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What Would It Take For You to Leave the Auto Industry?

I try to spend at least a little time each day reading forums and blogs from outside the auto industry because I think there is a lot to learn from other business communities.  Today, I found an interesting question up for discussion, and would like to pose the same to you.

What would it take for you to leave the auto industry?

More money? More interesting work? Better benefits, or hours?

And reversely (and I think I'll get more responses to this question than the previous),

What are the reasons you wouldn't leave the auto industry?

The community?  Your love of cars?  The thrill of the sale?

Regardless of how you initially got into the industry, I would argue that those that stay do so because they truly love something about their job.  Working in a car dealership isn’t for just anyone, so what is it about the auto industry that you wouldn't give up for the world, and what could a different industry offer you that you just wouldn't be able to turn down?

Matt Stegall
It would be pretty hard to leave the dealership I'm with and I really can't imagine even working elsewhere in the car business. Our owner cares a great deal for his employees, treats and pays them well and we have great hours considering the industry we're in. I have had several soft approaches from customers about coming to work for them but I pretty much head it off early. I would have to make considerably more to consider it and frankly, that's very unlikely taking into account my lack of a college degree. Selling cars at a good dealership is like owning your own business except someone else is paying for your office, inventory and advertising. The rest is up to you and it can be very rewarding and lucrative if you are willing to put in the work.
Jim Bell
I don't think that I will ever get out of the industry. What it would take? Maybe 1 billion dollars. I love my job and this industry.
Joe Henry
Many of my friends and realatives are NOT in the car biz. BUT they all complain about the same issues as we have: roller-coaster pay, too many hours, management demands more for the same or less pay, cut benefits. And in almost any industry except working for a government agency, its the 80/20 rule, 80% is made by 20% of the workers. & I have been in both sales and the service side of the biz. So about the time you think the grass is greener, ask your friends and realitives if it really is? - Joe Henry
Alex Schoeneberger
I come at this question from a vendor background, but from my experience and from looking at friends and family who are working at companies outside of automotive, you'll face the same problems in other industries: 1. Either you have a good salary or you don't 2. Either your benefits are good or they're not 3. Either you work hard and smart to deserve your compensation (or improve it) or you don't 4. Either your contributions are valued by your company leadership or they aren't 5. Either you love your industry or you don't 6. Either you love your job role or you don't 1-4 aren't specific to any particular industry. 5 and 6 (6 to a certain extent at least) are the differentiators. I came into automotive not knowing what to expect, but I'm glad I did and now I don't plan to leave it. Between the OEM, dealer, vendor, and other sides of the business, there are a lot of different roles to choose from, as well. There's a lot of opportunity and it's a fun space to work in. I can't really think of another industry that I'd enjoy working in as much.
Dara Moore
This is actually something I've thought about. I have a different view being a vendor. The fact that I get to design sites & marketing materials for an industry that I love & feel at home in is incredible. But at the same time I am surrounded by new start ups in the area that are all doing new and exciting things that are always looking for talent. But at the end of the day I will change my role within the industry to meet the goals personally and professionally I have for myself before leaving the car business.

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