disgusted by the industry as a whole - Large parts of the business are built upon the notion that almost any deception is ok if it makes money. People in the industry end up accepting that paradigm and normalizing it. I understand and accept that (there are lots of worse things out there, after all) but it was not something I could personally come to terms with. I have friends who have been in the industry 40+ years. They are buying, selling and involved in the financial side. They will freely discuss the practice you are denying. It is part of successfully doing business to them.
  3. willfreely

    willfreely Elderly Belligerant

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    Not just the auto biz amigo. You just articulated the 1%'s reason for crapping on the rest of us.
  4. Bar None

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    There is something called an owner's manual or service record or whatever where I document my service work including oil changes on my vehicles.
  5. TheProphet

    TheProphet Zen Rider

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    Why the negativity? Why the sarcasm? Why the attempted argument? Why the ridicule?

    Slow day? :confused... :lol3

    Seriously, it is very clear that you currently have a need to start an argument with someone. I'll pass, I'm having a GOOD day. :wave
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    whisperquiet Long timer

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    Positive post here........been riding 46 years/80+ motorcycles owned. I am on ADVRider.com (correlation= I am somewhat knowledgeable) and have been treated fairly by almost every salesman I have dealt with because I am reasonable. I've traded in two motorcycles in the last 43 years (sold the others outright) and both times it was a fair deal to me and the dealer. I have talked to a lot of motorcycle salesman in my time and most have been decent people (but, I live in the MidWest). I am informed when purchasing at a dealer and just want a fair deal.............for both of us. Shameless plug for two local dealers.........Van's Yamaha, Sparta, Il and Belleville Honda, Belleville, Il ...... will both give you a price without any BS fees.
  7. alienbogey

    alienbogey Been here awhile

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    Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. Then you'll have their shoes, and you'll be a mile away.
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  8. Xanderby

    Xanderby MotoTribologist

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    That correlation could easily be disputed. I don't mean in your case, but in a general sense.

    I'm on here after all.:tb
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  9. TheProphet

    TheProphet Zen Rider

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    One of the things we've done when shopping for a new car is: When first approached in the showroom, politely ask if you can just have a look around privately, and when you're ready, or if you need anything, you'll let them know. If they keep pestering you, simply leave, and GPS the next closest Dealership. If they are OK with that, take some time to look around, mostly noticing and maybe eavesdropping a little on the various salespeople and their Customers. Get a feel for each one, and if one appears to fit the bill, stall until he is available, or if/when he has a free moment, ask if you can speak to him personally regarding a purchase.

    Once you've locked it in, you can then politely inform any other salespeople that you have an appointment with "X", thanks.

    We've had good luck with this approach, as it helps to weed out the negative types.

    FWIW, we've driven up to Dealerships where there are a dozen sales folk waiting on the front steps to pounce on the next person that walks up. You can actually see them do this. In those cases, we keep on going.
  10. willfreely

    willfreely Elderly Belligerant

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    Okay, I feel somewhat responsible for derailing this originally funny thread to belaboring points I am obviously sensitive to. So in an attempt to right this ship, I present stupid things I have said as a salesman. Specifically, I used to advertise on craigslist (before they started charging dealers), so here are a couple of attempts to catch peoples' eyes online;

    '06 Mazda RX8 - Like A Girl You Shouldn't Bring Home...Fast & Cheap

    Against your better judgment, you want it.The RX8 is stupid fast, could that be the reason? A lightweight rear-wheel drive car that you can whip through the corners, is that why? Or is it the idea of cranking your Wankel as fast as you can? Call the G-Man at (xxx) xxx-xxxx, if you think your mother will forgive you.



    '02 Lincoln LS - The Lapdance Of Luxury

    Get comfortable as the interior embraces you. That heated leather seat feels good, doesn't it? Acting on your desire causes the rear end to wiggle a little bit. Why do you need a cold shower when you think about getting inside? Call the G-Man at (xxx) xxx-xxxx for a private party, and yes, you can pay in $20 bills.
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  11. TheProphet

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    Question is: Did either of these Adverts work? :D
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    I'll tell you as soon as Mr G answers, I keep dialing all x's and my phone just gives a fast busy...
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  13. willfreely

    willfreely Elderly Belligerant

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    I actually got a following of people not interested in buying a car, just looking for a laugh.

    '09 Hyundai Accent- Not A Slave To Fashion

    If driving a big truck or fast sports car is overcompensating for certain "inadequacies", what'll the babes think when you pull up in an '09 Accent? Assured automatic transmission, arrogant air conditioning and more than well endowed miles per gallon, the remaining factory warranty will have them swooning. Call the G-Man at (xxx) xxx-xxxx, stick to beat them away with not included.


    2008 Jeep Commander Feeds Your Aggressive Nature

    Are you tired of being pushed around by some jerk in an oversized SUV? Be the jerk in the oversized SUV and do some pushing around yourself. Auto transmission with a big V-8 engine doesn't take guff from anybody. And if someone asks what you need with all that towing power, roomy inside and Jeep durability, answer "Better me than you, sucker!" Call the G-Man at (xxx) xxx-xxxx and get some professional help dealing with these issues.
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  14. TheProphet

    TheProphet Zen Rider

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    I figured it was a Sex Phone line! :dunno As soon as my wife goes shopping, I'll give it a try.... :arch
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  15. Jim Moore

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    I was sad because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. So I took his shoes. I mean, he wasn't using them, right?
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    "yeah, they have a ton of problems for a new rig but the warranty is well worth it and our service dept works on them all the time so they know their stuff"............. Random sales dude talking about the new jeep cherokee at the jeep dealer in central oregon last week.
  17. ReluctantAdv

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    Pretty much how I bought my last car.

    If I ever find another dealership that nice, I may buy another car. Truth is, it's 7+ years old and while the miles are low, it's more than I need and I'd be happy to downgrade. But every time I walk into a dealership it's like I need some kind of drugs to keep from killing the salespeople who immediately attach themselves to you like leeches, no matter what you say or do.

    I know the stock trick they teach all salespeople is that they need to get people talking and that people love talking about themselves. Unfortunately, this seems to be based on a sample of salespeople, or at least a sample of fairly extroverted types. Some of us don't really enjoy small talk with strangers and some of us are loathe to talk about ourselves at all. It's amazing to me how much money so many organizations must be leaving on the table by convincing people like me to avoid the experience for as long as possible.
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  18. TheProphet

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    We call that type of behavior: "Sales Prevention". And yes, it's amazing how much some dealers actually drive people away... no pun intended.
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    Yeah. Had that at my local Triumph/Honda guy last week. All I really wanted was a can of chain lube, but the parts guy (who has to ring up the sale) was busy, so I walked through the sales floor looking at the handful of newer things they have. This is a dealer I've bought two bikes from and both the sales manager and the lead Triumph guy know me and have a good relationship with me. They'll say hello, and move on. But the other 1-2 sales people are constantly churning and never will leave me alone when I go in. So, within 10 seconds:

    "Hi! You like this one?"

    "I'm just looking while I wait for parts to free up so I can pay." [As I gesture with the hand that has a can of chain lube in it.]

    "So, what are you riding now?"

    "A Tiger. Not really looking to switch."

    "Well, I'm sure we could get you on one of these if you want it. How much can you afford a month?"


    It goes on. After about another 10 seconds I turn around and walk to the parts counter and wait there, because at least I'm not being harrassed with dumb questions when I've already said that I'm not shopping for a new bike and told him why I was there.

    Parts guy takes some time looking things up, and I slowly gravitate towards the sales floor where there's some kind of video in the Honda area. It was MotoGP which is not my thing, but less boring than the parts guy looking up somebody's oil filter or whatever.

    "Hey! You know that's a touch screen. You can change to a different video if you like."

    "Uh, thanks. I think he's ready for me to pay now..."


    I've bought two bikes from this place and have had good experiences both times. But right now I never want to go back.

    This also means they're less likely to get my dollars for the next can of chain lube or gallon of oil. I want to support my local dealer, but this kind of torture is why I often end up buying stuff online anyway.
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  20. Jim Moore

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    Hell I coulda told you that.
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