Automotive, Motorcycle, and Diesel Dealers Careers

auto dealershipsCareer Overview

Automotive, motorcycle, and diesel dealers provide a link between the manufacturers of automobiles and other motorized vehicles and the United States consumers who utilize those vehicles. Automotive dealers provide consumers with car inventories in a huge arena of choices with different pricing and functionalities. Dealers sell automotive vehicles along with additional auto related services including extended warranties, undercoatings, insurance, financing, service repairs, collision repairs, refinishing, repainting, maintenance services, and vehicle accessories. Automotive dealerships employ many different types of workers from sales people, managers, automotive repair and service technicians, automotive parts sales people, and clerks and office support staff.

Education Requirements

Automotive Service Technician/Repair Certification or Degree
Automotive Dealership Manager or Sales Manager-Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Marketing

The educational requirements to work in an automotive dealer vary by the type of position an employee has. A sales manager or business manager at a dealership will generally need a 4 year, bachelor’s degree in fields like marketing or business administration. For the automotive repair side, an employee does best with a certification or an associate’s degree in fields like automotive service technicians or automotive repair and body work technician.


Car Repair-Automotive Service Technician
Car Maintenance-Automotive Service Technician
Engine Servicing-Automotive Service Technician

Licensing Qualifications

Automotive repair technicians can receive a national certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). It is not required but employers like to hire technicians with this certification.

School Recommendations

Ferris State University
College of Automobile Management
Pennsylvania College of Technology
University of Phoenix
Kaplan University

Employment Dealership Earnings

Average Hourly Wages for Dealership Retail Salespersons in 2008:$18.91
Average Hourly Wages for Counter and Rental Clerks in 2008: $17.90
Average Hourly Wages for Parts Sales Persons in 2008: $16.26
Average Hourly Wages for Supervisors of Sales Workers in 2008: $33.73
Average Hourly Wages for Supervisors of Mechanics in 2008: $29.17
Average Hourly Wages for Auto body Repair Related Repairers in 2008: $18.95
Average Hourly Wages for Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics in 2008: $19.61

Related Jobs

Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers
Automotive body and related repairers
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
Retail salespersons
Sales worker supervisors

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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  1. Posted August 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this. Establishing a car dealership company takes a lot of planning to do. thanks for laying out the possible employees that I can hire and their qualifications too. You made my made my task lighter now. Thanks again.

  2. Posted September 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    It really pays to have qualified people working with you at a car dealership. I am working with an Edmonton Chrysler dealership and work quality is a day to day, moment to moment thing, which is best handled by qualified people. Thank you for posting this standards.

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