Explore Career Paths

The modern car or truck dealership provides a wide variety of unique and challenging careers to meet the interests and skill levels of almost anyone.

These careers offer responsible individuals competitive salaries, great benefits, and excellent opportunities for advancement. Demand for employees is high, which translates to job security. Many jobs are high-tech and challenging as well as rewarding. Today’s automotive and truck dealerships provide a modern, clean and safe environment to work in.


Hands-On Opportunities

Incredible advances in technology have created a high demand for educated automotive repair and service personnel. Today’s careers in automotive service provide excellent compensation and offer a variety of employee benefits, including a comfortable, modern working environment. In addition to a competitive salary, many auto and truck technicians enjoy merit-based bonuses, retirement plans, health care coverage, life insurance, opportunities for advancement and other benefits.

Workers in automotive maintenance and repair are an integral part of auto and truck dealerships. Service technicians and mechanics service, diagnose, adjust, and repair vehicles such as cars, vans, pickups, and SUVs. Closely related to service technicians, automotive body technicians repair and finish vehicle bodies, straighten bent body parts, remove dents, and replace crumpled parts that are beyond repair. These positions include managers, estimators, collision repair technicians, paint and refinishing technicians, and more.

Supervisors of installation, maintenance, and repair workers, usually called shop managers are among the most experienced service technicians. They supervise and train other technicians to make sure that service work is performed properly. Service managers oversee the entire service department and are responsible for the department’s reputation, efficiency, and profitability. Service advisors cover service departments’ administrative and customer relations duties. They greet customers, listen to their description of problems or service desired, write repair orders, and estimate the cost and time needed to do the repair.


Lead the Way

While the showroom salesperson might be the public face of most dealerships, there are many types of sales positions. In addition to vehicle sales, these include Internet sales, aftermarket sales, leasing and renting.

Careers may be divided further into sub-categories of salespersons, such as executives, managers and specialists. Some dealerships also have separate sales teams for consumer and commercial vehicles.


Be a Crucial Component

In support of the service department, parts salespersons supply vehicle parts to technicians and repairers. They also sell replacement parts and accessories to the public. Parts managers run the parts department and keep up with inventory. They display and promote sales of parts and accessories and deal with garages and other repair shops seeking to purchase parts.


Reveling in the Day-to-Day

Dealership office jobs come in many shapes and sizes and keep the day-to-day operations of the dealership humming. These positions include bookkeeping, accounting and auditing staff, general office clerks, office managers and administrative support staff, inventory control personnel, finance and insurance experts, and more.

Management positions are often filled by promoting workers with years of related experience. These include sales managers, general managers and operations managers. They often need extensive business and management skills, usually acquired through experience as a manager in one or more of the dealer departments.

Other important jobs include transportation and material moving occupations, vehicle detailers and delivery personnel.


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