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Interview with David Hensley Jr of Cars Etc Inc. in Knoxville, TN

Brad and David Hensley of Cars Etc.

Brad and David Hensley Jr of Cars Etc.

For our next car dealer interview David Hensley Jr of Cars Etc. Inc. in Knoxville, TN shares some great information on his dealership’s marketing budget, online dealer reviews, and more.

If you would like to take part in our dealer interview series please email me at will(at)easyautosales.com or twitter us at @easyautosales.com.

1. David, tell us a little bit about Cars Etc. , and your own career in the auto industry?

Cars Etc…Inc. was started in May of 1983, by James Hensley, Jr. since then, we have grown from a front row consisting of 4 vehicles and 2 employees; James and his brother, David,Sr. to over 200 units currently in stock and 10 full time employees, majority of which are family.  Two of whom are Brad and David, Jr. who aspire to make this a 2nd generation business and we both have for the most part spent our entire lives learning this business, be it washing cars or developing advertising campaigns. This dealership is all we have ever know and all we ever want to do.

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Interview with Ed O’Grady of Classic Chevrolet

Ed O'Grady Car Dealer of Classic Chevrolet

Ed O'Grady Car Dealer of Classic Chevrolet

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Interview with Tracy Myers of Frank Myers Auto Maxx

Tracy Myers in front of Frank Myers Auto Maxx Dealership

Tracy Myers in front of Frank Myers Auto Maxx Dealership

Tracy Myers of Frank Myers Auto Maxx Dealership in Winston-Salem, NC has been kind enough to answer a few questions about his experiences in the auto sales industry and what it’s like to be a dealer in today’s economy.

If you would like to be included in our Car Dealer Interview series, please drop me an email at will(at)easyautosales.com or twitter us @easyautosales.

1. Tracy, tell us a little bit about Frank Myers Auto Maxx and your own career in the auto industry?

Once upon a time (when I was much younger), I was rebellious and wanted nothing to do with the family business. So I packed my bags & went off to college. A few odd jobs later, I was searching for a better way to make money while going to school. That’s when I got a job at a nearby Toyota dealership and caught the bug real bad. I was in class from 8am to 1 pm and sold cars from 3pm to midnight and was promoted to Sales Manager in less than a year. I was only 19 years old and thought I knew everything so I quit school to make money in the car business. And all of this happened without my father’s knowledge! With that kind of experience and success under my belt, I thought it would be a great time to go to work for the family business. My dad welcomed me into the business and gave me a job right away…in the detail shop! I went from making $80,000 a year to minimum wage and I was really discouraged…but in hindsight that was the best thing he ever did for me. I am glad my Dad didn’t give me a free ride. My mom and I have a joke that I have worked out of every office in the dealership at least twice.

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Interview with Eric Miltsch of Auction Direct USA

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Check out our interview with Eric Miltsch, the Internet Director for Auction Direct USA Used Cars Superstore.  He also blogs professionally at WhyBuyUsedCars.com in his effort to help change the way consumers buy used cars.

If you’d like to be a part of our Car Dealer Interview Series, please shoot me an email at will(at)easyautosales.com or twitter us @easyautosales.

1. Eric, tell us a little bit about Auction Direct USA and your own career in the auto industry?

Auction Direct USA Superstore is a unique used cars dealer intent on changing the way consumers buy used cars. We’re passionate about improving the entire buying process for automotive consumers – starting with the online experience, the in-store experience and continuing with the post sale relationship. Every element is fertile ground for improvement. My automotive industry experience actually began with Auction Direct three years ago, shortly after the company opened its doors. I’m not a traditional car guy and have never worked for a dealership. From my perspective, we’re not selling cars, we’re making it easier and more enjoyable for people to find their perfect vehicle.

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Interview with William Bryant of Steve White VW Audi Dealership

Steve White VW Audi Dealership - Greenville, SC

Steve White VW Audi Dealership - Greenville, SC

william_bryant_steve_white_vw_audiFor the inaugural interview of our Car Dealer Interviews series we’ve had the pleasure of talking with William Bryant of Steve White VW Audi dealership in Greenville, SC. We asked him a few questions about his experiences in the auto sales industry and what it’s like to be a dealer in today’s economy.

William provided some great insight and advice that we hope you will find useful.  I think you’ll agree with us when we say, Mr. Bryant is wise beyond his years. If you would like to be included in our Car Dealer Interview series, please drop me an email at will (at) easyautosales.com or twitter us @easyautosales.

1. William, tell us a little bit about Steve White VW Audi and your own career in the auto industry?

I started out selling cars at a Nissan dealership. I think I was the youngest guy they’d ever hired. I was going to college at the time and kind of fell into it. Next thing I knew I had truly found my passion. My other passion was computers and the internet, so when I heard we were getting internet leads and doing nothing with them, I jumped at the opportunity to take it all over.  All of a sudden I’m doing over 20% of the store volume on my own! Since then I’ve moved to Steve White, who has a real vision for the internet’s place in a dealership, and consistently do over 30% of the sales volume… and it’s growing every day!

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