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Complaint Review: AutoMax John Priest

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  • Submitted: Thu, January 10, 2008
  • Updated: Mon, September 14, 2009

  • Reported By:Tempe Arizona
AutoMax John Priest
Showcase GMC, Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A.

AutoMax John Priest Scam Phoenix Arizona

* : Go to the dealer and apply w/no exp? You won't get hired unless you pay! The dealer doesn't have time to train you, that is why the outside company is hired!

*UPDATE Employee: TRUE

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In August 2003, I had moved to Arizona. I had hardly any money and I needed a job. In the newspaper, I saw basically what other people have seen that reported this company. "No experience necessary, Paid Training, 100K potential, etc. etc." So , I interviewed with this trainer, John Priest, and he asked me and someone else some odd questions, that really didn't seem to have anything to do with the position, but anyway we were congratulated to attend the training.

I went to the class held off-site at some hotel, and he went on and on how you can make money as a automotive sales consultant. He tried to make us even feel bad for him for being addicted to diet pepsi. What a joke! Then he said to be certified to sell cars we would have to pay the 499.00. We would also get 2 free airfare tickets. Like a moron I paid this slimeball.

Then I had to interview like everyone else, and like the other posts, you would probably have more luck just going to the dealership. I was one of the lucky ones to get the job, but I don't think it was because of the automax.

In fact one I was hired, there was two weeks of FREE extensive training that covered everything John Priest said and more. There were people who didn't get that job and were out the money, so me and some friends at the dealersip monitored the paper for his next calss. We did find it and went to the hotel and went right into the class to let people know he would rip them off. He came out and said" I can't believe you guys are doing this to me." We asked for our money, and he said you paid for my #1 training." B.S. his training is no more than somebody asking you to give them $500 for a I'm screwing you smile.

Needless to say he never gave anyone money back, but the dealership never used his services again. I am in the auto sales industry and the best training is free and something you learn by actually going through the sales process. Never pay for anything that is free.

Most dealerships are willing to train you, if you have the right attitude and are willing to succeed. If you see AUTOMAX in the paper, go down to the training and let people know they are paying to listen to a person tell you what you can find out on your own, or go to the dealership yourself and ask to speak to the GM or GSM and tell them you are aware of who AUTOMAX is.

Knitenick
Tempe, Arizona
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/10/2008 11:26 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/AutoMax-John-Priest/Phoenix-Arizona/AutoMax-John-Priest-Scam-Phoenix-Arizona-298782. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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This "applicant" might have been a nervous nellie and should of seen it through all the way to the end to know the "full" story.  The dealer(s) are actually the ones paying the recruiting company "AutoMax".  How they do this is they have the employee front the money and then give it back to them in 90 days.  See, if the dealer paid the recruiter upfront then there would be no reason for the employee to "stick it out" through the first couple of weeks when it is the toughest.  I was hired this way with having a monetary investment in my future success.  I called it "tough love".  Dangling that $500 dollar carrot in front of my nose for the first couple of months to keep me from wanting to quit.  This is not a get rich quick job and my first 3 weeks in the biz I hadn't sold a car and wanted to quit but stuck it out to get my $500 back and the rest was history.  I've made over a million dollars selling cars and I never would have of if it wasn't done this way (which has been going on in the car biz for over 40 years).  If the dealer pays upfront and someone quits in the first week or two, then what did the dealer get out of it?  If someone pays the $500, stays 90 days and then gets it back, then what are they out?  Nothing!  You are not paying to get a job and you are not paying for training.  The dealer is, just 90 days later back to you.  What you are doing is showing your loyalty to the business that you are fronting the dealers money for the recruiting, advertising, interviewing, training, and placement.  If you would of paid your $500 and stuck it out you would have found out that even if the "host" dealer didn't hire you that the recruiter/trainer would have gotten you a job at a different dealer with all of the same stipulations.  Why should a dealer take the risk that you might "flake out" on them after they paid thousands of dollars for the newspaper ads, online ads, recruiters expenses, etc. to have you quit on them because you aren't selling 10 cars your first week in the biz and then they have to rerun all of the ads all over again to do it again?!  They would rather have these job fairs once a year instead of every couple of weeks because they are very expensive and they want the "committed" person working for them.  If they are going to pay for your drivers license test, drug test, background check, sales license, uniforms, etc. then they want you to stay because it really isn't fair for them to give you a chance when you have no experience.  So many people say that they are a "man of their word" only to quit, the way to prove it is that money talks.  Put yourself in the dealers shoes and realize why this is the only effective way to insure that they retain their employees, basically an "insurance retainer" that you will still be working there, plus what if another dealer see's the ad and sends their sales staff there for free training?  Since the bottom line is that you get all of your money back as long as you don't "flake out" on them, then essentially it is COSTING YOU NOTHING!!  NOT A CENT!!  Shame that you didn't see it through to the end and got a job at one of the dealerships and made the money that I and my co-workers have made in a great industry and easy job.  FD
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AUTHOR: Scthomas - (U.S.A.)

I AGREE WITH U ON THIS, EVERYTHING WERE LEGIT EXCEPT THE "DIPLOMA". I'M SORRY THAT U HAD PAID FOR IT. BUT U SHOULD HAVE KNOW.
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