Aug 1st, 2007 by Frank Mangano
There are too many car dealers. You see it in many ways. First you pass one every few miles in every town. Then you see every day the pressure on car dealers to sell cars. Take for example a car dealer in Georgia who got so tired of a few employees asking for raises he shot and killed them. After a few days he turned himself in, but basically could not take the pressures of running his dealership and snapped. You can read all the details on MSNBC.
While this story is a bit extreme, why would anyone want to be a car dealer? Manufacturers have tons of cars they need to move, so they push financial incentive plans to dealers to take there cars. Then the dealer has a car lot full of new Ford, Nissan, Suzuki or whatever cars to move. Plus with too many dealers selling cars, is there enough money left in this business? I bet you have even seen a car dealer or two close down or sell out to a larger group like Autonation and others. With the economy struggling with the housing and oil industry problems, consumers are not running so fast into a local car dealer. The relationship between manufacturers and new car dealers has always been a love hate relationship. They both need each other, but the pressure they put on each other is over the top. While I’m sure many car dealer owners are not running around with a loaded gun, you can see that being a car dealer is far from being an easy life, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Until there are less dealers fighting over consumers and a better economy you can have this job as far as I’m concerned.