I travel 5 days a week visiting dealers throughout Central and Northeast Florida. The one consistant question I get at least twice a day is, "Do you know any salespeople looking to work?" I hear this from both Franchise and Independent dealers. They seem to ask this question for two reasons. 1.) They have bodies, some trainable and some not so trainable, they are reluctant to let go until they find someone more qualified, and 2.) They just cannot find someone.
I will agree with some of you ahead of your comments.......some of these cannot get employees because of their well deserved reputations, some hire a newbie and just expect that person to magically transform into a salesperson with no training. I agree with all that but I have been to many dealerships lately that have a good reputation, offer training and still cannot find a good solid salesperson.
As a second part to this same conversation, I have been in the dealer and/or lending side of the business for 30+ years. I remember when many dealerships had a sub-prime Manager ( a Dr. Credit, etc). Where have all these experienced people gone. Did they get fed up and leave the business?, get rich and retire? It was not too long ago that almost every franchise dealership worth it's salt had a Non or Sub-Prime Manager. Where ar they?