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How To Get Started In The Car Dealing Business

BY Rebecca | 25 September, 2015 | no comments

Ever thought you could make it in the auto trading business? You’ll need a passion for cars, and some knowledge of how they work – but it’s a viable means of earning money and could prove to be very lucrative. In this guide, we’re going to talk you through how you can get started, and what you will need to organize. Let’s get cracking right away.

The money

All you need to get started in selling cars is enough money to buy one. You’ll also need to have access to the Internet so you can advertise it for sale on one of the many auto-trading websites there are these days. It’s as simple as that. As you make more money, you will be able to buy more cars, and sell them on for more profit. You can keep going until you reach a comfortable level, or you can then think about finding a premises. The point is, it’s a lot easier than you might think – as long as you have the knowledge, which we’ll go into now.

The knowledge

Of course, you will struggle if you don’t know how the car dealing industry works, or you have a basic knowledge of how cars work. You’ll need to do a lot of research if you are starting from scratch. There are plenty of online resources available for free, or you could even take a course in mechanics for a more thorough understanding. In terms of auto trading business, perhaps a good way of learning would be to get a part time job as a salesperson. You’ll learn all the tricks of the trade and get invaluable experience. The more you know, the better you will be at finding bargains and selling them on for a profit.

The insurance

Insurance isn’t something you need just to protect you – you have to have it by law if you want to trade vehicles. So, your first step is to have a look for an online motor trade insurance comparison website. Find a policy that fits your needs, and snap it up to give yourself that protection you will need. In the event that anyone makes a claim against you, you will need to prove you been thorough about your business. So, make sure you keep up to date log books, receipts, and details of any work that has been carried out on the vehicle.

The premises

If you are starting your car dealing business from home, then all you need to do is make sure you have space to keep your cars. However, as your company grows, you should consider moving into a premises. Ideally, you should find a location with plenty of space for a forecourt, and one that is visible from the roads. The more traffic that drives past your dealership, the more traffic you will get through your door.

The staff

Once you have grown big enough, you will probably need to think about taking on more staff. Look for confident people who can charm anyone, but also knows their stuff about cars to work on the sales floor. You can offer incentivised pay structures to keep them motivated. There may also be a need for a receptionist and or an administrator to help you keep your records in order. Finally, don’t forget about a cleaner – they will help you give off a professional image at all times.

Good luck getting started – and let us know how you get on!




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