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Old 11-15-2015, 07:36 PM   #1
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Curiosity, just wondering what life is like working for a motorcycle dealership. I'm especially wondering about those who work in sales or sales management. What kind of money are we talking - is it straight commission, or with a base hourly/salary rate? How much commission (straight percentage)? About how many sales per week (surely it's seasonal)?

Are you off work when you're off work, or do you spend after-work hours trying to do PR work and bring customers in the door? Are there restrictions to this, via company policy and/or corporate rules, since most manufacturers will have marketing departments? Does you job affect what you do and say outside of work, at meet-ups/group rides, online, etc?
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Curiosity, just wondering what life is like working for a motorcycle dealership. I'm especially wondering about those who work in sales or sales management. What kind of money are we talking - is it straight commission, or with a base hourly/salary rate? How much commission (straight percentage)? About how many sales per week (surely it's seasonal)?

Are you off work when you're off work, or do you spend after-work hours trying to do PR work and bring customers in the door? Are there restrictions to this, via company policy and/or corporate rules, since most manufacturers will have marketing departments? Does you job affect what you do and say outside of work, at meet-ups/group rides, online, etc?
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I always wondered about this in my past sales life, I figured it might make me hate motorcycles all together so I never inquired.
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I always wondered about this in my past sales life, I figured it might make me hate motorcycles all together so I never inquired.
Same here, my job has made me not love cars and hate people. (Service manager at an independent auto shop) Wild West was looking for a service advisor a year or so ago and I thought long and hard about applying. My love of motorcycles kept me from doing so.
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op,stay away from dealership.

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I always wondered about this in my past sales life, I figured it might make me hate motorcycles all together so I never inquired.
Bryan: How that can be?

I will love to work in the Motorcycle industry but I don't think I am good at sales. If I was rich perhaps will have a Victory/Indian Dealership.

Thinking about opening my own shop when I retire to do just oil changes and brakes for Harley's and Victorys and later down the road get certified by DynoJet and also do PowerCommander tune ups.
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OP do you have morals? Do you stick to them?
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OP, I am not sure what you are trying to do... get a job as a sales rep, or open up a dealership???

If you are interested in just being a sales rep, then I think you are looking too far into it. It's a job, not a sturdy job, but a job non-the-less. You don't have to be ethically clean and be the head deacon at a Pentecostal church... you just got to know how to talk and look approachable.

If you are looking to open up a dealership, then personally ask a sponsor what they did.
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I ask because I need work. Regular hourly wages won't cut it unless I can put in 70+ hours at 20-something an hour. The idea of commission is appealing only if I can go on a crusade to bring people in the door and the only industry I really know is bikes. This could be a goldmine of a win-win situation for someone, but I'm sure there's some preconceived notions I haven't factored in.

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I ask because I need work. Regular hourly wages won't cut it unless I can put in 70+ hours at 20-something an hour. The idea of commission is appealing only if I can go on a crusade to bring people in the door and the only industry I really know is bikes. This could be a goldmine of a win-win situation for someone, but I'm sure there's some preconceived notions I haven't factored in.

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Did you send a PM to Texmex1? He's the sales manager at Stubbs HD and before that at Stubbs Cycles. He's worked at dealerships forever.
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OP do you even binge drink and do blow?

*just going off what I have seen from people at car dealerships
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I ask because I ndealersk. Regular hourly wages won't cut it unless I can put in 70+ hours at 20-something an hour. The idea of commission is appealing only if I can go on a crusade to bring people in the door and the only industry I really know is bikes. This could be a goldmine of a win-win situation for someone, but I'm sure there's some preconceived notions I haven't factored in.

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There are people who like working at dealers, depends on your personality. I don't particularly like it, but it pays the bills. Not a ton of money working at powersports dealers for the most part. More money available in car dealers. I love cars and motorsports, but working in a car dealer has jaded me.
The dream of meeting other like-minded people like yourself who ride motorcycles is mostly a dream. A majority of people you talk to in sales can't get qualified for a toy, so you chase your tail.
There is a reason there is a super high turnover rate. Stress, money, not enough pay to keep you hungry, and rude people tend to kill the good vibes.

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Not to be rude but 20/hr is low as . I see hole watches and fire watches that make more than that. Find your way into a plant and learn a craft. It's not difficult
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I was just offered a job at a motorcycle magazine. I'll be asst editor and part of the job is meeting with manufacturers and dealerships. We also get to test the new bikes and report on them. We'll be at the next michelins test and also be testing the 2016 Ducati entire lineup. 4weeks vacation and a company car. It's a dream job I know. Don't hate.
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I work for a Lexus dealership in the service center and it's better than my last job for sure. Most the people I work with are good people and know how to work hard and have fun at the same time. I've seen some fat paychecks roll through here too. Collision shops can make lots of money but it's a different ball game.

It's not a moto dealer but just food for thought
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Not to be rude but 20/hr is low as . I see hole watches and fire watches that make more than that. Find your way into a plant and learn a craft. It's not difficult
lol forealz, kbr start u at 20 an hour just watching people.

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